03/30/19 6:00am

Chris Wines tends to the animals on his family’s farm in Riverhead (Credit: David Benthal)

The North Fork is known for its independently owned vineyards, breweries and distilleries, but there’s a small-batch beverage you might be overlooking: milk. 

Ty Llwyd Farm in Riverhead is the North Fork’s only producer of raw, unpasteurized milk — known for its creamier taste and added health benefits. And like other local craft beverages, it’s got a loyal, almost cult-like following.  (more…)

03/11/19 5:59am

Cover subject Claudia Fleming of The North Fork Table & Inn at Magic Fountain in Mattituck. (Credit: David Benthal)

North Fork Table and Inn culinary power couple Claudia Fleming and Gerry Hayden’s story was one of true love, in the kitchen and out. But when her husband lost his battle with ALS at just 50 years old in 2016, Fleming found herself having to go it alone — in the kitchen and in life. As she grows into her new role, the award-winning chef, cookbook author and North Fork culinary icon is tweaking her recipe for success. (more…)

03/09/19 6:00am

Photographer David Benthal captures artist Kara Hoblin at the beach.

For someone who works in a medium as ephemeral as chalk, Kara Hoblin definitely leaves a permanent impression. Not only is she one of the North Fork’s most visible artists (you can spot her standing on a restaurant bar creating one of her signature public chalk installations), but she’s also known as a major connector — creating a tight-knit community of artists and the public.  (more…)

03/05/19 5:57am

Hadley Wiggins-Marin has a two-pronged North Fork business featuring interior design services and a vintage general store. Photographer David Benthal chose to photograph her at the historic Vail-Leavitt Music Hall in downtown Riverhead. (Credit: David Benthal)

North Found & Co. deals in found objects and, in a sense, Hadley Wiggins-Marin is one of them. 

Before the North Fork “found her,” she had no history with the area and, despite growing up in New York City, had always summered on (gasp!) Martha’s Vineyard. But 10 years ago, while casually house-hunting in Sag Harbor with her Italian then-boyfriend, now her husband, an astute realtor redirected them to the North Fork. The couple toured five homes in one day, closed on one three weeks later, then showed up at their 1920s New Suffolk farmhouse on a motorcycle with no furniture.  (more…)

08/14/18 6:10am

Diners enjoy the North Fork Art Collective’s second Palette to Palate dinner at Bruce & Son in Greenport. (Credit: David Benthal)

It’s a rare dinner party where I get to indulge in my two favorite things: food and art (well, three if you count the wine, but that’s a bit of a given here on the North Fork, isn’t it?). That’s exactly what transpired at the recent Palette to Palate dinner, organized by Kara Hoblin, founder of the North Fork Art Collective and curator of the event.  (more…)

05/03/18 5:58am

David Benthal captured celebrity photographer EJ Camp for our May issue, on newsstands now. (Credit: David Benthal)

On a windswept Sunday afternoon above Greenport’s 67 Steps Beach, photographer EJ Camp is gathering gear from the back of her truck. After pulling on thigh-high rubber waders, she grabs her medium-format Leica 5 camera and tripod … and signature Nick Fouquet designer trail hat. She’s the subject of today’s photo shoot after all, and after photographing hundreds of commercial and editorial assignments from behind the camera, she knows exactly what’s needed to step out in front. (more…)

11/17/17 6:02am

Sam Sifton inside his Greenport kitchen. (Credit: Madison Fender)

Despite the excellent farm-to-table restaurant scene on the North Fork, Thanksgiving Tradition (that’s with a capital T) still dictates that we put our own feast on the table. New York Times Cooking founding editor and part-time Greenporter Sam Sifton offers his expert tips for the perfect North Fork tradition. (more…)