Foodstuffs: Seasonal Cookbooks, Holiday Eats and Staycations

The winter trio of cookbooks in the “Loaves & Fishes Farm Series” are now available. Conor Harrigan photo.

Loaves & Fishes Winter Cookbooks

The winter trio of cookbooks in the “Loaves & Fishes Farm Series” have just been released. Written by Loaves & Fishes owner Sybille van Kempen with chef Licia Kassim Housesholder, the series includes 12 volumes — one for each month of the year — with all new recipes from the food store’s kitchen, centered around fresh ingredients from family-owned farms on Long Island.

Each volume visits a different family farm, highlights its finest seasonal ingredients, and includes 20-plus recipes with photographs. The mission of the farm-totable cookbook series, which have been released in groups of three, one for each season, is to celebrate local growers and farmers from the North and South Forks of Long Island and beyond, and to encourage families to gather around the table at home together.

Chocolate stout loaf cake, a recipe in the winter trio of cookbooks in the “Loaves & Fishes Farm Series.” Conor Harrigan photo.

The December book focuses on Goodale Farms in Riverhead and its eggs, dairy, cheese, pork and beef, while the January book features the Loaves & Fishes Food Store in Sagaponack with classic recipes from the store and customer favorites throughout the year, and the February book highlights Long Ireland Beer Co. with five beers from the brewery matched with new Loaves & Fishes recipes and comfort food to enjoy with each.

For more information about the series, visit 

Christmas Eve At The Old Stove Pub

The Old Stove Pub in Sagaponack will be serving Christmas Eve dinner from 5 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, December 24. Diners can choose from jumbo grilled prawns, stuffed eggplant, hanger steak, branzino, Australian lamb chops, filet mignon, steak for two and many more offerings. The restaurant will have specials on the menu as well.

“We are very happy to celebrate Christmas Eve with our local and seasonal guests this year,” said owner Joe DeCristofaro. “We wish everyone a very healthy and safe holiday season.”

Also new to the Old Stove Pub is all-day brunch on Sundays, from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., featuring favorite egg dishes, coffees and teas, and specialty cocktails. Sample new menu items including avocado toast, Florentine omelet, breakfast sandwich, açai bowl, steak and eggs and more. The full dinner menu is available as well during the day. A discounted pub night menu is offered on Thursdays with specials on appetizers and entrees, as well as drinks. The menu includes new starter specials such as buffalo chicken wings, French onion soup and Old Stove chili. New entrees include chicken souvlaki, Old Stove Pub burger and hanger steak. Outdoor seating is still available in the restaurant’s heated tent.

Old Stove Pub is at 3516 Montauk Highway, Sagaponack. For more information, visit The entire menu is also available for takeout. To order call 631- 537-3300.

Ring In The New Year In Noyac

Oysters at The Bell & Anchor.

The Bell & Anchor restaurant in Noyac is ringing in the New Year with $1 Montauk Pearl Oysters, $12 glasses of Prosecco and $15 glasses of champagne. A la carte specials will also be available in addition to the regular menu. The specials will be available for dine in only.

Bell & Anchor is at 3253 Noyac Road, Sag Harbor. Visit or call 631-725-3400 for more information.

Lulu Holiday Dinners at Home

Lulu Kitchen & Bar is offering bountiful at home dinner packages this holiday season. Several packages are available and include offerings such as shrimp cocktail, oysters on the half shell, beef wellington, smoked salmon plate, lobster pasta, ratatouille, and for dessert, a Black Forest Bûche de Noël. Full dinner packages cost $250 for two, $475 for four.

Lulu’s lobster pasta for two.

Also available are cheese and charcuterie platters ($42 for two, or $84 for four), canapes, a raw bar tower and several a la carte dishes. Orders for packages must be placed 48 hours in advance and orders for canapes and a la carte items can be ordered 24 hours in advance. Call Lulu Kitchen and Bar at 631- 725-0900 to place an order or email events@lulusagharbor. com.

The kitchen is under the direction of Philippe Corbet, a French-trained chef with several years of experience in Michelin star rated restaurants as well as top tables throughout Long Island. The menu at Lulu Kitchen is centered around a wood burning grill and oven and local products.

