News for Foodies: 06.06.13

Local Food News

New Zealand Wine Tasting
    Wines from Stonecrop, a 20-acre vineyard in Martinborough, New Zealand, that is owned by Andrew Harris and Sally Richardson of Montauk, will be featured at a tasting at Domaine Franey Wines and Spirits on Montauk Highway in East Hampton on Saturday from 4 to 7 p.m. The couple will be on hand to pour samples of the Stonecrop sauvignon blanc and pinot noir. The vineyard’s wines have received international accolades, including a recent New York Times rating of the Stonecrop pinot noir as New Zealand’s number-two pinot noir.

Summer Happy Hour
    Those who belly up to the bar at Townline BBQ in Sagaponack for a Monday-through-Friday, 4 to 7 p.m. happy hour can order discounted bar snacks from 4 to 6, including chili cheese nachos for $3 (or an extra-large order for $10), warm pretzels with mustard for $3, hush puppies with chipotle mayonnaise for $2.50, and a dozen wings, with a choice of sauces, for $6. The weekday happy hour also brings free pool, beer and wine specials, and a selection of mixed drinks, including fresh lime margaritas, at half price.

Brunch at Fresh
    Brunch at Fresh, the new restaurant in Bridgehampton in the Southfork Kitchen’s old space on the Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike, is served on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and includes eggs Benedict, cornflake-crusted challah French toast, and omelettes with local organic spinach and other fixings, as well as fresh orange, carrot, and apple juices. Selections from the lunch menu may be ordered as well. The restaurant’s Web site is freshhamptons.com.

Old Stove Pub
    The Old Stove Pub in Sagaponack is open seven days a week, and serves lunch on Saturday and Sunday from noon to 3 p.m. On Sunday through Thursday, a four-course prix fixe is offered for $29. On Fridays and Saturdays, a piano player performs.

Fresh Mozzarella in Montauk
    Fresh mozzarella, made daily by Jeanine Alfano-Burge of Silver Spoon Specialties catering, is available on Thursday through Sunday at Sausages Pizza in Montauk. It will be sold by the pound, along with Sicilian pesto and stuffed garlic knots. Silver Spoon Specialties, a mobile catering service, has also added a second food truck to its fleet of mobile catering vehicles.

Summer Culinary Classes
    The Loaves and Fishes Cooking School in Bridgehampton will offer a series of four-day classes this summer designed to provide students with a broad range of professional cooking and baking skills. A beginner class will take place on June 24 through 27. It will be followed by an intermediate class on July 22 to 25, and an advanced class on Aug. 26 to 29.
    Carolyn Giacalone, the teacher, graduated from the New York Restaurant School and apprenticed at two locations in France. She has also worked at Manhattan restaurants such as the River Cafe, Restaurant Mondrian, and the Peninsula Hotel, and has taught in the culinary arts programs at the French Culinary Institute, the Art Institute of New York City, Brooklyn Technical College, and Suffolk Community College. In 1996, she opened Fina, a retail cafe and wholesale bakery on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Now a Sag Harbor resident, she works as a private chef and teaches a variety of classes for the Loaves and Fishes school.
    The beginning class will address knife skills, food handling, and sanitation; making stocks and sauces; roasting, poaching, and grilling, and dessert making. Each of the four-day classes will cost $800, though a 10-percent discount will be offered to those who register for all three of the monthly sessions.
    On Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m., Loaves and Fishes will also present a Country Weekend Entertaining class with Anna Pump. The menu will include fresh pea soup, grilled swordfish with tomato-basil relish and lemon rice with pine nuts, and rhubarb-blackberry crisp with coconut ice cream. The cost is $165.