Les Falcone, Kyle Romeo, Bennet Romeo and Amanda Falcone at Cedar Grove Farm in Aquebogue. (Credit: Vera Chinese)
Cedar Grove Farm, located on a few acres of cleared land in the woods in Aquebogue, is kind of like a Shangri-La for farm-to-table enthusiasts.
Specifically, it’s a fertile wonderland for chefs Kyle Romeo and Amanda Falcone, who hope to one day use it to source food for a future restaurant. But for now, it’s where the couple grows leafy vegetables, juicy raspberries and raises two heritage pigs every season, which provide them with enough pork to last the year.
“I’ll never forget, as a chef, the first time driving down here, my mouth just dropped open,” recalled Mr. Romeo, who is executive chef at American Beech in Greenport. “This is paradise.” (more…)
Kyle Strong-Romeo, sous chef at the Jedediah Hawkins Inn, plates bluefish with peach relish at the “Seafood Throwdown” at Grown on Long Island Day at the Suffolk County Farm in Yaphank. (Credit: Vera Chinese)
How do you take the musty-smelling, sharp-toothed bluefish and make it palatable for the masses?
It helps if you have a quartet of talented North Fork chefs on hand and a whole lot of olive oil for poaching. (more…)