October eats – Food happenings on the Island

Crepes made with wild acorn flour for last year's Local Wild Food Challenge. — File photo by Ralph Stewart

Though it’s technically the off-season, there is a lot happening in the Vineyard food scene.

Join Chef Chris Fischer at The Beach Plum Restaurant in Menemsha on Thursday nights from 5 to 9 pm through November 21 for an Island Dinner Series, an ode to the farms that Mr. Fischer has sourced from all season. New menus are created each Thursday inspired by and sourced from different Island farms, giving guests the chance to understand what each farm has to offer. Last Thursday, Beetlebung Farm was highlighted with dishes that included arugula and Twig Farm goat cheese, fennel meatballs, parsley and leek broth, and chestnut cake for dessert. Featured this week is The GOOD Farm in Vineyard Haven. The cost of dinner is $35 for three courses or $75 for five courses. BYOB. The full dinner menu is offered Thursday through Sunday, through December 1. For more information, call 508-645-9454.

This Thursday, head to the Portuguese-American Club in Oak Bluffs for an all-you-can-eat fish fry from 5 to 7 pm. Offerings include fried cod, cornbread, French fries, coleslaw, macaroni and cheese, and desserts. The cost is $12 for adults and $7 for children. For more information, call 508-693-9875.

Fill your weekend with sweet treats from Featherstone’s 10th Annual Art of Chocolate festival, October 11 through 13. Start off your Friday night at the opening preview party sipping chocolate martinis while listening to storyteller Susan Klein entertain with stories of “The Sweet Side of Savory.” After the entertainment, step into the chocolate gallery to sample an array of decadent desserts. The soirée goes from 6 to 8 pm and costs $50 per person.

Continue to indulge your chocolate cravings at Featherstone on Saturday and Sunday from 12 noon to 4 pm, no golden ticket required. Choose from a selection of delectable delights including a chocolate fountain, signature cakes from Cakes by Liz, chocolate mousse from Slice of Life, chocolate bread pudding from The Newes from America, and chocolate snails from Orange Peel Bakery. Featured chocolatiers include Chilmark Chocolates, Dorothy Cox Chocolates, Brenda Mastromonaco, Ben & Bill’s, DOVE Chocolate, and more. Sample two tastes for $5 or five tastes for $10.

On Saturday morning, Oct. 12, fill up on breakfast at the First Baptist Church in Vineyard Haven from 9 to 11 am. Enjoy a selection of pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, oatmeal, juice, and coffee for $8 per person. Families of four are $25 with a $5 charge for each additional family member. For more information call 508-693-1539.

Save room for Hope Strengthens Foundation’s pig roast fundraiser on Saturday afternoon. Visit the Tisbury Spring Building, located adjacent to 400 West Spring Street, from 1 to 5 pm for an afternoon filled with roasted pork and all the fixings, including baked beans, pasta salad, coleslaw, clam chowder, fried turkey, steamed hot dogs, and assorted desserts.

Hope Strengthens Foundation is a nonprofit organization founded by Islander Jacob Ferreira and longtime friend James Fahey to help provide support to individuals and families who are dealing with serious illness or injury. Fellow Islander and cancer survivor Joseph Merry was the inspiration behind Hope Strengthens. Tickets are $40 for adults; $20 for ages 17 and under; free for 3 and under. A portion of the proceeds benefits outpatient services at the M.V. Hospital. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit hopestrengthens.eventbrite.com.

This Sunday, Oct. 13, head to Farm Neck Café from 9 am to 2 pm for its last brunch buffet of the season. Farm Neck is open Monday through Thursday 8 am to 5 pm for breakfast (continental breakfast begins after Columbus Day) and lunch until December 1; and Friday through Sunday, 7 am to 6 pm. Make sure to stop by for happy hour Tuesday through Thursday, 3:30 to 5 pm and Friday and Saturday, 3:30 to 6 pm for half price appetizers from 4 to 6 pm. Offerings include chicken wings, Cobb salad, sliders, tacos, and mozzarella sticks. For more information, call 508-693-3560.

