06/13/17 6:00am
Grace and Grit barbecue pop-up

Tim Coughlan at the grill during a Grace & Grit barbecue pop-up earlier this season. (Credit: Madison Fender)

For Tim Coughlan, the pitmaster at Grace & Grit caterers in Southold, the open flames of a grill offers a primal outlet to both play with fire and to turn a piece of raw meat into sustenance. “It brings out the caveman in me,” he said. “It goes back to the origins of cooking.”

The smell of char-grilled meat and vegetables is in the air as barbecue season is in full swing on the North Fork. But Coughlan, who studied at Johnson & Wales University’s campus in Charlotte, North Carolina, and worked at various restaurants in the South, reminds home chefs to watch what they label “barbecue.”

“The New York definition of barbecue is usually burgers, dogs and chicken on a grill,” he said. “That’s a cookout, not a barbecue. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.” (more…)

05/11/16 6:03am
Programa Sueños board member David Benthal and Founder Jazmin Carillo at last year's fundraiser.

Programa Sueños board member David Benthal and founder Jazmin Carillo at last year’s fundraiser. (Credit: Nina Nickerson, courtesy photo)

Programa Sueños, a non-profit organization that raises funds to provide educational benefits to the children of San Antonio el Angel, Guatemala, will host its third annual spring fundraiser Wednesday, May 18, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Bedell Cellars in Cutchogue. The event will feature bites from local restaurants and food purveyors, as well as live music and Bedell wines.

Founded by former North Fork resident Jazmin Carrillo whose family moved from Guatemala to the U.S. 10 years ago, the organization began by providing scholarship programs to 10 children in 2013. In three years, Programa Sueños, which translates to “dreams program,” has grown to benefit 235 children and now offers music and sports programs. It recently partnered with Colgate to also provide dental care for the children. (more…)

05/30/15 7:00am
Grace & Grit owners Stephanie Coleman and Jennilee Morris outside their future tasting room Friday. (Credit: Michael White)

Grace & Grit owners Stephanie Coleman and Jennilee Morris outside their future tasting room Friday. (Credit: Michael White)

They’ll be taking a shuttered plumbing supply store and turning into something a bit more, shall we say, romantic.

Stephanie Coleman and Jennilee Morris, the partners behind the Grace & Grit catering company founded in 2012, have inked a deal to lease the storefront that last housed the Southold Plumbing & Heating company at 55750 Main Road, which closed last year. (more…)