Jeremy Blutstein, right, returns to Almond for one night to help prepare a dinner dedicated to localism. With him were Jason Weiner, center, and Andrew Mahoney.
last minute meal
Last-minute Thanksgiving party-goers can try their luck getting a table at Leon 1909 in Shelter Island Heights. A newcomer this summer, the well-received restaurant is serving up a festive French-inspired dinner from 4-10 p.m.
For $125, patrons will have a choice of French onion soup or a radicchio salad with pear and pecorino to start. Entree options are trout en croute, slow-roasted guinea fowl or country ham with rosemary. Desserts are apple tarte tatin or blueberry pudding. More details and reservations are available on the website.
Farm stands and farmers markets generally close on or around Thanksgiving. In recent years, the East End Food Institute has run an indoor winter food market in Riverhead, taking over when other markets close. The site at 139 Main Road provides a place for farmers, fishermen, home food producers and their customers to come together in the colder months.
The market opens for the season on Saturday and will have vendors familiar to local market regulars like Blue Duck Bakery, Milla’s Puffs, Mecox Bay Dairy, Sag Harbor Honey, Perfect Pickle, North Fork Oysters and dozens more along with less regular pop. – up to posts. Hours are 9 am to 1 pm on Saturdays only.
Thanksgiving time is all about coming home, and in that spirit, Almond Restaurant welcomes its former chef, Jeremy Blutstein, back to his Bridgehampton kitchen for a special localism dinner they call Three’s Company in Almond. Mr. Blutstein, who is working on the opening of his new Maverick Montauk restaurant, will join Almond’s executive chef, Jason Weiner, and his current chef de cuisine, Andrew Mahoney, in preparing dinner next Thursday.
Highlighting locally grown and produced food and drink, the menu will include past hors d’oeuvres of oysters with kohlrabi kraut and smoked trout roe and a croque madame duck prosciutto, served with Kidd Squid Brewery’s Dreamy Coffee Stout. The tasting dinner includes “East End veggies pretending to be a deli situation” served with Macari Vineyards sauvignon blanc, calamari with crispy sweet potato and butternut squash, mint and chiles, and collards and mustards served with Kidd Squid’s Sag Harbor Lager, monkfish tonkatsu with soba, smoked pork dashi and smoked scallops served with a Channing Daughters L’Enfant Sauvage Chardonnay, and venison merguez with lemon preserve, harissa, raw milk yogurt and house naan served with a red blend of Channing’s Artist Series. For dessert there are persimmons with kiwis and an almond tuile served with limoncello from the house of Sagaponack Vodka.
The cost is $150 with tip included. Reservations can be made by calling the restaurant at 631-537-5665.
Sagaponack for the holidays
Holiday gatherings often mean cocktail parties, and Sagaponack Farm Distillery offers South Forkers a way to stir or shake up some festive drinks while celebrating localism. The distiller (which is in Sagaponack and doesn’t just adopt the name as some do) has a Bloody Mary kit for $75 to $85 with vodka, fresh Bloody Mary mixer, Foster Farm fries and pickled carrots. He also has bottles of his gin, malted wheat vodka and rye for sale, starting at $35 to $55 a bottle, at his Sagg Road tasting room. More information is on the website.
The Lobster Roll in Southampton has a $35 three-course fall prix-fixe menu served from 4:30-8:30 pm, Thursday through Sunday. There are multiple starters and main courses and featured wines for $10 a glass or $40 a bottle.
Entree options are New England clam chowder, Manhattan bisque, lobster bisque or seafood corn chowder by the cup, a green salad, popcorn shrimp or clam strips crunchy. Entrees are fish and chips, marinated tuna bites, jumbo shrimp stuffed with crabmeat, Paul’s famous seafood chili, seafood mac and cheese, or herb lemon garlic chicken. Desserts are the pie of the day, frozen key lime pie, “chocolate obsession” or cupcakes.
Aspiring or experienced gardeners who want to save some of Thanksgiving dinner can help Sylvester Manor plant their garlic bulbs for the upcoming season on Saturday. Starting at 10 am at Windmill Field on Manwaring Road, volunteers will help plant bulbs. The stooping, squatting, kneeling, carrying, and stooping can be just as strenuous as a camping class and more rewarding in some ways. The farm says that chants, songs, and instruments are welcome to lift the spirits.
The Sylvester Manor Farm Stand will be closed on Thanksgiving, but will be at the Riverhead Winter Food Market starting this week. It is also offering winter egg stocks with a dozen eggs per week for 18 weeks beginning Friday, December 2 at a cost of $185.40. More information on how to register is on the website.
Winter on Quail Hill
Winter produce shares are still available at Peconic Land Trust’s Quail Hill Farm in Amagansett, and while those who joined now missed out on the first pick Friday and Saturday, there are still plenty of rewards to come. Shares start at $300 for those with more limited resources, but a standard share costs $525. Collection is on Fridays and Saturdays every two weeks until the end of February. Among the treats members can look forward to: winter squash, parsnips, carrots, potatoes, cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, dried beans, smoked peppers, and soon, salad greens from the farm’s greenhouses. Registration is online at peconiclandtrust.org.