Soups, oysters and elk: Lunchtime links for the foodie in all of us

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Some links to get your appetite going at lunchtime.

• Have you ever come across a greenish-blueish-gilled oyster? Neither had this expert until he ate Peconic Bay Oysters at the great Cull & Pistol in Chelsea. It made his list of “10 most memorable oyster slurps of 2013.”

• For the second year in a row, Tweed’s in downtown Riverhead is serving up elk hanger steaks this January. “Elk is delicious, offers many of the same health benefits as Bison and has no “gamey” texture or taste,” the restaurant said in its newsletter this week. The buffalo bar is known for its bison, check out the menu here.

• South Jamesport chef and cooking instructor Peter Berley recently sat down with the Wall Street Journal for a chat about food, cooking and the glory of soup. Added bonus: He shares a killer soup recipe at the bottom of the post.

• Anthony Rando, former chef at Sweet Tomato’s in Shelter Island Heights will be serving up a charity dinner at Shelter Island Presbyterian Church’s Fellowship Hall Wednesday night. On the menu: wood-fired roasted vegetables, asparagus and tomato risotto, farmer-style chicken served over soft polenta and New York cheesecake with a cherry wine sauce for $30. Check out the event listing on our site.

• The remarkable Cowfish restaurant in Hampton Bays has been hosting some great wine dinners featuring North Fork wines. Next up is Mattebella Vineyards on Jan. 31. More details are here.