08/18/17 11:29am

Martha Clara Vineyards Pinot Grigio is our ‘Wine of the Week.’ (Credit: Lenn Thompson)

Pinot Grigio, most of it anyway, is barely wine. Okay, maybe that’s a bit harsh, but most of the stuff you see on store shelves and on restaurant wine lists is rather insipid. I’d call it more of an easy-drinking inebriant than wine.

On the other hand, maybe it’s better than all of the barrel-bludgeoned chardonnay you’ll find at most bars and restaurants.

That isn’t the point here, though. The point is that most Pinot Grigio is boring and not something that I have use for in my day-to-day drinking rotation. (more…)

08/08/17 6:01am

JABS fitness center is expanding to Riverhead. From left: Jason Leonard, Nicollette Gebhardt, Cindy MacLeod, Jill Schroeder and Michelle Fevola. (Credit: Kelly Zegers)

To get ahead in business you have to take chances.

That’s something Jill Schroeder learned at just 27 years old, when she opened her first JABS fitness center.

Now, nearly seven years later, Schroeder is taking yet another leap of faith by expanding her business into Riverhead with a new JABS on Route 58. (more…)

08/06/17 7:09pm

The Riverhead Cardboard Boat Race on the Peconic Riverfront was back in full swing this weekend.

On Sunday, more than 35 boats made out of cardboard and duct tape set sail on the Peconic River. The free event attracted hundreds of people to cheer on along the dock.

This is the first year the event was sponsored by the Riverhead Chamber of Commerce, Riverhead Business Improvement District and Riverhead Town. The event was canceled last year after officials said they were wary doing it in late June due to a potential fish kill.

“Our three organizations came together because we want to make sure this event happens every year,” said Freida Montalto, the chamber’s executive director. (more…)

07/28/17 6:31am

Rain couldn’t stop Riverhead’s Alive on 25 this time around. After a two-week delay, the popular Riverhead Business Improvement District event returned Thursday evening.

“The streets are full, it’s really exciting,” said BID executive director Diane Tucci.

The street fair, now in its second season, featured eight bands, bar and restaurant specials, food trucks, artisan vendors and plenty of kids activities.

Ms. Tucci said Alive on 25 differs from other street fairs because it has a heavy focus on the arts. In addition to the scheduled vendors, the East End Fringe Festival hosted theatrical performances outside the East End Arts building.

Jerry Dicecco who has owned Jerry and the Mermaid on East Main Streetfor 25 years, said the event’s a great way to showcase improvements in downtown Riverhead.

“It gives everybody a different view of Riverhead for them to come back and visit us and see how we are now,” he said. “It’s all great, everybody has a great time.”

Alive on 25 returns for three more dates: August 10, 24 and 31.

(Photo credit: Krysten Massa)

(Photo credit: Krysten Massa)

Caylin Luciano, 10, of Manorville climbing the rock climbing wall at Thursday’s Alive on 25 event. (Photo credit: Krysten Massa)

The bubble palooza station. (Photo credit: Krysten Massa)

07/27/17 12:18pm

Martha Clara Vineyards Estate Reserve Riesling. (Credit: Lenn Thompson)

When a lot of people think about New York riesling, they think about the Finger Lakes region in central New York, where it has earned a reputation for consistent quality. Some local wineries buy riesling juice from up there and make the wines here. Often, you’ll see “New York State” listed on those labels where you’d usually see “North Fork of Long Island” or “The Hamptons, Long Island.”

But that doesn’t mean that the Finger Lakes have a monopoly on delicious, food-friendly riesling in New York. (more…)

07/20/17 6:00am

A scene from the 2015 Riverhead Cardboard Boat Race. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

It’s time to collect that cardboard and duct tape for the ninth annual Riverhead Cardboard Boat Race, set for Sunday, Aug. 6, along the Peconic Riverfront.

Registration and inspection begin at 9 a.m., with a Hula Hoop contest at 11:30 and heats starting at noon. There is no registration fee. (more…)