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News for Foodies 01.21.21

Wed, 01/20/2021 - 17:58

Restaurant Week
A takeout version of Long Island Restaurant Week will happen Sunday through Jan. 31. Participating restaurants on the East End and beyond will offer three-course prix fixe dinner menus for $25, $35, or $42 every night they are open. On Saturday, the menu may only be available until 7 p.m.

At Calissa in Water Mill, an appetizer, salad, entree, and a side dish will be $42, or $35 without the salad. The entrees include a chicken souvlaki platter, moussaka, and spanakopita. At Lulu Kitchen and Bar in Sag Harbor, a $42 menu will be available for takeout or dine-in, and bottles of wine will be 25 percent off. The menu features entrees such as skirt steak with chimichurri sauce and fries, and grilled chicken with garlic kale, carrot puree, and garlic chips.

A full list of participating restaurants, plus menus and links to place orders is on the Long Island Restaurant Week website. The organization also provides a link to donate to the Independent Restaurant Coalition, a group that supports restaurants affected by the pandemic, and the Island Harvest food bank. 

Wine Tastings
Wolffer Estate Vineyard in Sagaponack is offering virtual wine tastings for up to 50 people. A selection of three wines will be shipped to participants, and a 45-minute tasting led by a Wolffer wine expert will be held live on Zoom. For five people, the cost is $170 for a tasting of a 2018 classic red, a 2018 red blend, and a 2017 merlot, or the latter two plus a 2019 chardonnay. A tasting for five of the winery's premium White Horse collection of wines including a chardonnay, red blend, and an ice wine is $190. A $180 terroir tasting for groups of 10 to 20 people only includes chardonnay, classic red, and a red blend. Reservations can be made on the winery's website

Fresh Vegetables
Amagansett's Balsam Farms and Amber Waves continue to sell their own and non-local fresh vegetables and other groceries during the winter through online ordering on their websites. Balsam Farms is offering delivery only. Amber Waves is offering only pickup at its market.

Amber Waves has vegetables from its own farm, such as squash and sweet potatoes, in addition to produce from regional farms and other sources. Each type of source (organic, Amber Waves grown, Northeast grown, female farmers, etc.) is highlighted and tabbed on the website. It is also selling beef from the North Fork as well as beverages, baked goods, eggs and dairy products, snacks, condiments, preserves, and other items produced locally or on site, in addition to those from sources outside the area. Apothecary items are available from Foster Farm and hand sanitizer from Sagaponack Farm Distillery. Pickup days are Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday. Orders must be placed online before midnight the day before picking them up at its market on Montauk Highway.

At Balsam, the farm's own herbs, cabbage, winter squash, beans, and potatoes, both white and sweet, are available. Each item's source is highlighted in its description. The farm also offers a similarly mixed sourced blend of baked goods, snacks, meat and dairy products, preserves, and the other items that it offers at its farm stand in season. Deliveries, which are available east of the Shinnecock Canal, are made on Tuesdays or Fridays. Dates are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis on the website.

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