Recent Stories: Food

Joanne Pilgrim
November 30, 2017
Cocktails at Baker House; impossible burgers at Rowdy Hall, Greek prix fixe at Elaia; and more this week

At the Baker House 1650 in East Hampton, Tad Carducci, an award-winning mixologist, will be on hand for Cocktails & Conversation on Saturday from 4 to 6 p.m. Mr. Carducci of the Tippling Bros. mixologist group, a co-author of two Tippling Bros. books, will demonstrate how to make holiday cocktails and have copies of his books available for purchase. Tickets are limited and cost $50. They can be reserved by calling the Baker House or purchased online at bakerhouse1650.com. 

The event is being co-sponsored by the Domaine Franey wine and spirits shop in East Hampton.

 

Impossible Burger

Jennifer Landes
November 22, 2017
Some last-minute ideas for Thanksgiving dinner include the Maidstone Hotel in East Hampton, where a four-course prix fixe meal is being served up for $85, $40 for children under 12, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. In Southampton, Tutto Il Giorno will also be open on Thanksgiving with a prix fixe menu for $65 that includes a choice of baby kale Caesar salad or a baby artichoke appetizer, wild mushroom tortelli or roasted turkey pastilla as an entree, and carmelized pear crostata or pumpkin semifreddo for dessert.

For Procrastinators

Just decided to come out east at the last minute and have no plans or food in the house for the holiday? Maybe the Bumpuses’ dogs ate your turkey as it was cooling on the kitchen table?

Some last-minute ideas for Thanksgiving dinner include the Maidstone Hotel in East Hampton, where a four-course prix fixe meal is being served up for $85, $40 for children under 12, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. The restaurant also offers a nightly prix fixe for $37 from 5:30 to 9 from Sunday to Thursday and Friday and Saturday 5:30 to 10 p.m. Kids and dogs are welcome at the sunroom brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The bar’s nightly happy hour includes $10 cocktails and snacks by the fire from 4 to 7 p.m. 

Star Staff
November 22, 2017
In addition to food, the Springs Tavern also serves up music. Tomorrow, a special tribute to the Allman Brothers will feature Andy Aledort, Bosco Michne, Rich Rosch, and Roy DeJesus at 9 p.m. There will be no cover charge.

In addition to food, the Springs Tavern also serves up music. Tomorrow, a special tribute to the Allman Brothers will feature Andy Aledort, Bosco Michne, Rich Rosch, and Roy DeJesus at 9 p.m. There will be no cover charge.

Mr. Aledort, a blues-rock guitarist, performs with his band the Groove Kings regularly in the area and has recorded several albums. He appears on the “Dickey Betts and Great Southern: 30 Years of Southern Rock” DVD.

The restaurant has also announced a new “first responder Thursday,” when police and fire officials with identification will receive 25 percent off their entire order.

Joanne Pilgrim
November 20, 2017
With a husband who is a chef, Patty Sales cannot generally be found cooking. But baking is a different story.

With a husband who is a chef, Patty Sales cannot generally be found cooking. But baking is a different story.

The namesake of a grassroots East Hampton business, Cousin Patty’s Cookies, she grew up with a wooden spoon and mixing bowl at hand. “It’s very relaxing,” she said on a recent rainy day, perfect for baking. 

Jennifer Landes
November 16, 2017
Townline BBQ in Sagaponack is offering happy hour specials with its live music on Friday nights this season. Inlet Seafood in Montauk will close for the season after its lunch service on Nov. 26. It will continue to operate until then Friday through Sunday, opening at noon.

It is sad to say, but even one of the seasonal restaurant holdouts will be closing its doors for winter soon. Inlet Seafood in Montauk will close for the season after its lunch service on Nov. 26. It will continue to operate until then Friday through Sunday, opening at noon.

No Turkey Talkathon

Wondering what to serve your vegan and vegetarian friends and relatives at Thanksgiving? Julie and Dan Resnick of Amagansett and the website Feedfeed.com will be joining Rachel and Andy Berliner of Amy’s Kitchen for a Twitter chat today with the hashtag #NoTurkeyTalkathon at 4 p.m. 

