News For Foodies: 07.30.15

Local Food News

The farmers market building on Main Street in Amagansett, for years the Amagansett Farmers Market, and then a market run by Zabar’s, will reopen on Saturday as a food outlet overseen by the Amagansett Food Institute. It will showcase local and regional produce and foods prepared by local companies, including those who use the institute’s South Fork Kitchens space on the campus at Stony Brook Southampton.

The market will also be a focal point for the institute’s work to raise awareness of local food and food-related issues, which will include readings, lectures, videos, demonstrations, tastings, and other events for children and adults.


Amber Waves Dinner

Amber Waves Farm, which is right behind the Amagansett market and is involved in the food institute, will begin a Copper Oven Dinner series tomorrow night at 5 p.m. with a three-course seafood-centric meal.

All of the meals will be cooked in the farm’s wood-fired copper oven and served on tables next to the farm fields.

Tomorrow, Megan Huylo, the farm’s resident chef, will use seafood caught off Montauk on the Anna Mary by Anthony Sosinski (Little Anthony) and Amber Waves vegetables, served with wines from the Channing Daughters Winery in Bridgehampton and Montauk Brewing Company beer. The menu will include lobster pizza, caprese salad, a green salad, potato salad, corn on the cob, mussels, clams, and breads made with Amber Waves Farm wheat.

The evening begins with cocktails and a tour of the farm from 5 to 6 p.m. Tickets are $150.

Karen Lee’s Classes

Karen Lee will present a cooking class on Sunday focusing on Chinese dishes, her specialty, at a private residence in Amagansett. The menu includes ginger beef with a snow pea garnish, steamed Sichuan whole sea bass, Asian eggplant, cilantro rice pilaf, and almond cookies.

Ms. Lee, a New York City chef, cookbook author, and cooking teacher, will continue her East End classes with a Chinese dinner session on Aug. 16, and a Wednesday night Cook for Taste, Eat for Health session on Aug. 19. An Aug. 12 class is sold out.

The classes, which include feasting on the dishes prepared, cost $115 and can accommodate a maximum of 12 students. Those interested can register online at


At Topping Rose

The Topping Rose House inn and restaurant in Bridgehampton has a seafood raw bar with half-shell goodies on Fridays and Saturdays during dinner hours, and during its Sunday brunch. Sundays at 6 p.m., there is a pig roast every weekend through September for $95 per person, and each weekend at Topping Rose House a new beer or cocktail is introduced.


Kids Eat Free

Kids eat free on Wednesdays between 6 and 8 p.m. at the Backyard Restaurant at Sole East in Montauk. They must be under 12, accompanied by an adult, and order off a kids’ menu. After dinner, dessert can be s’mores prepared at the restaurant’s fire pit.