News for Foodies: 01.16.14

Local Food News

    The Smokin’ Wolf barbecue takeout shop in East Hampton, which is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, has a weekly lineup of winter specials, including a $7 lunch menu. Wednesday is burger night, for $8, Thursdays quesadillas are $8, on Fridays whole chickens — roasted, barbecued, or fried — are $10, and on Saturdays a whole slab of ribs is $18.

1770 House
    A winter prix fixe menu is offered at the 1770 House in East Hampton Sunday through Thursday, excluding holidays. For $35, diners can get three courses prepared by Michael Rozzi, the chef.

Chefs’ Class
    The next East End Chefs cooking class at the Old Whalers Church in Sag Harbor will be next Thursday with Todd Jacobs of Fresh in Bridgehampton. Formerly the executive chef at the American Hotel in Sag Harbor, Mr. Jacobs will prepare a curried butternut squash soup, served with Greek yogurt and anise toast, followed by pan-seared local yellowtail flounder in an organic carrot, lemongrass, and ginger broth, served with savoy cabbage and beans. Dessert will be creme brulee.

    The cost is $20. As space is limited, advance reservations have been suggested and can be made by calling the church. The class will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Colicchio Cooks Game
    Tom Colicchio, the chef at the Topping Rose House in Bridgehampton, will prepare a game dinner to be served in the barn at Topping Rose on Saturday. Courses, to include wood pigeon, partridge, duck, and venison, will be paired with wine from the Shinn Estate vineyard in Mattituck. The cost of the dinner is $195. Those who wish to make reservations have been asked to email Eliza Nordeman at enordeman@topping­rosehouse.com.

Wine, Hors d’Oeuvres, Music
    Also this weekend, wine and snacks will be served at an open house on Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. to mark the opening of Wainscott Main Wine and Spirits, at 354 Montauk Highway in Wainscott. The Seafood Shop, a neighboring business, will serve oysters and clams and other bites. East End wines from Bedell Cellars and the Channing Daughters Winery will be poured. Some local music will be offered as well: Mamalee Rose and Friends will play from 2 to 5 p.m. All are welcome to attend.

Wolffer Wines
    Every Tuesday evening is “industry night” at the tasting room at the Wolffer Estate winery in Sagaponack. From 4 to 6 p.m., employees of restaurants and wine shops that sell Wolffer wines can order glasses of wine and cheese plates at half price.

Reserve Now
    With Valentine’s Day approaching, reservations are being taken for a baking workshop on linzer tarts, Austrian cookies that could serve as appropriate “sweets for the sweet” on the holiday. Deborah Shaughnessy will lead the workshop on Feb. 6 at the Rogers Memorial Library in Southampton starting at 6:30 p.m. It will be limited to 20 bakers — who will be asked to take their own cookie sheet — and costs $25 for library members, or $35 for nonmembers.

    Reservations are also being taken for a late-February fund-raiser for Gerry Hayden, a chef suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or A.L.S. The event will take place from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Feb. 23 at Kontokosta Winery in Greenport, a sponsor along with Slow Food East End and participating chefs, who will honor Mr. Hayden’s culinary accomplishments, support of local, sustainable agriculture and healthy foods, and the restaurant he has run with his wife and co-chef, Claudia Fleming, in Southold, the North Fork Table and Inn.

     Chefs from across the East End will contribute hors d’oeuvres, including Colin Ambrose of Estia’s Little Kitchen in Sag Harbor, Peter Ambrose of Hampton Seafood Market and Peter Ambrose Events in East Hampton, Todd Jacobs of Fresh, James Carpenter of Cittanuova, Gretchen Menser of Fresno, Cheryl Stair of Art of Eating Catering, and Jason Weiner of Almond. Numerous North Fork chefs will contribute as well.

    Tickets are $75 for Slow Food members, $100 for nonmembers, and include selections of Kontokosta wines and Greenport Brewery beer. They can be reserved through the Slow Food East End website.