News for Foodies 06.30.11

    The Fourth of July weekend will afford foodies a number of opportunities to celebrate Independence Day with delicious fare.

Plate to Gate
   On Sunday at 4 p.m., Amber Waves Farm in Amagansett will help host a pig roast and crab boil featuring a wood-fired whole roasted pig, Long Island blue crabs steamed with local beer, and salads and grilled vegetables grown at the farm as well as at Balsam Farms in Amagansett. The roast/boil will be at Balsam Farms on Town Lane, Amagansett.
    The dinner is one in a series called Plate to Gate being presented this summer by Patrick Connolly, an executive chef, and Carlos Suarez, a restaurateur, of Bobo, a farm-to-table restaurant in New York City. The dinners are being held at farms, breweries, vineyards, urban rooftop bars, and other locations. Tickets for this weekend’s dinner cost $100 at

Solé East
    A lineup of musical events at Solé East in Montauk over the Fourth of July weekend will include a Brazilian brunch at the resort’s Backyard restaurant on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bossa nova music will accompany a meal featuring traditional Brazilian dishes. On Monday at 6 p.m. the restaurant will offer Mexican specials, among them Veracruz-style mussels, fish tacos, grilled chicken breast served with rice and black beans, and a cocktail featuring jalapeno-infused tequila with fruit juices.  The Backyard is now serving lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., with items such as mixed organic greens, baby arugula, or smoked duck salads, pizza, fluke ceviche, fried soft-shell crab sandwiches, and lobster rolls.

American Birthday Specials
    The new Turtle Crossing American Bistro will offer specials at the bar this weekend to celebrate America’s Independence Day.
    New dishes will be available for $7.04 tomorrow through Monday: a choice of a hot dog panino with gruyere cheese, chili, sauerkraut, and mustard, or Montauk tuna tartare with avocado, sweet onion, and sesame seeds — each paired with a Blue Point Toasted Lager beer. Each Friday, when Mamalee Rose and Friends perform live music, there are $5 tap beer specials from 5 to 7 p.m.
Specials on Smoothies

    At Django’s Organics on Three Mile Harbor Road in Springs, smoothies, which start at $6.99, will be buy one, get one at half price this weekend. “Lunch Boxes,” filled with picnic fare such as a tuna wrap with natural yellowfin tuna, onion, celery, raisins, and apple, served with chips, a cookie, and a drink, will be available, and the weekend will be filled with complimentary tastings of chips and dips.

Back Page Cafe
    In Sag Harbor, the Back Page Cafe, adjacent to the restaurant Page at 63 Main, offers organic breakfast and lunch selections daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.  There are also fresh-squeezed juices, organic smoothies, and packaged grocery items such as vinegar and jams.

BBQ at the Beach
    This summer, Townline BBQ will deliver its lunch items to sun-baskers at Main Beach in East Hampton at noon and 2 p.m. Orders must be placed by 11 a.m. for the midday delivery, and by 1 p.m. for the later run, and total at least $20, exclusive of a $5 delivery charge. Payment is only by MasterCard or Visa. The menu includes pork ribs, smoked chicken and shrimp, pulled pork and chicken in platters or sandwiches, burgers, vegetarian chili, salad, and side dishes such as fried mac and cheese, cornbread, coleslaw, and corn on the cob.

Wine on the Beach
    On Sundays at Navy Beach restaurant in Montauk during July and August, magnums of rosé wines from Provence will be half off between noon and 7 p.m.

The Muse in July
    Muse Restaurant and Aquatic Lounge in Water Mill has new hours for July. Dinner will be served on Wednesday through Monday from 5:30 to 10 p.m. The restaurant’s three-course, $29.95 “build your own” prix fixe will be offered all night on Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, and until 6 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, excluding holiday weekends like this one.

Montauk Eateries
    There are new schedules at several Montauk eateries. Tre Bella and the Hideaway are both now open seven days a week, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Dave’s Grill is now closed on Wednesdays.

Dial It Up
    Danielle Friscia, a personal chef, is offering lunch and dinner menus full of dishes based on seasonal, local ingredients through her catering company, Hamptons Homemade Foods. Sample dinner menus include roasted local striped bass with caramelized fennel and Roma tomatoes served with asparagus, basmati and wild rice, and a local greens salad, or grilled boneless herb-marinated leg of lamb accompanied by slow-roasted tomatoes, mustard-roasted potatoes, grilled corn on the cob, and salad. A barbecue with friends lineup includes grilled baby-back ribs with homemade peach chipotle barbecue sauce, grilled prawns with mango salsa, turkey meatloaf sliders, lobster rolls, and a host of sides.
    More information is available on Ms. Friscia’s Web site,

Harvest East End
    Tickets will go on sale tomorrow for Harvest East End, a September event that will feature wine salon programs, private dinners, and the Fall for Long Island Festival tasting and Harvest Moon Gala, which will include a live auction of Long Island wines, to be held at the Ludlow Farm in Mecox. A schedule is posted on the event’s Web site,, where tickets can also be reserved.
    The fall event, traditionally organized by the Long Island Merlot Alliance and the Long Island Wine Council, is now being put on by Food and Wine maga