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Ever meet a staffer who greets you with a smile at a local restaurant or bar and say, “I wish I got to know more about that person.”

It happens to our staff all the time as we come across interesting people with big personalities making a living at cafés, markets, wineries and shops across the North Fork.

We made a list of some of our favorite folks we’ve come across and called them in for a series of brief interviews we’re calling “Fast Chat.” This week is Derek Spencer Gerard of The Winemaker Studio.

The series of one-minute videos is made possible by Sheri Winter Parker.

Also in the series:

Shelby Hearn, Suhru Wines

Alex Rosanelli, Hounds Tree Wines

Adam Lovett, aMano and ALure

Taylor Knapp, Peconic Escargot

Robin Epperson-McCarthy, Saltbird Cellars

Dave Perrin, Cedar House on Sound B&B

Carolyn Iannone, Love Lane Kitchen

Samy Sabil, The North Fork Shack

Katie Hoffacker, Greenport Harbor Brewing Co.

Evan Ducz, Sparkling Pointe

Alice Falcone, Lieb Cellars and Bridge Lane Wines

Jonathan Cepelak, Industry Standard Bar

Giovanni Borghese, Castello di Borghese Vineyard

Jess Morris, North Fork Roasting Co.

Jerol Bailey, Lenz Winery

Katy Hurtubise, Little Creek Oyster Farm & Market

Brian Dickson, Vintage Mattituck

Lauren Lombardi, Lombardi’s Love Lane Market