News for Foodies: 03.16.17

Local Food News

Roman Roth, the winemaker at Wolffer Estate Vineyard in Sagap­onack, will host a private tasting in the wine cellar on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. featuring a number of Wolffer varietals and vintages and including information about the creation of each wine and how to pair it with food. Admission is $35, or $25 for Wolffer Wine Club members. 


Empty Bowls

Empty Bowls, a fund-raiser for the Springs Seedlings student gardening program and the Project Most after-school program, will take place from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday at the American Legion Hall in Amagansett. More than 30 chefs and restaurants will provide vats of soup. 

The admission fee — $12 for adults, $5 for kids 13 and under (except for those under 5, who can sip for free), or $25 per family — entitles one to endless refills of all the soups. Quarts of soup to go can be purchased for $12. Those eating at the Legion can supply their own mugs or bowls or use those provided. 


Mushroom Cultivation

Registration is open for a mushroom cultivation class to be led by David Falkowski of Open Minded Organics in Bridgehampton on May 6. The half-day session will include a tour of the company’s mushroom farm, a discussion of basic mycology, and information on indoor and outdoor mushroom cultivation. Participants will also be guided through inoculating a shitake-mushroom-growing log. The class will conclude with a light lunch and a question-and-answer session.

Tuition is $100, and class size is limited to 12. However, a second session could be scheduled for May 7, depending on demand. Those interested can email Mr. Falkowski at


Learn About Wine

The next “Wine Wednesday” tasting and education session at Wainscott Main Wine and Spirits will be “The Case for Terroir: A Chablis Intensive” with Elmer E. Contreras of Frederick Wildman and Sons. It starts at 5:30 p.m. and costs $10. Reservations can be made by sending an email to wainscottmain@ or calling the store.

At Park Place Wines and Spirits in East Hampton, the next free weekly wine class aims to help participants “discover your white wine style.” The session, according to the Park Place sommeliers, will help tasters “define your wine style by tasting through an assortment of delicious white wines possessing varied textures, flavors, and body to discover what characteristics please your palate.” The class takes place from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday and is free, though an R.S.V.P. is required. 


It’s Almost Here

Springtime — well, almost — brings news of the season’s new restaurants. Lulu Kitchen and Bar is to open on Main Street in Sag Harbor in the space where Doppio Artisan Bistro did business. Philippe Corbet, a French-trained chef who most recently headed the kitchen at Arbor in Montauk, will be at the helm, producing an entire menu of dishes for brunch, lunch, dinner, and late-night dining using a wood-burning grill and oven. The menu will center on East End products and include seafood and wood-fired pizzas. 

The restaurant will be the latest opened by Montauk Asset Holdings and Marc Rowan, who took over Duryea’s Lobster Deck in Montauk and also opened Arbor. 


Springs Tavern

Michael Ruggiero, a chef whose credits include stints at Nick and Toni’s, the Harvest, Fresno, and the Montauk Lake Club, will be at the helm in the kitchen at the Springs Tavern, a new incarnation of the former Wolfie’s Tavern on Fort Pond Boulevard. 

Dan and Charlene DeSmet are reopening the space soon after a makeover that included a complete renovation and redesign. The tavern will feature a casual dining menu for a sit-down meal or bites at the bar. It will serve dinner nightly as well as a lunch menu on weekends and holidays. Vegetarian and gluten-free items will be available.