News for Foodies 07.14.11

Taste of Two Forks
    Saturday will bring a convocation of foodies to the Dan’s Taste of Two Forks event at Sayre Park in Bridgehampton. Sponsored by Dan’s Papers, the tasting, a benefit for East End food pantries, will feature items from wineries and restaurants on the North and South Forks. Celebrity hosts include Mark Feuerstein of “Royal Pains” and Alex McCord of “The Real Housewives of New York City,” as well as Marcus Samuelsson, a chef, and Rosanna Scotto as master of ceremonies. Also on hand will be Sarabeth Levine, the co-founder of Sarabeth’s Preserves and Baked Goods, and Silvia Lehrer, a food writer whose new cookbook is “Savoring the Hamptons: Discovering the Food and Wine of Long Island’s East End.”
    Among the participating local restaurants are Almond, 1770 House, Babette’s, Beacon, Estia’s Little Kitchen, Fresno, Rugosa, and Nick and Toni’s.
    V.I.P. tickets cost $225, with admission at 6:30 p.m., while those with general admission tickets, which cost $150, will be admitted at 7:30. More information is online at danstasteoftwoforks.com.

New Food Truck
    The newest beach food option is being served from a vintage 1967 Air­stream Globetrotter trailer at the dirt lot at Ditch Plain Beach in Montauk.
    Zachary Lynd’s mobile culinary business, Turf Lobster Rolls, offers lobster rolls, or lobster salad without the roll, and, to finish off the meal, a seasonal fruit cup or a slice of homemade Key lime tart. Ingredients come from local farmers and fishermen.
    Laying plans for his new business, Mr. Lynd had responded to East Hampton Town’s solicitation for bids on food truck locations — in his case the traditional parking spot of the Ditch Witch truck at Ditch’s East Deck parking lot. However, after Ditch Witch fans raised a fuss and town officials ready to award him the bid did an about-face, he has gotten his summer under way at his own spot nearby. Lobster lunches are available daily from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

News of Rugosa
    Rugosa restaurant in East Hampton has adjusted its hours for the summer and is now serving from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday. On Sunday, service begins at 4 p.m. Prix fixe menu options are available between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and on Sunday from 4 to 6:30 p.m.
    New on the menu at Rugosa is seared Atlantic halibut, served with calamari, mussels, cannelloni beans, and braised celery, with saffron jus.

Little Red
    Little/Red, a petit sibling to Red/Bar Brasserie in Southampton, has opened near Agawam Park in Southampton Village. The newest venture by David Loewenberg and Kirk Basnight features New American cuisine by Bob Abrams, local wines and beers as well as European selections, and a vintage bistro-style interior. It is open nightly, except Mondays, at 5:30.
    Signature entrees include a grilled cheese sandwich with brie, slow-roasted duck, braised cabbage, and Dijon mustard, beer-battered fish and chips, and steak frites. Takeout meals, perhaps for dining lakeside at the park, are available.

Back to BBQ
    Turtle Crossing in East Hampton, which unveiled an “American bistro” menu this year, is bringing back some of its Southwestern specialties, by popular demand. Quesadillas and smoked barbecue chicken, pork, and brisket sandwiches, along with barbecued meat platters, will be available again, as will the ability to add a barbecued rib on the side, to any dish, for $3.
    Newer choices, reflecting a lighter tasting and sharing menu, will remain available, including a beet salad with greens, walnuts, and Point Reyes blue cheese, white bean chicken chili dip with corn chips, and fish of the day.

Summer Takeout
    A summer takeout menu from Art of Eating Catering includes a large selection of appetizers, sides, main dishes, and desserts, along with condiments and beverages, created by Cheryl Stair, the executive chef. Orders must be placed with the Amagansett company 48 hours in advance of when they are to be picked up.

A Certain Celebration
    The Harbor Grill in East Hampton will celebrate National Corn Fritters Day on Saturday with a two-for-one deal on its signature corn fritters from 4 to 6 p.m. at the bar. In addition, diners who order an entree from the Grill and Beyond section of the menu that night will receive a free order of corn fritters.

Raw Bar and Beer
    At South Edison restaurant in Montauk, an extended happy hour each day from 2 to 5:30 p.m. features specials on Blue Point brews and Blue Point oysters, which will be $1 each at the raw bar. On weekends, there will be live music as well.

Chefs Dinner
    Tickets are on sale for this year’s Chefs Dinner at the Hayground School in Bridgehampton. The July 31 event will feature numerous well-known New York City and local chefs and serve as a benefit for the Jeff Salaway Scholarship Fund and Jeff’s Kitchen at the school.
    The cost is $175 for entrance to a 5 to 7:30 p.m. cocktail party, and $850 for tickets to the cocktail party and dinner. Children’s tickets cost $35. Information can be obtained by going to greatchefs dinner.com or e-mailing info@great chefsdinner.org.

Cooking Demonstration
     A demonstration of how to use a TurboChef oven at the Loaves and Fishes Cookshop in Bridgehampton on Saturday will focus on how to prepare baked fish in parchment paper. It takes place from noon to 2 p.m.


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