So long to the days when winter on the North Fork meant there was little to do. This month we’re bird watching, cocktail sipping, dinner making, DIY crafting and so much more all the way to March. Get your calendars ready!
Tune into Slow Food’s Great Chef series to bake alongside Claudia Fleming
Who better to learn how to bake from than celebrity pastry chef, Claudia Fleming. In this live virtual event, you’ll learn how to make chocolate mousse with shortbread cookies straight from Fleming’s own home kitchen to yours. This event that will kick off the Slow Food East End’s Cooking Slow with Great Chefs series will be held via Zoom on Wednesday, Feb. 10 from 6 – 7 p.m. and costs $50 per ticket which can be reserved here.
Enjoy a beer dinner at Long Ireland Beer Company
Downtown Riverhead brewery Long Ireland Beer Company is teaming up with Island Time Hospitality Group, which operates Long Island waterfront venues like the Salt Shack and Overlook Beach Club, to host a four course dinner with craft beer pairings. The dinner is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. and the ticket cost is $54 per person. Space is limited, so snag your tickets fast.
Attend a romantic dinner held inside the Long Island Aquarium
Surprise your valentine with an unexpected night out at the Long Island Aquarium for their annual ChocoVino event. The five-course dinner, which features chocolate in each of the courses and is paired with Raphael Vineyards wine, is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 13 from 7 – 10 p.m. The dinner itself is held alongside the aquarium’s beautiful aquatic displays. The cost per couple is $199 and tickets can be purchased here.
Up your snack game for Super Bowl Sunday
While your friends may have to miss out on your annual Super Bowl party your game-day snacks shouldn’t have to suffer, too. Enter local catering company Grace & Grit with their Super Bowl Sunday menu. You’ll find their signature deviled eggs, guac and chips, and candied bacon Kobe dogs, along with favorites like chicken wings, mini cheeseburgers, Grandma’s meatballs and more. Place your order by Feb. 4 here.
Craft with locally grown-flowers while sipping RGNY wine
Hometown Flower Co. is partnering with RGNY to host an afternoon of booze and blooms. At this floral hoop workshop, you’ll be given all of the tools and supplies to create an everlasting floral adornment incorporating seasonal and locally grown flowers. Each guest will also receive a personal charcuterie board and a glass of RGNY’s Scielo Rose. The workshop will be held at RGNY on Sunday, Feb. 21 from noon – 1:30 p.m. Purchase tickets here.
Take a virtual cooking class hosted by Love Lane Kitchen
If you’re looking for something different to do but don’t want to leave your home, Love Lane Kitchen has the perfect night-in planned for you with their virtual cooking class and meal kit. In the February edition of the on-demand class, you’ll learn how to make vegetable risotto with chef Cory Guastella and restaurant owner Carolyn Iannone. Pick up all of the ingredients to make the risotto plus a bottle of wine and a dessert at your convenience between February 12 – 16 from 2 – 6 p.m. Along with the recipe and cooking demonstration, chef Cory will also lead you through basic knife skills. $80 for two meals. Visit lovelanekitchen.com to sign up.
Cheers to making it halfway through winter with this local wine cocktail
February 2nd isn’t only for the groundhogs: Celebrate being at the midpoint between the winter solstice and the spring equinox with this local wine cocktail, shared with us courtesy of Bridge Lane Wine. To make the “Red Queen,” combine 3 oz. of Bridge Lane’s Red Blend, 1 oz. bourbon of your choice, ¾ oz. lemon juice, ½ oz. simple syrup, and ½ oz. Amaro in a shaker filled with ice. Strain over crushed ice, garnish with a lemon slice and a sprig of fresh thyme and sip away. Spring will be here soon, folks.
Make a DIY wood sign at this local workshop
Blooms By Ollie garden center on Sound Avenue in Calverton is offering two opportunities for an afternoon of DIY in their greenhouse on Saturday, Feb. 13, or Sunday, Feb. 14 both at 1 p.m. Choose between a wooden door sign or a wooden décor piece and enjoy a round of trivia while you’re there. Supplies and snacks will be provided. Price is $50 per person or $95 for a couple if you want to treat your best pal for Galentine’s Day. Visit Blooms By Ollie’s Facebook page for more information and to register.
Participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count
Whether you’re 4 or 104 birdwatching is a sport the whole family can participate in and this month marks the annual, nation-wide event that is the Great Backyard Bird Count, which takes place from Feb. 12 – 15. This initiative, created by the National Audubon Society and The Cornell Lab of Ornithology, is open to anyone, anywhere to participate. You simply watch birds in your own backyard or your favorite North Fork trail for 15 minutes or more at least once during this time period then report on what you saw using an app called Merlin Bird ID. The North Fork Audubon Society is setting up a page on their website which will have helpful hints on birdwatching and using the app. Additionally, you can head to the Roy Latham Nature Center at Inlet Pond Park in Greenport on both Saturday, Feb. 13, and Sunday, Feb. 14 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. to learn more about birding.
Celebrate your love while overlooking the Sound at The Halyard’s Valentine’s Day cocktail pairing dinner
On Sunday, Feb. 14 from 6:30 – 9 p.m. head to The Halyard in Greenport to enjoy a four-course Valentine’s Day cocktail pairing dinner. Start the evening in the restaurant’s waterfront library room with a cocktail and canapes followed by a full four-course dinner paired with hand-crafted cocktails and spirits. Tickets are $130 per person including tax and gratuity. The dinner will include elevated menu items such as smoked local oysters, foie gras, braised short ribs, and more. Purchase your tickets here.