Laura Donnelly
November 16, 2017
In the late 1970s and early ’80s I worked for National Public Radio in Washington, D.C. Every year around this time, our beloved “All Things Considered” host Susan Stamberg would share her mother’s recipe, Mama Stamberg’s Cranberry Relish, with her listeners. “Mama” Stamberg got credit for this wildly popular concoction until the true inventor, Craig Claiborne, gently reminded Susan that it was his recipe from a 1959 New York Times column. In 1993, Mr. Claiborne told Mrs. Stamberg: “I am simply delighted. We have gotten more mileage, you and I, out of that recipe than almost anything I’ve printed.”

In the late 1970s and early ’80s I worked for National Public Radio in Washington, D.C. Every year around this time, our beloved “All Things Considered” host Susan Stamberg would share her mother’s recipe, Mama Stamberg’s Cranberry Relish, with her listeners. “Mama” Stamberg got credit for this wildly popular concoction until the true inventor, Craig Claiborne, gently reminded Susan that it was his recipe from a 1959 New York Times column. In 1993, Mr. Claiborne told Mrs. Stamberg: “I am simply delighted. We have gotten more mileage, you and I, out of that recipe than almost anything I’ve printed.”

Joanne Pilgrim
November 9, 2017
Bridgehampton Inn has a constantly evolving menu, with new selections offered every two weeks based on local market ingredients. Brian Szostak, the chef, would be happy to hear from farmers and boutique growers about fresh, available items. O’Murphy’s restaurant and pub at the Tipperary Inn in Montauk has a $24.95 dinner special Sundays through Thursdays starting at 5 p.m. It includes soup or salad of the day, a selected entree, coffee, and dessert.

Reservations are being taken for a Nov. 18 dinner described as a “culinary ethnobotanical adventure.” The chefs, Jeff Purrazzi from JK Chef Collection, Adam Kelinson from Around the Fire, and other South Fork chefs who will help out, will present six courses: Montauk oysters, wood-fired seed bread with charcuterie and “fall ferments,” Clambake Nation chowder with white pine broth and scallops, and a local whole-roasted pig served with polenta, beans, and squash. Dessert, tea, and coffee will also be served.

The dinner is a benefit for the Project Most after-school program and will include a silent auction. It will take place at Scoville Hall in Amagansett starting at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $75, and reservations can be made at eventbrite.com. 

Laura Donnelly
November 9, 2017
I love Bloody Marys but seldom drink them. They seem to be kind of a meal in a glass, thick and spicy with bits and bobs of horseradish, a celery stick, perhaps an olive on a toothpick, like watered down cocktail sauce with booze in it.

I love Bloody Marys but seldom drink them. They seem to be kind of a meal in a glass, thick and spicy with bits and bobs of horseradish, a celery stick, perhaps an olive on a toothpick, like watered down cocktail sauce with booze in it.

Joanne Pilgrim
November 2, 2017
The Springs Tavern will offer half-priced bottles of wine with the purchase of a dinner entree on Wednesdays from 4 to 9:30 p.m. Babette’s in East Hampton is open daily except for Wednesdays, serving breakfast and lunch until 4 p.m., as well as dinner on Friday and Saturday nights.

At Babette’s

Babette’s in East Hampton is open daily except for Wednesdays, serving breakfast and lunch until 4 p.m., as well as dinner on Friday and Saturday nights. The restaurant, which focuses on “clean food,” including specials for both herbivores and carnivores, is distributing Local Love cards good for a 15-percent discount. Veggie burgers have been put back on the menu. 

 

Winter Farm Share

Laura Donnelly
October 31, 2017
Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos, is a celebration that originated with the Aztecs of central Mexico thousands of years ago. These are not days of mourning the passing of friends and family, they are celebrations of their lives, and the rituals that accompany these holidays are to welcome them back for a day.

Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos, is a celebration that originated with the Aztecs of central Mexico thousands of years ago. Nov. 1 is the Day of the Innocents, or Dia de los Inocentes, or Dia de los Angelitos, Day of the Little Angels, that is, children. Nov. 2 is for celebrating deceased adults. These are not days of mourning the passing of friends and family, they are celebrations of their lives, and the rituals that accompany these holidays are to welcome them back for a day.

