News for Foodies: 08.23.18

Local Food News

Wunderkind Brunch 

The Maidstone Restaurant in East Hampton will offer a five-course brunch on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. featuring a menu by Flynn McGarry, the 19-year-old chef at Gem in New York City and the subject of a documentary about his rise in the culinary world, which will be shown on Saturday as part of the Hamptons International Film Festival’s SummerDocs series. The menu items include summer squash toast with ricotta, peaches, and mint, as well as fried and smashed potatoes with Hollandaise sauce, cured salmon, and a poached egg. The price is $65 per person excluding tax, gratuity, and beverages. Advance reservations are by email to


Food Festivals

Tonight on the grounds of Ashawagh Hall in Springs, the East Hampton Reform Democrats are treating people to a Springs Community Food Festival from 5 to 8 p.m., including tastes from a variety of food trucks. Food, soda, and ice cream will all be free. 

Summerfest, a culinary arts festival, will take place next Thursday from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Southampton Arts Center. A fund-raiser for the center, the event will include food from EMP Summer House, the Golden Pear, Red/Bar, Saaz, Sant Ambroeus, Topping Rose House, Juice Press, Maison Vivienne, Boa, a Thai-Asian Fusion restaurant, and many others. Tickets start at $500 and can be reserved by emailing Molly Bishop at


Fall Retreat

Stefanie Sacks, a nutritionist, will hold a culinary cleanse retreat from Oct. 11 to 14 at the Breakers hotel in Montauk. An early bird discount is available to those who reserve a space by Sept. 1. The cost is $1,750. Reservations are by visiting 


Beacon Specials

The Beacon in Sag Harbor is offering Sunday brunch specials. Menu items include crispy fish tacos for $15, avocado toast and poached eggs for $24, and a blackened flounder sandwich for $22.