06/21/17 6:01am
wine tour

Biking from vineyard to vineyard is one of the best ways to enjoy Long Island Wine Country. (Credit: Madison Fender)

Being surrounded by water, some activities are just a given come the summer months. Fresh, salty air and sunshine are often all you need for a day well spent. Whether by land or by sea, we have the perfect roundup of must-dos for your best summer yet. (more…)

06/19/17 6:03am

Lighting by the North Fork-based Vintage Illumination Company at the Bedell Cellars’ Tap Room at Corey Creek. (Credit: David Benthal photos)

We recently toured the revamped Bedell Cellars Tap Room at Corey Creek and fell in love with the new style. Designed with White Flower Farmhouse owner Lori Guyer, the new space features bright colors, reclaimed furniture and lots of North Fork specific décor.

With rosé on tap, charging stations and a lush yard perfect for yard games, we kinda don’t want to ever leave.  OK, so you can’t live at Corey Creek, but you can recreate the style in your home. We caught up with Guyer to talk about how to incorporate some of these touches in your personal space. (more…)

06/15/17 6:01am

We made this tea with lemon verbena, mint and edible flowers. (Credit: David Benthal)

Growing your own herbs, so you can harvest just what you want when you want it, is one of life’s most inexpensive luxuries. The plants flourish without too much attention, and even if you don’t have a garden, a pot or two will be very happy on a sunny windowsill. Just a few sprigs are all you need to brighten a marinade, sauce or platter of sliced tomatoes. (more…)

06/13/17 6:03am

The June 2017 cover of northforker magazine. Photo by David Benthal, graphics by Eric Hod.

Editor’s note: The June 2017 edition of northforker magazine is out. You can find it at variety of Long Island wineries, restaurants and newsstands.

To our readers,

In this issue’s “Summer Sips,” consulting editor Jane Lear calls growing your own herbs one of “life’s most inexpensive luxuries.”

I’d love to get that saying engraved on a plaque and hang it in my garden. (more…)

06/13/17 6:00am
Grace and Grit barbecue pop-up

Tim Coughlan at the grill during a Grace & Grit barbecue pop-up earlier this season. (Credit: Madison Fender)

For Tim Coughlan, the pitmaster at Grace & Grit caterers in Southold, the open flames of a grill offers a primal outlet to both play with fire and to turn a piece of raw meat into sustenance. “It brings out the caveman in me,” he said. “It goes back to the origins of cooking.”

The smell of char-grilled meat and vegetables is in the air as barbecue season is in full swing on the North Fork. But Coughlan, who studied at Johnson & Wales University’s campus in Charlotte, North Carolina, and worked at various restaurants in the South, reminds home chefs to watch what they label “barbecue.”

“The New York definition of barbecue is usually burgers, dogs and chicken on a grill,” he said. “That’s a cookout, not a barbecue. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.” (more…)

04/05/17 6:01am
Deep Roots Farm in Southold. (Credit: vera Chinese, file photo)

Deep Roots Farm in Southold. (Credit: northforker file photo)

If you enjoyed reading about the farm-to-butcher shop at 8 Hands Farm in Cutchogue in the inaugural issue of northforker magazine, know that there are several options for purchasing local meat and eggs.

Remember that when you buy directly from the farmer, you can usually see for yourself if the animals are humanely raised without the use of artificial hormones or prophylactic antibiotics. You also cut out the middle man and help make North Fork farming sustainable.

And many would say it just tastes better.

Here are five North Fork farms, including 8 Hands, offering local meat. (more…)