01/04/17 6:02am
Jason's Vineyard

Jason Damianos at the jamesport vineyard in an undated photo. (Credit: Long Island Wine Press file photo)

Following his sudden death Friday, Jason’s Vineyard owner Jason Damianos was remembered by family and friends as a hard worker who “lived life to the fullest.”

“He was a beautiful human being,” said his younger brother, Pindar Damianos. “He would give you the shirt off his back. He was an amazing person. He did everything in life 100 percent and although he only lived a short life, 49 years, he impacted not only the wine industry but [the community] as a 20-year member of the Mattituck Fire Department.”

Damianos, 49, of Mattituck was driving a 2005 Ford F-150 pickup truck around 6 a.m. on Route 58 near Harrison Avenue in Riverhead when he crashed into a 2007 Jeep Cherokee driven by Savanna Lake, 19, of Sound Beach, said Riverhead Town police. He later died at Peconic Bay Medical Center. (more…)

12/30/16 6:01am
Blue Canoe Oyster Bar & Grill (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Blue Canoe Oyster Bar & Grill never re-opened in 2016 (Credit: Vera Chinese)

While the North Fork said ‘hello’ to a number of brand new businesses this year, it also said ‘goodbye’ to some popular old favorites.

Here are ten North Fork businesses that closed in 2016: (more…)

11/14/16 6:00am
Customers have been impressed by all Sarikopa has to offer. (Credit: Lauren Lustgarten)

Sarikopa, a tea and coffee shop, opened in Riverside in February. (Credit: Lauren Lustgarten)

Food and wine is why most visitors come to the North Fork. As 2016 draws to a close, we would like to look back at some of this year’s new food and drink spots.

From Southold’s North Fork Shack to Jamesport’s Main Road Biscuit Co., the year was full of entrepreneurial moves.

Here are 15 foodie businesses that opened on the North Fork in 2016. (more…)

09/16/16 5:35pm

entenmann obit northforker

Many Long Island residents can recall sitting around a kitchen table surrounded by family and friends with a box of Entenmann’s baked goods as the centerpiece.

Or once they reached a certain age, popping open a bottle of wine from Martha Clara Vineyards around that same table.

Robert Entenmann, who died Thursday in Lauderdale by the Sea, Fla. at the age of 88, can be thanked in part for both those experiences. Mr. Entenmann was a longtime executive at Entenmann’s Bakery in Bay Shore before founding Martha Clara in Riverhead.  (more…)

12/22/15 1:08am
Gabby Pisacano in the vineyard. (Credit: Courtesy of Roanoke Vineyards)

Gabby Pisacano in the vineyard. (Credit: Courtesy of Roanoke Vineyards)

Gasper Pisacano of Riverhead — the force behind Roanoke Vineyards’ popular Gabby’s Cab Franc wine and a familiar face at the winery — died at Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead Friday, Dec. 18, according to his family. He was 85.

Born in Huntington in 1930 to Marie and Joseph Pisacano, the man who was known to all as “Gabby” served in the U.S. Marine Corps before marrying his late wife Adeline in 1956. The couple raised five children together — Linda, Stephen, Michael, Rich and Maria (Bassemir).

He spent his working years as a business owner in various industries, especially bars and restaurants. Locally, he owned Settler’s Lounge on Youngs Avenue in Southold. (more…)

09/10/15 10:19am
Claudia Fleming and Gerry Hayden inside their Southold restaurant in 2010. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Claudia Fleming and Gerry Hayden inside their Southold restaurant in 2010. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Even toward the end, after amyotrophic lateral sclerosis confined chef Gerry Hayden to a motorized wheelchair and robbed him of his ability to eat independently, his dedication in the kitchen never wavered.

Celebrity chef and part-time Mattituck resident Tom Colicchio recalled how he recently watched his friend taste something cooked by one of the chefs at Hayden’s restaurant, North Fork Table & Inn, despite the choking risk it posed to someone in the late stages of the disease.

“In the beginning of the summer, I was at the [restaurant’s] farmers market, Gerry was there, and one of the cooks came out of the kitchen with something he prepared,” Colicchio said. “Even in the advanced state of ALS, he was still working as a chef. I just thought that was amazing.” (more…)

04/25/15 7:00am
Walter Channing and Molly Seagrave Channing. (Credit: Courtesy of Dana Shaw, The Southampton Press)

Walter Channing and Molly Seagrave Channing. (Credit: Courtesy of Dana Shaw, The Southampton Press)

Walter Channing, founder of Channing Daughters Winery in Bridgehampton, died on March 12, as winds blew the cold winter away and the sap in his vines began to flow again. His beloved wife, Molly, and daughters, Francesca, Isabella, Sylvia, and Nina, were by his side.  (more…)