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Bastille Day: A tricolor of choices

Almond's dining room features a grand tin ceiling,

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On July 14, 1789, the citizens of Paris stormed the Bastille.

You can attack a plate of escargots.

French restaurants are few in Nassau and Suffolk, so you might feel a bit revolutionary visiting one.  Here are three very good spots to join in the day's festivities.

Brasserie Cassis in Plainview is a big, buoyant, artfully appointed restaurant. It's situated in a shopping...

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Topping Rose House in Bridgehampton: Pork and beer fest

Topping Rose House in Bridgehampton is centered in

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Yes, that's right.

Topping Rose House of Bridgehampton, known for its elegant food and drink, hosts a pork-and-craft beer festival on Saturday.

The sponsors of the event include some of Long Island's major breweries.

You must be 21 and over to attend. VIP admission, from noon to 4 p.m., is $125; general admission, from 1 to 4 p.m., is $100.

The menu includes charcuterie,...

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Mushroom-themed dinner at Almond in Bridgehampton

Almond's dining room features a grand tin ceiling,

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Mushrooms star in a dinner on April 9 at Almond in Bridgehampton.

It's part of the restaurant's "Artists & Writers Night" series. Andrea Grover, curator of special projects at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill; and artist Phil Ross will be the guests.

Chef Jason Weiner's menu includes baby artichoke salad with button mushrooms and house-cured pancetta; polenta raviolini with crisp...

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Star chef exits Five.Five2 in St. James

Adam Pitre, a veteran of Ruvo in Greenlawn

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Adam Pitre, the chef who earned a high rating for his ambitious take on tapas and bigger plates at Five.Five2 in St. James, has resigned.

The kitchen now is overseen by Alberto Marinato, who has cooked at Osteria Salina in Bridgehampton. Veteran restaurateur Timothy Gaglio, who runs the Bridgehampton spot, now is a partner in Five.Five2.

Gaglio said the restaurant's menu would be revised...

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Valentine's Day blood-orange dinner at Almond in Bridgehampton

Almond's dining room features a grand tin ceiling,

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Roses and chocolate are familiar themes for Valentine's Day. Then, there are blood oranges.

They certainly have the right tint, and their mix of sweet and tart reflects romance in its own way. And Almond restaurant in Bridgehampton celebrates the citrus and the holiday with a four-course dinner themed to the fruit.

It will be available on Feb. 14, starting at 5 p.m. Cost: $65 per person.

Chef...

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Oysters-and-wine dinner at Fresh Hamptons in Bridgehampton

FRESH HAMPTONS, Bridgehampton WHAT: A soaring space with

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There will be a lot of shucking and pouring in Bridgehampton on Friday.

Fresh Hamptons restaurant hosts a six-course, oysters-and-wine pairing dinner on Dec. 6, starting at 7 p.m. Cost: $95 per person plus tax and tip.

Wines from Paumanok Vineyards will be matched with different preparations of Howard Pickerell's Pride Oysters.

The menu includes grilled oysters with chive beurre...

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Thanksgiving restaurant trivia and truffles

Topping Rose House in Bridgehampton is centered in

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About 15 million Americans will celebrate Thanksgiving by dining out, according to a survey by the National Restaurant Association.

Some will do it at Topping Rose House in Bridgehampton.

The four-star restaurant will offer a four-course dinner for $125. There's an $85 supplement if you'd like white truffles with the pasta course.

Before you make the phone call, note that the restaurant...

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At Almond in Bridgehampton, a duck-and-wine dinner

Diners linger over their suppers at Almond restaurant

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Get quackin'.

Almond, the three-star French-American bistro in Bridgehampton, hosts a dinner pairing duck and Long Island wines on Thursday. Cost: $75. The dinner starts at 7 p.m.

The matches by chef Jason Weiner include duck dashi, or stock, with sunchokes and scallions, with the 2012 Paumanok Vineyards Cabernet Franc; duck prosciutto and torchon of foie gras with compressed pineapple...

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Almond's chef cooking al fresco in East Hampton

Jason Weiner, the chef at Almond restaurant in

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Jason Weiner, chef at three-star Almond in Bridgehampton, will prepare dinner in an East Hampton farm field on Sept. 10.

The dinner is from Outstanding in the Field, a "roving restaurant" that stages dining events introducing guests to farmers and artisanal food producers at the source. The farm-dinner series started in 1999.

The East Hampron dinner is slated to be held at...

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Bastille Day a la Long Island

The classic French dish duck a l'orange is

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Long Island may not be the epicenter of dining out French, but there's more than a soupcon of choices where you may channel your inner Parisian. Here are four that raise the tricolor with flair on Sunday, July 14.

Bistro Cassis in Huntington is dependably full-flavored. The cozy spot also has excellent service. And on Sunday, the plat du jour is navarin of lamb, a stew with summer vegetables....

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