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Hamptons Foodie Bites: Bobby Flay, Rachael Ray and More

The Hamptons foodie scene never rests! Local purveyors and international celebs alike have been making moves in the East End food world.

Hamptons celebrity chef Bobby Flay stopped by Bobby’s Burger Palace’s two Long Island locations, at the Roosevelt Field Mall in Garden City and the Smith Haven Mall in Lake Grove, last Saturday. The visits coincided with the introduction of three new salads to his namesake restaurant’s menu: The Chopped Crunch, the Super Kale, and the Palace Quinoa. The Chopped Crunch is a romaine salad with radicchio and watercress topped with cucumbers, chickpeas, tomatoes, avocado and tortilla chips. The Super Kale is, of course, a kale salad featuring peppadews, scallions, cotija cheese and pita with Meyer-lemon vinaigrette. Finally, the Palace Quinoa comprises red quinoa, arugula, mint, cranberries, ricotta salata and red wine vinaigrette. In true Flay fashion, for a little extra, diners can add chicken, ground beef or turkey.

Southampton talk-show host and bestselling cookbook author Rachael Ray appeared in last week’s episode of Young & Hungry, a popular situation comedy about a food blogger that airs on Freeform (formerly ABC Family). Ray’s cameo counts as her acting debut, appearing as herself hosting her own show as she interviews the show’s star struck protagonists on the success of their food truck, “The Dumped Truck.”

Backyard Brine owners Randolph and Cori Kopke are about to open their long-awaited North Fork picklery and tasting room in Cutchogue. In additional to the usual delays in launching a new food business, the husband and wife team took the time to have all their equipment painted in their Backyard Brine’s signature colors—red, white and blue!

The Sag Harbor Farmers Market vendors held their annual meeting at Dan’s Papers offices last week. Seedtime author Scott Chaskey of Quail Hill Farms in Amagansett was there, as was apiarist Mary Woltz, the maker of Bees Needs honey. In their search for a new beverage, yogurt and coffee vendor, the current Sag Harbor Farmers Market vendors voted on the admittance of new members to their market. The East End’s oldest farmers market opens for another great season on Saturday, May 21, and will continue running every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. until October 29!

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