04/19/17 10:08am
Long Island Wine Press

Matt Michel of 1943 Pizza Bar. (Credit: Randee Daddona)

Great pizza is the holy grail for countless Americans, so it’s not surprising that the wood-fired pies from Rolling in Dough, Southold restaurateur Matthew Michel’s aptly named food truck, quickly amassed an East End following when the business was featured in a 2009 Vogue magazine spread.

“The issue came out in August and I started getting a bunch of Hamptons parties,” said Michel, who is 33 and grew up in West Haven, Conn. “Since then, it’s really taken off.”

In less than a decade, Rolling in Dough, which operates from a retrofitted 1943 K-6 International Harvester truck, has developed a loyal base of East End customers who tend to book parties a year in advance. Demand is so high, in fact, that Michel recently purchased a second truck, which he hopes will be operational by early June. (more…)

01/31/17 6:03am
Inside the tasting room at Wölffer Estate Vineyard. (Credit: David Benthal)

Inside the tasting room at Wölffer Estate Vineyard. (Credit: David Benthal)

Suellen Tunney’s instincts about her destiny were confirmed by a glass of rosé.

In 2007, the New Jersey native, then working as a restaurant manager, took a trip to Napa Valley that prompted an aha! moment.

During a stop on a wine tour, Tunney, now tasting room director at Wölffer Estate Vineyard in Sagaponack, asked someone in the industry, “How in the world did you get this amazing job?” (more…)

01/25/17 6:02am
Linh Trieu

Linh Trieu holds up a braised short rib sandwich at Wednesday’s Table in Southold. (Credit: Randee Daddona)

As clichéd as might sound, Linh Trieu admitted, Sept. 11 prompted her to reassess her life’s direction. Specifically, she said, the terrorist attacks made her realize she no longer wanted to work as a web designer for Bloomberg in Manhattan, where she had spent the past four years.

“I always wanted to cook,” the 39-year-old said during a recent interview at Wednesday’s Table, the Southold café she co-owns with sister Lena Tanzi. “So at that point I was like, you know what? I’m gonna do it. Screw it. Life’s too short.” (more…)

09/29/16 6:02am
Dan Farrell inside Roanoke Vineyards Love Lane tasting room. (Credit: David Benthal)

Dan Farrell inside Roanoke Vineyards Love Lane tasting room. (Credit: David Benthal)

Dan Farrell considers himself a born teacher. So it makes sense that the retired school psychologist, who has worked part-time as a pourer at Roanoke Vineyards in Riverhead since 2012, decided to broaden his wine knowledge two years ago by becoming a certified sommelier.

“Life is an ongoing educational process,” Farrell, 59, said in a recent interview at the members-only vineyard’s public location, a tasting room and wine bar on Love Lane in Mattituck. “I just enjoy talking to people about wine.” (more…)