Recent Stories: Food

Joanne Pilgrim
December 22, 2014

For New Year’s Eve

Those looking toward the last night of December to have an evening meal out and ring in the new year have numerous choices as to where they might go.

Joanne Pilgrim
December 18, 2014

Holiday Meals

Laura Donnelly
December 18, 2014

When it was suggested to me that I participate in a latke-making party and write a story about it, my initial response was, “Hmmm, doesn’t sound like much of a food story. Grated potatoes fried in oil? How interesting or complicated can that be?” When I heard that a number of children would be helping, I thought, “Now it’s getting interesting.” And when I learned about all the delicious varieties of latkes in existence, I was much enthused.

David E. Rattray
December 9, 2014

Winter memberships in Quail Hill Farm’s community supported agriculture program in Amagansett are still available and cost $395 for a family. A first-time fee for new members is $50. Individual shares are $250. 

The bounty can include carrots, potatoes, sweet potatoes, cabbage, burdock, squash, beets, celery root, parsley, dried beans, wheat berries, and smoked hot peppers, among other things. Carissa’s Breads is also offering season-long bread shares through Quail Hill, and people can buy loaves individually on Friday pickup days.

Laura Donnelly
December 9, 2014

Cavaniola’s Traditional Swiss Fondue

It is important to use the best ingredients for best flavor. Supermarket cheeses probably won’t yield the same results, so I strongly urge you to get the best cheeses you can for this fondue recipe.

Cavaniola’s very kindly shared its recipe for fondue, and the results were spectacular. If you want, the shop will blend the cornstarch and grate the cheeses for you beforehand. Bring cheese to room temperature before beginning.

Serves two to three.

Laura Donnelly
December 9, 2014

This is the time of year when warm, comforting foods are very appealing. What can be even more appealing are melty-cheesy dishes like Welsh rabbit, Kentucky hot brown, fondues, and raclette. The fun of fondue and raclette is that they are interactive meals. You simply set out the ingredients and let everyone do their own thing. While some would consider fondue a meal, I prefer to have it as a fun first course, followed by a light, yet heartily packed vegetable soup like ribollita.

Laura Donnelly
December 2, 2014

Tutto il Giorno
56 Nugent Street
Southampton
377-3611
Dinner, Thursday through Monday
Lunch, Saturday and Sunday

Joanne Pilgrim
December 2, 2014

Tree Lighting and Treats

Food will be a part of holiday festivities at two local restaurants this weekend.

Tomorrow at 7:30 p.m., the Topping Rose House in Bridgehamtpon will serve hot chocolate, hot toddies, mulled wine, and Christmas cookies during a tree-lighting ceremony. Children from the Our Lady of the Hamptons school will sing carols.

On Sunday, after a tree-lighting event at c/o the Maidstone inn in East Hampton, the Living Room restaurant there will offer a Swedish holiday dinner menu for $42 per person.

Laura Donnelly
November 26, 2014

Highway Diner and Bar
290 Montauk Highway
East Hampton
527-5372
Dinner Wednesday through Sunday
Lunch Saturday and Sunday

Laura Donnelly
November 26, 2014

There are three new cookbooks out right now with local connections. Ina Garten, a k a the Barefoot Contessa, has come out with her ninth book, called “Make It Ahead.” The folks of Edible School Gardens have published the “Delicious Nutritious FoodBook,” compiled and written by Judiann Carmack-Fayyaz. And the kitchens of Martha Stewart Living have come out with “One Pot.”

Joanne Pilgrim
November 26, 2014

Holidays at Harbor Grill

The Harbor Grill in East Hampton is once again offering a deal for those who purchase restaurant gift cards for the holidays. For every $50 gift card, the purchaser will receive an additional card worth $10; for every $200 gift card, a $50 gift card will be issued as well. The offer will be good until Jan. 1.

Book on Sweets

Joanne Pilgrim
November 18, 2014

For those whose Thanksgiving plans don’t include trussing and roasting a turkey at home, there is the following list, by no means exhaustive, of places where one could eat or get takeout for the holiday next week.

Pierre’s restaurant in Bridgehampton will serve an a la carte Thanksgiving dinner all day next Thursday — turkey along with lobster, lamb, and burgers. Child-sized portions will be available.

Laura Donnelly
November 18, 2014

Lights! Carrots! Action! It was Colin’s Carrot-Palooza at Estia’s Little Kitchen last week, as splashy a media event as you can expect for a Wednesday . . . in November . . . for a vegetable. There were local rock star chefs and their Daucus carotas, served raw, steamed, and in various dishes. The carrots, that is.

