News for Foodies: 12.07.17

Local Food News

New at Babette’s

New dishes have been added to the menu at Babette’s in East Hampton, where the dishes focus on healthy ingredients. They include the Babette’s house-made vegan burger, with selected fixings; “Rita’s Quesadilla,” featuring organic barbecue tofu, broccoli, white cheddar, jalapeno, and salsa on a whole wheat torilla, and turkey meatballs with fire-roasted tomato sauce, shisito peppers, crisp garbanzo beans, and feta cheese with grilled country bread. Local bay scallops are also a choice for lunch or dinner dishes. Winter hours at Babette’s are Monday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 


Time to Stock Up?

Those planning parties and get-togethers during the coming holiday time might want to think about stocking up on beer and other drinks, and on snacks, as Sam’s Beverage Place on Race Lane in East Hampton will start a “Twelve Days of Giving” promotion on Wednesday, which will run through Christmas Eve.  Givebacks to customers will differ daily, but include free items, such as sodas and snacks, and discounts when purchases reach various levels. 


Seasonal Events

The Sag Harbor Lions Club will hold a reception for the Guide Dog Foundation at Almond restaurant in Bridgehampton from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday. Appetizers, beer, wine, and cocktails will be served, with a program beginning at 4:30 p.m. A $45 fee will help support the foundation. Following the event, Almond will offer a prix fixe dinner for $35.


Gingerbread Houses

Adults and children can participate in a gingerbread house workshop on Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m. at Townline BBQ in Sagaponack. The $45 cost includes all the fixings for a fully assembled gingerbread house — unlimited candy, icing, and so on — and a juice or soda to sip on while constructing it, as well as one happy hour drink for those of age. Reservations have been requested for the event, which is co-sponsored by the Salty Canvas.

Holiday Specialties 

Italian takes on holiday treats will be the focus of a program tonight at the John Jermain Memorial Library in Sag Harbor from 6:30 to 8. Theresa Caruso, an Italian chef, will teach participants how to make easy hors d’oeuvres, a cioppino, or Italian fish soup, to serve for the Christmas Eve Feast of Seven Fishes, and a panettone bread pudding. 

On Wednesday at the library, from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m., Hanukkah cooking will be the topic, from potato latkes to jelly doughnuts. Toby Spitz, a volunteer from Temple Adas Israel, will showcase her grandmother’s latke recipe. Registration is required for both programs. 


Cookie Exchange

The Southampton Historical Museum will host its annual cookie exchange at the Rogers Mansion next Thursday from 4 to 5 p.m. Each participant is asked to take two to three dozen cookies — homemade, from scratch, and festively decorated — and will end up with a wide variety. Copies of the recipes used, a tray to display the cookies, and a container to take home the goodies should be brought to the event as well.  Kathleen King, the former owner of Tate’s Bake Shop, will give a short talk about her love of cookies. Refreshments will be served. The cost is $15; preregistration with the museum is requested as space is limited. 


Drink, Eat, Shop

The Maidstone Hotel in East Hampton will have a holiday event on Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. to include half-price drinks at the bar,  healthy bites, discussion and networking, and a chance to pick up some holiday gifts. Participants will include the Amber Waves farmers, who will share healthy holiday recipes and tastes of their organic vegetables and products; Tracy Anderson exercise studio trainers; Tathiana Teixeira of the PlainT tea company; Stefanie Sacks, a culinary nutritionist, author, and workshop leader; Susan Verde, who will sign her children’s books “I Am Yoga” and “I Am Peace”; Mickey Beyer-Clausen, a “happiness expert” and inventor of Timeshifter, a jet-lag cure app, and Karin Yapalater, a holistic health counselor and equine coach. Those interested in attending have been asked to R.S.V.P. to 

At the 1770 House

On Tavern Thursdays at the 1770 House, beginning at 5:30 p.m., specials in the downstairs tavern, which include burgers, meatloaf, Korean barbecue ribs, and chicken parmigiana, are $17.70. A glass of house wine is $9, and a house beer is $5. Diners can also order off the regular menu, either downstairs or in the main dining room. 

On Tuesday night, the 1770 House will offer a pre-theater dinner special for those attending the John Drew Theater lab presentation at Guild Hall. Two courses — an appetizer and main dish, or a main dish and dessert — selected from the regular menu will be $27. Reservations must be made using the code #JDTLab for seatings starting at 5:30. Orders will be placed by 6:30 for a 7:30 curtain time.