News for Foodies: 08.21.14

Local Food News

Wine Tastings

A sommelier will lead participants through weekly wine tastings this month at Wainscott Main Wine and Spirits on Fridays from 4 to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 1 to 4 p.m. Each week the tastings center on wines from different regions, different varietals, and at different price points, and will include at least one of the shop’s more than 50 rosé wine offerings.

Bottles of rosé are on special at the shop, with various discounts offered on wines from around the world. Single bottles will be available at case prices. Wainscott Main plans to continue wine tastings through September and to renew its weekly wine workshops with a fall series beginning in October.

Brunch Prix Fixe

At Ruschmeyer’s in Montauk, a prix fixe brunch is offered on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for $20.

Cooking Class

A cooking class in Amagansett next Thursday from 6 to 10 p.m. with Karen Lee, a New York City caterer, cookbook author, and teacher, will center on a menu of zucchini pancakes with raita, sauteed local scallops with an Indian dry rub, parchment salmon with ginger-saffron sauce, and lemon rice pilaf. There will be a “seasonal surprise,” and dessert will be poached peaches in red wine and pecan cookies with Oreo cream.  Participants, who are limited to 12, will make and eat the meal. They may take their own wine. The cost is $115 per person. Those who wish to register may do so online at karenleecooking.com.

Food Institute

The Amagansett Food Institute has received its second annual grant of $20,000 from the Long Island Community Foundation for its Farm to Pantry program.

The institute works with local farms to collect surplus produce that is sold to Long Island Cares, and other buyers, for distribution to more than 600 Long Island food pantries. So far this year, more than 12,500 pounds of produce have been distributed through the program. King Kullen in Bridgehampton donates recycled produce boxes for the effort.