News for Foodies: 02.13.14

Local Food News
Shimon Pinhas, the founder and C.E.O. of Raw Chocolate Love Corp, served samples of his high-grade chocolate products at Provisions in Sag Harbor over the weekend during the village’s HarborFrost celebration. Morgan McGivern

    The indoor farmers market held at the Topping Rose House in Bridgehampton on the third Saturday of each month will take place this weekend beginning at 11 a.m., with the closing hour now extended to 3 p.m.

    Among the vendors that have participated are Lorna’s Nuts and Goodies, Amagansett Sea Salt, East Hampton Gourmet, Plain-T Ice Tea, Cavaniola’s Cheese Shop, and Gula Gula Empanadas.

    Representatives of several local vineyards have also been at the market, along with vendors selling chocolates, energy bars, seasonings, yogurt, granola, mushrooms, lotions, soap, pottery, jewelry, and more.

For Valentine’s Day
    The Harbor Grill in East Hampton will extend the Valentine’s Day love with the onset tonight of a special three-course prix fixe, which will be offered through Sunday.

    The menu, for $38 a person, will include a glass of champagne or house wine. Diners may choose from appetizers such as lobster bisque, pistachio oysters, avocado and shrimp, calamari, and warm burrata cheese with prosciutto, followed by entrees such as seared sea scallops, pork saltimbocca, surf and turf, shrimp scampi, New York steak au poivre, and chicken breast with spinach-mushroom veloute sauce. Dessert is included as well. The Harbor Grill has live music every Saturday night at 6. Reservations have been recommended.

    Cafe Max in East Hampton, which reopened yesterday for its 23rd season and will be serving dinner nightly, except Tuesdays, starting at 5:30, will offer a two-course prix fixe for $40 for Valentine’s Day.

    At the American Hotel in Sag Harbor, the a la carte menu tomorrow will include Valentine’s specials such as crab bisque, foie gras saute, and Petrossian caviar, to start, and entrees such as steamed lobster, brace of quail, rack of lamb, and steaks. A holiday prix fixe will be offered for $95 per person, with lobster thermidor, Long Island duck, pheasant, and filet mignon as the entrée choices.

    In Montauk, Manucci’s, which is open nightly for dinner at 5, will also have a special menu for Valentine’s Day. Reservations have been suggested.

    At Fresh Hamptons in Bridgehampton, a five-course Valentine’s prix fixe to be offered tonight through Saturday is being billed as an “aphrodisiac’s delight.” The menu, which is subject to change, may include several choices of oyster dishes, beef short ribs braised in merlot with oyster sauce as an entree, and chocolate desserts. The cost is $95 per person, plus tax and gratuity.

    Those planning to make a special meal at home might want to note that jumbo lobsters — those three pounds and up — are on sale at Stuart’s Seafood in Amagansett for $9.99 a pound.

    Specials continuing all month at the Hampton Coffee Company in Water Mill include the Valentine’s coffee flavor, chocolate cherry kiss, as well as crème brulee lattes. Last-minute holiday treats are also available, including chocolate-dipped biscotti and canisters of teas in flavors such as chocolate-strawberry, raspberry-rose hibiscus, and red velvet.

Shagwong Specials
    The Shagwong on Montauk’s Main Street has daily lunch specials for $7.95, and a $15 prix fixe menu all day, every day.

Looking Ahead
    Balsam Farms in Amagansett is signing up members for its community-supported agriculture program. Four different levels of memberships are available, entitling purchasers to a weekly share of vegetables, herbs, and fruit for various periods between May 30 through Nov. 22. The costs range from $420 to $765. A weekly delivery of an additional item, with flowers, fruit, mozzarella, local cheese, and prepared foods to choose from, may also be purchased for prices between $100 and $280. Information is available at balsamfarms.com.

Open Again
     Inlet Seafood in Montauk will reopen tomorrow for lunch and dinner. Both meals will be served on Saturday, with brunch added on Sunday, and lunch service will be offered on Monday for the Presidents Day holiday. Thereafter, Inlet will be open for lunch and dinner on Fridays and Saturdays, and for brunch, lunch, and dinner on Sundays.

For the Thirsty
    At Villa Italian Specialties in East Hampton, fountain drinks and coffees of all sizes are $1. Villa, some might not yet know, serves breakfast daily beginning at 8 a.m., in addition to its offerings of meats, groceries, and prepared Italian foods.