News for Foodies 07.28.11

    Gael Greene, the restaurant critic and author, will be on the menu along with French cuisine at a special event at Almond restaurant in Bridgehampton on Aug. 7.
    Three courses prepared by Jason Weiner, Almond’s chef, and paired with wines will be interspersed with readings by Ms. Greene from her New York Times best seller, “Blue Skies, No Candy,” as well as from “Delicious Sex: A Gourmet Guide to Pleasure for Women and the Men Who Want to Love Them Better.”
    Ms. Greene, also the author of “Insatiable: Tales from a Life of Delicious Excess,” will lead a question-and-answer session after the dinner.
    The cost of the evening, which will begin at 8:30 p.m., is $65 per person, including tax and tip and a downloadable copy of “Delicious Sex” or “Blue Skies, No Candy.” Reservations are being taken now by the restaurant.

Use Your Card
    Farmers markets across New York State have instituted a system through which customers can pay for fresh produce and other market items using credit, debit, or food stamp cards.
    A station for electronic transactions enables customers to use their cards to purchase $1 or $5 tokens, which function as cash within the market. The East Hampton Farmers Market, which is on Fridays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Nick and Toni’s parking lot on North Main Street, is encouraging electronic transactions, its manager, Kate Plumb, reported this week.

Phao Prix Fixe
    A three-course prix fixe at Phao in Sag Harbor includes a choice of a salmon roll, California roll, or basil roll to start, followed by a mixed green salad, chicken satay, roti, or two types of soup. The third course choices are chicken pad thai, chicken or vegetable green curry, vegetable prik pao, or chicken pineapple fried rice. The cost is $24.95.
    The special is available on Monday through Thursday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Readers at Rowdy
    The Rowdy Readers Club, a group that meets for lunch and book talk at Rowdy Hall in East Hampton, has selected the next books to be discussed. A meeting today will focus on “The Infinites” by John Banville, while Aug. 11 will bring a discussion of “The Land at the End of the World” by Antonio Lobo Antunes. On Aug. 25, the group will discuss “Open City” by Teju Cole. Members can purchase the books at BookHampton for a 15-percent discount. The hourlong meetings are held at the restaurant at 12:15 p.m. every other Thursday.

Apres Beach Happy Hour
    Refreshing-sounding special drinks are offered each day between 3 and 6 p.m. in the bar and lounge at the Living Room restaurant at c/o the Maidstone inn in East Hampton. All cocktails are $8 during the apres-beach happy hour, and items from the bar menu, such as oysters on the half shell and a cheese plate, are available as well.

Out for Lunch
    Another afternoon, out-of-the-sun option is a leisurely lunch out. The Beacon restaurant in Sag Harbor, which overlooks the water at Sag Harbor Cove, is now serving lunch on Thursday through Monday from 11:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
    In Southampton, the Beacon’s newest sister eatery, Little/Red, named for another sibling, the Red/Bar Brasserie, is also open for lunch. Service is from 11:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Friday through Sunday. The cafe is adjacent to Agawam Park.

Peach Crumble Recipe
    On Saturday, those interested in learning how to make a peach crumble may learn the secrets at the Loaves and Fishes Cookshop, when a free cooking demonstration will take place between noon and 2 p.m.