Joanne Pilgrim
October 26, 2017
La Fondita in Amagansett will celebrate Dia de los Muertos, the Mexican Day of the Dead, with traditional food specials Wednesday through Friday, Nov. 3. Reasons to visit Nick and Toni’s restaurant in East Hampton this fall: three prix fixe specials to choose from, wood-oven pizzas, and “social hour” at the bar.

Does the seasonal change have you craving heartier food and drink? At Townline BBQ in Sagaponack, there’s an option all rolled into one. Called the Hail Mary (a version of a Bloody Mary) and served in and on a glass, this meal-in-a-drink starts with a Bloody Mary. The drink is then topped with a piece of Townline’s barbecue brisket, a St. Louis rib, a hush puppy, a pickle, and an olive. It costs $15.

 

Prix Fixe, Pizza

Reasons to visit Nick and Toni’s restaurant in East Hampton this fall: three prix fixe specials to choose from, wood-oven pizzas, and “social hour” at the bar.

Joanne Pilgrim
October 19, 2017
Tonight’s the night for a dinner at Almond in Bridgehampton featuring spirits from Widow Jane, a Brooklyn distillery, and pork from a pig raised at Root ’n’ Roost Farm in Livingston Manor, N.Y. Stefanie Sacks, a “culinary nutritionist,” will present a series of workshops with instructions for “meatless Mondays” beginning next week at a private residence in Bridgehampton. The 5:30 to 8 p.m. sessions, suitable for adults as well as children ages 10 and up, will begin with a brief discussion followed by hands-on cooking instruction.

Microgreens Tour, Tasting

Slow Food East End is taking reservations for a Nov. 2 tour and tasting at Good Water Farms in Bridgehampton, which produces microgreens and has just released “The Microgreens Cookbook: A Good Water Farms Odyssey.” Brendan Davison, the farm’s owner, will lead the tasting and tour and provide each visitor with a box of microgreens to take home. Small bites made by Megan Huylo, the chef at East Hampton’s Bhumi Farms, will be served. 

Reservations for the 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. event are limited and can be made at the Slow Food East End website by Oct. 31. The cost is $65.

 

Fall at Lulu

Laura Donnelly
October 19, 2017
In summertime you can get away with slicing up a watermelon, dropping some berries in a bowl, or stopping at a farm stand for a fruit pie, and voila, dessert is done. But this time of year don’t you want to make a little more effort with a homemade dessert?

In summertime you can get away with slicing up a watermelon, dropping some berries in a bowl, or stopping at a farm stand for a fruit pie, and voila, dessert is done. But this time of year don’t you want to make a little more effort with a homemade dessert? The following three cakes are so easy and so good, you are going to cut them out and keep them forever. They are fast, fruity, and foolproof!

Joanne Pilgrim
October 12, 2017
Coast Kitchen restaurant at the Montauk Yacht Club has a $29.95 (plus tax and tip) three-course prix fixe special for fall, served daily from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Getting through the first workdays of the week might become easier with a Tuesday night visit to Indian Wells Tavern in Amagansett, which is hosting Taco Tuesdays. Diners can choose among three different tacos, served with chips and salsa to start, topped with radish, cilantro, and queso fresco, and accompanied by rice and beans.

Bourbon and Pork

Dishes made with pork from a heritage-breed pig raised at the Root ’n’ Roost Farm upstate, paired with New York-made bourbon and rye from Widow Jane, will be the centerpiece of a meal at Almond in Bridgehampton next Thursday. Reservations are being taken for the $70 dinner, which will begin at 7 p.m.

 

Champagne Weekend

Laura Donnelly
October 12, 2017
The weather may still be disconcertingly balmy, but the farm stands and supermarkets and nurseries are all letting us know it’s fall! Hank’s Pumpkintown is up and running and busy as ever. The folks at John’s Drive-In in Montauk are cranking out their delicious pumpkin ice cream. There are pumpkin lattes, pumpkin doughnuts, pumpkin ales.

