06/27/17 6:08am

A dish prepared with kelp at noah’s restaurant in Greenport on Friday evening. (Credit: Courtesy Rory MacNish/Cornell Cooperative Extension)

Making long, slippery ribbons of sugar kelp — a type of brown seaweed that grows wherever land and cold oceanic waters meet — taste delicious may sound like an uphill battle, but you’d never have guessed it from the buzz in the back room at Noah’s in Greenport last Friday evening.

There, 42 open-minded diners were primed to enjoy the first kelp harvest of Cornell Cooperative Extension Marine Program’s pilot Peconic Estuary Seaweed Aquaculture feasibility study, funded in part by Suffolk County and managed by Stephen Schott, marine botany/habitat restoration educator for CCE. (more…)

06/20/17 6:01am

Sugar kelp, one of the most widely cultivated seaweeds in the world, could be a viable Long Island crop. (Credit: Courtesy)

It’s a nutritious and sustainable crop taken from our local waters, but you’ve likely never tasted it.

It’s kelp, and this ingredient will be featured at a tasting dinner prepared by chef Noah Schwartz at noah’s on Friday, June 23. A portion of proceeds will benefit Cornell Cooperative Extension Marine Program. (more…)

11/08/16 3:24pm
Caci scallop season

Bay scallops with pumpkin caponata, prosciutto and crumbled amaretti. (Credit: Caci North Fork)

Whether they’re seared, baked or sautéed, nothing beats a Peconic Bay scallop.

Following opening day yesterday, some North Fork restaurants have pulled out all the stops to showcase this sweet and nutty bivalve. While it wasn’t a great start to the season, you’ll find this shellfish on local restaurant menus until they are gone.

Here are three North Fork restaurants making dishes with the ultra-fresh seafood. Get them while they’re available. (more…)

08/23/16 6:01am
Chef Noah Schwartz inside the kitchen of the James Beard House in February 2015. (Credit: Vera Chinese photos)

Chef Noah Schwartz inside the kitchen of the James Beard House in February 2015. (Credit: Vera Chinese photos)

Chef Noah Schwartz will once again take his New American cuisine to the James Beard House in Manhattan this fall.

Schwartz, who owns Noah’s on Front Street in Greenport, will prepare a multi-course lunch dubbed “Return To The North Fork” on Tuesday, Oct. 25. (more…)

04/20/16 9:30am
Credit: North Fork Table and Inn courtesy

Crispy sautéed black sea bass fillet with spring sweet pea purée, fava beans, chanterelle mushrooms and radish-herb salad (Credit: North Fork Table and Inn courtesy photo)

The beginning of spring means warmer temperatures, fruitful vegetation, lush greens and the lengthening of daylight.

It also means restaurant menus across the North Fork begin transitioning to incorporate more and more local ingredients that highlight the signature tastes of the East End.

Below, we have chosen a few noteworthy dishes to get you even more into that sumptuous spring mood. Al fresco dining, anyone? (more…)