News for Foodies - 06.23.11

Locavore Celebration
    At Townline BBQ in Sagaponack, Eat Drink Local Week will bring a beer and barbecue party on Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m. The cost is $40 for adults and $15 for children ages 12 and under. A wide selection of Long Island beers will be available on tap to wash down whole-smoked hog and spring lamb, griddle-roasted North Fork oysters, baby-back ribs, Balsam Farms kale, homemade bread and butter pickles, and more.

Local Week
    To focus attention on healthy, local food choices, Edible New York and its publication here, Edible East End, are sponsoring Eat Drink Local Week.
    At Nick and Toni’s in East Hampton, Joseph Realmuto, the executive chef, will prepare a special $55 prix fixe menu tomorrow through next Thursday to honor the occasion.
    Tomorrow through Sunday, the menu will include, to start, a choice of salads with Balsam Farm lettuces and local radishes or greenhouse heirloom tomatoes from Satur Farm with homemade mozzarella, basil, and green garlic chips, or artichoke fritters with North Fork lemon verbena aioli. Entree choices will be pan-roasted local fluke with saffron seafood stew including local Little Neck clams, chorizo, roasted fennel, and charred scallions, grilled lamb chops with local zucchini and sugar snap peas plus potato hash, or risotto with Montauk lobster, Satur Farm peas, and chives from Nick and Toni’s garden.
    For dessert, diners can select panna cotta with local strawberries and rhubarb, served with orange compote and citrus nut biscotti, or chocolate torta with Old Chatham Sheepherding Company sheep’s milk yogurt gelato.
    The menu changes a bit on Monday and will include an appetizer choice of crispy East End calamari with pea vines and sweet pea aioli, entrees such as risotto with tarragon and green garlic pesto and grilled lamb medallions with Swiss chard from Nick and Toni’s garden, fingerling potatoes, and spiced yogurt, and a dessert of Catapano Dairy goat’s milk ricotta fritters with raspberry jam and warm chocolate dipping sauces.

New at La Fondita
    New on the regular menu at La Fondita, the Mexican takeout spot in Amagansett, are tacos with chayote squash and green salsa, and seafood cocktail with shrimp, calamari, jicama, cilantro, red onion, tomato, and salsa.
    Daily specials now include chipotle chicken and chicken enchiladas on Monday, corn tortillas with chicken, cheese, rice, and beans on Tuesday, Tacos Ranchero, with chili-rubbed chicken, refried beans, and salsa, and Tacos de Tinga, with chipotle chicken, refried beans, rice, lettuce, and crema on Wednesday, marinated pork tacos and a mixed plate of chili-rubbed pork and marinated skirt steak, with fixings, on Thursday, and chile rellenos and seafood cocktail on Friday. On Saturday, the special is steamed chili-rubbed beef ribs, and on Sunday the specials choices are steamed lamb tacos and lamb consomme.