News for Foodies: 04.11.13

Local Food News

    Nick and Toni’s reopened on Friday after undergoing an interior renovation.
    The East Hampton restaurant has some new menu items including roasted cod served with black barley, caramelized fennel, and watermelon radish, wood-roasted Gardiner’s Bay striped bass with seared artichokes, lemon, and capers, grilled lamb chops, and a fish soup with monkfish, mussels, rock shrimp, and Meyer lemon compote. New antipasti choices include grilled sardines, warm sea scallop crudo, duck confit salad, and fritto misto with pork belly, chicken liver, sweetbreads, shiitake, and rosemary aioli.

Back for Spring
    More restaurants are opening their doors for a new season. Bostwick’s Chowder House on Pantigo Road in East Hampton will reopen next Thursday, as will the Harbor Bistro on Three Mile Harbor, which will be serving dinner on Thursday through Sunday until later in the spring when full-time hours begin. Also on Three Mile Harbor, Andrra reopens on Friday, April 19.

And Brand New
    The restaurant and event space at the Montauk Downs golf course is now called 360 East, and is operated by Lessing’s Hospitality Group, a catering concern involved in a number of Long Island venues.
    The restaurant will first be open to the public for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day brunches, and then a weekly Sunday brunch during the summer, as well as for weekly “tropical-themed” promotions.
    Catered events will be offered both at the Montauk Downs site and off-site at other Montauk locations. Guy Reuge, the executive chef, received the La Toque d’Argenti (Silver Toque) award from the Maitres Cuisiniers de France, who declared him chef of the year in 2006.

At James Beard House
    Larry Kolar, the chef at the Backyard Restaurant at Sole East hotel in Montauk, will be the featured chef at the James Beard House in Manhattan on April 25. He will present a Market Fresh Montauk six-couse dinner paired with Long Island wines. Tickets are $170, or $130 for James Beard House members. Reservations may be made by calling the James Beard House.

Artists and Writers Night
    Storytelling will be the theme for the next Artists and Writers night at Almond restaurant in Bridgehampton on Tuesday. It will feature three local authors, Steven Gaines, Gabrielle Selz, and Erica-Lynn Huberty, who will lead a discussion, along with a three-course dinner served family style. The cost is $40 in advance or $45 at the door and includes a glass of local wine or craft beer as well as the tax and gratuity.
    Mr. Gaines, a contributing editor at New York Magazine, is the author of 12 books, including “Philistines at the Hedgerow: Passion and Property in the Hamptons.” His work has appeared in Vanity Fair, Connoisseur, and other publications. Ms. Selz, a former resident of Westbeth, a utopian artists’ housing project, writes regularly on art for the Huffington Post and has been published in magazines and newspapers including MORE and The New York Times. Ms. Huberty is the author of “Dog Boy and Other Harrowing Tales.” Her work has been anthologized in Garrison Keillor’s “Good Poems” and has appeared in publications such as The New York Times and The Washington Post.
    On the dinner menu will be a spring salad with wild arugula, shell beans, smoked feta cheese, and buttermilk dressing, garlic and rosemary-studded leg of lamb, and strawberry-ginger crisp a la mode.

“Baking for Friends”
    Kathleen King, the owner of Tate’s Bake Shop, will talk about her latest cookbook, “Baking for Friends,” and offer samples of new Tate’s products during a program at the Rogers Memorial Library in Southampton on Wednesday at noon. The program is free but reservations must be made by Sunday by calling the library or at