10/09/17 6:01am
Mattituck Vineyards

Customers line up outside Avelino on Friday afternoon. (Credit: Krysten Massa)

One of the North Fork’s most popular wineries is now offering wood-fired pizza along with its lineup of food-friendly wines.

Avelino, the new food truck serving up Neopolitan-style pies can be found parked outside Macari Vineyards’ Mattituck tasting room this fall. (more…)

10/06/17 6:03am

Miguel, Christian and Yanira Vegara inside Sweet Cart Candy Shoppe.
(Credit: Nicole Smith)

When Miguel Vergara was a child in Puerto Rico, he used to sneak Chick-O-Sticks from his grandfather’s grocery store.

Now, the Wading River resident sells Chick-O-Sticks, a honeycombed candy filled with peanut butter and rolled in toasted coconut, at his own store, Sweet Cart Candy Shoppe, which recently opened in The Shoppes at East Wind.

“They sent me downstairs to grab a thing of milk and I used to munch on the candies,” he recalled. “That got me hooked and it never went away. I’ve always had a love for sweets.” (more…)

10/02/17 6:00am

Hundreds of people showed up for the Riverhead Farmers Market opening day in 2014. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Members of the Riverhead Business Improvement District Management Association have decided to no longer host the winter farmer’s market in downtown Riverhead, which had been an annual event since 2014.

But a few participating vendors, including Sang Lee Farms farm manager Lucy Senesac, are hoping to find another space to continue the weekly event. (more…)

09/30/17 6:00am

A white Boer pumpkin stuffed with pumpkin polenta. (Credit: John Ross)

Across the United States 90,000 acres of farmland are devoted to pumpkins, producing about 1.5 billion pounds annually. About 15 percent of the crop is processed into canned pumpkin purée and the area around Peoria, Ill., is the largest producing area. Libby’s (a Nestlé company) and Seneca Foods are the major processors.

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09/26/17 6:05am
Stone Creek Inn

Gabrielle Walsh of Stone Creek Inn in East Quogue. (Credit: David Benthal)

Gabrielle Walsh has made a career in food and wine, although she admits her introduction to the latter was memorable only for how bad it was.

As a child in Mississippi, she would watch cooking shows on public television and recalls seeing Julia Child use wine in one of her dishes. On a subsequent shopping trip, she convinced her mom to buy wine for a meal so she could imitate the author of “The French Chef.”

Looking back, it probably wasn’t the type of bottle Child would keep on hand to make her famed boeuf bourguignon.

“It was one of those cheap cooking wines you find in a supermarket,” she said with a chuckle. “I thought, ‘This is disgusting.’ That bottle is probably still sitting in my parents’ pantry.”

Now the general manager and wine director at Stone Creek Inn in East Quogue, Walsh has certainly discovered that there’s much more to wine than grocery store plonk. (more…)

09/25/17 6:00am

Macari Lifeforce Sauvignon Blanc paired with Catapano Dairy Farm Peconic Bel. (Credit: Randee Daddona)

Ah, the age-old love story that is cheese and wine. It’s a common pairing at events, dinner parties and, if we’re being honest, on a chill Friday night at home. What may be less common, however, is knowing which wines complement which cheeses, and why. Seven Long Island cheese aficionados provide the answer, offering up some of their favorite vintages from our vast and diverse region to pair with delicious cheeses. (more…)