08/01/15 2:04pm
Harbes Sweet Corn Custard (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

Harbes Sweet Corn Custard
(Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

Terms like “farm fresh” and “locally sourced” are usually reserved for North Fork restaurants and food festivals. But they also extend to North Fork ice cream as well, as more farms and stores create their own homemade confections. Where else could you eat sweet corn ice cream, order two scoops of “Peconic Swamp Thing” or try a flavor called America?

“Corn is one of the biggest crops here on the farm,” explained Ed Harbes, manager of Harbes Family Farm in Mattituck. “With 50 acres of corn, we sell fresh corn, ready to eat corn and we do roasted corn, so we thought during the summer our customers would enjoy a corn custard. Custard is a type of ice cream that has more egg content, so it’s richer and creamier. To that we add our own sweet, roasted corn, puree it down and incorporate it into the custard base. People are really enjoying that flavor of ice cream and we’ll serve it as long as the corn season lasts, which is usually to the end of October.”

Harbes Family Farm is located at 715 Sound Avenue in Mattituck. They’re open everyday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. 631-298-8000.


08/01/15 6:26am
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Bedell Cellars frequently displays contemporary art work, like the piece by Mickalene Thomas which appears on its First Crush, on its bottles of wine. (Credit: Courtesy)

Every wine label, every bottle design, creates expectations. The package design makes the brand, and as such is the best way to communicate the story behind the wine.

In the past, until the 1980s, wine packaging followed a format typical of a region. You could quickly tell by bottle shape and label elaboration whether a wine was from France, Germany, Italy or Spain. But the rapid growth of the California wine industry opened the door to more unusual and innovative designs. (more…)

07/31/15 6:03am
Find a great bargain this weekend. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Find a great bargain this weekend. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Whether you’re looking for unique tchotchkes to decorate the mantel or are on the hunt for vintage clothing (or maybe an octagonal fish tank!), you’re in luck: Here are a few scheduled yard and tag sales between Riverhead and Orient from Friday, July 24 to Sunday, July 26.

Read on to find the perfect sale for you, as listed in the Classifieds section of the July 30 edition of the Riverhead News-Review and The Suffolk Times. (more…)

07/30/15 7:21pm
Sheri Winter Clarry and Michele Pia at Pia's home in  Peconic. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Sheri Winter Clarry and Michele Pia at Pia’s home in Peconic. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

When I first met my friend Michele Pia, who owns the Greenwich Village eatery and celebrity hangout Bar Pitti with her husband, Giovanni, she was looking for an East End retreat.

I had the distinct privilege of helping her find that dream retreat, a home I helped design and develop.

Seven years later, Pia has transformed her Peconic home into her own little piece of central Italy on the North Fork. With a two-story stone fireplace, imported Grecian urns dotting the backyard and natural light pouring into nearly every room, the meticulously decorated home she calls Casa Rustica is a sight to behold. (more…)

07/30/15 11:16am
Chilled tomato soup with fenugreek, zucchini & goat cheese ricotta (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

Chilled tomato soup with fenugreek, zucchini & goat cheese ricotta
(Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

Wish there was a great Indian restaurant in Greenport? While that may not be a reality just yet, Cuvée Restaurant recently held a night of gastronomic surprises when it hosted a pop-up Indian dinner with Mumbai chef Rahul Akerkar.

Akerkar is founder of the Mumbai-based restaurant group Indigo, whose restaurants are known for blending western cuisine with traditional Indian flavors and spices. The public was invited to this special evening and enthusiastically came with an adventurous palate.

“I would say half of the customers have been to India, half are people planning to go,” explained Cuvée chef and owner Deborah Pittorino. “They’re excited about experiencing the flavors. These are intense flavors and every mouthful is a burst of something exotic, completely different and has nothing to do with any Indian food they would have had in New York.”

Here were some of the highlights from the evening. (more…)

07/30/15 10:56am
Macari's Early Wine makes a great beach beverage. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Macari’s Early Wine makes a great beach beverage. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

It’s been hot out there this week. Oppressively, meltingly hot. Even if the opening of training camp means that football season is just around the corner — these are the dog days of summer. Here on Long Island, that means time on the beach for most of us, at least on weekends.

Whether you head to the Sound or bay for a picnic dinner with your family or spend the entire day at an ocean beach with friends like we do, a little wine most certainly can make it better.

I said a little. And make sure you have a designated driver.

I have only a few rules when it comes to beach wines — they need to be refreshing (fresh acid, please!), straightforward (complexity is wasted in the sand with less-than-fancy stemware) and affordable (under $20). (more…)