News for Foodies: 11.22.12

Local Food News

New at Rowdy
    At Rowdy Hall in East Hampton, new on the menu at lunchtime is a “roast turkey gobbler,” which is a sandwich of fresh turkey breast on toasted eight-grain bread with stuffing, gravy, and onion-cranberry marmalade. It is served with baby field greens. Also new on the lunch menu is a chicken salad sandwich and a pastrami sandwich. At dinnertime, the Rowdy menu now offers a baked brie appetizer, and, as entrees, local swordfish, salmon, an all-natural pork chop, beef short ribs, coq au vin, and butternut squash lasagna.

Zokkon Opens
    Zokkon, a new sushi restaurant, is opening in East Hampton, in the Montauk Highway building where Bamboo, and most recently, Shiki, used to be. The space has been redone. Toyo, the chef and owner of Suki Zuki in Water Mill, is a partner in the venture.

Amazing FoodBook
    The Edible School Garden Group, a part of the Slow Food East End education committee, has launched a fund-raising campaign on to raise money to publish “The Nutritious Delicious FoodBook.” The book contains kid-friendly recipes and links to videos, including cooking videos for adults. It offers healthy meal options for families pressed for time, with dishes that can be prepared by children as young as 10, and includes tips on nutrition and cooking techniques from local chefs as well as recipes collected from among more than 18 Long Island school districts.
    The goal is to distribute 10,000 free copies of the interactive book, in various formats, to young children and their families, in an effort to change the way that people eat.

Topping Rose Brunch
    The Topping Rose House in Bridgehampton, with the celebrity chef Tom Colicchio at the helm and Ty Kotz serving as the chef de cuisine, is now open for lunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. On the menu are dishes such as the “Bridgehampton Town Fry,” with scrambled organic eggs, fried oysters, and chili dust, a croque monsieur, and mushroom risotto cakes with eggs, spinach, and bacon broth. In addition, a pastry basket can be ordered, served with apple butter, cinnamon butter, and fresh ricotta.

Winter Farm Shares
    The Quail Hill community farm in Amagansett has winter shares available. Vegetables that will be distributed from the farm’s root cellar and greenhouse between now through Feb. 23 include carrots, beets, potatoes, cabbage, ruta­baga, sweet potatoes, squash, garlic, greens, and more. Harvest pickup days will be biweekly, on Fridays and Saturdays. A family share is $360, while a single share is $225. Those interested can send an e-mail to Rharris@PeconicLandTrust. org.

Thanksgiving Options
    Those who want to get out, and stay out, of the kitchen on Thanksgiving may head to Michael’s at Maidstone restaurant in Springs, which will be serving from noon to 9 p.m.
    In Montauk, another option will be the Gulf Coast Kitchen at the Montauk Yacht Club, which will be serving a Thanksgiving Day buffet from 1 to 8 p.m. The price is $29.95 for adults or $16.95 for children ages 6 to 12. Little ones under 6 can eat for free.

Winter Prix Fixe
    Throughout the winter at Red/Bar Brasserie in Southampton, on Sundays through Thursdays excluding holidays or holiday weekends, diners may choose a two-course prix fixe for $29, or three courses for $34. Starter choices will include a soup or salad, braised pork belly, and local yellowfin tuna tartare, the latter two for a $2 supplement. Main courses included are fish of the day, rigatoni with Bolognese sauce, and sauteed calf’s liver.

Dinner and a Movie
    At the Plaza Cafe in Southampton, a $39.50 dinner and a movie deal includes a three-course meal and a ticket to the Southampton Cinema that can be used for any show. Tax and gratuity are extra. The special is offered on Sundays through Fridays, and on Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. Main course choices include horseradish-crusted local cod, sliced flatiron steak, herb-marinated free-range chicken, and farfalle with fresh Gulf shrimp.