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News for Foodies 04.07.22

Mon, 04/04/2022 - 15:35
Tied up with a blue ribbon, the Loaves and Fishes picnic boxes make dining alfresco more of an occasion.

From Sen, With Love 
With four staff members from Ukraine, Sen Restaurant in Sag Harbor has felt the war there intimately. On Sunday afternoon, the Japanese restaurant will put away its raw fish and miso to host a benefit in its back garden featuring the cuisine of Ukraine.

From 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., the staff will make traditional food and beverages from the region, highlight its culture, and offer children's activities as well. 

On the menu will be stuffed cabbage, beet soup, homemade breads with cured pork, potato pancakes, dumplings, donuts, and other treats made with ingredients donated by farms such as Balsam and Amber Waves. 

Royal Wine Corporation and Park Place Wines have donated beverages. Wittendale's florist will provide centerpieces for the event, focused on the sunflower, the national flower of Ukraine. A silent auction will include works by local artists, restaurant gift certificates, products from South Fork stores, golf and lunch at a local course, and other goods and services. For the kids, there will be face painting, crafts, and letter writing. A local artist with ties to Ukraine will decorate eggs.

All proceeds will go to World Central Kitchen, Ridni Orphanage in Lviv, and John Baptist Ukrainian Church.

Easter Feasting
Easter is coming on April 17 and several restaurants are offering special dinners to celebrate.

At 1770 House in East Hampton, a two-course set menu by its chef, Michael Rozzi, can be had for $55 beginning at 5 p.m. Debuting on the menu will be artichoke and leek soup with spring garlic and Mecox Sigit cheese; Berkshire pork medallions with rhubarb barbecue, planked apple, bacon, and cabbage, and marinated Australian lamb chops with herb tahini, crisp sweet potato, and baby kale. Also part of the festivities is the inn's annual raffle of a 10-pound milk chocolate Easter bunny. Raffle tickets cost $6, or four for $25. The raffle benefits the Flying Point Foundation for Autism.

At Lulu Kitchen and Bar in Sag Harbor, slow-roasted, wood-fired lamb with mint Merguez stuffing, English pea polenta, grilled asparagus, and blistered cherry tomatoes will be the featured meal. The cost is $56 plus tax and tip. The a la carte menu will also be available. The restaurant will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Reservations, which are recommended, can be made by calling 631-725-0900 or through the website.

Easter also is a time for brunch, and MTK Lobster House in Sag Harbor will have a la carte specials from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The restaurant's regular lunch menu will also be available. The specials will include smoked salmon eggs Benedict, shrimp and spinach frittata, French toast, and fluke Milanese. 

Spring Picnics
Warmer days lend themselves to thoughts of eating alfresco at the beach or on the bay. Loaves and Fishes offers those looking to take a meal on the go that option through its picnic boxes. The Sagaponack food store began offering the meals during the Covid shutdowns, and their popularity has continued, according to the store.

Each box comes with a choice from four set main courses and one of three side dishes from the store's weekly menu, cheese and bread, and a cookie or a brownie. Prices range from $55 to $95 per person depending on the main dish, which could range from an open-face sandwich from the weekly menu to lobster salad or filet of beef. 

Cocktail boxes come with six assorted canapes and cost $25 per box with a six-box minimum. The store requests orders a day in advance; beverages are not included.

Taco-bout Tuesday
K Pasa, the Sag Harbor taco emporium, has new specials for Taco Tuesday, including lamb barrio tacos, offered exclusively on Tuesdays, for $19. Other tacos from the menu, which are available for $5 to $6 each, are asado chicken, Baja fish, carnitas, shrimp al pastor, black bean falafel, halloumi, and the eatery's signature Sloppy Rizo. In addition to margarita specials, the restaurant has an exclusive Tuesday cocktail, the blueberry goddess, with gin, lime juice, fresh blueberries, mint, cucumber, and soda water.

Another Opening
Smokin' Wolf BBQ in East Hampton reopens for the season tomorrow.

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