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

01/07/16 6:00am
Claudia Fleming and Gerry Hayden inside the North Fork Table & Inn. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Claudia Fleming and Gerry Hayden inside the North Fork Table & Inn. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

It was considered a gamble when chefs Gerry Hayden and his wife, Claudia Fleming, left successful careers in the New York City dining scene to open a high-end farm-to-table restaurant in Southold.

Would Long Island’s tourist-driven and seasonal top fork be able to support the vision they had for the North Fork Table & Inn, a white tablecloth eatery with a focus on top-notch ingredients and a mission of supporting local producers?

But 10 years later, Hayden has been nominated for a prestigious James Beard Award three times, the restaurant is still perennially ranked No. 1 on Long Island by Zagat and it still offers a seasonal and locally sourced menu with items like crudo of Atlantic black sea bass with sweet potato, cilantro, Fresno peppers, mizuna and citrus vinaigrette. (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…)

03/13/15 12:11pm

 

Holly Browder accepts her award. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Holly Browder accepts her award. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Browder’s Birds co-owner Holly Browder was presented with the first-ever “Person of the Year” award from northforker.com at a reception on March 12, 2015.

Browder was honored at Times Review Media Group’s annual “People of the Year” award celebration, held for the first time at Martha Clara Vineyards in Riverhead. (more…)

02/22/15 7:00am
Holly Browder and her Pekin ducks at the Browder's Birds in Mattituck. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Holly Browder and her Pekin ducks at the Browder’s Birds in Mattituck. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch photos)

Holly and Chris Browder might be best known on the North Fork as organic chicken farmers, but the pair also have about a dozen Pekin ducks at their 16-acre farm, Browder’s Birds, in Mattituck.

The ducks lay about eight or nine eggs a day, which are sold for $10 a dozen, according to Ms. Browder. Duck eggs are typically larger than chicken eggs and are usually used for baking.

On a recent visit these winged waddlers could be seen quacking around the farm and enjoying a ride through the snow on a plastic sled.

The farm stand is located at 4050 Soundview Ave. in Mattituck. It is open from noon to five on weekends.

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10/29/14 10:41am
Riverhead Farmers Market organizer Holly Browder and Riverhead BID president discuss plans for the indoor Riverhead Farmers Market. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Riverhead Farmers Market organizer Holly Browder and Riverhead BID president discuss plans for the indoor Riverhead Farmers Market. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

On Tuesday, 221 East Main St. in downtown Riverhead was just an empty space in need of a treatment from the Dyson vacuum parked in the middle of its floor.

But by Saturday, the building will become a bustling bazaar of vendors pedaling their locally-produced wares as the successful Riverhead Farmers Market moves inside once again for the colder months. (more…)