It’s Not Too Late! Still Lots of Valentine Ideas Part 1

Slow Food is sponsoring two events on Sunday, February 12: one, a cooking demonstration in Southampton, will benefit the Edible School Garden Cookbook Project. The other is an oyster tasting–no, an Oyster Mania–during an open house at the Art of Eating in Amagansett.

The Edible School Garden Cookbook Committee is closing in on a first draft and will soon start fundraising on Kickstarter. So far, recipes have come from children in nearly all of the East End schools, as well as from local chefs. If you didn’t get to submit last year, there’s still time.

The  cooking demo will be led by  Nadia Ernestus and feature several quick and nutritious dishes. Admission is $15.  Please RSVP to as soon as possible.

What:    Cooking Demonstration
When:   Sunday, February 12, 2012
Where:  39 Peconic Hills Drive, Southampton, NY
Time:     Noon to 2 p.m.
Cost:      $15 per person

Oyster Mania

The second event is a little more indulgent, and pricey, in line with the holiday. The menu is below and worth a read: Oysters on the half shell with mignonette made from local vinegar; hot apps including crispy fennel, potato and oyster purse with apple cider vinaigrette; non oyster dishes including Iacono chicken liver and onions in a mashed potato and leek tartlet (yum!); dessert and lots of local wine.

And it will benefit the Seedling Project.

Call Cheryl at Art of Eating, 631-267-241,  for more information and to make a reservation. The deadline is February 8 and space is limited!

What:    Oyster Mania Slow Food Open House
When:   Sunday, February 12, 2012
Where:  Art of Eating, 74 Montauk Highway, Amagansett, New York
Time:     4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Cost:      $75 Slow Food Members; $85 nonmembers


Oysters on the Half Shell from Montauk Pearls, Cornell Farms and Shinnecock Reservation with:

Beach Plum Mignonette

Sag Pond/Wӧlffer Estate Verjus Mignonette

Sag Pond/Wӧlffer Estate Rosé Vinegar Mignonette

Lemons, Horseradish  and A.O.E. Hot Sauce

Grilled Oysters with Publick House Ale and Horseradish Butter

Passed Oysters

Crispy Fennel, Potato and Oyster Purse with Apple Cider Vinaigrette

Oysters Rockefeller

Tempura Oysters with Cambodian Slaw and Cilantro Paste

Almond Crusted Oyster and Watercress Po’ Boy with Spicy Remoulade

Herbed Gnocchi, Oysters and Gruyere en Cocotte

Mini Oyster Stew with Hard Tack

Bread and Butter Pickled Oysters, Waldorf Salad Gelée

Other good stuff:

Iacono Chicken Liver and Onions in a Mashed Potato and Leek Tartlet

Peconic Bay Scallops and Spinach Soup Dumpling

Goodale Farms Goat Feta and Winter Squash Swirl Gelato Cone with Crispy Duck Bacon

Polish Bite – Pierogi, Kielbasa, Housemade Kraut and Mustard Butter

Stirfry Venison and Winter Harvest Vegetables on Soba Noodles


Milk Pail Apple Three Ways with Walking Dunes Cranberries

Art’s Ricotta

Chocolate-Dipped Potato Cannoli with Lavender Amagansett Sea Salt

Locally Roasted Coffee and Herbal Tea

North and South Fork wines from Onabay, Bedell Cellars, Paumanok, McCall Vineyards, Channing Daughters and more.