Vera Chinese

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Vera Chinese

Vera Chinese has been the editor of northforker.com and northforker magazines since May 2014. Prior to that she spent two and a half years as a staff reporter for the New York Daily News. She joined the Riverhead News-Review as a staff writer in January 2010 and was named Associate Web Editor nine months later. She previously worked for the Southampton Press Western Edition and was named the third place 2008 Rookie Reporter of the Year by the New York Press Association. She graduated from Wagner College in 2006 where she received a bachelor's degree in English. She earned a master's degree in English education from New York University in 2007. She is a 2002 graduate of Eastport High School and has lived on the East End for more than 20 years.

02/27/17 9:30am
The Copperage Inn in Baiting Hollow. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

The Copperage Inn in Baiting Hollow. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

Sometimes looking forward to a mid-week night out with friends is what you need to get through the work week.

Enter Girls Night Out at Cooperage Inn in Baiting Hollow, a long-running special that offers a $22 two-course price-fixe for women on Wednesday evenings beginning at 3:30 p.m. The deal also includes $5 cosmopolitans and $15 bottles of wine, as well as $3 and $5 desserts. (more…)

02/26/17 6:02am
The reopening of Croteaux Vineyards was one of our biggest stories this week. (Credit: Michael Croteau)

The reopening of Croteaux Vineyards was one of our biggest stories this week. (Credit: Michael Croteau)

Here are the five most-read posts this week on northforker.com. To keep up with food, wine, real estate and lifestyle news on the North Fork, like us on Facebook, check out our Instagram page (@The_Northforker) and follow @northforker1 on Twitter. (more…)

02/23/17 6:05am

At MarGene Farms in Mattituck, you could say the food cycle is bedroom to farm to table.

Farmer Gene Krupski plants artichokes, tomatoes, peppers and other vegetables right on his kitchen counter. He begins the process in January and February, when he fills plant cells with soil and seeds and then places the plastic dome-covered cells in his light-filled bedroom.

After the seedlings sprout, they’re moved from the bedroom’s large windows to Mr. Krupski’s en suite bathroom. The fledging plants love the moisture and warmth the shower provides, he said.

“It’s crazy,” Mr. Krupski, who owns his farm with his wife, Maryann, said of the jungle-like conditions in his sleeping quarters. “You can’t even get out of bed. I have plants surrounding us.” (more…)

02/23/17 6:01am
CSA programs offer meal and box-type programs locally. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

CSA programs offer meal and box-type programs locally. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

It’s February, which means we are at the point in the year where we’re furthest away from the taste of juicy, ripe heirloom tomatoes and fresh-off-the-grill corn.

But now is the perfect time to support the farmers who bring us our delicious produce as they prepare for the 2017 growing season.  (more…)

02/13/17 3:58pm
Saturday afternoon vibes. (Credit: @winedanddined Instagram)

Saturday afternoon vibes. (Credit: @winedanddined Instagram)

We love seeing the North Fork through your lens.

Last Thursday’s storm dumped about a foot of snow on the East End. While that meant school closings and annoying commutes, it was also a time to take in the beauty of snow-covered farms, vines and beaches.

Here are some of our favorite NoFo Instagram ice shots from the weekend.

And how about the above photo of a hot tub set against the backdrop of a snowy vineyard? Hey @winedanddined, can we come hang out at your house?

Follow @northforker1 on Twitter and @The_northforker on Instagram, and use #northforker to share your photos with us. (more…)