09/07/17 6:00am

A scene from the Harborfest boat race (Credit: Pamela V. White/Flickr, file photo)

HarborFest, which takes place in Sag Harbor each year, and is back again. The three-day event is set for Friday, Sept. 8 through Sunday, September 10 at locales all over the village.

Some favorite events of HarborFest, which is sponsored by Sag Harbor Chamber of Commerce, include the arts and crafts fair in Marine Park, the sidewalk sale outside Main Street businesses, visits to village museums, entertainment at Bay Street Theatre and the ever raucous and rollicking Whale Boat Races which attract large crowds of spectators all along on Long Wharf. (more…)

08/09/17 6:02am

Isola has recently opened on Shelter Island (Credit: Madison Fender/Isola courtesy)

Isola — it’s the Italian word for “island,” and an entirely appropriate name for a new restaurant on Shelter Island specializing in new Italian cuisine. That, according to Seth Nathan, Isola’s executive chef, translates to sourcing the freshest ingredients to be found on the East End and infusing them with the flavors of the Mediterranean.

“We’re surrounded by water, so the menu is heavy on seafood, locally sourced ingredients and the comfortable, approachable — yet beautiful — environment,” he said. “The concept gives us creative license to expand beyond various regions of Italy and into other parts of the Mediterranean.”

When it comes to Italy, Nathan admits to being a big fan of Calabria in Sicily. The natural salinity of the food found there is something he appreciates, dishes like cleanly cooked fish served alongside great produce.

“I also like a little heat and Calabria peppers,” he said. “I realize that’s not everyone’s palate, so I’m not forcing it, but I offer it.” (more…)

02/08/17 4:50pm
The Chequit

The Winter Painkiller at Red Maple. (Credit: The Chequit, courtesy)

As a major winter storm is preparing to bear down on the East End, here’s something that came across our desk that cheered us up a bit.

The Winter Painkiller is a hot cocktail now being served up at Red Maple, the cozy new American restaurant and bar at The Chequit on Shelter Island.

The inspiration for The Winter Painkiller comes from David Bowd, CEO of Salt Hotels (owners of The Chequit) and one of his favorite concoctions, the Painkiller. (more…)

02/08/17 4:11pm
Michael Heller

A scene from the 2013 HarborFrost. (Credit: Michael Heller, courtesy)

At first, several people thought it was a crazy idea.

After all, who in their right mind sponsors an outdoor winter festival, complete with fireworks, in a famous summertime resort?

Sag Harbor, that’s who — and ever since the first successful HarborFrost back in February 2011, this village by the bay has made it an annual tradition. (more…)

07/18/16 6:00am
The Hoodat Loungers open up Shelter Island Jazzfest Saturday. (Courtesy Photo)

The HooDoo Loungers open up Shelter Island Jazzfest Saturday. (Courtesy Photo)

Joe Lauro is a man inspired by music. He’s also driven to share it with others.

Before selling his Shelter Island home and moving to Sag Harbor a few years back, Mr. Lauro frequently hosted live music events in the barn on the property where he lived for 15 years.   (more…)

04/18/15 9:10am
Rich Olsen-Harbich, winemaker at Bedell Cellars. (Katharine Schroeder file photo)

Rich Olsen-Harbich, winemaker at Bedell Cellars. (Katharine Schroeder file photo)

When Barbara Shinn and David Page moved to the North Fork to establish Shinn Estate Vineyards in 1998, they had to learn everything there was to know about winemaking from the ground up — starting with the vines.

They began by researching how other local grape growers worked. It didn’t take long for the couple to realize modern farming was less about understanding the rhythm and cycle of nature than about the timely application of pesticides and herbicides.

“We were a little surprised that there seemed to be more farming by recipe,” Shinn said. “And not only out here – a lot of farming was that way in the country and all over the world. (more…)