A Casual Venue for Contemporary Art

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Over the years, Colin Ambrose, the restaurateur, has developed relationships with hundreds of artists, many of whom are regulars at Little Estia

East Hampton Star Article | By Mark Segal |

 

 

Colin Ambrose, above, the owner and chef of Estia’s Little Kitchen in Sag Harbor, has a longstanding relationship with the region’s artists. Barbara Thomas, below, will exhibit paintings of vegetables from her garden, including a variety of carrots, at the restaurant during April and May.

Photos Morgan McGivern and Gary Mamay

Slow food, sustainable agriculture, organic farming, and farm-to-table are terms that are so ubiquitous in the ever-expanding culinary world that hardly a restaurant opens today that doesn’t tout its use of locally sourced organic ingredients.

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Quail Hill root dinner for Ella

Thursday, March 19 6pm
$30 per person fundraising dinner

Join Us for a Magical Evening

Ella is a local organic farmer who will be attending a farmers training program in Santa Cruz, California. To be able to attend this program, Ella is inviting the community to a fundraising dinner at Estia’s Little Kitchen.


Ella Fleming

 

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BEACHOUSE LIFE | Chef’s Tales

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COOKING-UP AN ICON

The North Fork Table & Inn

by Chef Colin Ambrose
Go to the original article on Beachouse Hamptons website

As an owner myself, I know that restaurants, like our most cherished relationships, are a labor of love. To succeed, they require more work and dedication than most anyone can imagine. Of the chef, the demand is nothing less than an intrinsic passion and understanding of food. From the management, service is the top priority. Now, just for fun, add-in operating your establishment on Long Island’s East End, home to the most demanding and discerning palettes anywhere! The North Fork Table & Inn, consistently ranked with New York’s top dining venues, is proof-positive that  these attributes can – and do exist – everyday. If you enjoy destination dining, a reservation at this iconic institution should be on your near term bucket list.

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Carrot Tasting Goes to the Root of the Vegetable

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Standing in his restaurant kitchen garden on the Sag Harbor-Bridgehampton Turnpike in September of 2013, restaurateur and chef Colin Ambrose crunched down a newly harvested carrot fresh from the soil. It looked great—bright orange, long and tapered—but the flavor wasn’t there. Mr. Ambrose, who has been at the forefront of the local, fresh food movement on the East End since his days at the helm of the original Estia in Amagansett in the 1990s, hatched a plan then and there to gather together local farmers, gardeners and chefs in a growing experiment aimed at identifying keys to successfully cultivating different carrot varieties.

And the results were delicious.
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Estia’s Root Tasting

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Estia’s Little Kitchen presented the first in a series of root tastings on November 12, 2014. Last summer, Colin Ambrose decided he wanted to explore the carrot with his friends, all chefs. Each chef and farmer provided a control and choice seed that was either raw or steamed. Chefs then presented the guests with a delicious dish that incorporated carrots into it. Guests learned about communications that take place between the chefs and farmers in order to meet supply and demand. (more…)

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They Care About Carrots

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A “carrot-palooza” conceived by Colin Ambrose took place last week at Estia’s Little Kitchen in Sag Harbor, where farmers and gardeners took their produce and chefs experimented with the outcome. Laura Donnelly

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Colin Ambrose conceived of the event, a yearly root tasting, last summer

By Laura Donnelly |

Lights! Carrots! Action! It was Colin’s Carrot-Palooza at Estia’s Little Kitchen last week, as splashy a media event as you can expect for a Wednesday . . . in November . . . for a vegetable. There were local rock star chefs and their Daucus carotas, served raw, steamed, and in various dishes. The carrots, that is. (more…)

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New Art Exhibit

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Featuring paintings and photographs of last summers vegetable & flower garden.


This summer John Torreano and Mansell Ambrose were commissioned to record the bounty of our kitchen garden.

Both of the artists series are the result of visits to our Little Kitchen garden this summer. John, a breakfast customer, stops by regularly. His home and Sag Harbor studio are right around the corner.

Mansell spent the summer orchestrating a flower garden in the raised bed that occupies the center piece of our kitchen garden. Johns paintings focus on the Sunburst Squash plants that exploded from a bed just to the east of Mansell’s flowers. (more…)

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Project Most

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Project MOST is committed to East Hampton’s children and building on the strengths of our children with a range of academic support, enrichment activities, physical exercise, and positive social development everyday in the critical hours after school. The philosophy of Project MOST is to nurture the entire child and to teach the joy of learning for learning’s sake. (more…)

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Exciting new artist

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Helen Robinson

Helen speaks about the Show:

The work in this show represents my interpretation of Sag Harbor and the Hamptons from an outsider’s perspective. After spending a morning in Sag Harbor alone, I found the town’s charm to be most inspiring. The farmers market, local shops, docked boats, the people, and even Estia’s Little Kitchen all embodied Sag Harbor to me.

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