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News for Foodies 05.05.22

Mon, 05/02/2022 - 14:26
Beacon opens for the season on Wednesday for dinner and tasty sunset views.
Jason Penney

Celebrate the Fifth
Thursday is Cinco de Mayo and those ready for some traditional celebratory grub and drink have some options on the South Fork.

La Fondita in Amagansett has holiday specials for curbside pickup from noon until 8 p.m. 

Tamales include plain, chicken in green sauce, pork in a red sauce, and sauteed poblano and jalapeno peppers with Monterrey jack cheese. They are served with rice, black beans, and salad. The eatery is also serving poblano peppers filled with cheese with pomegranate seeds and walnut cream sauce on top, with rice, refried beans, and tortillas, and posole rojo, a combination of pork, hominy, guajillo and chipotle peppers, onion, garlic, oregano, cumin, and lettuce, radishes, and crispy tortilla. 

Orders can be placed by phone, 631-267-8800, or on the website

At La Fondita's next-door sister restaurant, Coche Comedor, there will be two celebrations, the Mexican holiday and Coche's third anniversary, from 5 to 9 p.m. A special a la carte menu features soft shell crab gordita with black bean puree, queso fresco, and chili morita for $24, roast suckling pig with spring peas, fava beans, purple potatoes, and pipian rojo for $38, and a choco flan with mandarin sorbet for $15.

In Sag Harbor, K Pasa has a $40 set menu with green chicken posole, tequila marinated fluke aguachile, and roasted poblano pepper risotto to start. Entrees are Modelo mole short rib, oyster and maitake mushroom birria, and seared salmon. Dessert is pina colada panna cotta. There will be drink specials as well, featuring margaritas and other cocktails. Ole!

Open for Business
The Beacon restaurant in Sag Harbor and its stunning sunset views over the harbor are back for 2022 on Wednesday. Reservations will be taken for dinner, which begins at 5:30 p.m. For dining in, a two-course minimum at $75 per person will be required from the regular menu due to limited seating. Takeout orders have no minimum.

The menu features appetizers such as shrimp tacos, steamed mussels with garlic, white wine, lemon-thyme, cream, and tomatoes, crispy portobello mushroom with roasted peppers and smoked mozzarella, and pork belly pretzel buns. Mains are a vegan no-pasta lasagna with summer squash, marinara, cashew ricotta, and basil oil, lobster rigatoni, sesame-crusted tuna, halibut in parchment, and pork chop Milanese, along with a variety of daily specials. Reservations and takeout orders can be made by calling the restaurant at 631-725-7088.

Cookbook Signing
Hen of the Woods Market in Southampton is open for its second year and celebrating Mother's Day with a cookbook signing featuring Stacy Dermont, author of "The Hamptons Kitchen," and Stephanie Villani with "The Fisherman's Wife" on Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m.

The market has a mix of local food products (Amagansett Sea Salt, North Fork Chocolates, Endless Summer sauces, and Marilee Foster's mushrooms) and specialty items such as uni, caviar, Asian staples, and sushi-grade fish. New items this year are Canadian duck fat, Hudson Valley foie gras, and sardines along with expanded take-home prepared foods. There are also upstate ramps in season and local stinging nettles. The owner is developing his own jarred pickled mushrooms along with Hen of the Woods branded honey and nuts.

Every Thursday, Montauk's Sharp Cat Knife Sharpening will be in the shop to hone dull kitchen knives from 1 to 6 p.m.

An Eggs-cellent Plan
Sylvester Manor on Shelter Island will have an egg share plan this season starting in June. For 21 weeks, a dozen eggs will be available for pickup at the farm stand on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cost is $168, or $8 per dozen, compared with $10, which is the retail cost at the stand.

More Options for Mom
Bell and Anchor in Noyac has Mother's Day menus for brunch and dinner on Sunday, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 

The brunch menu includes eggs and lobster Benedict, duck hash, a house smoked salmon plate, and French toast. The full a la carte menu will be offered at brunch and dinner. Some highlights are tuna poke, burrata, pan-roasted Scottish salmon, and bouillabaisse.

Reservations are recommended and can be made on the website or calling 631-725-3400.

Carissa's Pantigo Road location will have a special Lebanese brunch on Sunday and has a number of specialty gifts in its stores.

In Southold, the North Fork Table and Inn has a prix fixe brunch on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for $68 with an optional rose wine pairing for $57. The menu will be scallion tempura, a spring vegetable frittata with ramps and pesto, eggs Benedict, and olive oil cake with rhubarb compote. Reservations are recommended. 

A special cocktail, Keep Mum, has local edible flowers, Botanist gin, lemon juice, elderflower liqueur, and sparkling wine.

Two Forks Uncorked
The Parrish Art Museum Business Council will host Two Forks and a Cork, a party celebrating local wine and spirits, plus nibbles from East End chefs and gourmet stores on May 14 from 6 to 8 p.m.

In addition to the food and drink, the galleries will be open and there will be live music. Although networking is perfectly acceptable, the event is open to the public and less purposeful socializing. 

East End vineyards will supply the rose, white, and red wines and a local distillery will bring flavored moonshine and vodka. Admission for those 21 and older is $75, $55 for members. Full vaccination proof is required and masks are encouraged when not eating or drinking.

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