News for Foodies: 02.14.13

Local Food News

    Reservations can still be made for tonight’s candlelight dinner for two at Gurney’s Inn in Montauk. In case your date misses the hint, the menu choices include heart-shaped ravioli, oysters, and passion fruit mousse. The $150 per couple tariff includes a bottle of champagne and a red rose.
    Gurney’s will also host a renewal of vows ceremony today and Saturday at 5 p.m., with wedding cake, a champagne toast, and a certificate. Former East Hampton Town Justice Jim Ketchum will do the honors, as he has for 13 years. A $10 per person donation to the Montauk Food Pantry has been requested. Advance reservations with Gurney’s have been strongly suggested.

President’s Lunch
    Inlet Seafood, which has just gotten its 2013 season under way, will be serving lunch on Presidents Day, Monday. Normal weekly hours for the time being are noon to 9 p.m. Friday through Sunday for lunch and dinner. The restaurant is on East Lake Drive in Montauk.

An Evening of Seafood
    The Loaves and Fishes Cookshop will present an Evening of Seafood cooking class on Saturday from 6 to 9 at the Bridgehampton Inn. Students will prepare and dine on oysters with horseradish and apple slaw, seafood strudel with saffron sauce, potato-crusted cod with spinach and ricotta tart, and chocolate crepes with blood orange sorbet. The cost is $165.

Baker’s Book Signing
    Kathleen King, the owner and founder of Tate’s Bake Shop in Southampton, will be at the Loaves and Fishes Cookshop on Main Street in Bridgehampton on Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. She will sign copies of her new cookbook, “Baking for Friends,” which contains more than 120 recipes for special occasions and every day, including gluten-free and vegan recipes. Ms. King will also demonstrate how to make something from the book.

For Lobsters, Lovers
    Duryea’s Seafood Market in Montauk is offering its lobster lovers’ special for Valentine’s Day and beyond. For $39.95, it includes two 1 1/4-pound lobsters, a quart of New England clam chowder, and two pounds of mussels or two dozen Little Neck clams. By request, orders can be precooked by the market, which is open daily.

Winter Twofers
    Two entrees can be had for $25 at Felice’s Ristorante in Amagansett Sunday through Thursday and for $30 on Friday and Saturday. Options include eggplant or chicken parmigiana, the fish of the day served over pasta, and penne a la vodka.

New Truffle Salt
    Natalie and Steven Judelson, the folks behind the Amagansett Sea Salt Company, have added a new truf­fle-infused blend to their lineup of ­products. The 1.7-ounce jars cost $12 and are available at Amagansett­SeaSalt.com and frequently at the Sag Harbor Farmers Market. The company’s salts are also sold at Foragers City Grocer at 56 Adams Street in Brooklyn and at  300 West 22nd Street in Manhattan.

On Tap
    Driftwood Ale, the mainstay of the Montauk Brewing Company, is now on tap at the Corner Bar in Sag Harbor. Fans of the beer can load up with a 64-ounce growler at Peconic Beverage on County Road 39 in Southampton.


Mardi Gras
    It will be all king cake cupcakes and light fare and, of course, wine at a Mardi Gras party at the Wolffer Estate Vineyard in Sagaponack on Saturday from 8 p.m. on. The Hoodoo Loungers will play their blend of funk and Dixieland. Festive attire has been suggested. Prizes will be given for the best mask and for the person who finds a charm hidden in one of the cupcakes. The cost is $55, $50 for Wolffer wine club members. Reservations are a must.

Fat Tuesday at Highway
    Highway Diner and Bar in East Hampton is celebrating Fat Tuesday next week with a number of Big Easy-style dishes. Its chef, a New Orleans native son, is planning to serve up shrimp and grits, crawfish etoufee, red beans and rice, jambalaya, and bananas foster. The specials will be available all day. Beads and masks for all will be available.