Chef Allison Katz has been a staple on the North Fork foodie scene for several years.
The Mattituck resident has a long culinary résumé from hosting pop up dinners with chef husband Fritz Beckmann at Kyle’s on Shelter Island, to working with pastry chef Claudia Fleming at North Fork Table and Inn, to selling her own brand of small-batch baked treats “Ali Katz” at area farmers markets.
Most recently, the French Culinary Institute graduate was a co-owner of Goodfood. in Mattituck, where her popular chocolate chip cookies, among other pastries, were a hot commodity.
She left the restaurant to refocus on her wholesale and pastry business. And now, for the first in her 15-year culinary career, Katz will soon be at the helm of her very own place, Ali Katz Kitchen, in Mattituck. In February, Katz took over a 900-square-foot space near Wendy’s Deli on Sound Avenue.
“I love being here and having it exactly the way I want it,” Katz said. “Everyone has been so supportive of me throughout the years and now with the store opening. It is great to be a part of this community.”
Ali Katz Kitchen will be part wholesale kitchen, part bakery. During the week, Katz is already preparing foods for local purveyors such as Browder’s Birds, using the farm’s provisions to make chicken salad and quiches that can be sold at their farm stand. She previously offered a similar service to farmers out of the kitchen at the Stony Brook University Incubator in Calverton.
By the end of the month, she is aiming to open the retail bakery counter in the front of the store, where customers can pick up grab-and-go pastries and coffee on weekends.
Expect the pastry display to be front and center in the newly renovated space. The glass case (made from a reclaimed antique hutch) will be stocked with locally sourced zucchini bread and gingersnap cookies by the end of July, she said.
There will also be plenty of gluten-free options to choose from such as the chocolate sandwich cookies with tahini cream cheese filling inspired by her world travels. Made-to-go salad jars, catering services and made-to-order items are also available. Pop up dinners with her husband are also in the works for a later time.
“I want this to be a place where people can come and grab coffee, cookies and cakes,” Katz said. “It is what I always wanted. “