Recent Stories: Food

Laura Donnelly
May 19, 2016
Seasons by the Sea: All the Tools You Need

Mediterranean Lemon and Herb Marinade

This versatile marinade from “Plated” would be good with meat, chicken, fish, shellfish, and vegetables. I think it would be especially good on grilled shrimp.

Makes half a cup.

Leaves from 4 sprigs fresh oregano, finely chopped

Laura Donnelly
May 19, 2016
There are three new cookbooks with local ties — “Plated: Weeknight Dinners, Weekend Feasts, and Everything In Between” by Elana Karp and Suzanne Dumaine, “Tiki With a Twist” by Lynn Calvo with James O. Fraioli, and “It’s All Easy” by Gwyneth Paltrow with Thea Baumann.

There are three new cookbooks with local ties — “Plated: Weeknight Dinners, Weekend Feasts, and Everything In Between” by Elana Karp and Suzanne Dumaine, “Tiki With a Twist” by Lynn Calvo with James O. Fraioli, and “It’s All Easy” by Gwyneth Paltrow with Thea Baumann.

Amanda M. Fairbanks
May 12, 2016
“It’s the crust. The sauce has to be good, too. And don’t forget about the cheese,” said Mr. Giugliano, pizza maker extraordinaire at the Red Horse Market in East Hampton. “Anybody can make pizza, but you also need a heart. Without that, it doesn’t come out the way you want it to.”

If pizza is an expression of its maker, Gennaro Giugliano has found his true calling.    

Joanne Pilgrim
May 10, 2016
The Red Maple restaurant at the Chequit Inn on Shelter Island has added a weekend lunch and brunch service for the 2016 season. Juice Press, a chain offering fresh juices, is adding an East Hampton shop to its stores in Bridgehampton and Southampton.

Travel Foods

The Rogers Memorial Library is taking names for a program by Jeanne Schnupp, “Foods to Travel By: A Lunch­time Cheese Tasting and Cho­colate Fondue Party,” taking place at noon on Wednesday. 

Registration is $5 and is required by Sunday by calling the library or going to myrml.org

Joanne Pilgrim
May 5, 2016
Today is Cinco de Mayo, so get down to La Fondita in Amagansett for some holiday specials. Saturday, Southern fare and mint juleps will be served at a Kentucky Derby party at Baron’s Cove in Sag Harbor from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Flowers are the focus, along with food, at the Living Room restaurant and c/o the Maidstone in East Hampton. Sunday’s Mother’s Day brunch will include bouquets for moms whose families or friends make arrangements with the inn ahead of time.

This weekend brings two occasions that might take foodies to local eateries — the Run for the Roses (Kentucky Derby) on Saturday and Mother’s Day on Sunday. 

Southern fare and mint juleps will be served at a Kentucky Derby party at Baron’s Cove in Sag Harbor from 4 to 7 p.m. on Saturday. 

Laura Donnelly
May 5, 2016
When reviewing restaurants, I almost always sample their fried calamari offerings. Just about every restaurant out here has it on the menu. It’s a good test of the chef’s abilities. Is it lightly crisped and tender? Are the tentacles included? Is it served with an imaginative sauce or just a tepid marinara?

When reviewing restaurants, I almost always sample their fried calamari offerings. Just about every restaurant out here has it on the menu. It’s a good test of the chef’s abilities. Is it lightly crisped and tender? Are the tentacles included? Is it served with an imaginative sauce or just a tepid marinara? 

Joanne Pilgrim
April 28, 2016
Ride a Hampton Jitney busto the North Fork to visit the Shinn Estate, Paumanok, and Palmer Vineyards for wine tastings, with a stop for a catered lunch. A $100 fee includes all. Sponsored by Wainscott Main Wine and Spirits. In Montauk, Navy Beach restaurant reopens tomorrow at 5 p.m., serving dinner through Sunday night as well as lunch on Saturday.

You know it’s spring when . . . no, it’s not the flowering trees, not the yellow irises at Town Pond, nor the peepers, though those little male frogs have been singing up a storm these nights. It’s the reopening for the season of the Clam Bar on Napeague. Daily service from noon to 6 p.m.

Laura Donnelly
April 28, 2016
I had what I called a “dinner for swells” the other night. “Swell” is a word I learned from Lee Bailey, the cookbook author, lifestyle and entertaining expert, bon vivant, and Bridgehampton resident, a native Louisianan. It is an old-fashioned term used to describe important people you want to impress. In other words, you gotta step up your culinary repertoire.

