Calverton-based artisanal sweets manufacturer North Fork Chocolate Company will open the doors of its first retail operation out of the main food court at Tanger Outlets in Riverhead on Halloween, owner Ann Corley said.
As part of its launch, customers who visit the café in costume from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 31 will receive a free s’mores pop while supplies last, Ms. Corley said.
“We’re very excited and happy to do something local for the community,” Ms. Corley said in an interview earlier this month. “It’s a new niche. There’s nothing like it here at the food court.”
Located near McDonald’s at the Tanger 2 food court, North Fork Chocolate Company offers a full line of artisanal selections crafted from local ingredients, including farm stand soups, sandwiches, breads, sweets and chocolate, all made by executive chef Steve Amaral.
North Fork Chocolate Company got its start back in February, when Ms. Corley and Mr. Amaral, who are former colleagues, got together to begin making sweets using pure Belgian chocolate and freshly churned butter and eggs from Goodale Farms in Aquebogue. Some of their creations are infused with other local ingredients like apple cider from Woodside Orchards, also in Aquebogue, and LiV vodka, made in Baiting Hollow. Production began early this year at the Calverton Business Incubator, a 16,000-square-foot commercial space where entrepreneurs can work without the burden of purchasing a property or entering into a long-term lease.
With its move to Tanger, North Fork Chocolate fills the retail space that was most recently occupied by Villa Pizza, which switched locations within the Tanger 2 food court. The chocolate company will continue to produce its goods at the Calverton incubator.