News for Foodies: 10.10.13

Local Food News

    Reservations are being taken for a Nov. 1 wine dinner called France Uncorked, featuring French wines and five courses at the Living Room restaurant in East Hampton, at c/o the Maidstone inn.

    Co-sponsored by Park Place Wines and Liquors, the dinner will begin at 7:30 p.m. and costs $145 per person. The menu will include oysters four ways and sea scallop carpaccio followed by pulled, slow-baked pheasant with sautéed chanterelles on toasted brioche with frisee salad and caramelized onions. After that, tournedos Rossini, a French steak dish with foie gras, will be served, followed by a dessert of chocolate ganache with raspberry compote. A different wine will be served with each course.

Artists, Writers at Almond
    Almond restaurant in Bridgehampton is reintroducing its artists and writers nights, when diners may eat a prix fixe served family-style and hear from a guest of the night. On Wednesday, the speaker will be Janet Goleas, a freelance art curator who recently created “The Moby Project,” a multi-disciplinary exhibit centered on the themes in “Moby-Dick.” The evening begins at 7 p.m. and will cost $40 in advance, or $45 at the door. The fee includes three courses, a glass of local wine or craft beer, and tax and gratuity.

Dinner Tonight
    Diners at four local restaurants tonight will help to support the Amagansett Food Institute, which will receive 20 percent of the evening’s proceeds from Almond, La Fondita, Fresh, and Meeting House. The institute, a fledgling organization formed to support East End farmers and food producers, has 20 members, including Amber Waves Farm, Anke’s Fit Bakery, Gula Gula Empanadas, Open Minded Organics, Fat Ass Fudge, and Bhumi Farm.

Harvest Cooking
    A cooking class at the Bridgehampton Inn on Saturday, sponsored by the Loaves and Fishes Cookshop in Bridgehampton, will center on cooking with pears and pumpkins. Carolyn Giacalone will teach students how to make pumpkin gnocchi, roasted stuffed hens with pear and walnut stuffing, roasted Brussels sprouts with pancetta, and caramel­ized pear tart with pumpkin ice cream. The class will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. and cost $165.

Pie Class
    Leslie Dumont at Proud to Be Flakey Pie School will give a class on making apple pies and tarts on Oct. 20 from noon to 3:30 p.m. The $75 cost includes refreshments during the session and a pie crust to take home. Registration is through the school’s Web site.