01/18/17 11:38am
Palmer Vineyards 2015 Pinot Blanc.

Palmer Vineyards 2015 Pinot Blanc. (Credit: Lenn Thompson)

It’s easy to get in a wine-drinking rut.

Even for someone like me — someone who is willing to taste most any wine from any region in the world — it’s a natural tendency to stick with what you like. Take that tendency, and the fact that there are few local tasting rooms where I feel comfortable bringing my family with me, and you end up with a narrow band of local wines finding their way into my glass. (more…)

01/12/17 5:06pm
The entranceway to The Vineyards in Aquebogue. (Credit: Nicole Smith)

The entranceway to The Vineyards in Aquebogue. (Credit: Nicole Smith)

The Great River-based hospitality firm Lessings has taken over operations at Vineyard Caterers in Aquebogue.

Lessings, which operates a dozen catering halls and several restaurants across Long Island, entered a “long-term lease” with the property owners effective Jan. 3, according to COO Michael Lessings. (more…)

10/26/16 6:26pm
North Fork Chocolate Aquebogue

North Fork Chocolate Company is now a chocolatier and private party space in Aquebogue (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

Already well known for chocolates that are as lovely as they are flavorful, North Fork Chocolate Company is now renting space for private parties and events.

The owners of the Aquebogue chocolatier created the party room without having to swing a hammer or knock down a single wall. Instead, they expanded into the connected space next door, which was left empty when Peconic River Yoga owner Kate Alesio sold the business last year.

“It had been empty for several months before we even started thinking about it,” said North Fork Chocolate Company co-owner Ann Corley. “But everybody kept coming to that door trying to find us, not realizing they had to walk a little bit further, so finally we thought, ‘how can we make this work?'” (more…)