The weather may still be disconcertingly balmy, but the farm stands and supermarkets and nurseries are all letting us know it’s fall! Hank’s Pumpkintown is up and running and busy as ever. The folks at John’s Drive-In in Montauk are cranking out their delicious pumpkin ice cream. There are pumpkin lattes, pumpkin doughnuts, pumpkin ales. There are caramel apple kits at King Kullen and corn mazes everywhere. I kid you not, I spied Pepperidge Farm Pumpkin Swirl bread (limited time only!) at the Sag Harbor I.G.A. The Pepperidge Farm website exhorts you to “Wake up to swirls and swirls of yummy morning magic!” Goodness gracious, almost gave me flashbacks to 1969.

Laura Donnelly
October 5, 2017
So you’re in Southampton for the Hamptons International Film Festival, going from the Southampton Cinema to the Southampton Arts Center, and you’re really hungry and want to grab a bit to eat between films. Where to go? Luckily, there are quite a few options, from the simplicity of a healthy smoothie or salad from the Village Gourmet Cheese Shop to the quiet opulence of Sant Ambroeus.

Job’s Lane Gastro Pub 
(and others . . .)

10 Windmill Lane
Southampton
631-287-8703
Daily from 11:30 a.m.

So you’re in Southampton for the Hamptons International Film Festival, going from the Southampton Cinema to the Southampton Arts Center, and you’re really hungry and want to grab a bit to eat between films. Where to go? Luckily, there are quite a few options, from the simplicity of a healthy smoothie or salad from the Village Gourmet Cheese Shop to the quiet opulence of Sant Ambroeus.

Here are some of your choices, all within blocks of the Southampton Cinema at 43 Hill Street. 

Joanne Pilgrim
October 5, 2017
A dinner with a theme of “chef, farmer, and winemaker” will be served later this month at the James Beard House by Michael Rozzi, the chef at 1770 House in East Hampton, along with Michael Cohen, the restaurant’s wine director. The theme pays homage to the teamwork behind the success of the restaurant, which is celebrating its 15th anniversary.

Chef, Farmer, Winemaker

A dinner with a theme of “chef, farmer, and winemaker” will be served later this month at the James Beard House by Michael Rozzi, the chef at 1770 House in East Hampton, along with Michael Cohen, the restaurant’s wine director. The theme pays homage to the teamwork behind the success of the restaurant, which is celebrating its 15th anniversary. 

The anniversary celebration dinner will take place on Oct. 26 at the James Beard House at 167 West 12th Street in Manhattan. Tickets are $175, or $135 for James Beard Foundation members, and reservations can be made through the foundation.

Joanne Pilgrim
September 28, 2017
Luis D’Loera, the owner and chef at Michael’s restaurant in Springs, is set to open a new restaurant next month, The Blend at Three Mile Harbor, in the space on Three Mile Harbor Road in East Hampton formerly occupied by the Harbor Grill. The restaurant will feature local ingredients, made in-house and influenced by the dishes of northern Italy, southern France, and the Mediterranean. This week’s Oktoberfest offering at Rowdy Hall in East Hampton, available today through Sunday, is sauerbraten with braised red cabbage and turnip-potato puree, along with Black Forest ice cream bombe for dessert.

For Football Season

Yes, it’s that time again, and Townline BBQ in Sagaponack will mark the season with specials at the bar during football games and at happy hour. Offered on Thursdays and Fridays from 4 to 7 p.m. and all day on Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays will be cocktail deals, bargain beer and wine, and edibles such as “garbage fries” (French fries with cheese sauce, chili, sour cream, and jalapenos), nachos, wings, and a “Happier Meal,” featuring a cheeseburger or hot dog, fries, and a beer for $9. Free popcorn and peanuts, too.

 

New Restaurant

Laura Donnelly
September 28, 2017
This year is the 25th anniversary of the Hamptons International Film Festival, which runs from next Thursday through Oct. 9. Congratulations, HIFF!

This year is the 25th anniversary of the Hamptons International Film Festival, which runs from next Thursday through Oct. 9. Congratulations, HIFF!

Laura Donnelly
September 21, 2017
When it comes to our attention that a food establishment has not only survived, but thrived, for more than 20 years on the East End, that is worth noting and celebrating. Such is the case with the Hampton Chutney Company, based in Amagansett Square, with two more locations in New York City and one soon to open in Los Angeles.

