Daily Bee: Get Ready for Herb Fest 2016. Happy 15th, Almond. Plus, Volcanic Wine

Photo credit: Dave Cooksey

Photo credit: Dave Cooksey

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Happy Tuesday herbaliciousness! Garden of Eve, the organic farm and market in Riverhead, is hosting a workshop this coming Sunday about making herbal soda. We are not sure what herbal soda is (or whether it’s legal, heh heh), but it sounds intriguing. The event is part of an entire weekend of herbal learning, dubbed  “Herb Fest 2016.” Aside from herbal soda, you can also learn how to make an herb ball; how to detox with essential oils; and how to “select fragrant and culinary herbs for your very own herb planter.” There’s also a fairy gardening workshop, to get the next generation of herb growers started. Costco isn’t the only reason to drive to Riverhead, folks.

Behind the Green Door

We’ve got lots of Chambers news today. The East Hampton Chamber of Commerce plans a mixer at the Huntting Inn/Palm on Tuesday April 19 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., with cash bar and hors d’oeuvres. Here’s our post about all the mixing and mingling at last year’s event. RSVP to marina@easthamptonchamber.com if interested… The Greater Westhampton Chamber of Commerce is hosting a networking dinner on Wednesday April 20 at 6:30 p.m. at Baby Moon restaurant, with guest speaker Kristen Jarnagin, the new-ish head of the Long Island Convention and Visitors Bureau. RSVP to info@whbcc.org… And lastly, the always active Greater Montauk Chamber of Commerce provides this handy list for all those looking to sail, ride horses or rent bike, surf gear or stand-up paddleboards this summer.

Quick takes

Almond Restaurant in Bridgehampton has managed to do the near-impossible — survive 15 years in the Hamptons — so it is celebrating that accomplishment tonight with an open bar followed by karaoke (a notoriously dangerous one-two combination). Tickets here. The event will also raise funds for a friend-of-Almond, photographer Eric Striffler, who lost equipment in a recent fire.

Pierre Weber, whose Bridgehampton restaurant has been open nearly as long as Almond’s, is making headway as he takes over the Sagg General Store in Sagaponack. He recently posted this photo to Facebook, showing the store a.k.a. “Pierre’s new baby” under construction.

Wainscott Main Wine and Spirits, which is always up to something, will host another of its popular Wednesday workshops. This time, it’s “The Canary Islands: Ancient, Volcanic, Delicious,” for all those who like wines from truly off-the-beaten-path wine regions. (For the record, our volcanic wine of choice is from Etna, in Sicily, but that’s just us.) Kevin Tunny of David Bowler Wine will host tomorrow’s workshop, which starts at 5:30 p.m.

Social Media Quote of the Day

“Spice things up with the nutmeg, almond and macadamia hues found in our Anguilla carpet.” — The CarpetMan in Southampton in this Facebook post, making polypropylene rugs sound surprisingly delicious.

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