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Naughty or nice? After treating kids to doughnuts and cider during Santa’s visit to Rowdy Hall in East Hampton Saturday morning (and collecting donations to the Wounded Warrior Project), the restaurant’s staff members posed for their own picture with the jolly old elf. Carissa Katz

    A wine tasting at Domaine Franey in East Hampton on Saturday from 4 to 7 p.m. will feature new releases from Stonecrop, a New Zealand winery owned by Andrew Harris and Sally Richardson of Montauk. They will be on hand to provide tastes of their 2012 sauvignon blanc, and a newly released 2010 pinot noir, which was recently awarded 90 points and was an editor’s choice in Wine Enthusiast magazine.

Holiday Empanadas
    Gula Gula Empanadas, made by Luchi Masliah of Springs, has a new seasonal combination — a holiday empanada filled with butternut squash, pears, cranberries, shallots, goat cheese, and sage, in a whole-wheat crust. The empanadas, which are packaged and frozen, are available in the standard size as well as a small size suitable for hors d’oeuvres. They can be ordered through the business website, at gulagulaempanadas.com, or by e-mailing  orders@gulagulaempanadas.com. Numerous other varieties of empanadas are available as well.

Christmas Eve
    Nick and Toni’s in East Hampton will serve an a la carte Christmas Eve dinner from 6 to 10 p.m. Among the holiday menu choices will be baby octopus served with black ceci beans, littleneck clam broth, and oven-dried cherry tomatoes; house-made squid-ink fettucine arrabiata with poached lobster and charred shisito peppers, and a dessert of toasted pandoro with pomegranate cranberry compote, served with chestnut gelato and candied chestnuts. Reservations have been suggested.

    On Christmas Eve, Rowdy Hall, also in East Hampton, will serve only during the day. Specials will include lobster bisque, a lump crab and chive omelette, lobster buns as an appetizer, and a lobster and egg salad over Bibb lettuce with brioche croutons.

Silver Spoon Cafe
    Silver Spoon Specialties, a catering and food truck concern owned and run by Jeanine Burge and David Gaviola, her son, has opened a cafe at the Sportime arena at the Terry King park on Abraham’s Path in Amagansett.

    The cafe is serving up quesadillas, burgers, nachos, wings, edamame, dumplings, hand-cut French fries, and homemade soups, along with daily specials such as fish tacos, barbecued pulled pork, gyros, and cheesesteak sandwiches.

    Hours will vary based on the arena’s sports schedule, but the cafe is expected to be open most days from 4 to 11 p.m. as well as for extended hours on Saturdays.

Midweek Burgers
    Wednesday is burger night at little/red restaurant in Southampton, with hamburger specials from 5:30 to 10 p.m. A Bistro Burger Platter, featuring a grilled burger with pommes frites, lettuce, tomato, Vidalia onion, and spicy bread-and-butter pickles, is $10; additions of various cheeses, sautéed onions, black truffle mousse, or avocado can be ordered for an extra charge. 

At the Brasserie
    The red/bar Brasserie in Southampton has a new prix fixe special available  Sunday to Thursday, all night, and on Friday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. It includes two courses for $30 or three courses for $35, with a choice of appetizers such as grilled Spanish octopus with sweet potato, caramelized onion, chili, and lime, or cornmeal-crusted calamari with lemon-caper aioli. Entrees include truffled chicken breast, rigatoni alla Bolognese, and more.

D.J. and Drinks
    Indian Wells Tavern in Amagansett is offering a $6 drink special on Saturday nights from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. this winter as a D.J. spins the tunes. Margaritas, wine, and shots are included in the deal. A $5 cover charge will be asked at the door. 0The Indian Wells kitchen is open from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week.