Chef Scott Kampf, Banana Are Berries & More
Get to know Union Sushi & Steak Chef Scott Kampf, learn about the latest news on local restaurants, learn fun facts like bananas are berries, and more from the East End “Food Seen”.
Chef Highlight: Scott Kampf, Executive Chef of Union Sushi & Steak, Southampton Social Club and Union Burger Bar
A native of New York, Scott Kampf has been a professional chef for over two decades and has had an illustrious career focused on Franco-American cuisine. His various honors along the way include the acclaimed Chaine des Rôtisseurs Award of Excellence and the Michelin-starred Chef’s Audience Award. Kampf also had a stint as a team challenger on the Food Network Iron Chef America and was subsequently invited to appear on Kitchen nightmares.
Much of Kampf’s career consisted of private chef work for stars and professional athletes. He developed his natural culinary abilities while living abroad and traveling to France, Italy and Spain to study international cuisine. This is where Kampf discovered local cuisine and developed his unique and personal style as well as a taste for fresh market foods.
After returning to the United States, he worked in different kitchens along the East Coast and eventually landed in the Hamptons where he currently resides. Kampf’s fresh take on various cuisines has already earned him a strong following in New York City. Kampf, who is widely regarded as one of the best chefs in the Hamptons, is an important ingredient in restaurateur Ian Duke’s recipe for success – serving as executive chef for Southampton Social Club, Union hamburger bar and Sushi & Steak Union. It is in these Hamptons hotspots that Kampf draws on more than 20 years of expertise to offer East End foodies an innovative menu made with the finest and freshest ingredients of the season.
No need to say goodbye to lobster rolls, the Shinnecock Lobster Plant will remain open all year round! The restaurant offers classic seafood specialties with some unique variations on traditional lobster rolls like Cajun and Mediterranean style. What sets their lobster apart from others? They are fully dedicated to using fresh lobster only and not just any lobster, partner Marco Barilla goes to Maine twice a week to pick up fresh lobster! You can enjoy their delicious bites either at the factory window next to the Indian outpost of Shinnecock on Montauk Highway or at their food truck.
Kudos to East End-based restaurant group Rooted Hospitality Group for showing up at No.13 Long Island in Schneps Media’s Best Places to Work for Mid-Sized Businesses (150-499 workers). The group operates RUMBA, Cow fish, RUM, AVO TACO and their last, flora, at Westhampton Beach.
There is a new Italian market on Main Street in Montauk: Alimentari Beach. It serves espressos, cocktails, and pizza, as well as fresh pasta and more. It is brought to you by the same owners of Montauk from TT, the TexMex square below the quays. At Alimentari there are seats for dining outside and a chef’s table inside for special dinners.
Are you ready for some football? The NFL season is on, so gather your biggest football fans, order food, and cheer on your favorite team! TownLine BBQ offers great barbecue combos that are perfect for your soccer team. There’s the pulled pork sandwich kit with pulled pork, sliced bread or rolls, coleslaw, pickles, baked beans and fries; chicken and rib dinner with smoked chicken and pork ribs, coleslaw, pickles, baked beans and cornbread; and the TownLine Extravaganza Kit with pork ribs, brisket, pulled pork and smoked chicken, collard greens, baked beans, cornbread and pickles. All combos can be ordered to feed four or eight people. Call your order ahead (631-537-2271) and come pick it up for your football watching night.
Also, check out East Hampton Village’s CittaNuova for Monday night football. From 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. they have special offers on wings and $ 5 draft beers at the bar!
From the rumor mill: East Hampton may be home to not one but two breweries, one in Springs and the other in East Hampton Village. The location of Springs, Springs Brewery, would occupy a space adjacent to Springs Pizza in the building currently occupied by Hampton Auto & Collision, not far from Fort Pond Boulevard on Springs-Fireplace Road. East Hampton Village’s proposal calls for a brewery and restaurant to be located west of the village on Toilsome Lane. Preliminary plans call for a 140-seat restaurant in summer and 105 in winter. Both projects are in the very early stages of planning and review by the powers that be. It’s still exciting news!
Bites and bites: Sag Harbor’s K Pasa offers a menu all day from noon to 9 p.m. as well as breakfast from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Pellegrino Pizza Bar on Noyac Road celebrates 10 years of pizza and the like (dining room opens at 5 p.m.; closed Tuesday and Wednesday). … Classic from Sag Harbor The Capuccino is open Monday through Saturday at 5:30 p.m. (Sunday at 5 p.m.) – don’t forget to order the garlic knots! … Sen, the sushi restaurant in Sag Harbor, is open seven days for dinner; and from Friday to Tuesday for lunch. … Bridgehampton’s long-standing staple, Bobby van’s, is open seven days a week for lunch (12 p.m. to 3 p.m.) and dinner (5 p.m. to 9 p.m.). … Shippy’s Pumpernickels in Southampton has a Full Dinner Special for $ 21.95 ($ 24.95 also for Sunday Dinner Special) – look for great German and American cuisine. … Still in Southampton, Leader celebrates its 41 years of service from Tuesday to Saturday (1 p.m. to close) and Sunday (4 p.m. to close). … Ready to hit Montauk? Starter seafood, where there is a view of the water from every table, is open seven days a week.
Did you know: Clam sea bass on the Napeague section to Montauk is in its 40th year? … The team of Check mark Comedor in Amagansett ordered a graffiti artist who passes @ 18ism to paint a mural in the bar area?
Fun facts about food: Bananas are berries (most “berries” are not). … Reverend Sylvester Graham invented the graham cracker to appease sexual urges. … Flamin ‘Hot Cheetos were invented by a janitor who worked at the Frito-Lay factory.
Food quote: “The only thing I like better than talking about food is eating.” ~ John Walters, Australian actor
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