The raspberries are nearly two weeks late this year. I suppose it’s not surprising, considering the long, cold spring we had on the East End, but the lateness has thrown off my summer culinary schedule.
The profound and tragic loss last month of Ann Marie and Marco Borghese was felt throughout the East End. Now the family has issued word about a memorial service for the couple next month on August 16. A ceremony will be held at 3 p.m. at the Our Lady of Ostrabrama Church at 3000 Depot Lane in Cutchogue. That evening from 6 to 8 p.m. there will be a memorial concert at the winery featuring Hugh Prestwood and Friends, who have played there before. Admission is free.
Ah, Grand Central Oyster Bar. Nestled like a pearl in the architecturally stunning Grand Central Terminal, it’s a veritable temple to the briny shellfish that is so quintessentially New York. And on Tuesday August 5, the Oyster Bar is celebrating National Oyster Day with a special oyster menu and some fun oyster events.
We have recently begun a tagging study of fluke in the bay. We are using acoustic tags and receivers to study the movement of summer flounder, or fluke. If you happen to catch a tagged fish, please consider releasing it so that we can continue to collect important data. Attached is a flyer outlining what the tags look like, and a number you can call if you encounter a tagged fish.
Two beloved Montauk institutions have reopened as one and Montaukers in the know are again picking up their forks and digging into some of the best grub on the East End. The West Lake Clam and Chowder House has moved into the old Salivar’s overlooking the Montauk Harbor entrance and docks.
It’s certainly feeling like midsummer these days—a little sticky, a little muggy, a little slower and, some nights, too hot to cook. When that’s the eminent feeling (similar, we think, to the feeling that okays Birkenstocks as evening-wear in the summer), Edible’s editors like to leave the cooking to someone else. Here’s where we’re eating right now.
In its fifth year HARVEST has taken on a new partner. The Long Island Wine Council and the nonprofit HARVEST East End are partnering with Dan’s to put on Long Island Wine Country’s signature event on Saturday, August 23. The event, now called Dan’s HARVEST EAST END, will remain in place on the North Fork at McCall Ranch in Cutchogue. This year’s honorees are chef Tom Schaudel and New York Times food writer Florence Fabricant.