Hailey Druek and Alyssa Romano, both of East Quogue, show off flower crowns made at the Dandelion Festival. (Credit: Vera Chinese)
The dandelion gets a bad wrap. The little yellow flowers that pop up the instant the weather turns nice are typically labeled a nuisance weed by gardeners with aspirations of a perfect lawn.
But hold off on the Roundup and you’ll come to find there’s power in the plant with not-so conventional beauty. The bright, bushy-topped wildflowers are a magnet for pollinators and its antioxidants and vitamins have been linked to a number of health benefits, from improving acne to aiding weight loss. (more…)
A festival celebrating the dandelion is coming to KK’s The Farm in Southold. (Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/madaise/)
Don’t spray those bright yellow flowers popping up all over your lawn with synthetic pesticides. Instead, embrace the dandelion for its beauty, medicinal qualities and as a calcium-rich addition to a salad.
That’s the message behind the first Dandelion Festival set to take place at KK’s The Farm in Southold from 1 p.m. to 4 pm. on April 24.
“The basic idea is to extol the virtues of the dandelion as a plant,” said farm owner and event organizer Ira Haspel. “We want people to appreciate the dandelion.” (more…)
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
North Fork Roasting Co. co-owner Jennilee Morris (from left), farmer Ira Haspel, First and South owner Sarah Phillips and North Fork Roasting Co. co-owner Jess Dunne inside First and South in Greenport. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)
Last month, Love Lane Kitchen owner Carolyn Iannone hit a snag: She received ground lamb instead of the lamb chops she’d ordered to make that night’s special.
That could have punched a hole right through her plans since, unfortunately, ground lamb doesn’t exactly work for lamb chops with spicy grilled eggplant. But instead, Iannone walked approximately 30 seconds to the adjacent Lombardi’s Love Lane Market, where she struck a deal. (more…)
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…)