09/19/17 6:03am

Jess Dunne at KK’s The Farm in Southold. (Credit: Madison Fender, courtesy photo)

Jess Dunne believes in the power of visualization.

The 27-year-old co-owner of Southold’s North Fork Roasting Co. recalled watching Food Network’s Chopped when she was 15 years old and remarking to her father that she had what it takes to compete on the series. It was a dream she harbored while studying pastry making at Suffolk County Community College’s Culinary Arts program and later while working as a chef at the roastery and for Grace and Grit caterers.

Tonight, that vision becomes reality when she appears on the competitive cooking show screened before an audience of her family and friends — as well as the rest of America. (more…)

04/13/17 6:00am

For 20-year-old Reese Dunne of Southold, a hobby that began as a stress-relieving activity has made her one of the North Fork’s youngest entrepreneurs.

Dunne, a 2014 Southold High School graduate, recently started selling her handmade soaps — some infused with locally grown ingredients like lavender from Lavender by the Bay in East Marion — under the brand NoFo Sudsations.

The soaps are made with certified organic, vegetable-based glycerin, a natural humectant that moisturizes the skin. Other ingredients, like Egyptian calendula and Indian-grown turmeric, are also organic.

“I was really inspired because I am a vegetarian, so I care a lot about what goes into my body,” said Dunne, who is enrolled in the dietetic technician program at Suffolk County Community College. “And it was important for me, also being a ginger, [to use] something for sensitive skin.” (more…)

03/02/17 10:09am
Jess Dunne with Knox, a pit bull mix she adopted from death row at a Brooklyn animal shelter. Despite training, Knox remained too aggressive toward smaller dogs to keep, she said. (Credit: Courtesy photo)

Jess Dunne with Knox, a pit bull mix she adopted from death row at a Brooklyn animal shelter. Despite training, Knox remained too aggressive toward smaller dogs to keep, she said. (Credit: Courtesy photo)

Jess Dunne jumped in her car on an autumn morning in 2015 and raced nearly 100 miles to Brooklyn to save a dog’s life. The animal was scheduled to be euthanized that afternoon and Dunne — who co-owns North Fork Roasting Co. in Southold — felt compelled to act after reading a call for help online.

After she arrived at the animal shelter, two workers there started to cry; Lazarus, a pit bull-boxer mix with a dark patch of fur over his eye, was about to be put down.

Dunne and the 1-year-old dog met in a back room; he licked her cheek and crawled into her arms, she recalled. Through tears, she agreed to adopt him.

What followed was a year and a half of “stressful days,” “loving moments” and tension, Dunne said in an interview last week.

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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…)

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…)