10/21/17 6:01am

A bottle of Mattebella Vineyards 2016 Rosé. (Credit: Lenn Thompson)

This week’s “Wine of the Week,” Mattebella Vineyards 2016 Rose ($21) found its way into my glass via my wife. She recently went wine tasting to celebrate a friend’s birthday and brought it home among an armful of other bottles. She enjoys finding delicious local wines that I maybe haven’t had in awhile. (more…)

10/16/17 6:02am
Katie Peters

Katie Peters inside her new Southold fitness studio Underground Training. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

The North Fork may be lacking in large, multi-amenity sports membership clubs, but boutique fitness operations abound.

The newest is located in the Feather Hill complex in Southold, where Katie Peters has launched Underground Fitness, a 1,200-square-foot space which opened on Oct. 1.

Peters, who has worked as a trainer for the past four years, decided to undertake the venture after a brief stint working for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. She also holds a master’s degree in education and is a certified secondary school science teacher, but noted the difficulty in finding a full-time position on the East End.

So like many of her local peers, the Orient native found that entrepreneurship was a more viable path for making a living on the North Fork.

“I decided I was going to do what I love instead of a job that pays the bills,” said Peters, who is 31 and lives in Southold. (more…)

09/19/17 6:03am

Jess Dunne at KK’s The Farm in Southold. (Credit: Madison Fender, courtesy photo)

Jess Dunne believes in the power of visualization.

The 27-year-old co-owner of Southold’s North Fork Roasting Co. recalled watching Food Network’s Chopped when she was 15 years old and remarking to her father that she had what it takes to compete on the series. It was a dream she harbored while studying pastry making at Suffolk County Community College’s Culinary Arts program and later while working as a chef at the roastery and for Grace and Grit caterers.

Tonight, that vision becomes reality when she appears on the competitive cooking show screened before an audience of her family and friends — as well as the rest of America. (more…)

09/13/17 6:19am

Lisa Kaytis of Southold stands near a pile of scallops at Southold Fish Market in 2015. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Tom Colicchio is one of the most well known New York chefs, so it’s no surprise that when Vogue reached out to kitchen celebrities for their favorite food memories they turned to the part-time North Fork resident. (more…)

08/29/17 4:40pm

Chef Stephan Bogardus in the kitchen at North Fork Table and Inn in Southold. (Credit: Krysten Massa)

North Fork Table and Inn chef Stephan Bogardus is scheduled to appear on “The Today Show” Friday morning to demonstrate how to make the restaurant’s famous lobster roll.

“I never thought I would have the opportunity to be able to display what we do here to such a large audience,” Bogardus said. “It’s really humbling.”

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