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.

10/23/17 6:00am

Chef Rosa Ross inside her East Marion home. (Credit: David Benthal for northforker magazine)

Chef Rosa Ross is hosting a multi-course harvest dinner — and she is opening her East Marion home to her guests.

The Hong Kong-born chef and owner of the former Scrimshaw restaurant in Greenport will host the five-course meal with wine pairings on Saturday, Oct. 28 inside her cottage, which is located next to a lavender field.

“Come enjoy good food, good wine, good friends,” Ross said. (more…)

10/22/17 10:29am

Moustache Brewing Co. owners Matt and Lauri Spitz inside the new brewery space.Their facility is growing four times in size. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Here are the seven most-read stories 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…)

10/19/17 6:01am

Moustache Brewing Co. owners Matt and Lauri Spitz inside the new brewery space. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Moustache Brewing Co., the tiny Riverhead craft beer producer with a large loyal following, is about to grow fourfold.

Co-owners Lauri and Matt Spitz announced earlier this week that they have signed a lease to take over the rest of the building that houses their Hallet Avenue operation, increasing their footprint from 1,400- to roughly 5,600-square-feet.

“We have been cramped in our space since a year after we opened,” Ms. Spitz said. “I have an office now, which is really exciting. I used to work on a pile of boxes.” (more…)

10/17/17 6:01am

This Orient property is listed for $10,000,000. (Credit: The Corcoran Group)

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It’s rare that compounds like this come on to the North Fork real estate market.

This 26-acre property in Orient — with 520 feet on Long Island Sound — offers picture perfect sunsets, an elegant backdrop for entertaining and one of the region’s most expansive parcels.

“The property just glows,” said listing agent Sheri Winter Clarry of The Corcoran Group. “That’s the best way to put it.” (more…)

10/16/17 6:02am
Katie Peters

Katie Peters inside her new Southold fitness studio Underground Training. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

The North Fork may be lacking in large, multi-amenity sports membership clubs, but boutique fitness operations abound.

The newest is located in the Feather Hill complex in Southold, where Katie Peters has launched Underground Fitness, a 1,200-square-foot space which opened on Oct. 1.

Peters, who has worked as a trainer for the past four years, decided to undertake the venture after a brief stint working for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. She also holds a master’s degree in education and is a certified secondary school science teacher, but noted the difficulty in finding a full-time position on the East End.

So like many of her local peers, the Orient native found that entrepreneurship was a more viable path for making a living on the North Fork.

“I decided I was going to do what I love instead of a job that pays the bills,” said Peters, who is 31 and lives in Southold. (more…)

10/12/17 6:03am

Shadees Jamaican Takeout Restaurant in Riverhead. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

The North Fork features an abundance of restaurants touting salads made with local greens, sandwiches topped with just-picked tomatoes and dishes made with the freshest catch from Peconic Bay. Much harder to find, however, is jerk chicken, curried goat or oxtail on the menu. (more…)