Lulu Kitchen & Bar is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner. Lulu Kitchen & Bar is at 126 Main Street, Sag Harbor. Visit for more information.

Bostwick’s Is Open Through Year’s End

Bostwick’s lobster roll. Eric Striffler photo.

Bostwick’s Chowder House, which usually closes after Thanksgiving, will remain open until

January 1. The restaurant is currently offering limited indoor and outdoor dining, as well as takeout. Takeout orders can be placed by calling the restaurant directly at 631- 324-1111 or by visiting bostwickschowderhouse. com. Bostwick’s is at 277 Pantigo Road in East Hampton.

Brunch Is Back At Coche Comedor

Coche Comedor in Amagansett has brought back weekend brunch, which is available Saturday and Sunday from noon to 3 p.m.

The menu will be available for indoor and outdoor dining as well as takeout and includes dishes like the Caesar salad, chilaquiles con huevos, huevos a la Mexicana, the classic huevos rancheros (tortillas, refritos, chorizo, queso fresco, salsa verde and pipian rojo and fried organic eggs), chicken or cheese enchiladas, tacos. From the bar, choose from a large selection of tequilas and mezcals with an emphasis on margaritas.

Brunch is back at Coche Comedor.

Coche Comedor is at 74A Montauk Highway in Amagansett. For more information call 631-267-5709 or visit

Ed’s Lobster Bar Is Ready To Go

Ed’s Lobster Bar in Sag Harbor is now offering a new “to-go” lunch box for pickup or delivery. Included in the lunch box is a choice of house salad or New England clam chowder, Ed’s classic burger, half chicken sandwich or half tuna sandwich and one fresh Washington red apple. Also available is Ed’s white clam and garlic pizza or a plain cheese pizza.

Available Monday, Thursday and Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., the lunch box is $15.95. Ed’s Lobster Bar’s is at 1742 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike in Sag Harbor. For details visit lobsterbarnyc. com.

Celebrate New Year’s With Southampton Inn

For the first time in 22 years, Southampton Inn is unable to host its traditional New Year’s Eve party with dancing, dining and drinking. But, the inn is still offering something special — a warm and comfortable overnight guest room, a bottle of prosecco, and an award-winning breakfast or brunch on New Year’s Day. The inclusive rate is $250 for December 31. Add on other nights before or after, and make a long weekend of it with the rate of $145 per night.

The Southampton Inn is also currently partnering with the nearby Plaza Café, owned by Chef Douglas Gulija. Walk a few hundred yards from your guest room door to enjoy New Year’s Eve dinner — guests of Southampton Inn receive a complimentary glass of wine with dinner (reservations required).

Also, through December 30, Southampton Inn is offering a buy one, get one room special so guests can spread out, distance from family and friends, or even use the second room for take-out meals from a favorite Hampton’s eatery. The rate is $145 for one room and $72.50 for a second room on the same night. Call the desk for more information. There is no charge for children under 12 in a parents’ room, and 16 of the inn’s 90 rooms are pet friendly (yes, there is a charge of $49 per pet with a limit of two pets per room). Visit southamptoninn. com for details and reservations. Southampton Inn is at 91 Hill Street in Southampton Village.

New Year’s Eve in Montauk

Thinking of a staycation for this New Year’s Eve? Gurney’s in Montauk is inviting families and couples alike to celebrate from the comfort of their own room with a variety of amenities to ring in the New Year. DJ Vikas Sapra has a specially curated a Gurney’s Spotify playlist to set the mood, and guests will also receive a complimentary “2021 Celebration Kit” in-room, filled with all the decorations needed to transform their guestroom or suite. Scarpetta Beach, the classic Italian restaurant at Gurney’s, has also rolled out a special in-room dining menu for New Year’s Eve, alongside its full menu, with specials including lobster carpaccio with osetra caviar, meyer lemon and pickled shallot and truffled tagliatelle with Tuscany black truffles, hen of the woods and Parmesan. Gurney’s also has eight beachfront bungalows for dining by the sea, complete with a seasonal menu, firepits and all the festive cheer to help celebrate the holiday season — in 2020 or 2021. Visit gurneysresorts.