08/22/18 6:10am

Chef Stephan Bogardus in the kitchen at North Fork Table & Inn.(Credit: David Benthal)

The end of summer vacation means it’s time to start thinking about the next vacation. And for those who fancy themselves foodies or oenophiles (or both), planning a great escape to a land known for palatable plates and fine wine can be a perfect way to stave off end-of-summer blues. Craving an edible adventure, I asked North Fork chefs, restaurateurs and winemakers for recommendations. Their answers came from far, wide and down under. Consider these some of the world’s most delicious destinations. (more…)

10/07/16 6:02am
Blake Dowling, left, teaches swing dancing at First and South in Greenport earlier this year. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Blake Dowling, left, teaches swing dancing at First and South in Greenport earlier this year. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

The dining room in First and South restaurant once again became a dance floor on Monday as dance instructor Blake Dowling returned for a new season of swing dancing lessons.

Continuing every Monday night through October and November, participants can learn West Coast Swing basics and beyond. All are welcome, whether you are taking your first lesson or improving on what you already know. You do not need a partner.

“We’re excited to get to the point in the year where we can bring the community together and host special activities in our dining room,” said First and South owner Sarah Phillips. “It’s fun to get together with locals and colleagues in this way.” (more…)

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…)

04/13/15 6:00am
Scott Leventhal and Sarah Phillips at First and South restaurant in Greenport on Thursday. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Scott Leventhal and Sarah Phillips at First and South restaurant in Greenport on Thursday. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Scott Leventhal’s culinary career might never have begun were it not for a fortuitous bit of eavesdropping on Fire Island in 2006.

Leventhal, then a college student with no professional kitchen experience who was looking for a summer gig, overhead the owners of Fire Island’s Houser’s restaurant, bar and hotel say they would be without a chef for the first few weeks of the season. (more…)