08/30/17 6:25pm

The Village Cheese Shop owner Michael Affatato announced Wednesday he no longer has plans to open a new location in Greenport.

Affatato, who owns The Village Cheese Shop on Love Lane in Mattituck, said in an email the reasoning behind his decision was timing. In March, Affatato said he planned to open a second location at 19 Front Street in Greenport.

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02/16/17 5:59am

It was a dairy lover’s dream at The Village Cheese Shop in Mattituck Saturday, when the store’s wine bar and café hosted a PawPaw pop-up dinner.

“Valentine’s Day was the perfect opportunity to have everyone sit down and eat a bunch of cheese,” said PawPaw creator and chef Taylor Knapp.

Saturday’s event marked the first time Knapp hosted dinner at the Love Lane shop; he said he and owner Michael Affatato began discussing the idea about a year ago. Knapp, who also owns Peconic Escargot, typically holds pop-up dinners at Bruce & Son in Greenport, which is being renovated. (more…)

02/25/16 6:42am
The Speakeasy at Jedediah Hawkins was packed with wine and cheese lovers (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

The Speakeasy at Jedediah Hawkins was packed with wine and cheese lovers. (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

The first serving of raclette cheese comes melted over fingerling potatoes, with a sprinkling of chopped chives. The pairing, to put things plainly, is delicious.

This creamy, buttery and tangy cheese was the star of “Raclette & Riesling,” a food and wine pairing event held at Jedediah Hawkins Inn restaurant in Jamesport last Saturday. The two-hour event featured wine from Jamesport Vineyards and offerings from The Village Cheese Shop in Mattituck. (more…)

12/07/15 10:16am
Michael Affatato and Terri Kurtz at the Village Cheese Shop's new wine bar. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Michael Affatato and Terri Kurtz at The Village Cheese Shop’s new wine bar. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

A handcrafted oak bar with seating for six will make way to enjoy some quality vino with your fromage during your next visit to The Village Cheese Shop in Mattituck.

Michael Affatato, who purchased the business from longtime owner Rosemary Batcheller in September, has recently received a permit to sell wine and beer at the Love Lane shop. Wine was available when Batcheller owned the store, though Affatato hopes to expand the offerings. (more…)

09/02/15 3:39pm
Michael Affatato and Rosemary Batcheller outside The Village Cheese Shop in Mattituck. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Michael Affatato and Rosemary Batcheller outside The Village Cheese Shop in Mattituck. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

A Love Lane staple that offers a taste of Europe in Long Island Wine Country will soon have a new owner.

The Village Cheese Shop in Mattituck will officially change hands Sept. 15, when its original owner, Rosemary Batcheller, passes the store on to her friend Michael Affatato.

“The biggest question is, ‘Is it going to stay the same,’ ” Batcheller said during an interview at the shop. “And it is. But I think new eyes and new energy is never a bad thing.” (more…)

02/07/14 8:00am
RACHEL YOUNG PHOTO | Winemaker Roman Roth (far right) gives a toast to the guests of last month's 'Stroll Down Love Lane' at aMano restaurant in Mattituck.

RACHEL YOUNG PHOTO | Winemaker Roman Roth (far right) gives a toast to the guests of last month’s ‘Stroll Down Love Lane’ at aMano restaurant in Mattituck.

When Robin McCarthy, senior sommelier and director of education at Roanoke Vineyards, emailed me last month asking if I wanted to join her and some friends Jan. 17 for a walking food tour in Mattituck called “Stroll Down Love Lane,” I was instantly intrigued.  (more…)