News for Foodies: 09.19.13

Local Food News
Outstanding in the Field, a California outfit that hosts farm-to-table dinners at outdoor spots around the country, stopped in at the East End Community Organic Farm in East Hampton on Sept. 10, where Jason Weiner, left, of Almond in Bridgehampton was the guest chef. Durell Godfrey

Here Comes Oktoberfest
    The annual Oktoberfest at Rowdy Hall in East Hampton begins on Saturday with a 3 to 5 p.m. celebration featuring a re-creation of a German beer garden, with outdoor picnic tables and communal dining tables in the dining room. There will be Bavarian music outdoors from 3 to 5, and a live broadcast by WEHM radio, along with German bar snacks such as knockwurst, brat­wurst, and bockwurst. Oktoberfest beer specials will be served in a commemorative pilsner glass for $8, with refills for $4, and an Oktoberfest beer tasting flight will be offered for $10.

    Rowdy’s Oktoberfest will continue through Oct. 6, with daily prix fixe dinner specials for $24 each week, with menus changed periodically. The first, starting Saturday, will include knockwurst, bratwurst, and bockwurst with German potato salad, sauerkraut, and mustard, and a Black Forest trifle for dessert. Starting next Thursday, the special will be Kassler Rippchen, or German smoked pork chops, with braised red cabbage and grilled apples as an entree, and German chocolate cake for dessert.

Montauk Eats
    Out in Montauk, the Gulf Coast Kitchen at the Montauk Yacht Club has introduced Coin Toss Tuesdays, when a successful call of heads or tails could result in a free meal for a party of four or less, excluding alcoholic beverages and the gratuity. On Wednesdays, the restaurant offers 50-percent discounts on bottles of wine ordered along with entrees, and on Fridays and Saturdays, pizza is buy-one, get-one-free from 5 to 7 p.m. During a Monday through Friday happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m., drinks are discounted, and orders of chicken wings are half price.

    Gosman’s has nightly specials for the fall. Sunday, it’s a 11/4-pound lobster served with corn on the cob, fries, and coleslaw for $24, Monday is rib night for $15, and on Wednesday the local fish catch of the day is served with a glass of house wine for $24. Thursday is steak night at Gosman’s, with the chef’s choice of steak with a potato and vegetable for $24, and Fridays feature fried shrimp, fish and chips, or a fisherman’s platter, for $15. The specials are not offered on holidays, and service begins at 5 p.m.

Meatless Mondays
    Mondays are for vegetarians at Almond in Bridgehampton, which is participating in a global initiative called Meatless Mondays, the objective of which is to help reduce meat consumption by 15 percent in order to improve the health of people and the environment. A vegetarian three-course prix fixe is offered for $35. On other nights, Almond offers a $29, three-course prix fixe from 5 to 7 p.m., with choices to be made from the regular menu.

Sunday Brunch
    The Bell and Anchor in Sag Harbor will begin serving Sunday brunch this weekend from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The menu includes lox with soft scrambled eggs, onions, and hash browns, duck hash with a poached egg, and French toast.
    Dinner service will follow the brunch hours, until 9 p.m. Appetizer menu items include chowder with white fish, clams, potato, bacon, and cream, a frito misto with clam strips, rock shrimp, calamari, capers, and lemon with spicy aioli, crispy Portobello mushrooms with roasted peppers, smoked mozzarella, and lemon-caper butter, and pork belly served with raw local oysters and kimchi. On the entree menu are several lobster dishes and more.

Indian Wells Lineup
    The weekly lineup at the Indian Wells Tavern in Amagansett brings a burger night on Monday, with a burger, draft beer, and a half-dozen buffalo wings for $17, steak night on Tuesday, with steak and sides for $25, fajita night on Wednesday, with steak, chicken, or vegetable choices for $19, and prime rib night on Thursday, when $23 will buy prime rib, a soup or salad, baked potato, and vegetables.

East End Chefs
    Dorine Drohan, the chef and owner of Aunt Dorine’s Clam Bar, a mobile food vending truck based in East Hampton, will present the next East End Chefs class at the Old Whalers Church in Sag Harbor next Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

    She will prepare a watermelon salad that includes local tomatoes, baked pasta, and cookies for dessert. Admission is $20. As space is limited, reservations have been requested and may be made by calling the church. Wine and water will be offered for purchase during the class.

Focus on Seafood
    Numerous local restaurants will participate this weekend in the brand-new Montauk Seafood Festival. Centered at the Montauk Marine Basin, the festival will include tastings from the eateries’ menus, along with activities such as a snapper derby and arts and crafts. The festival takes place on Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.