10/13/16 6:01am
Beach plums freshly picked from the beach (All pictures by Monique Singh-Roy)

Beach plums freshly picked from the beach (All pictures by Monique Singh-Roy)

Beach plums aren’t typically found in supermarkets, but the fruit — which looks more like supersized blueberry or grape than a plum — makes some of the most flavorful jam I’ve ever tasted.

Since Colonial times, and likely before, the wild fruit, which grows on the North and South forks, has been harvested to make preserves, jams and jellies. According to Cornell University, which undertook a nearly 20-year project to establish the beach plum as a commercial crop, it’s native to the Northeastern U.S. (more…)

06/30/16 6:45am
American Beech will host outdoor clambakes from July 1 to September 2 (Courtesy photo)

American Beech will host weekly clambakes from July 1 to September 2. (Credit: American Beech)

What do you do on Friday afternoons in the summer when your restaurant has a beautiful outdoor bar and dining area? If you’re the team at American Beech in Greenport, the answer is to host a weekly New England Clambake all summer long.

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05/09/16 6:01am
The North Fork's rolling vineyards are one of the draws for Brooklynites in search of vacation homes. (Credit: Carrie Miller, file photo)

The North Fork’s rolling vineyards are one of the draws for Brooklynites in search of vacation homes. (Credit: Carrie Miller, file photo)

Brooklyn has discovered the North Fork.

OK, so that isn’t news to the second homeowners, locals and business owners who have known it for years, but this trend in the real estate market recently caught the attention of the New York Times.

In a story that ran on the cover of the newspaper’s real estate section on Sunday, May 8, entitled “Brooklyn’s Favorite Fork,” the Times noted an increase in attention Brooklynites are paying to the region.

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03/03/16 10:00am
Oysterponds Historical Society's headquarters in Orient. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Oysterponds Historical Society’s headquarters in Orient. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Foodies have been beating a path to the door of Houseman Restaurant on Manhattan Greenwich Street, which is owned by chef and part-time Orient resident Ned Baldwin, since it opened last year. And in that time it has earned flattering write-ups from The New York Times, Saveur and New York Magazine.

So with its East End connection it seemed the perfect place to host a benefit for Oysterponds Historical Society next month. Photographer and Orient resident EJ Camp, a member of  Oysterponds Historical Society, will chair the April 5 benefit dinner. (more…)