01/01/17 6:00am
We toured Peconic Escargot in Cutchogue in May. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

We toured Peconic Escargot in Cutchogue in May. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Peconic Escargot, a snail farm we toured in May, grew out of chef Taylor Knapp’s struggle to find farm-fresh snails. He decided to launch the business after dining at Manhattan’s popular Momofuku restaurant, where escargot are on the menu.

“We asked where the snails came from and the chef said they came in a can from France,” said Knapp, who is also the creator of PawPaw pop-up dinners. “I was like, ‘If chef David Chang can’t get fresh snails, then nobody can.’ So there’s obviously a need for this.” (more…)

12/28/16 6:00am
El Galeón sailed into Greenport Village on October 17.

El Galeón sailed into Greenport Village on October 17. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

Greenport was once again a tall ships destination when El Galeón, a veritable floating museum from Spain, paid a visit in October.

The 170-foot, 495-ton replica is fashioned after a typical 17th-century Spanish galleon, which sailed between the 16th and 18th centuries and primarily transported spices, livestock and slaves. (more…)

12/25/16 6:00am
Ryan Flatley and Samy Sabil inside their restaurant, North Fork Shack. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Ryan Flatley and Samy Sabil inside their restaurant, North Fork Shack. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

The North Fork Shack, which serves fresh, farm-to-table dishes with a heavy Mediterranean influence, opened in Southold earlier this year.

The eatery, which serves vineyard crowds and locals, was two years in the making for owners Ryan Flatley and Samy Sabil. (more…)

12/24/16 6:00am
The Shoppes at East Wind opened in Wading River this year.

The Shoppes at East Wind opened in Wading River this year. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

The Shoppes at East Wind, the 28-store shopping plaza next to the catering hall of the same name, opened in Wading River this year.

The attractive, manicured 27-acre property offers destination businesses and specialty stores for day-trippers and tourists, as well as locals. A specialty cheese chop, a children’s sewing studio and a colorful carousel are among the complex’s highlights. (more…)

12/23/16 6:00am
Wickham's Fruit Farm in Cutchogue. (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

Wickham’s Fruit Farm in Cutchogue. (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

This year brought accolades to Wickham’s Fruit Farm, which became the first farm in Suffolk County to win New York State’s Agricultural Environmental Management Award.

The Cutchogue farm also became the first fruit grower to receive the honor, which was first given in 2002, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office. (more…)