News for Foodies: 11.14.13

Local Food News

Farm Bounty
    Balsam Farms farm stand on Town Lane in Amagansett is still overflowing with fall bounty, but with a more limited schedule. The stand is open Friday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., except for Thanksgiving week, when it will be open Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, as well.

Empanadas to Order
    Those missing the taste of Gula Gula Empanadas, which were sold at farmers markets this summer, do not have to wait until spring to get their fix. Empanadas with such fillings as bison, seasonal greens, ham and cheese, chicken, fish, and more, can be ordered via the business’s website, gulagulaempanadas. com. And, in November, Gula Gula is offering a two-for-one deal. Those who buy a dozen empanadas can get their second dozen of equal or lesser value at half price.

Danish Coffee Bread
    For the next cooking demonstration at Loaves and Fishes in Bridgehampton, people can learn how to bake wienerbrot, a Danish coffee bread, based on a recipe from “Country Weekend Entertaining” by Anna Pump with Gen LeRoy. The demonstration, on Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m., is free.

Swallow East
    Swallow East in Montauk is offering a fall prix fixe featuring two items from its “small plates” menu plus a dessert, and a drink for $24.95. Sunday is “funday,” when $3 Bud Lights pair with $11 jumbo wings.

Bloody Mary Bar
    Riding the D.I.Y. cocktail wave, Nick and Toni’s has recently introduced a new item to its brunch experience called “the board,” the establishment’s version of a Bloody Mary bar. The concept allows guests to customize their own drink using the elements provided from four categories. They can choose from an assortment of liquors (think house-infused sweet pepper, onion, and basil Absolut), mixes, garnishes (from stuffed olives to mozzarella balls), and condiments that include the usual horseradish but also some surprises. The board costs $29 and serves two to four people.

Holiday Entertaining Class
    Debbie Geppert, an East Hampton caterer, will share what she knows about the art of “easy entertaining,” just in time for the holidays, with classes on Sunday at 3 p.m., Nov. 20 at 7 p.m., and Dec. 3 at 6 p.m.
    Each costs $50 and will cover designing holiday cheer and making easy recipes with phyllo dough and puff pastry. They will be held at the kitchen of Dreesen’s Catering on Lumber Lane in East Hampton. Reservations may be made by e-mailing

Traveling Lunch Truck
    Starting this week, the North Fork Table and Inn’s food truck will be making a new stop at the Hampton Jitney terminal on County Road 39A in Southampton. Menu items available Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. through the end of the year include an artisan hot dog for $5, a Berkshire pulled pork roll for $10, organic spicy chicken posole for $12, and a lobster roll for $16.50.

Wine, Beer, Conversation
    Myles Romanov of Martines Wines will be on hand at the Riverhead Project this week as part of an ongoing series of Tuesday wine dinners. The dinner, which will begin at 7 p.m. will feature a multi-course menu paired with Martines Wines and a discussion of the pours. The dinner will be served family-style at the restaurant’s long farm table and costs $40. Reservations are required. The restaurant is at 300 East Main Street in Riverhead. The restaurant also offers a similar series of beer dinners, book dinners, and dinners and discussion with its executive chef, Lia Fallon. A full list can be found at