When it comes to our attention that a food establishment has not only survived, but thrived, for more than 20 years on the East End, that is worth noting and celebrating. Such is the case with the Hampton Chutney Company, based in Amagansett Square, with two more locations in New York City and one soon to open in Los Angeles.

The founders, Isabel and Gary MacGurn, met in 1987 in Ganeshpuri, India, when both were cooking at an ashram. They were unloading coconuts when a bag of them fell on Isabel’s head. Gary came to the rescue, and they became good friends and nothing more for the next seven years. They traveled in different directions of the world and finally began dating in 1992.

Joanne Pilgrim
September 21, 2017
Almond restaurant in Bridgehampton will restart its Artists and Writers Night series on Tuesday at 7 p.m. with Allie Wist as the presenting artist. Ms. Wist, the associate art director at Saveur magazine and a recent graduate of New York University’s food studies master’s program, is an artist, art director, and photographer whose work is anchored in food culture and food systems. Sunday brunch is back at Nick and Toni’s. The weekly menu, served from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., will be a la carte, and will include specialty brunch cocktails.

Art of Eating Catering, now based in Bridgehampton, is offering a special catering to-go menu in recognition of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. The menu, which is subject to change, includes smoked fish, tuna, egg, and whitefish salads with bagels and cream cheese, dips, potato pancakes, chopped liver, gefilte fish, vegetable kugel, and main courses such as roasted local organic chicken, herb-crusted fish, filet mignon, and whole roasted salmon along with a selection of sides. 

 

Springs Tavern Fall Specials

Carissa Katz
September 14, 2017
James Lubetkin, an amateur baker who lives in Amagansett, brought home four blue ribbons and a second-place prize for baking from the New York State Fair in Syracuse, and was among seven people chosen to compete for the fair’s culinary grand prize.

James Lubetkin, an amateur baker who lives in Amagansett, brought home four blue ribbons and a second-place prize for baking from the New York State Fair in Syracuse, and was among seven people chosen to compete for the fair’s culinary grand prize.

Mr. Lubetkin, who entered 10 of the baking competitions, won top honors in the creative apple pie, vintage cake, quick bread, and pastry categories and second in the heritage cookie category. The pie, a French apple Breton, was also the top-rated apple pie in the state by judges at the fair, which ran from Aug. 23 through Sept. 4. 

Joanne Pilgrim
September 14, 2017
Rowdy Hall in East Hampton will kick off its Oktoberfest celebration with a traditional festival from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday. The restaurant and its courtyard will be transformed into a traditional German beer garden, with picnic tables outside and communal dining tables indoors. La Fondita, the Mexican takeout shop in Amagansett, will celebrate Mexican Independence Day by offering some specials tomorrow and Saturday.

Mexican Specials

La Fondita, the Mexican takeout shop in Amagansett, will celebrate Mexican Independence Day by offering some specials tomorrow and Saturday. They include chiles en nogada, a poblano pepper filled with cheese, walnut cream sauce, pomegranate seeds, rice, and refried beans; and tamales with pork, chicken, or cheese, served with rice and refried beans. La Fondita opens at 11:30 a.m., on a Wednesday-through-Sunday schedule. 

 

Oktoberfest Begins

Laura Donnelly
September 14, 2017
What happens when 13 chefs from 13 restaurants around the country come to Montauk to fish for striped bass, fluke, and bluefish, and then form three teams, prepare their catch-paired side dishes, and compete to win in their category? Crazy good food, that’s what happens!

What happens when 13 chefs from 13 restaurants around the country come to Montauk to fish for striped bass, fluke, and bluefish, and then form three teams, prepare their catch-paired side dishes, and compete to win in their category? Crazy good food, that’s what happens!

On Sept. 6, Navy Beach in Montauk sponsored a chefs’ team-building event for the Barcelona Wine Bar and Restaurant group, with profits going to benefit the Navy SEAL Foundation. Additional food and drinks were donated by Amber Waves Farm, the Montauk Brewing Company, and Paumanok Winery. Rudi Bonicelli, a co-founder (with Sean Barrett) of Dock to Dish Montauk, made sure these landlubbers caught enough fish for the event.