On Monday, Oct. 14, at 3 pm, stop by the Local Wild Food Challenge at the Rod & Gun Club in Edgartown. The challenge is to create the best dish with at least one wild ingredient featured in an entrée-sized portion. Get your fishing, foraging, and hunting on this weekend to enter an award-winning dish on Monday. With more than $9,000 in prizes, come cheer on local chefs and home cooks, and taste the creations they make. For more information, visit localwildfoodchallenge.com.

Visit the Chilmark Community Church on Tuesdays this fall and winter for Pizza Night at 6 pm. For more information, call 508-645-3100.

On Wednesdays and Thursdays until October 17, pay for two dinners at the Lure Grill at the Winnetu Resort in Edgartown and stay overnight in a suite at the Winnetu for free. For more information and to make reservations, call 866-335-1133.

The Martha’s Vineyard Food & Wine Festival is full of events from October 17 through 20. Bring your appetite and dancing shoes to the Ag Hall on Thursday, October 17, for a tasting, Fresh off the Farm, from 7 to 9 pm. Local chefs and farmers serve you tasty bites, Joseph Carr Winery provide libations, and Good Night Louise will get your boots stomping. Tickets are $40 and include tasting, three beverage tickets, coffee, and entertainment. A portion of the funds raised will help support Island Grown Schools.

On Saturday, Oct. 19 at 6:30 pm, head to the Lure Grill for a night of opera, food, and wine. “If Opera Be the Food of Love Eat On,” stars Chef Matthew Passalacqua and Wendy Taucher Dance Opera Theater. The evening features a five-course dinner and wine pairings with entertainment from four singers performing operatic showpieces and comic turns. The cost is $185. For more information and tickets, visit mvfoodandwine.com.

Here are a selection of specials and discounts offered at Island eateries. Remember to see server for details:

Head to Café Moxie on Sundays for 50% off an appetizer with purchase of an entrée. Open Thursday-Monday. For more information: 508-687-9140.

Buy one large pizza and get one free small cheese pizza every Sunday at Bob’s Pizza & Café in Vineyard Haven. On Monday-Friday, order one special house sandwich with fries and get one free small soda. For more information: 508-693-8266.

On the next game day, visit Sharky’s in Edgartown and Oak Bluffs for 20% off all to-go wings during NFL games and 50% off all dine-in wings during NFL games. Mention the discounts when ordering. For more information call Edgartown: 508-627-6565, or Oak Bluffs: 508-693-7501.

Stop by the Ocean View in Oak Bluffs on Wednesdays, for lobster night, which includes boiled lobster with melted butter, veggies and choice of rice or potato for $19.99. Add $1 extra for baked stuffed. On Saturdays, enjoy prime rib with veggies and choice of rice or potato for $19.99. Both specials are dine-in only. For more information: 508-693-2207.

Enjoy 2 for 1 entrees every Thursday through Saturday at The Grill in Edgartown. For more information: 508-627-8344.

Visit The Wharf Restaurant and Pub in Edgartown from 3-6 pm for half off chicken wings daily and during all NFL games, dine-in, pub only. Head to The Wharf on Tuesdays for twin lobster night and Fridays for prime rib. For more information, 508-627-9966.

Visit Détente in Edgartown for half price appetizers at 5:30 pm. Open Tuesday-Saturday. For more information: 508-627-8810.

Stop by Chesca’s in Edgartown before they close this Sunday for the season. Buy two entrees and certain bottles of wine are 50%. Certain wines by the glass are also 50%. For more information: 508-627-1234.

Head to The Square Rigger in Edgartown, open Wednesday through Sunday. Enjoy 15% off of takeout on items from the dining room menu. 508-627-9968.

Don’t forget about Monday Madness, Tuesday Lobsterfest, and Thursday Dockside Special at Coop de Ville in Oak Bluffs. On Mondays, enjoy a lobster roll and fries for $13.50, on Tuesdays, steamed lobster and corn for $14.99 and Thursdays, lobster, steamers, mussels, corn and chowder for $35. And on October 20, enjoy a pig roast from 12 noon to 6 pm. For more information: 508-693-3420.