12/21/16 6:02am
The breakfast spread from North Fork Guest House was one of the best things the writer ate in 2016. (Credit: Vanessa Gordon photos)

The breakfast spread from North Fork Guest House was one of the best things the writer ate in 2016. (Credit: Vanessa Gordon photos)

What a superb roundup of culinary delights did 2016 bring.

From discovering a new, favorite food truck to indulging in mouthwatering crepes in an artsy, cheerful café, I have tasted some of the most memorable dishes the North Fork has to offer. Each sensational bite was an experience in and off itself. I invite you to savor the bounties of the diverse plates and farm-stand finds, tiered with the freshest flavor and the finest attention to detail.

The North Fork takes their food seriously. Discover which impressed my gastronomic senses in 2016. (more…)

10/04/16 6:03am
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What better way to experience the North Fork than during the autumn months when the farms and wineries reach their harvest peak? Come experience the bounties of the East End by staying at a cozy bed and breakfast.

Awaken the senses and be comforted by a hearty, fall-inspired breakfast utilizing the finest ingredients from local farms and coffee roasters. (more…)

06/07/16 9:56am
Oatmeal Raisin Cookie from Ms. Michelle's. (Credit: Courtesy of Ms. Michelle's)

Oatmeal Raisin Cookie from Ms. Michelle’s. (Credit: Courtesy of Ms. Michelle’s)

The Long Island Aquarium in Riverhead hosted the second annual Taste the East End food and beverage event Sunday, featuring a variety of local food and drink businesses. (more…)

04/20/16 9:30am
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Crispy sautéed black sea bass fillet with spring sweet pea purée, fava beans, chanterelle mushrooms and radish-herb salad (Credit: North Fork Table and Inn courtesy photo)

The beginning of spring means warmer temperatures, fruitful vegetation, lush greens and the lengthening of daylight.

It also means restaurant menus across the North Fork begin transitioning to incorporate more and more local ingredients that highlight the signature tastes of the East End.

Below, we have chosen a few noteworthy dishes to get you even more into that sumptuous spring mood. Al fresco dining, anyone? (more…)

02/24/16 9:12am
The interior of Hampton Coffee Company's new Aquebogue location. (Credit: Hampton Coffee Company)

The interior of Hampton Coffee Company’s new Aquebogue location. (Credit: Hampton Coffee Company, courtesy)

Hampton Coffee Company has landed on the North Fork!

The Hamptons-based coffee shop celebrated its grand opening with a beaming crowd and ribbon cutting ceremony on Sunday, January 17. The community-focused coffee shop made its home in a preserved a 1940s-era garage/service station.

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01/27/16 6:11am
One of the rooms at Sannino Bella Vita Vineyard. (Credit: Cyndi Murray file photo)

Sannino Vineyard Bed and Breakfast is one of our favorites on the North Fork. (Credit: Cyndi Murray, file photo)

Whether you prefer a laid-back, rustic vibe or want to indulge in a refined, romantic weekend, spending a winter’s weekend on the North Fork is one of the best ways to experience the characteristic charm of Long Island’s wine region.

This list highlights the most reasonable NoFo and Shelter Island bed and breakfast winter 2016 specials. (more…)

12/02/15 6:27am
Candies from North Fork Chocolate Co. are among the best things Vanessa Gordon ate this year. (Credit: Vanessa Gordon photos)

Candies from North Fork Chocolate Co. are among the best things Vanessa Gordon ate this year. (Credit: Vanessa Gordon photos)

It has been a phenomenal, gastronomic year for the North Fork. As I ate my way through, I discovered new bites, eateries and events, including the North Fork Foodie Tour and the newly debuted East End Mushroom Cook-Off. Each of the 10 foods on this list stand out not only for their bountiful, local ingredients, but for how they highlight the work of the talented chefs who take the utmost pleasure in serving their customers. These talented culinary experts often work nearly around the clock to deliver the best-tasting experience to their patrons. (more…)