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News for Foodies 04.01.21

Tue, 03/30/2021 - 11:10

Cocktails With Ina
Ina Garten, the chef and cookbook author, and Melissa McCarthy, the star of films such as "Bridesmaids" and "Spy," have teamed up for a television special, "Cocktails and Tall Tales With Ina Garten and Melissa McCarthy," which is airing on the Discovery Plus streaming platform.

With Ms. Garten at home in East Hampton, and Ms. McCarthy in Australia shooting a television series, the duo, who are longtime fans of each other, connect via computer, and discuss topics ranging from how to make the perfect whiskey sour to Ms. Garten's early career in the White House budget office, and Ms. McCarthy's background in fashion design. Their husbands also make an appearance.

"I couldn't have imagined how it would feel to cross 'Cocktails with Ina Garten' off my bucket list, but let me tell you, second only to the day my babies were born, it was pretty much the best day of my life," said Ms. McCarthy in a statement.

For Easter
Carissa's Bakery in East Hampton has several Easter specials for takeout on Saturday and Sunday. A $150 dinner for two includes a leg of lamb with Moroccan spices, jus, and pickled mustard seeds, spicy carrot puree, Moroccan-style couscous with seven vegetable stew, charred asparagus with Parmesan, arugula, and a red wine vinaigrette, and a chicory salad with shaved heirloom carrots, fennel, radish, roasted almonds, and a grapefruit vinaigrette. A quart of fava bean soup is an additional $24. Bakery items include Easter bread for $14, pavlova with Meyer lemon curd for $24, and flourless chocolate cake with rose gold for $55. An order of two colored Easter eggs is $6, and a pint of sorbet is $12. Dinners must be picked up between 4 and 5 p.m., and bakery items between noon and 3. Orders can be placed on the restaurant's website.

Highway Restaurant and Bar in East Hampton is offering an Easter brunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday. The a la carte menu features entrees such as a frittata with asparagus, mushrooms, and goat cheese for $22, French toast with berries for $18, and chicken Milanese with an arugula and tomato salad for $24.

Ed's Lobster Bar in Sag Harbor has a two-course prix fixe brunch special from 11:30 to 3 on Sunday. The menu features appetizers such as New England clam chowder, and fried calamari, and entrees such as fish or chicken tacos, a lobster and cheese omelet, and a brisket burger. The cost is $50 for adults, $25 for kids 4 to 12, and free for those under four. Two cucumber Bloody Marys are included, and a lobster roll entree is an additional $8.

The Bell and Anchor in Noyac will be open on Sunday for brunch only from 11:30 to 3, and it is offering takeout dishes that must be pre-ordered by Saturday. The dine-in menu features lobster Benedict for $26, duck hash with a poached egg, and a frisee salad for $22, and a smoked salmon plate with a bagel, cream cheese, capers, and red onion for $22. For takeout, a Dijon mustard-crusted rack of lamb with jus, potato puree, and haricots verts is $45, potato-crusted halibut with creamed leeks and asparagus is $46, lobster Thermidor with roasted fingerling potatoes and haricots verts is $60, and a two or three-and-a-half-pound steamed lobster is market price. Takeout orders must be picked up between 11:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Nick and Toni's Takeout
Nick and Toni's has a weekly two-course dinner for two takeout special. The menu available through Sunday includes a romaine salad, and baked cavatelli with mushrooms, tomato, and eggplant for $50, or the same salad with duck Milanese and grilled asparagus for $60. A lemon pound cake with vanilla bean glaze for two is an additional $18.

For those craving freshly-made Dreesen's donuts, M and R Deli in East Hampton is now making them daily.

Spring Cookbooks
Sybille van Kempen, the owner of the Loaves and Fishes Food Store, and Licia Kassim Householder, a chef, have written a series of cookbooks featuring seasonal dishes made from ingredients from local farms. The spring series, a collection of three books, is now available at the store as well as on the store's website. The cost is $50.

Farmers Market
Spirit's Promise Equine Rescue and Rehabilitation in Riverhead will hold a farmers market from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the first Saturday of the month starting this week. The cost is $5 for entry, and $15 for a tour of the facility. Children under two will be allowed in for free.

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