News for Foodies 08.11.11

Lobsterpalooza!
    The Lobster Roll restaurant on Napeague is having a “Lobsterpalooza” throughout the month of August. Featured are lobster bisque, lobster and shrimp cocktail, lobster salad sliders, seafood mac and cheese, seafood chili, lobster-crab cake sliders, and steamed whole lobsters. To wash it all down there will be lobster ale, and a dessert of strawberries, peaches, and Captain Morgan’s rum.

Class With Karen Lee
    It’s August, and for foodies this month brings an opportunity to attend a cooking class in Amagansett run by Karen Lee, a well-known Manhattan-based caterer, cookbook author, and culinary teacher.
    Ms. Lee will offer a full-participation cooking class at a private residence on Aug. 26, from 5 to 10 p.m. The all-organic menu will include grilled shrimp with Ms. Lee’s signature red ginger barbecue sauce, grilled local fluke with slow-roasted plum tomatoes, roasted baby eggplant, wild and brown rice pilaf, a seasonal vegetable dish or salad, and cherry tart with creme chantilly.
    The ingredients will be purchased from local farmers, and the class will feature a chance to learn the secret of how to grill a fragile fish. Participation is limited to a dozen students and will cost $110. Reservations can be made at karenleecooking.com.

Farmers’ Fare
    Tickets are on sale for Farmers’ Fare, an Aug. 20 event to be held at Amber Waves Farm in Amagansett. Appetizers and refreshments made from the products of local farmers and food producers will be served at dinner, which will begin at 6 p.m., with “dancing late into the night” to follow. Tickets range from $75 to $250 and can be purchased through the Amagansett Food Institute’s Web site, amagansettfood.org.

Snail Supper Picnic
    Slow Food East End will welcome both members and nonmembers to a new take on its “snail suppers.” On Aug. 21, the group will sponsor a short paddle from Shelter Island to Taylor’s Island for a picnic lunch and a tour of the historic Smith-Taylor Cabin, hosted by the Taylor’s Island Preservation and Management Committee. Participants must take their own boats, or rent one, and a bag lunch. The hosts will provide fruit and dessert. The cost is $15 per person for Slow Food members or $30 for others, which includes a one-year membership. Space is limited, so reservations have been recommended. They can be made by e-mailing tullialimarzi@ gmail.com.

Wine, Crayfish, Cocktails
    Wines from Stewart Cellars will be featured at a dinner at the Living Room restaurant in East Hampton on Sunday at 6 p.m. James Carpenter, the restaurant’s chef, will create hors d’oeuvres to be served during a cocktail hour, and a four-course dinner to be paired with the various wines. The cost is $130 per person, plus tax and gratuity. The menu will include local fluke with lobster succotash and basil sauce, seared gravlax with pickled summer vegetables, lamb ravioli with goat cheese and mint, and grilled beef short rib with potato purée, baby spinach, and smoked shallot butter.
    On Wednesday the Living Room will have its annual Crayfish and Cocktails summer celebration from 4 to 9 p.m. Tickets cost $90 for the dinner, or $150 for cocktails, dinner, and a limited-edition poster commemorating the event.

Burgers and Brew
    East Hampton’s Harbor Grill is continuing its burger-and-brew special, which offers a classic hamburger made with Dreesen’s fresh ground beef along with a glass of house wine or any beer, for $10 at the bar any night of the week. The burger is served with steak fries and a pickle. For those who don’t eat red meat, a grilled chicken breast sandwich, with cheese and bacon, can be substituted for an extra $1.50.