02/26/16 8:52am

On Thursday, we presented Claudia Fleming, wife of 2015 northforker Person of the Year Gerry Hayden, with his award at a ceremony at Martha Clara Vineyards. This is the video we screened during the ceremony and the original announcement from January.  READ

11/16/15 6:10am
Stephan Bogardus and Claudia Fleming inside North Fork Table & Inn last Thursday. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Stephan Bogardus and Claudia Fleming inside North Fork Table & Inn last Thursday. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Twenty-seven may seem like an impossibly young age to helm the kitchen of one of Long Island’s premier restaurants, but the owners of North Fork Table and Inn say their new chef de cuisine has the drive, talent and work ethic to continue the mission of the eatery’s founding chef.

That’s partly because Stephan Bogardus worked under the late Gerry Hayden, learning firsthand from one of the region’s most well-respected chefs.

“It was a natural fit,” said co-owner Claudia Fleming, a James Beard Award-winning pastry chef and Hayden’s widow. “Gerry mentored Stephan and he is probably the closest to anyone we’ve ever had here who could pull off what Gerry was able to. [Gerry] saw a lot of himself in him.” (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…)

07/13/15 6:07am
Julien Shapiro and Scott Ryan, new sous chefs at North Fork Table and Inn. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Julien Shapiro and Scott Ryan, new sous chefs at North Fork Table and Inn. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Two new sous chefs at the North Fork’s most acclaimed restaurant have brought serious dining backgrounds from the nation’s capital.

Chefs Julien Shapiro, 41, a 1992 Shoreham-Wading River High School grad, and Scott Ryan, 38, of Boston are both alumni of restaurateur Derek Brown’s restaurants in the Shaw neighborhood of Washington D.C. They assumed their new roles at Southold’s the North Fork Table and Inn in June. (more…)

05/15/15 6:05am
Expect new offerings this summer like smoked salmon and cured meats from the North Fork Table & Inn Food Truck. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Expect new offerings like smoked salmon and cured meats this summer from the North Fork Table & Inn Food Truck. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

North Fork Table & Inn will fete its landmark 10th season on May 25 — and the highly acclaimed Southold restaurant is confident this year will be one for the books. (more…)

04/03/15 6:00am
Claudia Fleming make her strawberry rhubarb shortcake. (Credit: Long Island Convention and Visitor's Bureau)

Claudia Fleming make her strawberry rhubarb shortcake. (Credit: Long Island Convention and Visitor’s Bureau)

Looking for a fresh, local dessert to indulge in this spring?

Famed North Fork pasty chef Claudia Fleming has you covered. (more…)