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.
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. Read Full Article »
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
Colin Ambrose conceived of the event, a yearly root tasting, last summer
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. Read Full Article »
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. Read Full Article »
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. Read Full Article »