News for Foodies: 07.03.14

Local Food News

Madeline McLean, a Sag Harbor resident, has launched the Madeline Picnic Co., which features meals made with ingredients from local farms and artisanal food producers.

A picnic for two costs $50 and includes two tartine-style sandwiches, two salads, two Madeleine cookies, and a reusable tote. A sample menu includes a Mermaid Tartine, with smoked local fish, pickled shallots, capers, greens, and aioli; a French Farmer tartine with saucisson, cheddar, onion jam, and cornichons, and an English Garden tartine with mixed radishes, basil butter, pea-shoot pesto, and sea salt. Salad choices include a kale Caesar, a pasta salad with pea-shoot and garlic-scape pesto, wilted spinach, and roasted fennel, and a Moroccan-spiced couscous salad. Pre-packaged picnic items will also be available a la carte. There are “kid-friendly” choices as well.

Among the local purveyors with whom Ms. McLean is partnering are Amber Waves and Balsam Farms in Amagansett, Briermere Farm in Riverhead, the Catapano Dairy Farm in Peconic, Good Water Farms in East Hampton, and the Mecox Dairy in Bridgehampton. Baked items are made by Carissa’s Breads in Amagansett.

Orders may be placed online at madelinepicnic.co, and the picnics will be delivered to one of three pick-up locations in Southampton, Sagaponack, and Amagansett.

Early Dinner
The Harbor Bistro in East Hampton has extended its dinner hours and now begins serving at 5 p.m. daily.

Damien O’Donnell is the chef at the eatery, which blends new American and classic French cuisine with Asian and South American influences. Among the entrees are Montauk monkfish with sofrito rice, chorizo, mussels, tomato, fennel, and saffron, Jamaican jerk pork tenderloin with rice, pickled peaches, lemon, and fennel, and five-spice Long Island duck breast with root vegetables, chevre, and blackberry-onion jam.

New Market Cafe
Page at 63 Main in Sag Harbor has added a patio cafe behind the restaurant, where diners may sit at picnic tables to eat or pick up takeout meals. Called the Back Page, the casual spot will serve breakfast from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., lunch from 11 a.m. to 4, dinner from 6 to 10, and a late-night menu from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Erma Orofino, formerly of Annie’s Organic in Southampton, served as a consulting chef in the development of the menu, which includes vegan and organic options made with produce from the restaurant’s aquaponic garden.

Chefs Help Chef
Joseph Realmuto of Nick & Toni’s in East Hampton will be among the chefs preparing a meal at a July 16 fund-raiser for Gerry Hayden, a chef and owner of the North Fork Table and Inn, who is suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

The “all-American barbecue” will be served at the River Cafe in Brooklyn. Mr. Hayden’s partner, Claudia Fleming, will also be cooking. Tickets are $250 and can be reserved online at aloveshared.com.

Moby’s Is Open
Moby’s, a new restaurant at the site of the old Spring Close House on Pantigo Road in East Hampton, opened on Sunday. The restaurant is the East Hampton version, and takes the place of, Moby Dick’s, which used to be at the site of Rick’s Crabby Cowboy Cafe in Montauk. The owners are Nick Hatsatouris and Lincoln Pilcher, the restaurateurs behind popular restaurants in Los Angeles and New York.

The menu includes a selection of pizzas made in the restaurant’s wood-fired oven, along with starters and main dishes. Moby’s will serve dinner tonight beginning at 5 and be open at 3 p.m. tomorrow through Sunday for the holiday weekend.