11/07/16 6:03am
Pop-up Grace & Grit

Burgers and french fries are now being served at Grace and Grit in Southold (Credit: Jess Dunne)

Grace and Grit is now hosting a weekly pop-up burger shop in Southold.

The owners of the catering company were looking to do something with their Main Road tasting room following a busy wedding season. Enter a pop-up shop that offers the North Fork community access to quick and casual meals.

“Living here we don’t really have any fast food options,” said Jennilee Morris, co-owner of Grace and Grit and also co-owner of nearby North Fork Roasting Co. “Not that this is fast food, but when you want to go out and have a casual, quick, grab-and-go bite, sometimes it can be challenging, especially in the off-season.” (more…)

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

02/18/16 6:03am
North Fork Roasting Co. co-owener 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.

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…)

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…)

06/17/15 6:24am
Nofo Roasting Co. roaster

The coffee roaster at NoFo Roasting Co. (Credit: Jenilee morris)

At the entrance of North Fork Roasting Co in Southold, the intoxicating smell of coffee fills the foyer. The origin of the aroma is not the burlap sacks of raw coffee beans or a brewing pot of drip coffee, but from the enormous new roaster, which hums in the corner.

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02/12/15 1:45pm
Jennilee Morris and Jess Dunne inside North Fork Roasting Co. in Southold. (Credit: Dave Benthal Photography)

Jess Dunne and Jennilee Morris inside North Fork Roasting Co. in Southold. (Credit: David Benthal Photography)

Upon walking into North Fork Roasting Co.’s new Southold coffee house, it’s a toss-up what will grab your attention first: the complex aromas emanating from the artisanal brews or the undeniable fact that its owners have style. (more…)