Slow Food / ALS Ride for life Benefit : Gala in the Garden at Estia’s LK

Slow Food Gala in the Garden

Last fall I was honored by Slow Food’s Long Island chapter with an award, The “Snail of Approval”. Slow Food is a relatively young organization, at least on Long Island, and I was aware of the work they were doing through my contact with Ted Conklin from the American Hotel in Sag Harbor. More Importantly I was at an event a few years ago at The Kontokosta Winery on the North Fork when my friend Gerry Hayden was honored with the first Long Island “Snail of Approval” recognition.

John Delucie, Claudia Flemming, Jim Botsacos

John Delucie, Claudia Flemming, Jim Botsacos

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Colin Ambrose’s From Seed To Plate Series 2: BEETS

Gathering in the fields of Quail Hill Farm, Colin Ambrose again invites local farmers, seed experts and chefs to participate in this, the second video in his From Seed to Plate video series. This time, participants share their knowledge about growing and preparing the versatile and romantic root vegetable–the beet.

Participants:

Petra Page-Maan & Matthew Goldfarb, seed experts at Fruition Seeds, Canandaigua, NY
Scott Chaskey, farmer at Quail Hill Farm, Amagansett
Harry Ludlow, farmer at Fairview Farm, Bridgehampton
Justin Finney, chef at Highway Restaurant & Bar, East Hampton
Sam McCleland, chef at The Bell & Anchor, Sag Harbor
Arie Pavlou, chef at Bridgehampton Inn Restaurant
Megan Huylo, chef at Amber Waves Farm Kitchen, Amagansett

Rick Kallaher, videographer
Colin Ambrose, organizer & chef at Estia’s Little Kitchen, Sag Harbor


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Estia’s 25th Anniversary

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Letter to the Editor: 08.20.15

by Colin Ambrose
Executive Chef, Estia’s Little Kitchen for The East Hampton Star

Estia’s 25th Anniversary

August 5, 2015

Dear Editor,

Wednesday morning’s sunrise at Old Beach Lane was magnificent, I can’t describe the feelings I have as I sit here and think about the journey that got me to this place. Upon arrival in East Hampton I was at a fork in the road. This community has often reminded me how lucky I am having taken the right turn. Read More »

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BEACHOUSE LIFE | Chef’s Tales | #3

That Bar On The Corner

by Colin Ambrose
Executive Chef, Estia’s Little Kitchen for Beachouse Media

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All photos courtesy of Word Hampton

Confession: I have a favorite corner bar! You should too. Everyone should. Mine is Almond, set on the corner of Ocean Road and Main Street in Bridgehampton. No insult intended to all the other corner bars. Read More »

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Bidding begins for Eileen’s Angels

This is your opportunity to bid on artwork from renowned artists. Some of them are locals of our East End. The pieces of art are priceless. You can now view all pieces and place your bid(s) online at Paddle8.com.

Dan Rizzi Art - Petunia for Eileen

A piece from the auction by local artist Dan Rizzie

Petunia for Eileen, 2015
Watercolor, chine colle, aquatint unique impression

16 x 13.5 in (40.64 x 34.29 cm)


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Eileen’s Angels Art Auction & Garden Party – Artist Stephen Mannino

A piece from the auction by artist Stephen Mannino
Title:  ‘Bass’
Medium:  oil & acrylic on paper
Size: 6″x8″

Eileen’s Angels Art Auction is a fundraiser to benefit the Springs Seedlings & Project MOST on Sunday, June 28, 5 to 8pm

Join us at Estia’s Little Kitchen for our Garden Party and Main Auction on June 28. It will be an evening of fine food, local wines & brews, and live music—a gathering of international & local artists for an auction of priceless works.

The art of over 40 participating artists is on display in our dining room between now and June 28th. Place your bid online at Paddle8.com. Bidding starts Friday, June 12th ! You may also preview the art online now, before the bidding begins.

Tickets to the event are $150 and can be purchased online at Projectmost.com. We ask that you buy them soon as they are limited. Read More »

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BEACHOUSE LIFE | Chef’s Tales

WE HAVE A KEEPER!

The Highway Restaurant and Bar

by Colin Ambrose
Executive Chef, Estia’s Little Kitchen for Beachouse Media

There’s a new team in the old room at the VFW hall on 27 East in Georgica. Just beyond the Tank in the parking lot at 290 Montauk Highway sits a restaurant that seems to have had a hot potato lease for twenty years. I’ve stopped in for a bite at all of them – from the Italian red sauce joint to the Mexican fiesta and the temple of American contemporary cuisine. Each had a solid idea; some had good execution. But, today’s tenant has found the right combination of solid comfort food, appropriate decor and warm, inviting hospitality that has turned me into a regular. At last, we have a keeper!

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A Casual Venue for Contemporary Art

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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BEACHOUSE LIFE | Chef’s Tales

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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Bolero Carrot Gyoza

Recipe by chef Chris Polidoro, farmed by Scott Chaskey

1 lb. carrots, washed and sliced
1 shallot, sliced
2 pinches salt
3 Tbsp. olive oil
1/4 cup water
1/2 lb. savoy cabbage, blanched, well drained, and chopped
1 tsp. fresh ginger, grated
1 package Nasoya round wonton wrappers
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Nick & Toni’s Heirloom Carrots with Harissa

Recipe by chef Joseph Realmuto, Jeff Negron and Bryan Futerman

2 lbs. heirloom carrots, trimmed and washed thoroughly, cut into large chunks on the bias
1 28-oz. can of whole peeled tomatoes, drained of their juice and rough chopped
2 to 3 Tbsp. Harissa, depending on your heat preferences (It’s hot stuff. You can always add more to your taste.)
1 large shallot, thinly sliced
5 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
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McGregor’s savory fall garden pie

Recipe by chef Colin Ambrose

1  3lb rabbit braised with leeks, carrots, and 3 jalapeño chilis in 1 quart chicken stock, 2 cups white wine, salt & pepper. Braise at 350 for 2 hours. Braise a day in advance and store overnight in the braising stock. The following day, drain the stock in a strainer and reduce over medium flame. Clean the meat completely off the rabbit and mince the meat to a rough chop.

4 leeks, cleaned and chopped fine
1 celery root, chopped fine
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Carrot Tasting Goes to the Root of the Vegetable

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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