News for Foodies: 06.21.12

Local Food News

   Andrew Harris, a Montauk resident and owner of the Stonecrop winery in New Zealand, will host a wine dinner tonight at the American Hotel in Sag Harbor to raise money for the East End Classic Boat Society. The $95 cost includes a $50 donation to the society.
    The dinner will begin at 6:30. Stonecrop’s 2011 sauvignon blanc and 2009 pinot noir will be served, along with Jerusalem artichoke velouté soup, a watercress salad, roasted Montauk blackfish with roasted salsify and Yukon Gold potatoes, and a dessert of dark chocolate and olive oil mousse with berries.
    Reservations, if space is available, can be made by calling the American Hotel.

East End Chefs
    Matthew Guiffrida, the owner and chef at Muse in the Harbor, will be featured at the next East End Chefs cooking class at the Old Whalers Church in Sag Harbor. Beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Mr. Guiffrida will prepare jumbo sea scallops with artichoke hummus, penne pasta with jumbo shrimp and a healthier-than-usual Alfredo sauce, roasted fennel and tomato orzo, and a special dessert. Wine will be served.
    Admission is $30 at the door. Space is limited, and reservations can be made in advance by calling the church.

Bigger Lobster
    A special two-course lobster dinner at the Harbor Grill in East Hampton includes more lobster than was reported here last week — a one-and-a-half pound crustacean, not a one-pounder. The dinner, offered all night, every night for $29, also includes a soup or salad, corn on the cob, and choice of a side dish.

Backyard Samuelsson
    The Backyard restaurant at Solé East in Montauk will have a celebrity guest chef on June 30. In celebration of his new memoir, “Yes, Chef,” Marcus Samuelsson will prepare a four-course dinner to be served at two seatings, at 6:30 and 9 p.m. Each course will be paired with wines from Bedell Cellars, Channing Daughters, and Clovis Point. Mr. Samuelsson opened Red Rooster Harlem in New York City and, most recently, Ginny’s Supper Club in a space beneath that restaurant.
    He has received several James Beard Foundation awards and was selected to prepare the first state dinner hosted by the Obama administration.
    The cost of the dinner, which includes a signed copy of the memoir, is $125 per person plus tax and gratuity. Reservations are a must and can be made by calling the hotel and restaurant or e-mailing marcusdinner@soleeast.com.

Spring Close Pizzas
    Joe Daniels, the pizza chef at Spring Close restaurant in East Hampton, is firing up the wood oven to make the eatery’s signature pizzas during lunchtime every day. Diners can order from a newly expanded wood-fired pizza menu until 5 p.m.

Bar Bites
    A bar menu is offered at Andrra in East Hampton each day from 3 to 5 p.m., as well as late nights after the restaurant closes and Andrra’s lounge ignites. Among the bar menu bites are “extra-colossal” shrimp, baked clams, and lobster rolls. During a daily happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m., Andrra offers a dozen Napeague clams, or a half-dozen oysters, for $6.

Townline Refreshments
    At Townline BBQ in Sagaponack, a happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday brings bar snacks in the first two hours, including free popcorn and peanuts, hush puppies with chipotle mayonnaise for $2.50, and chicken wings with blue cheese dressing, chili with cheese nachos, and warm pretzels with mustard for $3 each.
    Happy hour devotees can play pool for free, and drink specials include “pint coolers” of beverages such as margaritas, sangria, and cocktails with gin and rye whiskey at prices starting at $4 in the 4 p.m. hour and increasing by $1 each passing hour. There will be specials on beer as well.