News for Foodies: 02.21.13

Local Food News

Memorial Dinner
    Reservations are being taken for the Joshua Levine memorial dinner, to be sponsored by Slow Food East End on March 24.
    The event honors the life of Mr. Levine, who was a member of the East End farming community. Last year’s dinner raised approximately $18,000 that provided stipends to three master farmers who worked with the Edible School Garden program on the East End.
    The evening will include a two-hour cocktail party at the Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor featuring appetizers, sweets, and drinks made by many East End food vendors and chefs, followed by a dinner at the American Hotel, also in Sag Harbor.
    Tickets for the entire event are $150; for the cocktail party only they are $75. An additional $150 donation allows attendees to host a farmer at their table, or makes it possible for an East End farmer to attend the dinner.
    Reservations can be made online at joshualevinefoundation.org.

Silver Anniversary Renovations
    Nick and Toni’s restaurant in East Hampton, which is marking its 25th anniversary this year, will be closed until April to undergo some interior renovations designed to update and modernize the space.
    Directed by Cass Calder Smith of CCS Architecture, the project will feature new flooring, tables, seating, and lighting, as well as a new bar. Updates and sneak previews of the work will be posted on the restaurant’s Facebook page.

Chefs at SOBE
    Joe Realmuto, who is the executive chef at Nick and Toni’s as well as at Rowdy Hall, La Fondita, and Townline BBQ, is heading to Miami for the South Beach Wine and Food Festival (SOBE) this weekend.
    Along with George Hirsch, another local chef who also has a cable TV show, he will participate in “The Q,” a barbecue competition hosted by the celebrity chef Paula Deen and her sons. The two will be among 40 of the country’s top barbecue chefs who will serve up their signature dishes. Mr. Hirsch will prepare grilled fillet of beef chilaquiles, while Mr. Realmuto intends to make grilled lamb loin on a johnnycake with yogurt barbecue sauce.
    Mr. Hirsch will also be featured at two other festival events, a “burger bash” hosted by Rachael Ray, where he will be a judge, and the reggae jam closing party, for which he will prepare “George’s One Love wings.” He will also co-host, with Ty Pennington, a Sears-sponsored lounge featuring outdoor living products.

Rowdy Hall’s Annual Contest
    In advance of the Academy Awards show this weekend, Rowdy Hall is running its annual contest to see who can make the most accurate prediction of the winners. Those who dine at the East Hampton restaurant will receive an Oscar ballot form with their check, and can fill it out to enter the contest. Whoever has the most correct predictions will win a $50 Rowdy Hall gift certificate, and two vouchers to the East Hampton Cinema. In case of a tie, a drawing will be held. The contest ends Sunday, before the Hollywood awards ceremony.

Dockside Reopens
    The Dockside Bar and Grill in Sag Harbor reopened last Thursday after a winter break. The restaurant is continuing its Meat-Free Monday program, featuring vegetarian lunch and dinner specials, as well as its inclusion of “Wellness-friendly” menu selections. Seafood served at the Dockside is chemical-free, and meat dishes are made using free-range chicken and heritage-bred pork tenderloin.
    Dockside is serving lunch and dinner five days a week (it is closed on Tuesday and Wednesday) and has brunch service on Saturday and Sunday between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Pizza Deal
    On Wednesday nights, Conca D’Oro restaurant and pizza parlor in Sag Harbor offers two 16-inch cheese pizzas for $23.