News for Foodies: 08.03.17

Local Food News

Andy Harris and Sally Richardson of Montauk, the owners of the Stonecrop vineyard in Martinborough, New Zealand, will be pouring tastes of the three wines they produce at Domaine Franey Wines and Spirits on Pantigo Road in East Hampton on Saturday from 4 to 7 p.m. Visitors may sample Stonecrop rosé, sauvignon blanc, and pinot noir.


Karen Lee Classes

Karen Lee, a New York City caterer and cookbook author, will offer two cooking classes in Amagansett this month focusing on using organic and/or local ingredients to make tasty and healthful meals.

Each will take place at a private residence and be limited to 12 students, who will make and then partake of a complete dinner. The first session, to be held next Thursday from 6 to 10 p.m., will center on a menu of steamed artichokes with lemon aioli, grilled local swordfish or halibut with salsa verde, pasta with local cherry tomatoes, green salad with sautéed mushrooms, and peach crisp with crème chantilly. The menu for the second session, on Aug. 27, will be Chinese cuisine, a specialty of Ms. Lee’s.

She is the author of five cookbooks, including “The Occasional Vegetarian” and “Chinese Cooking for the American Kitchen.” The cost is $120 per person. Participants may take their own wine. Those interested may sign up online at or by calling 631-267-3653.


Harvest East End

Harvest East End, a Long Island Wine Council event that highlights the wines produced by local wineries, will be held on Saturday from 2 to 7 p.m. at Martha Clara Vineyards in Riverhead. More than 20 Long Island wineries will offer beverages, and hors d’oeuvres by Lombardi’s Love Lane Market will be served. Other food, including local shellfish courtesy of the Long Island Oyster Growers Association, will be available for purchase, as will local artisans’ wares, and there will be a silent auction and a live band.

Tickets are $125 each for a “winemaker experience,” which includes a 2 p.m. opportunity to meet winemakers and a tasting of library and reserve wines, or $75 for general admission, which begins at 3 p.m. Attendees must be at least 21. Proceeds from the event benefit initiatives dedicated to supporting viticulture, sustainable agriculture, and community relations. Founders of the Long Island wine community who have died will be honored at this year’s event. Tickets may be reserved by going to


Restaurant Donates

The Sabrosa Mexican Grill, a chain with restaurants in Water Mill, Riverhead, Ronkonkoma, and Commack, selected the Flying Point Foundation for Autism as its June charity of the month, and has presented the Southampton group with a $500 check.

The restaurants are owned by Jay Andreassi, a Water Mill resident and local contractor, who is also the director of development for the Association for Habilitation and Residential Care of Suffolk. A fifth restaurant is slated to open soon in Hauppauge.

With his restaurant business, Mr. Andreassi has embraced the concept of “eat for good,” which applies both to the healthy and calorie-conscious menu items at the grills and to his monthly donations to various local charities. Recipients have included the East End Young Arts Initiative and the Coalition for Women’s Cancers at Southampton Hospital; more than $50,000 has been donated to nonprofit groups over the last three years.


Community Potluck

Susan and Myron Levine of Sag Harbor will host a Slow Food East End potluck at their house on Aug. 17 from 6 to 8 p.m. Reservations are being taken online at There is a fee of $20 per person, or $15 for Slow Food members; in addition, attendees have been asked to take an appetizer, main course, side dish, or dessert made with seasonal local ingredients. Those interested can sign up on the Slow Food East End website.


At Baron’s Cove

On Wednesdays, Baron’s Cove in Sag Harbor is pairing crudite made with farm stand vegetables with rosé for a sip and a nibble, at $18. Also at the same price point are “sliders and suds,” mini sandwiches with a can of Montauk beer, or a half-dozen oysters served with muscadet.

On Sundays, when Alfredo Merat’s band, Europa, plays, a pitcher of the restaurant’s signature rosé sangria is available for $55 from 4 p.m. to closing. There is live entertainment nightly, and a happy hour on Mondays through Fridays from 4 to 6 p.m.