The slow food movement continues to be a force in this country — especially on the East End where local eateries pride themselves on using fresh ingredients grown in their backyards.
And this week, Slow Food East End has awarded three eateries — Mattituck’s Love Lane Kitchen, Shelter Island’s 18 Bay Restaurant and Sag Harbor’s Estia’s Little Kitchen — with its coveted “Snail of Approval” award for incorporating slow food values into their businesses.
A dish served at Slow Food East End’s recent snail supper at Aldo’s in Greenport. (Credit: Abigail Collier)
For the first course at a gathering at Aldo’s in Greenport on a recent Sunday, guests dunked fluffy, white, crusted Blue Duck Bakery bread into locally sourced goulash. Then came the lentils and salmon from Southold Fish Market and boudin sausage from Deep Roots Farm, also in Southold.
Diners washed the meal down with glasses of Channing Daughters Scuttlehole Chardonnay and vino from The Lenz Winery in Peconic. Finally, they enjoyed moist New Orleans bourbon bread pudding, a sweet berry crumble and Joe & Liza’s vanilla ice cream from Sag Harbor.
If you’re in the restaurant business on the North Fork you don’t just know Gerry Hayden, you love him. So it’s easy to see why the food and wine industry here has been so quick to help the chef and owner of the North Fork Table and Inn in Southold in his battle with ALS. (more…)