Indian Wells Tavern

Indian Wells Tavern is a laid-back and intimate restaurant that serves some of the heartiest, feel-good dishes paired with a great value. Situated on Main Street/Montauk Highway in the heart of Amagansett and within walking distance to boutique shops and museums, the Tavern is the place to catch up with friends and family any day of the week. Grab a cocktail and appetizer at the bar, or stay for dinner.

Upon arrival at 5:30pm, the bar already had a lively crowd of mostly men watching a March Madness basketball game. The dining room had three tables occupied, one couple and two families. I was pleased to see that the restaurant is very child-friendly. Sarah accompanied us and sat in a high chair at our booth. The booths are very spacious and comfortable. The back booths can sit three and three on either side.

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Sotto Sopra

Sotto Sopra is set in the heart of Amagansett Village on Montauk Highway with plenty of ample parking, and a private outdoor dining area in the back underneath umbrellas. This was my and my husband’s first visit, and we were glad to be able to bring Sarah along in her stroller. We choose to sit outside and were seated promptly upon arrival. As our dinner progressed and as the sun set, I was pleased that there were lights attached to the umbrella pole so that you could read the menus. There were also heated lamps set next to the tables. The restaurant is very family friendly, with three additional families with young children between the ages of four and ten seated around us.

The specials on the menu for the evening sounded intriguing. Special menu items may include Blackened Swordfish, Penne a la Vodka, and a Seafood Bouquet with jumbo shrimp cocktail, crab meat, and half of a chick lobster.

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Meeting House for Brunch

Meet House restaurant in the Amagansett Square is located just behind Jack’s Coffee and has a chic, coastal atmosphere inside. At the bar, you will notice industrial-sized light fixtures hanging above, eye-catching abstract paintings throughout, and an over-sized clock on the wall just as your turning toward the outdoor seating. If you choose to sit outside, it is quite peaceful scenery outside, almost like you are in someone’s private backyard.

This was our first time dining at Meeting House. There were three of us and we chose to sit inside opposite the bar area. When we first arrived for brunch, most of the tables were filled beside us, but those parties left soon after we arrived and for most of our meal, we had the whole front area of the restaurant to ourselves. All of the other dinner guests chose to dine outside in the back.

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Madeline Picnic Co.

Madeline Picnic Co. was first established in 2014 as a mobile business for delivering fresh, organic picnics featuring the finest local produce. Each picnic is beautifully wrapped in eco-friendly packaging, and delivered to pre-determined pick-up locations along the South Fork. The founder, Chef Madeline McLean, also offers boutique catering for hire, available for small to medium scale events. MPCo offers a bespoke experience, working closely with clients to curate gourmet experiences according their needs, visions, or dietary restrictions. In addition, Madeline Picnic Co. launched a go food line of à-la-carte packaged salads and beverages starting this season. These will be sold at independent retail outlets and at Hayground Farmers Market in Bridgehampton (3-6:30pm).

I recently met Chef McLean, who was hosting a tasting event at Amber Waves Farm in Amagansett. I had the opportunity to try her homemade Vietnamese Cold Brew Coffee sweetened with a touch of condensed milk; The English Garden Tartine: Mixed radishes, dill butter, Maldon sea salt (vegetarian); Spring Soba Noodle Salad: Buckwheat soba noodles, bok choy, charred cabbage, cucumber, mint, ginger sesame dressing  (vegetarian); Chopped Kale Caesar Salad: Mixed kale, radish, garlic croutons, dukkah sprinkle, vegan Caesar dressing  (vegan); and The French Farmer Tartine: Cured pork saucisson, onion jam, farmhouse cheddar, cornichons pickles, cracked pepper. Everything was above and beyond delicious! I asked my husband as we were enjoying our picnic lunch, “When’s our next picnic? We are looking no further than Madeline Picnic Co.!”

Below is an exclusive interview with McLean, who discusses travel inspiration, favorite picnic destinations, and launching her second season.

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The Springs Seedlings Empty Bowls 2015

This is an event not to miss! On Sunday, March 8th, at 12pm, the 5th Annual Empty Bowls event for the Project MOST Seedlings Project program, will be held American Legion Hall  in Amagansett just off of Montauk Highway across from Brent’s General Store. The fundraiser begins at 12pm and ends at 3pm. I have attended this event twice so far, and volunteered the first time in 2013. I loved my experience so much not only working with Project Most in the school districts (East Hampton and Springs), but also being a part of this not-to-miss event. I am very much looking forward to this! What is so special about Project Most is that each and every staff member puts forth a great amount of time and effort into preparing fun, enriching activities for students after school, as well as during the summer with their camp.

Springs Seedlings, based in Springs, created what is known as “The Seedlings Project,” a garden classroom that was created following the model of The Edible Schoolyard, a garden established by Alice Waters, Owner of Chez Panisse Restaurant in Berkeley, California. With land allocated by the Springs School District, the center of the project is a greenhouse for teaching, learning, and growing. Project MOST, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization, and experienced community organization dedicated to high quality after school programs for children, has taken the lead to establish this project and has made it shine. This is a rare opportunity for children to have in their school! With this project, students at the Springs School are able to engage in an hands-on learning experience about growing and harvesting food. The students will learn about sustaining the planet, how to properly care and tend to the garden and its plants, and examine its changes throughout the seasons. This is a rewarding experience for children to learn to live and work with our beautiful land on the East End.

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