News for Foodies: 01.10.13

Local Food News
Michael Dollar, the bartender/magician at the Vine Street Cafe on Shelter Island, performs card tricks for well-behaved patrons. He also reads auras and has concocted his own specialty drinks menu. Morgan McGivern

   The 1770 House in East Hampton has a new chef. Michael Rozzi, an East End native who was a chef for 13 years at the former Della Femina restaurant in East Hampton, took his new post on Monday. He has also cooked at Le Chef and the Inn at Quogue. At Della Femina, Mr. Rozzi was sous chef to Kevin Penner, now the executive chef at 1770 House. He replaces Matt Birnstill, who left to pursue other cooking endeavors. Mr. Rozzi’s culinary focus is the use of local ingredients.

Cafe Max on Break
    Cafe Max in East Hampton is closed for a winter break.  The restaurant will reopen in February.

Careful Cooking
    A Memorable Meals program at the Rogers Memorial Library in Southampton on Wednesday will focus on cooking for those with restricted diets. Christie Koth, a nutritionist, will give a short talk and a cooking demonstration on preparing meals for those with digestive diseases and food intolerances. The program begins at noon. Admission is free, but reservations are required. They must be made by Sunday, by calling the library, or at

The Meeting House
    At Meeting House, a restaurant in Amagansett Square, dinner is served six nights a week. The restaurant is closed on Monday. A three-course prix fixe is offered for $30 all night on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, as well as on Friday until 5:30 p.m.

Italian Specials
    Also in Amagansett, the folks at Felice’s Ristorante and the attached Astro Pizza are offering some winter deals. At the restaurant, diners may order two selected entrees for $25 on Sunday through Thursday ($30 on Friday or Saturday). The choices include eggplant or chicken Parmigiana, fish of the day over pasta, pasta Bolognese, pasta with meatball and sausage, penne a la vodka, or manicotti. A $30 takeout special from the pizza parlor side includes a choice among two large cheese pizzas, one pizza and baked ziti, a large pizza with a topping, salad, and panini, three heroes with salad, or baked manicotti, ravioli, and salad.

Stuart’s Seafood Special
    As a wintertime special, Stuart’s Seafood Market in Amagansett is selling lobsters for $10 a pound. Local bay scallops are still available.

Sit-Down Chinese
    Out in Montauk Wok ’n’ Roll is offering diners who come to eat at the restaurant a two-for-one deal. There are also lunch specials for $5.95. The deals are offered on Sunday through Friday, except on Tuesday, when Wok ’n’ Roll is closed. Anglers who bring in their catch can have it prepared by the chef — steamed, fried, broiled, or sautéed, with a choice of sauces.

Cook, Talk
    A series of cooking classes by the Loaves and Fishes cooking school in Bridgehampton will offer singles a chance to meet and greet this winter. Sessions will be geared to those under 50, or to those aged 50 and up.
    The next class, on Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m., will be for the over-50 crowd and center on bistro-style fare. The cost is $165, which includes a meal.