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…)

02/18/17 9:55am
Split roasted fingerling potatoes and guacamole with Gorgonzola and bacon. (Credit: John Ross)

Split roasted fingerling potatoes and guacamole with Gorgonzola and bacon. (Credit: John Ross)

Cheese has been around for thousands of years. Along with bread, beer, wine and a few other foods, people learned how to let “good bacterial cultures” transform perishables into delicious foods that could be held without refrigeration and consumed over a long period of time. They could be called the first “convenience” foods.

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02/17/17 10:38am
Shelley and Chelsea Scoggins. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Shelley and Chelsea Scoggins. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Established 30 years ago this March, The Market is both a village grocer, providing healthy food options and personal care products, as well as a café. Both areas of this Front Street shop offer organic ingredients and minimally processed (clean!) foods.

The Market was born from owner Shelly Scoggin’s desire to find a healthier way of living for her family. At the time she had a new baby on the way and finding a source for organic food options on the North Fork was nearly impossible. That’s when she knew it was the right time to open her market.

Today, you’ll find a wide variety of organic produce, vitamins, personal care products and gluten-free foods on the shelves. The Market’s menu is creative and spans breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as smoothies and desserts. We chatted with Scoggin in the corner of her café one afternoon at lunchtime and found out more about this gem of a health food store and eatery. (more…)

02/16/17 5:59am

It was a dairy lover’s dream at The Village Cheese Shop in Mattituck Saturday, when the store’s wine bar and café hosted a PawPaw pop-up dinner.

“Valentine’s Day was the perfect opportunity to have everyone sit down and eat a bunch of cheese,” said PawPaw creator and chef Taylor Knapp.

Saturday’s event marked the first time Knapp hosted dinner at the Love Lane shop; he said he and owner Michael Affatato began discussing the idea about a year ago. Knapp, who also owns Peconic Escargot, typically holds pop-up dinners at Bruce & Son in Greenport, which is being renovated. (more…)

02/10/17 9:56am

Steve Amaral barely slept before arriving at work Tuesday morning. As co-owner and executive chef of North Fork Chocolate Company in Aquebogue, he said there’s no busier time than the lead-in to Valentine’s Day.

“It definitely keeps us really busy,” he said. “During a busy season, we’ll do about 60 or 70 hours a week.”

This weekend, Amaral and his team of chocolatiers will make about 10,000 bonbons in preparation for the holiday, which falls on a Tuesday this year. They include heart-shaped milk chocolate truffles filled with strawberry preserves, an assortment of heart- and rose-shaped chocolate pops and “be mine” chocolates. Naturally, orders will be placed in red heart-shaped boxes. (more…)