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.

04/26/17 6:02am
Paolo inside his Southold home. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Paolo inside his Southold home. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

A concert series focused on beautiful music enhanced by scenic settings is returning to the East End.

The Rites of Spring Music Festival features classical and contemporary musical concerts complemented by the beauty and history of their natural settings. Wine and food tastings will be provided at the events.

“The idea is to offer a multi-sensory experience,” said pianist and event organizer Paolo Bartolani. “To enjoy classical music, but in a different way.” (more…)

04/26/17 6:01am
Little Creek Oyster Farm and Market in Greenport recently landed on a Zagat list of six restaurants worth the drive from New York City. (Credit: Little Creek Oysters, courtesy)

Little Creek Oyster Farm and Market in Greenport recently landed on a Zagat list of six restaurants worth the drive from New York City. (Credit: Little Creek Oysters, courtesy)

Little Creek Oysters in Greenport is worth the drive for day-tripping city dwellers.

So says Zagat in a post titled “Day Trip: 6 Restaurants Worth the Drive from NYC” published on April 14. (more…)

04/25/17 6:03am
Some of the images on display in the show. (Credit: Courtesy photo)

Some of the images on display in the show. (Credit: Courtesy photo)

It’s part art exhibit and part call to action.

A new show focused on building a community committed to protecting our marine environment is coming to the East End.

Sea Something, Save Something will open at Castello di Borghese Vineyard in Cutchogue on Saturday, April 29. A reception will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. (more…)

04/24/17 1:22pm

While many people might be wrestling with this weed in their garden right now, the dandelion was celebrated at KK’s The Farm this weekend.

A Dandelion Festival, now in its second year, was held at the Southold farm on Sunday, April 23. The festival featured lectures, dandelion food products, a wreath-making station and more.

The event was intended to “raise people’s awareness about the benefits of the dandelion as food medicine and herb,” said farm owner and event organizer Ira Haspel. He said he’d like to see people think twice before applying harmful pesticides to the ground to kill the flower. (more…)

04/24/17 6:03am
The tasting room at Kontokosta Winery . (Credit: Randee Daddona)

The tasting room at Kontokosta Winery. (Credit: Randee Daddona)

Choosing the exact coordinates for Kontokosta Winery’s tasting room was no arbitrary decision.

To find them, brothers and business owners Michael and Constantine Kontokosta set out on the Greenport property one day with a yardstick, some duct tape and a ladder in search of the perfect sightline to the bluff at the edge of their 62-acre property.

“We’d put the ladder down. Step up a few rungs and say, ‘Nope. It’s got to come over a few feet,’ ” said Michael Kontokosta, who also has the added surveying advantage of being 6-foot-4.

It took about an hour and quite a bit of bickering, but the brothers finally pinpointed what would be the center of the stately yet modern structure.

“We said, OK, everything starts from this point,” he said.

When asked if he thinks he made the correct decision, he doesn’t even pause: “I know we got it right.” (more…)

04/21/17 6:01am
Credit: Madison Fender

A man on a bike in Ninh Binh, Vietnam. (Credit: Madison Fender)

Greenport photographer and northforker contributor Madison Fender will show off photographs from her recent trek through Southeast Asia in an exhibit at Industry Standard this month.

There will be a kickoff party at the restaurant on Tuesday, April 25 from 5 to 8 p.m. The photos will remain on display for one month. The party is open to the public and is free to attend. (more…)