News for Foodies: 05.09.13

Local Food News
Friday nights at the Wolffer Estate Vineyard feature wine available by the glass or bottle and live music in a warm setting overlooking Sagaponack fields. Morgan McGivern

   Sunday brings Mother’s Day, an occasion, for some, to enjoy a meal out at a local restaurant, a number of which have special plans for the holiday.
    The restaurant at the Montauk Downs golf course, called 360 East, will serve a Mother’s Day brunch buffet from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., with seatings at 10:30, 11, 12:30, 1:30, and 2:30. There will be a carving station featuring grilled sirloin and herb-basted turkey breast, an omelette station, traditional breakfast fare, and lunch entrees such as stuffed flounder, baked ziti, salads, quiche, grilled pesto chicken, and peel-and-eat shrimp. The cost is $37.95 for adults, excluding tax and gratuity, and includes unlimited champagne, mimosas, and Bloody Marys, as well as dessert. The restaurant will also offer a special children’s buffet, $17.95 for children 12 and under; children ages 4 and under can eat for free. Reservations have been recommended.
    A buffet at the Gulf Coast Kitchen at the Montauk Yacht Club will be served from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday for Mother’s Day. It includes a carving station with roast turkey, leg of lamb, and smoked ham, pasta and egg and omelette stations, a raw bar, and a chef’s table featuring a variety of dishes and sides, as well as a chocolate fondue fountain and other desserts. The cost is $39 per adult, $17.95 for kids ages 4 to 12, and nothing at all for children under 4.
    At Navy Beach, also in Montauk, Sunday will bring a special prix fixe lunch menu and a free Bloody Mary or mimosa for moms. The three-course deal costs $35 plus tax and gratuity and comes with a choice of wedge salad, beet salad, or Montauk clam and corn chowder to start, followed by a burger, buttermilk-fried chicken, or miso-glazed salmon, and dessert.
    At South Edison, another Montauk eatery, the Mother’s Day specials will be a la carte and offered starting at 5:30 p.m.
    Brunch and dinner specials for Mother’s Day at Nick and Toni’s in East Hampton will include wild king salmon with fava beans, tomato, and smoked olive tapenade during brunch hours from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., as well as for dinner. A second dinner special will be a chilled crab and spring pea salad served with lemon aioli on a chive pancake. For those who like sweets, a lemon crespelle torta, with strawberry-rhubarb compote and rhubarb sorbetto, will be offered all day.
    Moms who visit the Highway Diner and Bar in East Hampton on Sunday have been promised special menu selections. The diner now has al fresco seating on the patio.
    A Mother’s Day prix fixe will be served from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Living Room in East Hampton for $65 per person. It comes with a mimosa or glass of prosecco and three courses, with starter choices including salad, chilled sweet pea soup with salmon rillettes, juniper-cured gravlax, and grilled asparagus, followed by eggs Benedict, poached salmon, blackened cod, herb-marinated spring chicken, spring vegetables with tofu, hummus, and edamame puree, or an open-faced hangar steak sandwich as an entree. The prix fixe also includes dessert.
    Harbor Grill, on Three Mile Harbor Road in East Hampton, will have a brunch buffet on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for $14.95. Choices for moms, and other family members, include French toast, pancakes, salmon gravlax, eggs Benedict, and omelettes made to order. For Mother’s Day dinner, the Harbor Grill will offer three courses for $29.95, with items such as lobster bisque, baked clams, onion soup, fluke, leg of lamb, shrimp scampi, ribeye, teriyaki salmon, and chicken cordon bleu. Children under 12 can eat for free on Sunday at brunch or dinnertime. Reservations have been requested.
    The Harbor Bistro, with a water view on Three Mile Harbor in East Hampton, will also have a brunch buffet on Mother’s Day. It costs $25 for adults, $15 for kids ages 7 to 12, and is free to children 6 and under. Beginning at 3 p.m. on Sunday, a three-course prix fixe, including menu items such as lobster bundles, tuna poke, Long Island duck, and the fresh local catch, will be offered for $39. A children’s menu will also be available.

East End Chefs
    Livia Hegner and Marianne Farrell, the owner and the manager of Pepalajefa, a food shop on Sag Harbor’s Main Street, will present the next class in the East End Chefs series at the Old Whaler’s Church in that village. On Wednesday beginning at 6:30 p.m., they will prepare a croque monsieur on homemade bread, followed by Swiss meatloaf served with tiny potatoes, plus dessert. The cost of the class is $20. Wine and water will be available for purchase. As space is limited, reservations can be made in advance by calling the church.

Local Squid and Rosé
    A family-style dinner at Almond in Bridgehampton, co-hosted by Edible East End magazine, will feature newly released rosé wines from Bridgehampton’s Channing Daughters Winery and a seafood catch from Montauk: squid. Christopher Tracy, the winemaker at Channing Daughters, and a Montauk squid fisherman will be on hand to speak about their topics during the meal.
    The four courses, each paired with a different wine, include squid ceviche, grilled squid and pulpo, squid served with rock shrimp and Maine crab, and squid bibimbap, which has cucumber kimchi with it. The cost is $60 per person plus tax and gratuity.

The Beacon Opens
    The Beacon restaurant in Sag Harbor will open for the 2013 season on Wednesday and will be serving dinner Wednesdays through Sundays from 5 to 10 p.m.

Afternoon Snacks
    Bostwick’s Chowder House in East Hampton is offering an afternoon snack special every Thursday and Friday between 3 and 5 p.m., featuring half-priced appetizers and raw bar items, $4 pints of beer, and $6 well drinks.

Food Revolution Day
    Slow Food East End and the Edible School Garden Group are sponsoring Food Revolution Day on Friday, May 17, the East End’s version of a national event promoted by the chef Jamie Oliver.
    On what is described as a “day of action for people to make a stand for good food and essential cooking skills,” local activities will include a potluck supper, cooking demonstration, and musical performance at the Bridgehampton School greenhouse from 5 to 7 p.m. Attendees have been asked to take a “fresh, local” entree, side dish, or dessert — large enough to serve six to eight people. Nadia Ernestus of Hamptons Health Coach, Bryan Futerman of Foody’s in Water Mill, and Bhavani Jaroff of Slow Food Huntington will present cooking demonstrations, local farmers will be on hand to answer questions about growing vegetables, and the Bridge Marimba Band will play. The film “Growing Farmers” will be shown.
    Those who wish to attend have been asked to R.S.V.P. online at the Slow Food East End Web site or go to the Slow Food East End Facebook events page.
    Frank Trentacoste, a new farmer who started Bhumi Farm in Amagansett this year, is serving as Jamie Oliver’s ambassador for the Long Island Food Revolution Day.