News for Foodies: 07.17.14

Local Food News

Montauk Eats
A Taste of Montauk, the Montauk Chamber of Commerce’s shindig celebrating Montauk restaurants and local wines and beers, takes place on Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. at the 360 East restaurant at Montauk Downs. In addition to live music by Ocean Dream, there will be bites by the Westlake Fish House, 668 the Gig Shack, Backyard at Solé East, East by Northeast, the Seawater Grille at Gurney’s, Joni’s, Swallow East, Gulf Coast Kitchen, the Montauk Shellfish Co., and Turtle Cove Café. Tickets are $65 in advance from the chamber, or $75 at the door.

At Topping Rose
The Topping Rose House in Bridgehampton is offering a Ladies Who Lunch package on weekdays that includes a 60-minute facial or massage, at a Naturopathica spa outpost at the inn, followed by lunch in the restaurant from a special menu. The cost is $135 per person, plus tax and gratuity, and includes a glass of Topping Rose House rosé wine.

Topping Rose continues its weekly pig roast and barbecue on Sundays through August, beginning at 6 p.m. The three-course family-style menu is paired with wine selected by Roman Roth of Wolffer Estate. The event takes place regardless of weather, with an indoor area used in inclement conditions. Reservations have been suggested, as space is limited.

From noon to 2 p.m. on Monday through Friday at Topping Rose, the lunch choices include a $35 prix fixe with three courses and choices of items such as snow pea, radish, mizuna, and ricotta salad with preserved lemon vinaigrette, and a strawberry sundae with cream cheese ice cream and shortbread. Fruits and vegetables grown at Topping Rose are used.

Pantigo Farm Stand
Sam Lester, of the former Pantigo Farm Co. in East Hampton, will open a new farm stand tomorrow on Montauk Highway in Sagaponack. The new stand, called simply Pantigo, will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow through Sunday. It is located on the north side of the highway, just east of the Wolffer Estate vineyard.

Summer Wine Options
Lieb Cellars, which has a tasting room in East Hampton, has packaged several of its wines in kegs and boxes that are easy to transport for outdoor summer events.

Lieb’s 2013 Bridge Lane rosé, chardonnay, and merlot are available in 19.5-liter recyclable kegs. They contain the equivalent of 26 bottles, are priced lower than the cost of individual bottles, and, according to the winery, stay fresh for up to two months after tapping. The Lieb Cellars 2012 Bridge Lane red and white blends are available in three-liter boxes (equaling four bottles), which are said to stay fresh when refrigerated for six weeks.

Prix Fixes
The Bell & Anchor in Sag Harbor offers two and three-course prix fixes nightly between 5:30 and 6:30. Two courses are $30, while the three-course special is $35. Sample menu choices include brandade, chowder, arugula salad,  fish of the day, and steamed mussels and fries. Other choices are available at an additional fee.

Early birds who land at the Harbor Bistro in East Hampton between 5 and 6 p.m. on Thursdays through Sundays may order a three-course prix fixe for $19 plus tax and gratuity. Appetizer choices are lobster bisque or a mixed greens salad. Entrees available are a vegetable stir-fry, orecchiette Bolognese, and a crispy lobster “bundle,” served with citrus slaw, spiced sesame aioli, and a Thai chile glaze. Dessert may be profiteroles, ice cream, or sorbet.

Farm Memberships
Memberships are available at the Peconic Land Trust’s Quail Hill community farm in Amagansett. Summer shares, which began in early June and run through mid-November, are $895 for families and $450 for individuals. The cost will be pro-rated for those who sign up now.

A share in the winter vegetables produced at the farm, which runs from mid-November through next winter, costs $395 for families and $250 for singles. At Quail Hill, members visit on designated picking days and gather their own vegetables from the field.

Shuko Beach
Shuko Beach is the new sushi restaurant in the former Highway Diner and Bar space in East Hampton. Nick Kim and Jimmy Lau, the chefs, formerly worked at Neta in New York City, and opened Shuko NYC last fall. Specialty dishes include whole roasted fish and local vegetables served family-style. The restaurant is serving lunch and dinner daily.