News for Foodies - 06.16.11

    Jeanine Burge of Silver Spoon Specialties in East Hampton will demonstrate how to make a variety of appetizers at an East End Chefs program on Wednesday at the Old Whalers Church in Sag Harbor.
    Ms. Burge will give instruction in making mozzarella cheese, and will prepare eggplant Parmesan with tomato and mozzarella, grilled vegetable napoleon with cheese and homemade pesto, pesto on crostini, bruschetta with prosciutto, mozzarella and basil served with balsamic reduction, and homemade chips topped with chili-lime shrimp and avocado cream. Wine will be served.
    The program begins at 6:30 p.m. and costs $30. Proceeds will benefit the church’s community house fund. As space is limited, reservations have been suggested and may be made by calling the church.

Alfresco
    At the 1770 House in East Hampton, diners may now eat alfresco on the garden patio. A three-course, $35 prix fixe is available until Sunday.

At the Gigshack
    Beginning Saturday, the Gigshack in Montauk will serve brunch daily between 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. The restaurant’s chef has returned from Barcelona, with a repertory including crepes, omelettes, and croissants. Also on the menu are fish tacos, bison burgers, lobster rolls, and “Billy Goat” salads. Selections from a new dinner menu can be ordered beginning at 5 p.m. They include fresh herb-marinated shell steaks and daily fish and other specials. There is also live music daily.

Just Fruit
    The Hampton Coffee Company in Water Mill is selling frozen treats by the
Soft Serve Fruit Co., which makes all-natural, dairy, fat, and gluten-free soft-serve fruit that has the consistency and texture of soft-serve ice cream.
    Items include a “fruit salad sundae,” which includes four flavors topped with berries and other pieces of fruit, a “breakfast boost smoothie,” with banana soft serve, granola, berries, bananas, and maple syrup, or a “crunchy salty sundae” with banana soft-serve fruit, fresh banana, pretzels, peanut butter, and chocolate chips.

School Lunches, Examined
    A screening of “Lunch Line, the Documentary,” will take place at 7 tonight at Pierson High School in Sag Harbor. The documentary not only takes a hard look at school lunch programs, but touches on food policy and politics. The screening is sponsored by the local Slow Food organization, which hopes that a discussion of positive actions to take will follow. A $5 donation has been suggested.

For Father’s Day
    This weekend at Navy Beach restaurant in Montauk, dads will be honored on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday will bring live music by Joe Delia and the Thieves, and on Sunday, dad will get a free Bloody Mary or a beer with lunch or dinner orders.
    At Muse Restaurant and Aquatic Lounge in Water Mill, the Father’s Day offerings will include a $34.95 three-course steak dinner, served with a complimentary cigar for fathers. A la carte menu items will also be available.

Townline Happy Hour
    At Townline BBQ in Sagaponack, weekday afternoons bring an opportunity to order drink specials, with varying prices depending upon the time ($4 beginning at 4 p.m., $5 starting at 5, and $6 between 6 and 7 each evening), discounted beers, and bar snacks — $3 fried rib tips doused in Townline vinegar hot sauce, $3 Townline wings, and $3 Townline nachos. Popcorn and peanuts will be served for free, and pool games will also be free between 4 and 7 p.m.

Brazilian Brunch
    Sunday brunch at the Backyard restaurant at Solé East in Montauk comes Brazilian-style, with a complimentary caipirinha (a favorite Brazilian drink), and live bossa nova by Ludmilla and Marcello Pimenta. The menu includes feijoada, a traditional stew with pork, beef, linguica sausage, and black beans, farofa, a side dish made with toasted manioc flour, Brazilian-style sliced steak, beef empanadas, rice, and collard greens with orange slices. The cost is $30. The brunch is served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Discount Offer
    To entice customers in to try its new menu items, Turtle Crossing American Bistro (the Southwestern eatery revamped itself for this season, while keeping some of its traditional barbecue favorites) is offering a 15-percent discount on lunches or dinners at the restaurant through June. A discount card can be picked up at the restaurant, or the special offer downloaded from Turtle Crossing’s Facebook page. The new menu includes “New American” fare served in “small bites” or “large plates,” including light dishes such as organic salads and vegetables and poached fish of the day. Beginning on Monday, Turtle Crossing will be open seven nights.