News for Foodies: 07.26.12

Local Food News

St. Luke’s Favorites
    Ellen White, formerly the executive chef at the Silver Palate gourmet store in Manhattan, will lead a team of cooks at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in East Hampton on Monday as they prepare frozen, to-go entrees from recipes in a new church cookbook called “Favorites of St. Luke’s.”
    The group will cook up Bonac clam chowder, carrot-ginger soup, chicken pot pie, turkey chili, clam pie, and “Jonda’s Meatloaf,” a recipe that appeared in a 1948 St. Peter’s Chapel cookbook. The chapel is a summer adjunct of St. Luke’s in Springs.
    The meals and the cookbooks will be sold at the church’s annual summer lawn fair on Aug. 4. A grant from a parishioner will allow a portion of the proceeds from the entrees to be used to support Maureen’s Haven, an East End homeless shelter. Shelter residents will get to taste some of the cookbook dishes when church volunteers prepare meals for them in the fall.

Pepa Gourmet
    Pepalejefa, a new gourmet takeout shop, has opened on Sag Harbor’s Main Street. The shop has an international take and is named for a nickname once given a Spanish restaurant owner by Livia Hegner, the store’s owner.
    Ms. Hegner has put together fare based on her travels, family recipes, and European flavors and techniques. Offerings include hot and cold sandwiches, hot and cold soups (including an Andalusian-style gazpacho), salads, and entrees such as stuffed crepes, Moroccan chicken legs, and seafood lasagna. Desserts are available as well, as are light breakfast items. Packaged house-made dressings, spice rubs, and seasonings are also in stock.
    The shop is open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. from Sunday through Thursday, and from 9 a.m. to midnight on Friday and Saturday.

At Shiki
    Shiki, a Japanese restaurant on Montauk Highway in East Hampton, is now open for lunch from Thursday through Sunday. Service can be indoors or alfresco on the patio, and specials are offered for $12 each day, with two-for-one sushi rolls available daily.
    On Sunday nights, Shiki adds a two-for-one deal on sushi by the piece. Another special is a regular roll and a beer for $10. Happy hour takes place daily from 5 to 8 p.m., with half-price specialty drinks and house sake. Takeout is available.

Bites at the Bar
    The Plaza Cafe in Southampton is a new destination for those looking for a little nosh and a drink. A bar menu is offered Monday through Saturday from 5:30 to 11 p.m., on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and again in the evening from 5:30 to 10.
    The menu includes grilled seafood taco, tuna sliders, spicy rock shrimp tempura served with an edamame purée, lobster rolls, mussels, grilled pizza, and a vegetable plate.

Java Nation
    Java Nation, the popular coffee roastery and shop that relocated recently from Sag Harbor to Bridgehampton, is up and running in its new spot on Maple Lane. The cafe is open daily from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. for coffee, pastries, and other beverages and snacks.

Chefs Dinner
    The skills of both metropolitan and local chefs will be on display at the Hayground School in Bridgehampton on Saturday during the school’s annual chefs’ dinner, a fund-raiser for a school kitchen and scholarship fund.
    Among the participants cooking are Eric Ripert, Josh Capon, Amanda ­Freitag, Doug Gulija, Arthur Wolf, and Claudia Fleming. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. with a two-hour cocktail party featuring hors d’oeuvres made by the entire lineup of chefs, for which tickets cost $150.
    Afterward, $750 tickets will include a V.I.P. sit-down wine dinner with a four-course meal prepared by a select few of the chefs, with wines chosen by Aldo Sohm, a sommelier at Le Bernardin. Additional information can be found online at

London-Inspired Cocktail
    In honor of the 2012 Olympics, Navy Beach restaurant in Montauk will feature the “Mount Olympus” cocktail from tomorrow through Aug. 12. Described as “heavily influenced” by concoctions offered during the 1948 Games in London, it incorporates Hennessy, Grand Marnier, Lillet Blanc, and fresh lime juice.

Homegrown Cookbook
    Leann Lavin, the author of “The Hamptons and Long Island Homegrown Cookbook,” will sign copies of her book at the Loaves and Fishes Cookshop in Bridgehampton on Saturday from noon to 2 p.m. The book features local restaurants and farms.