News for Foodies: 10.17.13

Local Food News

Paella Dinner
    A cooking class centered on making a paella dinner, to be offered by Bridgehampton’s Loaves and Fishes Cookshop at the Bridgehampton Inn on Saturday, will include instructions for making both seafood and chicken and sausage paella. For dessert, a milk chocolate flan with a pistachio sable sauce will be prepared. The class takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. and costs $165.

The Merliance
    East End wineries that produce merlot have teamed up to create Merliance, a cooperative merlot blend. With the newest addition, Lieb Cellars of Cut­chogue, the producers number seven, including Clovis Point, McCall Wines, Raphael, Sherwood House Vineyards, T’Jara Vineyards, and Wolffer Estate Vineyard. Two barrels of Lieb Cellars’ merlot will be included in the 2012 vintage of Merliance.

    Lieb was recently acquired by Southport Lane, a private equity firm, and is under the business leadership of Peter Pace, and technical direction of Russell Hearn, an East End winemaker and founding member of Merliance. The Merliance group seeks to advance research and quality initiatives as well as the perception of merlot and merlot blends as Long Island’s “signature wines.”

Fresh Family Night
    A family night menu at Fresh restaurant in Bridgehampton includes starters such as organic sweet corn chowder, Greek salad, and kale chips, followed by a choice of entrees including pan-seared local skate or porgy and grass-fed beef hamburgers. Service begins daily at 5 p.m.

Winemakers’ Sundays
    At Noah’s in Greenport, a five-course tasting dinner on Sunday at 6 p.m. will feature pairings of wines from Sparkling Pointe. On the menu will be a local white root vegetable soup, Catapano goat cheese salad, Maine lobster and local potato ravioli, pepper-crusted filet mignon, and a crème brulee duo for dessert. The cost is $76 per person plus tax and gratuity. Reservations have been strongly recommended.