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News for Foodies 04.20.23

Mon, 04/17/2023 - 11:53
The region of Piedmont, at the foot in the Italian Alps, will be the focus of Nick and Toni's next wine pairing dinner.
Kelsey Roden Collection

Journey to Piedmont
Nick and Toni's restaurant in East Hampton has planned a wine pairing dinner for next Thursday focusing on the Piedmont region of Italy.

Known as Piemonte to Italians, the region is at the foot of the Alps and is famous for the wines such as Barolo, made with the nebbiolo grape. In addition to the evening's appreciation of the area's wines, the event will also celebrate its "aperitivi e digestivi" culture.

The One Night Only Tasting Trip to Piedmont will be a progressive five-course dinner with indigenous varietals and regional cuisine by Joseph Realmuto, the restaurant's chef, and Kelsey Roden, the pastry chef. The wines will be selected by Chimene Macnaughton, the beverage director for Honest Man Hospitality.

During the reception, guests can sample risotto with Barolo, a bagna cauda dip with spring vegetables, white anchovy and salsa verde crostini, fritto misto, and carne crudo grissini. These will be accompanied by aperitifs and mini negroni cocktails. Poached veal with tuna sauce and a spring pea salad is the first course, served with timorasso. The second course is rabbit and agnolotti served with ruche. The third course is spring lamb with grilled porcini and white asparagus served with two nebbiolo wines from 2006 and 2019. Dessert is a panna cotta with hazelnuts and poached rhubarb served with moscato.

The event begins at 6:30 and costs $150 per person plus tax and tip. Jacques Franey will be on hand to take pre-orders of the wine served at special event pricing. Reservations can be made on the Nick and Toni's page on Resy.

Values Spring Up
Long Island Restaurant Week returns on Sunday for a week of deals on lunch and dinner at eateries across the island. A $22 two-course lunch, and three-course dinners at $27, $37, or $44 are available, depending on the establishment, which can offer one or more of the options. The set menus must have at least three options per course, which are the standard appetizer, entree, and dessert. 

The promotion will continue until April 30, and will be offered all night with the exception of April 29, a Saturday, when it is required to be offered only until 7 p.m. Restaurants may also have the same deal for takeout orders.

The promotion has been running for 17 years and typically has 140 participants across Nassau and Suffolk Counties, serving 116,000 meals for the duration of week, resulting in $4 million in total revenue in total. Those participating on the East End are Page at 63 Main in Sag Harbor, Bistro Ete and Calissa in Water Mill, and Elaia Estiatorio and the Bridgehampton Inn and Restaurant in Bridgehampton. The website has the full list of restaurants, which menus they are offering, as well as the latest updates on participants.

Truck Buddha
BuddhaBerry will take to the road this summer in its BuddhaBerry on Wheels dessert truck. Available for parties and community events, the trucks will have the same toppings and self-serve frozen yogurt that are offered in the Sag Harbor store, which is itself expanding with new products this season in addition to coffee, bubble tea, and smoothies.

Watermill Brunch
The Watermill Center will host an Artists' Table brunch on April 29 at noon. The semi-regular events showcase resident artists with a meal made by a rotating roster of regional chefs using local ingredients. This iteration will pair Jason Weiner, the chef at Almond restaurant in Bridgehampton, with Katerina Andreou, a Greek choreographer. She is a recipient of the Baroness Nina von Maltzahn Fellowship for the Performing Arts at the Watermill Center.

And at Almond
The final Artists and Writers dinner at Almond restaurant for this season will take place on Monday at 7 p.m. and will feature Jeremy Dennis, a contemporary fine art photographer and a member of the Shinnecock Indian Nation. 

Mr. Dennis will discuss his work, which is concerned with indigenous identity, culture, and assimilation. He is the recipient of numerous awards and residencies, such as Yaddo and the Watermill Center, and his work has been widely exhibited, including at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill. He earned his M.F.A. at Penn State University and a B.A. in studio art at Stony Brook University.

The Bridgehampton restaurant will serve a three-course family style meal with one glass of wine or draft beer for $59 plus gratuity. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 631-537-5665. 

Springs Goes to Sagg
Lindsay Reichart and Gunnar Burke will take their Springs Brewery beers, including a new release, to Marilee's Farmstand in Sagaponack on Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. or until they sell out.

Backwater, the newest brew, is a hazy pale ale with hints of lemon-lime and pineapple. Preorders of this and their other styles can be made on their website

The farm stand, which is open on Fridays only until May 27 when it will have Saturday hours as well, has a weekly community supported agriculture program for spring either for the full season or on a week-by-week basis. The stand is also open for retail sales. More information is available on the Marilee's Farmstand website.  
 

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