Laura Donnelly
November 11, 2014

South Fork
Kitchens Cafe

Student Center
Stony Brook University
239 Montauk Highway
Southampton
Open from 11-2 Weekdays


A few weeks ago a friend asked if I would like to sample some of the best, freshest, cheapest food available, in other words, one of the best-kept secrets on the East End. How is it I didn’t know of this special place, this little jewel of a cafe, open five days a week for lunch? One reason could be that it is essentially a Russian nesting doll.

Joanne Pilgrim
November 11, 2014

Heading out to Montauk for a weekend drive? Inlet Seafood restaurant, which has a harbor and Block Island Sound view from its high spot on East Lake Drive, is serving lunch and dinner Fridays through Sundays, and a Sunday brunch.

Zagat Comments

The 1770 House restaurant in East Hampton has asked its fans to sign in to the Zagat dining guide website and weigh in on the eatery. Zagat is doing its first survey of Long Island restaurants in several years. Comments can be made at zagat.com/vote through Jan. 6.

Joanne Pilgrim
November 4, 2014

The Jamaica Specialties shop in East Hampton has weekly lunch specials for $8.95 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays. Every Friday there is a fish special, with different fish — kingfish, porgy, red snapper, and more — served Jamaican style. A fried fish special is $12, while steamed fish is $15; the specials are served with a choice of rice, yellow yam, boiled dumplings, or boiled banana.

In Montauk

Mark Segal
October 28, 2014

Long Island Restaurant Week

As the weather cools, restaurants offer bargains to lure diners from the warmth of hearth and home. Long Island Restaurant Week will begin Sunday and continue through Nov. 9, with more than 165 restaurants offering prix fixe, three-course menus for $27.95.

Participating South Fork eateries are 1770 House and the Living Room at c/o the Maidstone in East Hampton, Almond and Topping Rose House in Bridgehampton, and the Cuddy and Page at 63 Main in Sag Harbor.

Laura Donnelly
October 28, 2014

I am a huge fan of fall vegetables, almost all of them. They are durable, adaptable, and malleable. Many can be eaten raw, or cooked a number of ways — roasted, steamed, fried, pureed, stir-fried. And they play nicely together, such as celery root cooked with potatoes for a mash, or butternut squash cubes roasted with carrots, sweet potatoes, and shallots.

Laura Donnelly
October 21, 2014

Blue Canoe
104 Third Street
Greenport
477-6888
Daily, noon-9 p.m.,
Friday and Saturday, noon-10 p.m.


Blue Canoe in Greenport is just plain fun. It’s on the water, has an expansive outdoor dining area, an eclectic menu with an Asian slant, great oysters in several guises, and a friendly staff. It is casual, but the food is pretty spiffy.

Joanne Pilgrim
October 21, 2014

East End Food Hub Grant

The Amagansett Food Institute has received a $25,000 grant through the United States Department of Agriculture’s Local Food Promotion Program. The grant will be used to study the feasibility of a food hub on the East End, where locally produced food could be collected, marketed, and distributed to institutional and wholesale buyers.

A consultant will be engaged to determine whether a food hub could help members of the food institute expand their businesses.

Laura Donnelly
October 14, 2014

I do not like (insert little organ that controls our emotions here) New York. As a matter of fact, I very much dislike New York. Not the state, the city. It is dirty, noisy, nearly impossible to negotiate, expensive, nerve-wracking, just all around dreadful. I’ve never lived there and I never will.

Joanne Pilgrim
October 14, 2014

A fall menu at 75 Main in Southampton is centered on local produce and includes dishes such as truffle-crumb stuffed breast of chicken served with polenta, garlic, and broccoli rabe; marinated skirt steak, and blue crab-crusted halibut.

On Mondays at 75 Main, pasta entrees, served with a soup or salad to start, are $16, and on Sundays there are steak specials: a burger, flatiron steak, marinated skirt steak, or hanger steak served with soup or salad for $18.  In addition, the restaurant offers a three-course prix fixe Tuesdays through Fridays for $29.95.

Laura Donnelly
October 7, 2014

The festival is coming, the festival is coming, the Hamptons International Film Festival is coming! By Thursday the swarm of over 18,000 black-leather clad cinephiles will begin descending upon our lovely villages. They know where the films are being shown, East Hampton, Sag Harbor, Southampton, Montauk, and Westhampton, but do they know where to eat? Have no fear, I am here to “direct.”

Joanne Pilgrim
October 7, 2014

Restaurants will be lively this weekend, with the Hamptons International Film Festival in town and Montauk’s Fall Festival taking place, but for some it will be a last hurrah before they scale back or shut down for the season.