August 08, 2013
Watermelon and heirloom tomato salad at Georgica Restaurant.
Currently celebrating its fifth year in business, Georgica Restaurant has established itself on the "here to stay" Hamptons restaurant scene, much to the credit of executive chef Seth Levine. He keeps the menu seasonal, locally sourced, and chock-full of seafood, and is known for crafting flavorful dishes that don't weigh heavy on the stomach. Case in point: this toothsome watermelon and heirloom tomato salad. On the menu since the restaurant's inception, it's one of those simple, good things that just works. Try making it at home with the below recipe. But remember, the quality of ingredients is everything. Levine recommends East Hampton Farmers' Market for the produce and Lucy's Whey for the cheese.
Seth Levine's Watermelon and Heirloom Tomato Salad
1 one-inch thick slice heirloom tomato
2 round, one-inch thick slices watermelon
1/3 cup micro basil
1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
Vinaigrette (your favorite bottled or homemade)
Reduced balsamic glaze
Use a squirt bottle or spoon to pour a circle of reduced balsamic glaze (balsamic vinegar reduced until thick over a medium flame) onto plate. Stack slices of watermelon and tomato with tomato in center. Toss micro basil in vinaigrette, pile atop watermelon. Finish with feta around perimeter of watermelon and tomato.
August 05, 2013 | by ALEXA LARDIERI
Stack Wines, the first tear apart, single serve wine.
Making it all the more convenient to enjoy a glass of wine alfresco anytime, anywhere is Stack Wines, a trendy new way to serve and enjoy wine without the hassle of a corkscrew and glassware, or the worry of a bottle going to waste. Available in pinot grigio, charisma, cabernet sauvignon, and chardonnay, each glass in the set of four is a single serving of wine, adding up to the equivalent of one traditional bottle. Just unzip the package, snap the stemless wine glasses apart, and sip. Perfect for your next barbecue, beach day, or picnic, Stack Wines can be found in the Hamptons at Spring Wines & Liquors (839 Springs Fireplace Road, East Hampton), East Quogue Wines (534 Montauk Hwy., East Quogue), and Quogue Field Club and Liquor (6 Club Lane, Quogue).
August 02, 2013 | by Simona Rabinovitch
Determining which red wines can be chilled is actually quite simple, explains Maccioni.
"Enjoying a glass of wine on a beautiful summer day is one of the better pleasures of life," gushes wine consultant Marco Maccioni, who oversees the wine and beverage program at Sirio Ristorante. "That pleasant experience may be compromised if one were to adhere to the old-fashioned rule of wine drinking: that red wines should [always] be served at room temperature," says Maccioni. So, in the name of summertime dolce vita, we asked the wine lover and expert for some guidance on which reds chill best.
July 31, 2013
Southampton Social Club’s delectable fritters.
“I’ll call it organized chaos,” says Southampton Social Club co-owner Ian Duke, referring to the chic Hamptons scene in the summer. With its famed sesame-encrusted tuna appetizer and hard-to-resist entrées like lobster capellini, Southampton Social Club is the place to indulge and rejoice in the summer season. “Without a doubt, the Social Cooler is amazing,” says Duke of the jalapeño-infused Don Julio tequila with fresh watermelon purée. With diners around town raving about this venue’s food, local awareness has escalated beyond the party scene. “We thought doughnuts were a cute idea, and now we can’t keep them in the restaurant,” says Duke of the fritters, which can be dipped in crème anglaise or raspberry coulis. “It’s a surprise hit.” 256 Elm St., Southampton, 287-1400
July 30, 2013 | by katy b. olson
As host of the upcoming Annual Lobster Bash, Dockers Waterside is helping raise funds for East End charity Maureen’s Haven.
Rich with enviable Shinnecock Bay views and heralded for its trademark “lobsterbake” menu, Dockers Waterside restaurant will soon play host to the annual Lobster Bash, a benefit for Maureen’s Haven Homeless Outreach.
Maureen’s Haven, in partnership with local worship houses, maintains a wintertime shelter program and a year-round center that offers counseling services, housing assistance, and educational and occupational support for homeless adults. “What makes our program unique,” says executive director Tracey Lutz, “is that we’re independent from the county, and we predominantly serve people who were born and raised on the East End of Long Island.”