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Thanksgiving restaurant trivia and truffles
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 association also reports that 14 million of us will have a restaurant provide part of the holiday meal and another 4 million will have a take-out Thanksgiving feast.
Topping Rose House's menu includes first courses of pickled cauliflower and golden raisins with Peconic Bay scallops; heirloom kale salad with toasted pine nuts, currants and pecorino Romano; celery root and American caviar with butter-poached oysters; and apples, ruby-streaks mustard greens and warm brioche with a torchon of foie gras.
Second-course choices: spaghetti with wild mushrooms, and those white truffles, if desired; paccheri with lamb ragu; squash risotto with Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and crisp sage. Third-course options: organic turkey, 30-day dry-aged rib-eye, or seasonal sea bass, with potato puree, roasted autumn vegetables, cranberry sauce, stuffing and gravy.
Desserts are mini-pumpkin pie with cinnamon whipped cream, warm chocolate tart with hazelnut ice cream, and gingerbread cake with pear mousse.
Tom Colicchio, of "Top Chef" and Craft fame, is the titled chef at Topping Rose; Ty Kotz is the executive chef; and Cassandra Shupp, the pastry chef.
One last Thanksgiving item from the National Restaurant Association report -- combining the holiday with Black Friday, 79 million Americans will be contacting restaurants.
Topping Rose House ,2546 Montauk Hwy., Bridgehampton; 631-537-0870.