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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.

06/13/17 6:03am

The June 2017 cover of northforker magazine. Photo by David Benthal, graphics by Eric Hod.

Editor’s note: The June 2017 edition of northforker magazine is out. You can find it at variety of Long Island wineries, restaurants and newsstands.

To our readers,

In this issue’s “Summer Sips,” consulting editor Jane Lear calls growing your own herbs one of “life’s most inexpensive luxuries.”

I’d love to get that saying engraved on a plaque and hang it in my garden. (more…)

06/13/17 6:00am
Grace and Grit barbecue pop-up

Tim Coughlan at the grill during a Grace & Grit barbecue pop-up earlier this season. (Credit: Madison Fender)

For Tim Coughlan, the pitmaster at Grace & Grit caterers in Southold, the open flames of a grill offers a primal outlet to both play with fire and to turn a piece of raw meat into sustenance. “It brings out the caveman in me,” he said. “It goes back to the origins of cooking.”

The smell of char-grilled meat and vegetables is in the air as barbecue season is in full swing on the North Fork. But Coughlan, who studied at Johnson & Wales University’s campus in Charlotte, North Carolina, and worked at various restaurants in the South, reminds home chefs to watch what they label “barbecue.”

“The New York definition of barbecue is usually burgers, dogs and chicken on a grill,” he said. “That’s a cookout, not a barbecue. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.” (more…)

06/12/17 3:12pm
goodfood mattituck

A visit to Goodfood. is kind of like being in Brooklyn, says Eater NY. (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

Wait, so I’m confused. Is the North Fork unhip? Or is it the new Brooklyn?

Today an article proclaiming that the North Fork is becoming the Brooklyn of Long Island appears on the Eater NY website. Ironically, this comes on the heels of the NoFo being labeled “unhip and unhappening” in the pre-fall 2017 collections edition of the Bergdorf Goodman catalogue.

“We’d heard that city exiles were transforming this laid-back region into an alt-version of Brooklyn and wanted to see if there was any truth to the rumor,” said Eater writer Robert Sietsema. (more…)

06/12/17 6:03am
Chefs Jonathan and Carly Copeland

Chefs Jonathan and Carly Copeland will oversee the food truck parked outside 8 Hands Farm in Cutchogue. The truck will source its menu from ingredients grown on the farm.

Sure you’ve heard of dining that is farm-to-table, sea-to-table, farm-to-glass or any combination that translates to food and beverage taken directly from the source.

But here is a new one: farm to food truck. (more…)

06/09/17 6:03am
PORT Waterfront Bar and Grill

Keith and Ali Bavaro inside the tiki bar at the all new PORT Waterfront Bar and Grill. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

A pair of Shelter Island restaurateurs are bringing their brand of laid-back waterfront dining across the moat.

Keith and Ali Bavaro recently opened PORT Waterfront Bar and Grill on Greenport’s Third Street. It’s an offshoot of Shelter Island’s SALT, which they also own. There you will find steamed clams, lobster rolls and burgers which you can enjoy while overlooking the North Ferry and Greenport Harbor.

“It’s a come as you are, feel good kind of place with approachable food and a local, seafood-driven menu,” Mr. Bavaro said. (more…)

06/09/17 5:59am

Peonies at Spirit’s Promise Horse Rescue, located on Blossom Hollow Ranch. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

If you are in need of a little soul therapy this month, you’re in luck.

Spirit’s Promise horse farm and equine sanctuary is continuing its “Peonies for Ponies” event every Sunday in June.

For $5 per person (ages 5 and up), you get a tour of the horse farm and can visit the one acre field of in-bloom peonies.

“They are done blooming in July so it’s a very special time,” said farm manager Jessie Siegel. “It’s a full experience. Last week, nobody had their phones out, everybody was in the moment.” (more…)