I had what I called a “dinner for swells” the other night. “Swell” is a word I learned from Lee Bailey, the cookbook author, lifestyle and entertaining expert, bon vivant, and Bridgehampton resident, a native Louisianan. It is an old-fashioned term used to describe important people you want to impress. In other words, you gotta step up your culinary repertoire.

Joanne Pilgrim
April 21, 2016
The South Fork Kitchens Cafe in the student center of the Stony Brook Southampton campus will offer grab-and-go salads, soups, and sandwiches. The cafe is a cooperative food center. In observation of Passover, both Nick and Toni’s and Rowdy Hall in East Hampton will have a la carte menu specials from tomorrow through April 30.

It’s a sure sign of spring when Gosman’s restaurant, at the eponymous dock in Montauk, opens for the season. Folks can get their seafood fix at the eatery, overlooking the mouth of Montauk harbor, at lunch and dinnertime beginning on Friday, April 29.

Laura Donnelly
April 21, 2016
This spring I had the honor of moderating the Peconic Land Trust’s “Long Island Grown: Food and Beverage Artisans at Work” panels for the third time. Sponsored by Edible East End, they manage to get the best people from the North and South Forks who are involved in farming, fishing, winemaking, beekeeping, baking, duck wrangling, cooking, mushroom growing, candy creating, fermenting, brewing, and more.

This spring I had the honor of moderating the Peconic Land Trust’s “Long Island Grown: Food and Beverage Artisans at Work” panels for the third time.

Laura Donnelly
April 14, 2016
It’s mid-April and the weather forecast calls for temperatures in the 30s at night. Harold McMahon Plumbing sends out a form every “spring” asking clients when they’d like their outside water turned on. The form warns against turning it on before April 15. But the cheery flats of pansies are out at Wittendale’s, so spring must be drawing nigh. Right? This is zone 7a and 7b, after all.

It’s mid-April and the weather forecast calls for temperatures in the 30s at night. Harold McMahon Plumbing sends out a form every “spring” asking clients when they’d like their outside water turned on. The form warns against turning it on before April 15. But the cheery flats of pansies are out at Wittendale’s, so spring must be drawing nigh. Right?

Joanne Pilgrim
April 12, 2016
Lisa Kaplan will be the speaker at the wine talk at Wainscott Main Wine and Spirits, on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. Her subject will be “The Wild Man of Walla Walla: Charles Smith’s Washington Wines.” The sixth annual Taste of Tuckahoe benefit will take place on Friday, April 22, at 230 Elm in Southampton

Change, Change, Change

’Tis the season for make or break decisions, when restauranteurs gear up brand-new or ongoing ventures or decide not to carry on for the next summer season. 

Laura Donnelly
April 7, 2016
Almond Restaurant has been a part of our community, specifically Bridgehampton, for 15 years, a staggering accomplishment in an environment where restaurants open and close every season. The owners and business partners, Eric Lemonides and Jason Weiner, the chef, have been friends since they were 5 and 6 growing up in Brooklyn.

Almond Restaurant has been a part of our community, specifically Bridgehampton, for 15 years, a staggering accomplishment in an environment where restaurants open and close every season. The owners and business partners, Eric Lemonides and Jason Weiner, the chef, have been friends since they were 5 and 6 growing up in Brooklyn. 

Joanne Pilgrim
April 7, 2016
The Golden Pear Cafe will offer a new Healthy Kids breakfast and lunch menu that will feature healthy and enticing choices. Stratis Morfogen, a Manhattan restaurateur, is opening a branch of the Jue Lan Club, his Chelsea Chinese restaurant, on Elm Street in Southampton later this month.

Bostwick’s Reopens

Laura Donnelly
April 7, 2016
Almond’s Brussels Sprouts

Almond’s Brussels Sprouts 

Two Ways in the Style of Caesar Salad

Serves four.

For the dressing: 

1 Tbsp. anchovy paste

2 small garlic cloves

2 large egg yolks

3 Tbsp. finely grated Parmesan

2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice

Joanne Pilgrim
March 31, 2016
"What Do You Mean, the New California? The Case for Santa Barbara,” is the title of the wine and tasting program at Wainscott Main Wine and Spirits. Steve Clifton, a winemaker for Palmina Wines and La Voix Winery, will present the program at the wine shop on Wednesday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The Dock in Montauk is slated to reopen for the season tomorrow, April Fool’s Day, perfect timing, it seems, for George Watson, its owner, who is known as a trickster.

