Written by Aaron Mattson
Thanksgiving is fast approaching, and the team at Hotel Indigo East End couldn’t be more excited! As we all know, the holiday season is a wonderful opportunity for the East End to show off everything our area has to offer, as evidenced by last weekend’s Taste North Fork!
We’re looking forward to another year of delicious, festive dishes courtesy of our very own Chef James, who has hand-crafted a prix fixe Thanksgiving Menu for all of our guests at Bistro 72. Join us this Thanksgiving for a feast that will delight your taste buds—all for only $29!
Bistro 72’s Traditional Thanksgiving Prix Fixe Menu
STARTERS (please select one)
Corn Chowder – roasted corn, potatoes
Beet Salad – red & yellow beets, goat cheese mousse, chopped pistachio, pomegranate reduction
Bistro 72 Salad – organic greens, candied walnuts, blueberries, shaved red onion, poppy vinaigrette, goat cheese crostini
TRADITIONAL THANKSGIVING DINNER
Sliced Roast Turkey – breast meat with homemade gravy
Sweet Potato Mash
DESSERTS (please select one)
Caramel Apple Cobbler ala Mode – granny smith apples, hard cider caramel, butter crunch top, cinnamon ice cream
Pumpkin Pie – whipped cream
Flourless Chocolate Gateau – whipped cream, mint, grand marnier-infused raspberry coulis
Please note that gratuity is not included, and that this cannot be combined with other offers, discounts, or packages. Also, we’re offering a children’s option for $9, which includes an entrée, kid’s drink, and ice cream dessert.
We recommend pairing our Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner with either of these fabulous Long Island Wines: the One Woman Chardonnay ($12/glass, $47/bottle) or the Bedell Cellars Cabernet Franc ($11/glass, $42/bottle). Last, but certainly not least, a reminder that all items on this menu contain locally grown ingredients!
If you can’t make it to Bistro 72 this Thanksgiving, we understand, but we’ll definitely miss you! To bring a bit of Bistro 72 to your home-cooked Thanksgiving meal, here’s Chef James’ homemade stuffing recipe that’ll have all your guests coming back for seconds!
Chef James’ Homemade Stuffing Recipe
- 1 pound loaf of French baguette bread cut into cubes
- 5 tablespoons butter
- 1 large yellow onion, diced
- 1 large carrot diced
- 5 stalked celery, diced
- ¼ cup of diced cooked breakfast sausage (no casing)
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten
- ¼ cup dried currents
- 8 oz sliced baby portabella mushrooms
- ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
- 3 cups low-sodium chicken or turkey broth
- 6 sage leaves, finely chopped
- 4 sprigs thyme, just the leaves, chopped
- 1 sprig rosemary, finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 teaspoon black pepper
- At least one day in advance, cut the bread into cubes. Arrange on a baking sheet and allow to sit, uncovered, to dry out. Stale, dried out bread works the best!
- On the day you’re going to make the stuffing, preheat the oven to 400°F. Place the tray of bread in the oven for 10-15 minutes, or until the bread starts to brown.
- Meanwhile, melt 5 tablespoons butter in a large, non-stick skillet. Sauté the onion and celery until soft and tender.
- When the bread is toasted, transfer it to a large bowl. Add in the onion and celery mixture, all of the chopped up herbs, 3/4 teaspoon each of salt and black pepper, and 1 large egg, lightly beaten.
- Add in 3 cups of low-sodium chicken or turkey broth and stir to combine.
- Spray a large 3-quart casserole dish with non-stick cooking spray. Transfer the stuffing mixture into the casserole dish. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes.
- Remove the foil and bake for 10-20 minutes longer, or until the top of the stuffing starts to brown.
- Serve immediately. Serves 8-10.
Whether you’re dining with us at Bistro 72 or enjoying a Thanksgiving meal at home, we hope you have a very happy holiday, full of friends, family, and laughter. To book a reservation your Thanksgiving dinner at Bistro 72, please call us at (631) 369-3325!
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Written by Lisi Powers
With Taste North Fork fast approaching, we thought, “What better a time to put one of our favorite East End breweries in the spotlight than now?” When you come out to stay at Hotel Indigo East End this weekend to experience all that Taste North Fork has to offer, be sure to venture all the way out to Greenport to visit our friends at Greenport Harbor Brewing Co.!
