Jacqueline Malenda inside Madiran The Wine Bar. (Credit: David Benthal)
It’s rare that a sixth-grade science fair project predicts one’s career, but that was the case for Jacqueline Malenda, proprietor of Madiran the Wine Bar in East Setauket. While her classmates were growing sugar crystals and measuring electrical currents, Malenda made wine with grapes from the supermarket.
With her parents’ help, she made that single bottle of 8 percent alcohol-by-volume wine using household items like a potato masher, cheesecloth, pitchers and a funnel.
“After making a presentation at the science fair, I came home with the blue ribbon. And the faculty drank my bottle!” (more…)
“We live out here, we believe in the area and we believe that we can contribute with jobs and the burgeoning tourism industry,” Chekijian said after the Riverhead Town Planning Board discussed the application Thursday. (more…)
While many people might be wrestling with this weed in their garden right now, the dandelion was celebrated at KK’s The Farm this weekend.
A Dandelion Festival, now in its second year, was held at the Southold farm on Sunday, April 23. The festival featured lectures, dandelion food products, a wreath-making station and more.
The event was intended to “raise people’s awareness about the benefits of the dandelion as food medicine and herb,” said farm owner and event organizer Ira Haspel. He said he’d like to see people think twice before applying harmful pesticides to the ground to kill the flower. (more…)
The tasting room at Kontokosta Winery. (Credit: Randee Daddona)
Choosing the exact coordinates for Kontokosta Winery’s tasting room was no arbitrary decision.
To find them, brothers and business owners Michael and Constantine Kontokosta set out on the Greenport property one day with a yardstick, some duct tape and a ladder in search of the perfect sightline to the bluff at the edge of their 62-acre property.
“We’d put the ladder down. Step up a few rungs and say, ‘Nope. It’s got to come over a few feet,’ ” said Michael Kontokosta, who also has the added surveying advantage of being 6-foot-4.
It took about an hour and quite a bit of bickering, but the brothers finally pinpointed what would be the center of the stately yet modern structure.
“We said, OK, everything starts from this point,” he said.
When asked if he thinks he made the correct decision, he doesn’t even pause: “I know we got it right.” (more…)
Matt Michel of 1943 Pizza Bar. (Credit: Randee Daddona)
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