11/18/17 6:54am

Ever want to try one of those wine-pairing dinners local wineries and restaurants occasionally host?

We recently accepted an invitation to attend a dinner hosted at Cowfish Restaurant in Hampton Bays Thursday, featuring wine from Palmer Vineyards in Riverhead.

For $85, guests enjoyed a four-course meal plus dessert.

One of the highlights of the evening for Palmer winemaker Miguel Martin was showcasing the winery’s newly released Old Roots Red Blend 2014. He said they had the official release of the wine on Sunday, Nov. 12 and the pairing dinner was the first time he was able to share it with a large group of people.

“This is what I make the wines for,” Mr. Martin said, “for the people to enjoy and to get feedback.”

The winery participates in several pairing dinners a year. Cowfish, which also hosts a few each year, said Palmer is usually its most popular offering.

11/17/17 6:02am

Sam Sifton inside his Greenport kitchen. (Credit: Madison Fender)

Despite the excellent farm-to-table restaurant scene on the North Fork, Thanksgiving Tradition (that’s with a capital T) still dictates that we put our own feast on the table. New York Times Cooking founding editor and part-time Greenporter Sam Sifton offers his expert tips for the perfect North Fork tradition. (more…)

11/16/17 6:08am

To our readers:

I’m one of those weirdos who is gunning to put up the Christmas tree as soon as Halloween is over. Bring up the plastic pumpkins and bring down the ornaments I say! Embrace the seasonal creep!

But the one thing I didn’t carry down from the attic this year was an artificial wreath.

One of the highlights in creating this issue was hanging with BFFs Lauren Zilnicki and Rebecca Hardman, who share their love of food and entertaining through their web series “Two Forks and Flowers.” Lauren, a florist, demonstrated how to make a wreath using items foraged from her parents’ backyard in Aquebogue. The finished product was a dazzling, truly NoFo creation — something anyone would be proud to display on their front door. (more…)

11/16/17 6:07am

Dessert from the Country Corner Café in Southold. (Credit: Courtesy photo)

Bringing the whole family along while exploring the North Fork or Shelter Island is a must for any parent.

Those in search of the ideal children’s plate with a bit of character and local flare should look no further. When it is time to settle down for a lunch or dinner outing, these six restaurants and their child-friendly dishes are not to miss. (more…)

11/15/17 6:37am

The North Fork Box will arrive in a white box featuring the subscription service’s logo. (Credit: Courtesy photo)

Now you can have a piece of the North Fork delivered to your doorstep, wherever you are in the world.

The North Fork Box, a new subscription service offering North Fork-produced goods, recently began taking pre-orders through its website, thenorthforkbox.com. The service, which will ship four times per year, expects to send out its first box in December in time for the holidays. The inaugural package will feature products from Lavender By The Bay in East Marion, dog treats from The Harbor Pet in Greenport, a copy of N is For North Fork by local photographer Katelyn Knapp and more.

The service is aimed at people who have a connection to the North Fork — whether they own a second home, once lived here or have only visited— but live elsewhere, said business co-founder Maria Vizzi.

“People want to keep the North Fork in their experience way after they’ve left it,” Vizzi said. (more…)

11/15/17 6:01am
Ann Currie-Bell

Lori Guyer inside the Ann Currie-Bell house. (Credit: Nicole Smith)

While visiting a furniture sale held by the Southold Historical Society this past summer, an antique wooden cabinet caught the eye of interior designer Lori Guyer.

When Guyer, the owner of White Flower Farmhouse in Southold, inquired about the price of the cabinet, she was told she could have it for free on one condition: She had to agree to decorate the Ann Currie-Bell House for the historical society’s first Home for the Holidays Show House fundraiser.

“We have always decorated the house for the candlelight tour the day after Thanksgiving,” explained Karen Lund-Rooney, executive director of Southold Historical Society. “We thought this year — since Lori is decorating it for the very first time and she’s well known for her good eye for decorating — we would open it up as a show house for the general public and have an opportunity for people to see the decorations and hear a little bit about the history of the house.” (more…)