The story begins as a simple dream brewed up by a couple of broke college kids who just wanted to be able to drink beer without paying for it. The idea was that if they owned a brewery, they wouldn’t have to buy beer anymore—simple enough. As time went on, they dabbled in better beer and wound up consumed by the craft. After going out into the world and doing their own things for a while, the two wound up reconvening and discussed making that dream from their college days a reality.
It seemed like the stars just happened to align for the beer brewing hopefuls; with the economy in shambles in 2008, they were able to purchase an old firehouse that was up for sale in the Village of Greenport. The building required boatloads of work, most of which they did on their own with the help of some great friends and family.
With their brewhouse still in a state of complete disarray, they somehow convinced DJ Swanson to come onboard as their head brewer. “I have to give him credit; with two small children, he was as stupid as we were,” John told Brew By Bike in an interview.
“My four-year-old daughter turned out to be the smartest one,” DJ continued, “She said, ‘Dad, that doesn’t look like a brewery.’”
The crew at Greenport Harbor Brewing Co. have persevered through their uphill battle, and they’ve been shipping beer to over 200 places across Long Island and New York City since 2009. They’ve given all of us on the East End something to be supremely proud of, and their brews have been raved about by all the big beer and food blogs/papers, including the Village Voice and TimeOut NY.
You can visit Greenport Harbor Brewing Co. in the Greenport Loop of the Taste North Fork shuttle service, making stops in Peconic and Greenport/Orient! Check Greenport Harbor Brewing Co. out on Facebook for updates on all the cool things they’ve got going on out there!
Written by Lisi Powers
For those of us who live on Long Island’s East End, having a car isn’t something we even think twice about. Long Islanders drive pretty much everywhere—to the store, to work, to school—but on the East End it’s especially necessary because of our expansive farmland and vineyards.
Did you know that Manhattan has the highest percentage of non-car households in the entire country? More than 55% of Manhattanites don’t have cars, and rely on public transportation, bikes, and their own two feet to get around. While that’s a totally understandable option in the city, it doesn’t quite cut it out here in Long Island Wine Country.
So what’s a city-family to do when they want to head out East to take advantage of all we have to offer if they don’t have a car?
Taste North Fork is the solution to that very problem. The festival is returning to the East End this year on Veteran’s Day Weekend, with a long list of local participants to showcase everything about the East End scene that makes us so special.
On November 8 and 9, folks can hop aboard the Hampton Jitney’s I Love New York bus at one of several pick-up points in Manhattan (86th St between 3rd & Lex. Ave; Lex Ave between 68th & 69th; Lex. Ave between 59th & 60th; SW corner of 44th & 3rd Ave) and head out to the North Fork for just $38 round trip! Visitors can also take the LIRR out to the North Fork, as well. The I Love NY bus will drop visitors off at either Tanger, Mattituck, or Peconic.
From noon to 5:30PM, the Taste North Fork FREE shuttle service will be making stops along three loop-routes: from Tanger II in Riverhead to the Bay View Farm and Market in Aquabogue; from Bay View to Peconic Lane in Peconic; and from Peconic to Greenport. The shuttle will also be making stops at the Mattituck and Greenport Long Island Rail Road stations, as well as the Cross Sound Ferry terminal in Orient. The shuttle busses will run every 30 minutes on both days of the festival.
The Long Island Wine Council, which is organizing the event, expects there to be 119 North Fork businesses participating this year. Last year, there were about 1,000 people who participated in the three-day event, and the Council is confident that this year will be even bigger and better.
A new addition to Taste North Fork this year is a brewery tour through Riverhead, offering $1 off tastings at Moustache Brewing Co., Long Ireland Beer Co., Crooked Ladder Brewing Co., and Vines and Hops Café. This is a particularly exciting opportunity, as our community’s been getting a ton of press lately for the abundance of local breweries that have been popping up throughout the East End (and you know how much we love nice, cold pints of local beer at Bistro 72!).
Every participant in Taste North Fork is offering specials and deals for visitors from both near and far, so it’s a great time to come out for the weekend and enjoy our beautiful region. For a full list of participants and special offers, as well as transportation details and schedules, head over to East End Getaways.
Our Taste North Fork Specials
Bistro 72 is running Friday drink specials, ½ price LI Wine on Saturday, live music on both Friday AND Saturday, and our Prix Fixe menu on Sunday with ½ price LI Wine & no corkage fee.
Hotel Indigo is offering a special room rate during Taste North Fork, as well a complimentary glass wine for our guests staying with the Taste of North Fork Package. Call (631) 369-2200 to book your reservation!