A 1951 Willys Jeep parked outside The Ranch in Aquebogue. (Credit: Nicole Smith)
Driving along Main Road in Aquebogue, one can’t help but notice the green 1951 Willys Jeep sitting along the side of the road.
Rusting along the top with a faded Mobil logo painted on the side doors, the antique car gives passersby a glimpse as to what’s happening at the establishment behind it.
The Jeep, along with a 1962 Rambler that is currently on it’s way to the Aquebogue antique shop from California, is owner Robert Walsh’s favorite piece inside The Ranch, the antique shop and art gallery he opened last month.
“People come in every day asking about it,” Walsh said of the Jeep. (more…)
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…)
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…)