The Dock in Montauk is slated to reopen for the season tomorrow, April Fool’s Day, perfect timing, it seems, for George Watson, its owner, who is known as a trickster.

Laura Donnelly
March 31, 2016
What are you supposed to do when you are trying ever so hard to stick to a nutritious diet and you travel a lot? At home, every aspect of what you eat is under your control. When traveling, almost none of it is. Interestingly, it seems like airport terminals have gotten better about offering healthful choices (hummus, sushi, fresh fruit), but the airlines have gotten worse.

What are you supposed to do when you are trying ever so hard to stick to a nutritious diet and you travel a lot? At home, every aspect of what you eat is under your control. When traveling, almost none of it is. Interestingly, it seems like airport terminals have gotten better about offering healthful choices (hummus, sushi, fresh fruit), but the airlines have gotten worse.

Laura Donnelly
March 31, 2016
Airplane Carry-Ons

Brown Rice and Kale Salad

This is the salad I came up with before some long flights. It keeps for a few days in the refrigerator and easily keeps at room temperature for hours. Pack it in some Tupperware or recycled takeout containers and grab your fork and napkins at the airport.

Laura Donnelly
March 24, 2016
Kurt Vonnegut once said of critics: “He or she is like a person who has put on full armor and attacked a hot fudge sundae or banana split.” As a restaurant reviewer, my job is to literally attack that hot fudge sundae or banana split. And then to analyze it, take into account my guests’ opinions of it, deconstruct its components, contemplate its freshness, price, presentation, and finally to praise or criticize it.

Manna
670 Montauk Highway
Water Mill
631-726-4444
Lunch and dinner, seven days

Joanne Pilgrim
March 24, 2016
An Easter brunch will be served at Baron’s Cove restaurant in Sag Harbor on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Outdoors on the lawn, there will be Easter egg hunts for kids at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. The 1770 House in East Hampton will serve a Easter Sunday dinner a la carte beginning at 5 p.m.

Slow Food East End will have its spring market dinner tonight at Almond restaurant in Bridgehampton. While the deadline for reservations has passed, reservations are being taken for the group’s next event, a dinner co-sponsored by the Joshua Levine Memorial Foundation on April 17.

Christine Sampson
March 17, 2016
The buzzwords surrounding mezcal these days emit a certain energy. Vogue says the spirit has a “romantic appeal,” Los Angeles magazine says drinking mezcal is an “academic experience.” Others have called it “trendsetting,” “artisanal,” and “the best-kept secret of Mexico.”

The buzzwords surrounding mezcal these days emit a certain energy. Vogue says the spirit has a “romantic appeal,” Los Angeles magazine says drinking mezcal is an “academic experience.” Others have called it “trendsetting,” “artisanal,” and “the best-kept secret of Mexico.”

Joanne Pilgrim
March 17, 2016
Il Capuccino Italian restaurant in Sag Harbor is back with a reopening tomorrow night. A new bar menu and a fresh lineup of specials will start the spring season. Cavaniola’s Gourmet cheese shop, which sells cheeses, sandwiches, soups, and other prepared foods in Sag Harbor, will be opening in Amagansett in early May.

Chimene Visser Macnaughton, the proprietor of Wainscott Main Wine and Spirits and a sommelier, will discuss “Decoding the Restaurant Wine List: Does ‘Date Wine’ Cost $100?” at the next of the shop’s ongoing Wine Wednesday events. The session, at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, will cost $10 and include a wine tasting.

Levi Shaw-Faber
March 17, 2016
For those who care about stocking the refrigerator with the freshest produce on the East End, March is the month to begin signing up for membership in a community supported agriculture program, or C.S.A.

For those who care about stocking the refrigerator with the freshest produce on the East End, March is the month to begin signing up for membership in a community supported agriculture program, or C.S.A. 

Joanne Pilgrim
March 10, 2016
The Am O’Gansett Parade starts off the early St. Patrick’s Day hoopla on Saturday and Indian Wells Tavern on Amagansett’s Main Street will do their part with a $20 corned beef and cabbage special all day. Rowdy Hall in East Hampton will start their Irish food and drink specials next Thursday and continue on March 19 and March 20, the day of the Montauk St. Patrick’s Day parade.

Sip, Sip