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…)
I’ve been tasting and drinking wines from Palmer Vineyards for many years, but it wasn’t until I visited a couple of weeks ago and tasted through the entire lineup that I realized something: Above all else, this is a white wine house. And that’s OK. It’s great, in fact, because many of the white wines are great.
We all know that Long Island Wine Country is supposed to be about merlot. Or maybe merlot and chardonnay, the two most-planted grapes. They are the cornerstones of many wineries’ production and portfolios. (more…)
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…)
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…)
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…)