THAWfest Weekend – Local Food & History


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#1 Program:     Live Food, Local Food with Amagansett Food Institute

Rogers Mansion, 17 meeting House Lane, Southampton, NY

Saturday, March 23, 2019

11:30 am -12:30 pm / Cooking Workshop & Presentation

                        12:30-1:00 pm / Tasting and Discussion, followed by an Open House

Fee:                  $10, followed by an Open House 

As part of THAWfest 2019, Amagansett Food Institute and the Southampton History Museum will co-host a hands-on workshop with Chef Jack Formica, who will focus on foods regionally available, with a particular emphasis on living/raw foods. Jack Formica is a chef, farmer and forager who shares AFI’s mission to create a more sustainable and equitable local food system. He previously served as the chef at AFI’s South Fork Kitchens Café and has participated in many other activities related to AFI’s mission. 


#2 Program:     Free Admission to the Rogers Mansion

Rogers Mansion, 17 meeting House Lane, Southampton, NY

 Saturday & Sunday, March 23 & 24, 2019

Time:                11 am – 4 pm

Fee:                  Free admission for self-guided tours

More info:         (631) 283-2494 or

The Rogers Mansion is a 20-room historic house museum managed by the Southampton History Museum. It was the summer residence of philanthropist Samuel L. Rogers who converted a smaller whaling captain’s house into Gilded Age mansion during is occupancy 1899 to 1932. The period rooms reflect the peak of his era 1910 to 1920. No admission will be charged for self-guided tours on Saturday. 


Jack Formica is a Chef, Farmer, and Forager. He has previously worked as the Chef at Amagansett Food Institute’s South Fork Kitchens Cafe, the Amagansett Farmer’s Market, and Amber Waves Farm, among others. In October 2018, he curated a Native Foods dinner highlighting wild and domestic foods from Long Island at Almond Restaurant in Bridgehampton. His workshop during THAWfest will focus on the foods regionally available on Long Island, with a particular emphasis on living/Raw foods. 

Southampton History Museum manages 4 separate properties with 14 historic buildings open to the public year-round. The museum’s mission is to preserve and promote the history and culture of Southampton. We are celebrating our 120th birthday this year with a full schedule of programs. Go to for more information. 

Amagansett Food Institute is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Our mission is to support, promote, and advocate for the farmers, vintners, fishermen, and other food producers and providers on the East End of Long Island. We envision this region as a place where all farms and food businesses are thriving and supported by an engaged community whose members understand the benefits and uniqueness of local food. Our programs streamline access to local food, building connections between growers, producers, buyers, distributors, and consumers. We believe everyone should have access to the bounty of our region, and our members work together to create a more sustainable and equitable local food system. Go to: 

THAWfest Weekend was created by the Hamptons Arts Network which include 19 cultural organizations on the South Fork of Long Island, NY to promote off season events.  For more info go to:




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