August 06, 2012
Gouda grilled cheese with fat back baon and fennel butter by Morris Grilled Cheese
With a fleet of food trucks making their way to the East End from around New York City and the Hamptons, Edible East End’s upcoming Food Truck Derby is a one-stop-shop for East End epicures. The event will corral 14 plus food trucks to the Hayground School Farmers’ Market on August 10, from 4 to 7:30 PM.
From delectable Italian desserts by La Bella Torte to artisan grilled cheese sandwiches by Morris Grilled Cheese, diners will have a well-rounded smorgasbord to sample from. Notable Hamptons trucks will include Montaco, Rolling in the Dough, and Hampton Coffee Company. (Check Edible’s site for the full list.) Wine and beer will be served by Wölffer Estate, Peconic Bay Winery, Brooklyn Brewery, and Southampton Publick House. For little ones there will be fresh-squeezed local lemonade and coconut water.
While noshing on some of New York’s best food truck fare, guests can browse the Hayground School Farmers’ Market and enjoy the beats of Brazilian percussion band Escola de Samba Boom. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Hayground School and Jeff’s Kitchen. Tickets ($50; $20, kids) can be purchased online or at the gate and include one plate from each truck, as well as drinks. 151 Mitchell Lane, Bridgehampton
August 02, 2012
In time for the August influx of Hamptons daycationers, Navy Beach has revamped its cocktail menu and added some tasty new bites. For the new drinks, the waterfront haunt worked with St. Germain mixologist Philip Pepperdine. In addition to some simple concoctions using the luxe elderflower liqueur—like the Captain Jack (rye whisky, St. Germain, ginger beer, lime)—the new menu also boasts fruity cocktails that have just the right amount of sweetness.
Try the Marganegra, made with silver tequila, Crème Yvette (a red raspberry liqueur), lime, and a purée of raspberry and blackberry. For something even more refreshing, go for La Tigresa, which mixes vodka, agave syrup, basil, and watermelon. Both will match perfectly with new menu items that include the finger-licking Yuman Ribs with chili and caramel. 16 Navy Road, Montauk, 668-6868
July 31, 2012
Pumpkin bread at Jack's Stir Brew
Breakfast, anyone? Stop into Jack’s Stir Brew in Amagansett for a slice of pumpkin bread that you won't soon forget. It’s hearty and moist, with a hint of cinnamon—the perfect après surf nosh. The original Jack's is on Front Street in Manhattan, and there's a second location in the West Village, but the Amagansett outpost has its own distinct vibe with three main draws: coffee, super-food pastries, and ice cream.
Coffee drinks are playful and well-constructed, with plenty of iced options for the dog days of summer. Order the Teddy Boy for a chilled concoction of espresso, cream, and sugar shaken and served over ice. For something warm and sweet, try the Happy Jack, a classic latte infused with cinnamon and sweetened with honey.
Jack's stocks pastries and sweets from Amagansett’s own Anke's Fit Bakery, which is known for baking sweets (like the aforementioned pumpkin bread) that pack wholesome ingredients to boost your energy for a day on the beach. Also try the vegan banana bread, made with fresh bananas, apple juice, and just a bit of sucanat. And that nutty flavor you can't quite place? Spelt flour.
Last but not least, Jack’s serves Brookyn's Blue Marble Ice Cream. Flavors rotate often, but there are quite a few options on any given day. On a recent visit, buttery cookies and cream (heavy on the cookies) warranted two scoops, as did a fresh mint chocolate ice cream. Also look for classic flavors like chocolate, vanilla, and pistachio-almond. Seasonal scoops include peach and strawberry, both of which are totally dreamy.
146 Montauk Hwy., Amagansett, 267-5555
—KATHY YL CHAN
July 30, 2012
July 30, 2012
With a chef CV that spans five continents and includes a number of stints at top restaurants around the world, chef and restaurateur Laurent Tourondel has had an impressive career. This Thursday (August 5, 11 AM), Tourondel will bring his culinary expertise to Guild Hall for Stirring the Pot: Conversations with Culinary Celebrities.
New York Times food writer Florence Fabricant will lead the conversation with Tourondel on “The Art of the Burger," a subject the chef-owner of BLT Burger could talk about for hours. Audience members will have the opportunity to ask Tourondel their foodie questions following the discussion. Attendees can also pick up a signed copy of the accomplished chef’s latest book, Fresh from the Market: Seasonal Cooking, during a post-event meet-and-greet.
The Stirring the Pot chef series will continue at Guild Hall this August, with special guest Marcus Samuelsson paying a visit on August 12, and food writer and co-founder of Food52.com Amanda Hesser stopping by on August 19. 158 Main St., East Hampton, 324-4050