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…)

09/26/16 6:02am
Brian and Ettore Pennachia inside the Cutchogue restaurant. (Credit: Randee Daddona)

Brian and Ettore Pennacchia inside the Cutchogue restaurant. (Credit: Randee Daddona)

Every Italian knows a good tomato sauce should strike the ideal balance between sweetness and tang. That formula also describes the working relationship between Touch of Venice owners Ettore Pennacchia and his son Brian, who are executive chefs at the Cutchogue restaurant.

The elder Pennacchia, 67, retreats to the Main Road establishment’s kitchen six days a week to prepare mainstays like stuffed artichokes and veal parmigiana. Cooking alongside him is Brian, 42, who stays on top of the latest culinary trends in an effort to add unexpected twists to Dad’s old-school Italian recipes.

“My father brings the history,” Brian said in an interview at the restaurant, which relocated five years ago from a waterfront setting in Mattituck to the former Fisherman’s Rest on Main Road. “I work on all the specials; I do anything new. We have a good mix.” (more…)