When we last talked food with playwright Robbie Baitz, he entertained us with formative food memories–hole-in-the-wall L.A. taco joints, Peter Kump’s New York Cooking School, an Israeli kibbutz. So naturally we have already booked our seats for the dinner Baitz will host for creative types at Almond Restaurant next Wednesday.
At the second monthly “Artists & Writers Night”–part of the Hamptons “incubator of creativity” tradition according to Almond chef Jason Weiner–attendees will pay $40 for a three-course family style menu, including a glass of local wine or beer, tax and gratuity. This streamlined, pay-one-price format should make it that much easier to eat, meet and exchange ideas. Baitz–whose most recent play is “Other Desert Cities,” and who has written for hit TV Shows including Brothers & Sisters, Alias and The West Wing, where food often figured into the plots–says that cooking provides a sort of cross-training for writing (“It gives me something to do to break up the Chinese water torture of writing.”). He also says things like “I believe in anchiovies,” and “I don’t think anything matters as much as a perfectly roasted organic Iacono roast chicken.” And, like us, he is a fan of Tuthilltown whiskey, served any which way. So we hope Almond has stocked up before the dinner.
Book a reservation here, or by calling 537-5665.