Eat Drink Local Week, the eight-day fest for our foodshed, kicks off this Saturday, June 23rd, and runs through Saturday, June 30. For the complete skinny on the week, including its mission to support like-minded restaurants and boost markets for local food and drink, see the story from our Low Summer issue here. But for those who are short on time, here’s the cheat sheet:
DINE OUT. Eat Drink Local is a restaurant week with a mission, so reserve your table now at one of our partner restaurants on the East End, and see what tasty, seasonal creations chefs on both forks came up with for our featured local ingredients. The possibilities are endless, but tables are not. (And for our city friends, check out the restaurant partners in Manhattan and Brooklyn.)
EAT IN. Our 8 featured ingredients this year–crowd-sourced from our readers–are spinach, eggs, goat (milk, cheese, yogurt, meat, etc.), radishes, rose wines, porgy, fava beans, and hops (local beer, that is). These are all available right now–that’s the point, after all–at local farmers markets and farmstands, wineries, and locally-minded grocers, so stock up, cook them up, and eat them down. And when you’re done creating your from-scratch masterpiece, share it with us on Facebook or Twitter (#eatdrinklocal).
JOIN US. Eat Drink Local isn’t just about dining out and locavore shopping, it’s also packed with events. To kick off the week, we’ll be celebrating with all the excellent vendors there at the Sag Harbor Farmers Market this Saturday, so come visit us. Also Saturday, will be the first installment of the artisan market we curated for the Williams-Sonoma store in Bridgehampton, which will feature Taste of the North Fork, Joe and Liza’s Ice Cream, Oven Artisans and much more.
And to close the week, next Saturday, June 30, we invite you to the food and film night at Marder’s Gallery in Bridgehampton. The Parrish Art Museum has assembled a role of historical and contemporary films showing East End food culture, while Edible invited some food and drink makers to bring some movie food. La Fondita will be there with tacos and other Mexican street fare; Mecox Bay Dairy is bringing cheese; Cornell Oysters will be serving mollusks; Greenport Harbor will be pouring beer; and Bees Needs own Mary Woltz will offer a beekeeping demo. The screening is free, and attendees will pay for food and drink.