03/21/17 6:00am
Goodfood. Mattituck

Allison Katz and Luchi Masliah inside Goodfood. in Mattituck. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

You could say Luchi Masliah and Allison Katz, co-owners of the aptly named Goodfood., are in a sort of arranged marriage.

Two years ago, Masliah, 54, who sold her Gula Gula Empanadas products at the weekly Riverhead Farmers Market, signed a lease to open a brick-and-mortar store in Mattituck.

But she knew she needed a partner. Holly Browder, co-owner of organic poultry farm Browder’s Birds, suggested Katz, a local baker.

It turned out to be a good fit. (more…)

03/09/17 12:08pm
Harbes Vineyard 2014 Cabernet Franc. (Credit: Lenn Thompson)

Harbes Vineyard 2014 Cabernet Franc. (Credit: Lenn Thompson)

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I’ll say it one more time: the wines at Harbes Vineyard are way better than they need to be. With the throngs of people who visit their farm and agritainment mecca on the North Fork, they could get away with mediocre wines for the masses — but that’s not what I’ve found. Ed Harbes and consulting winemaker Erik Bilka are doing good things and Harbes Vineyard is a producer on the rise. It’s a winery that wine lovers, not just wine tourists, need to know. (more…)

02/28/17 6:01am
The Barre Room classes will be held at Dance Center of Mattituck, located on Pike Street. (Credit: Melissa Martin)

‘The Barre Room’ classes are held at Dance Center of Mattituck, located on Pike Street. (Credit: Melissa Martin)

Get ready to point those toes: A new type of ballet class has come to the North Fork.

In January, Dance Center of Mattituck began offering 45-minute classes during which all the movement is performed at the barre. In a typical ballet class, the first half is spent on barre work and the latter is dedicated to floor movements, according to instructor Regan Batuello, who teaches the classes under the banner of her business, “The Barre Room.” (more…)

02/23/17 6:05am

At MarGene Farms in Mattituck, you could say the food cycle is bedroom to farm to table.

Farmer Gene Krupski plants artichokes, tomatoes, peppers and other vegetables right on his kitchen counter. He begins the process in January and February, when he fills plant cells with soil and seeds and then places the plastic dome-covered cells in his light-filled bedroom.

After the seedlings sprout, they’re moved from the bedroom’s large windows to Mr. Krupski’s en suite bathroom. The fledging plants love the moisture and warmth the shower provides, he said.

“It’s crazy,” Mr. Krupski, who owns his farm with his wife, Maryann, said of the jungle-like conditions in his sleeping quarters. “You can’t even get out of bed. I have plants surrounding us.” (more…)

02/16/17 5:59am

It was a dairy lover’s dream at The Village Cheese Shop in Mattituck Saturday, when the store’s wine bar and café hosted a PawPaw pop-up dinner.

“Valentine’s Day was the perfect opportunity to have everyone sit down and eat a bunch of cheese,” said PawPaw creator and chef Taylor Knapp.

Saturday’s event marked the first time Knapp hosted dinner at the Love Lane shop; he said he and owner Michael Affatato began discussing the idea about a year ago. Knapp, who also owns Peconic Escargot, typically holds pop-up dinners at Bruce & Son in Greenport, which is being renovated. (more…)