Matthiessen for Dinner
The Almond restaurant Artists and Writers dinner series continues this month with the Peter Matthiessen Center on Monday. The program will consist of readings of Matthiessen's work by Shane Weeks, Kristy Wood LaMonda, and Ramadan Madeus. Alex Matthiessen, the center's president, will moderate a discussion with the readers.
Matthiessen was a writer, naturalist, and advocate for Indigenous peoples and American Zen Buddhism. The center was started to continue his legacy and provide thoughtful and inspirational programming on the East End.
The dinner will begin at 7 p.m. and includes a three-course meal served family-style along with a glass of wine or draft beer. The cost is $59 including gratuity. Reservations are required and can be made by calling the restaurant.
More Supper Talk
Armin and Judy restaurant in Bridgehampton has introduced a discussion series as well on certain Saturdays. The next one is this weekend and features Amanda M. Fairbanks, who will speak about her book "The Lost Boys of Montauk."
The restaurant will serve a Montauk-inspired supper paired with wine and dessert. The Supper Symposium runs from 5 to 7 p.m. and costs $75 person, not including tax or gratuity. Reservations, which are recommended, can be made on Open Table.
During the fall, the restaurant's hours are Thursday through Monday for breakfast and lunch from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with dinner and a bar menu served on Fridays and Saturdays from 5 to 10 p.m. The bakery and market are open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. every day. The restaurant sells gift certificates and caters as well. Service animals are welcome, and a dog menu will be announced soon.
Kumiso All Week
Kumiso restaurant in East Hampton, which opened a few months ago with limited hours, is now open seven days from noon to 9 p.m. on weekdays and until 10 p.m. on weekends for dining in or takeout.
Cooking at the Cookery
East Hampton's the Cookery food store has fall weekend dinners to take home and Thanksgiving dishes to consider for your holiday table.
The dinners are available for pickup on Fridays or Saturdays and must be preordered by 5 p.m. on the Tuesday before that weekend. The entree choices for the weekend of Nov. 11 are slow smoked barbecue pork and kimchi, grilled shrimp and mussels with black rice and Spanish roasted pepper and almond sauce, and a vegetable and ricotta casserole with garlic baguette. Available side dishes are roasted herb potatoes and a field salad with apple vinaigrette.
The Thanksgiving offerings include roasted turkeys and bone-in hams or a vegetarian ricotta casserole. Sides are gluten-free and sausage stuffings, mixed seasonal vegetables with a port wine glaze, a whipped potato casserole, roasted sweet potatoes, and southern turkey gravy. The store also offers a number of desserts, both traditional and more unexpected like a caramel apple almond butter cake.
Round Swamp Pilgrimage
Round Swamp Farm, with locations in Springs, Bridgehampton, and Montauk, has a regular cornucopia of Thanksgiving menu items to order for the holiday. There are literally too many to list, but all are on its website for ordering. There are salads, soups, slaws, turkeys, and all manner of vegetables. Other options are shrimp cocktail, mini crab cakes, chicken dumplings, spinach and artichoke dip, fried dumplings of chicken or vegetables for appetizers, cornbread, brioche or cheddar pull-apart rolls, pies and cakes, as well as muffins and other treats for breakfast. Orders must be placed by Nov. 17.
Pizza Back at Nick and Toni's
Fall is the time for the return of many things, including the offseason favorite, Nick and Toni's pizzas. The East Hampton restaurant is serving up pies including the Speck, which has ham, butternut squash, cream, kale, and mozzarella, as well as the more expected margherita, funghi, and quattro formaggio. The pies are available Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday for dining in or taking home.
The restaurant has also announced more Wine Wednesdays tastings coming up this fall. This week's session is focused on old world vs. new world wines for Thanksgiving with Tom Jawin. On Nov. 15, Lyle Railsback discusses wines from France and Western importers. Class will be skipped on Nov. 22 for Thanksgiving, but will return Nov. 29 with Erica Sigler, who will present her history in wine as part of the Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant. On Dec. 6, Frank Caiafa will show "The Italian Way" with aperitivi and digestivi culture and cocktails.
The tastings are held in the back dining room and offer several different pours with crystal stemware, tasting sheets, and small plates for $35. Chimene Visser Macnaughton, the beverage director for Honest Man Hospitality, organizes and hosts the tastings in partnership with Luis Marin at Wainscott Main Wine and Spirits, which offers discounts on purchases of wine served at the tasting. Reservations are recommended and can be made through Resy.
You Scream, Ice Cream
Loaves and Fishes in Sagaponack has a harvest-themed flavor of its homemade ice cream for November. Spiced cider with a caramel swirl is made with Milk Pail apple cider and is available now in the store for the month, including Thanksgiving.
Lovers of libations have two ways to slake their thirst at Baker House 1650. Coming up on Friday, Nov. 10, is a Wolffer Estate Vineyard wine tasting. On certain Sundays this year and into January, the hotel will serve a series of afternoon teas.
The wine tasting, which costs $55, will offer a variety of wines to try from the vineyard's portfolio.
Sunday tea will be served from 1:30 to 4 p.m. on Nov. 12, Nov. 26, Dec. 10, Dec. 17, and Dec. 31 as well as Jan. 14 and 28.
For $93, guests will be served Plain T teas from Southampton, a glass of house champagne, and savory and sweet treats. The service includes finger sandwiches such as chicken watercress with tarragon aioli, smoked salmon and herbs, cucumber and mint, and egg and watercress. A raspberry Victorian sponge cake is served with macarons and rounds, and scones with clotted cream and preserves. The menu includes a choice of coffee or specialty tea.
A royal tea offers the addition of sturgeon caviar served with house-made blinis and creme fraiche with a glass of Billecart Salmon Rose champagne. It costs $147 per person. Tasting and tea tickets can be purchased on Eventbrite.