09/29/16 6:02am
Dan Farrell inside Roanoke Vineyards Love Lane tasting room. (Credit: David Benthal)

Dan Farrell inside Roanoke Vineyards Love Lane tasting room. (Credit: David Benthal)

Dan Farrell considers himself a born teacher. So it makes sense that the retired school psychologist, who has worked part-time as a pourer at Roanoke Vineyards in Riverhead since 2012, decided to broaden his wine knowledge two years ago by becoming a certified sommelier.

“Life is an ongoing educational process,” Farrell, 59, said in a recent interview at the members-only vineyard’s public location, a tasting room and wine bar on Love Lane in Mattituck. “I just enjoy talking to people about wine.” (more…)

09/26/16 6:02am
Brian and Ettore Pennachia inside the Cutchogue restaurant. (Credit: Randee Daddona)

Brian and Ettore Pennacchia inside the Cutchogue restaurant. (Credit: Randee Daddona)

Every Italian knows a good tomato sauce should strike the ideal balance between sweetness and tang. That formula also describes the working relationship between Touch of Venice owners Ettore Pennacchia and his son Brian, who are executive chefs at the Cutchogue restaurant.

The elder Pennacchia, 67, retreats to the Main Road establishment’s kitchen six days a week to prepare mainstays like stuffed artichokes and veal parmigiana. Cooking alongside him is Brian, 42, who stays on top of the latest culinary trends in an effort to add unexpected twists to Dad’s old-school Italian recipes.

“My father brings the history,” Brian said in an interview at the restaurant, which relocated five years ago from a waterfront setting in Mattituck to the former Fisherman’s Rest on Main Road. “I work on all the specials; I do anything new. We have a good mix.” (more…)

09/24/16 1:53pm


On an overcast Tuesday morning, a pair of employees sorted fruit into baskets at Davis Peach Farm in Wading River, waiting for customers to purchase the last of the property’s produce.

“We don’t want to throw out all this stuff,” said Faye Mosquea, who has worked at the Hulse Landing Road farm stand for more than a decade. “We’ll stay open a couple more days until it’s sold.”

Operator Christine Davis announced Sunday that Davis Peach Farm was going out of business. A real estate broker has since confirmed the 62-acre property is under contract. (more…)

09/22/16 6:04am
Captain David Berson will serve as Grand Marshal of the East End Maritime Festival parade. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Captain David Berson will serve as Grand Marshal of the East End Maritime Festival. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

It would be romantic, but ultimately inaccurate, to say Captain David Berson was drawn to sailing as part of some existential quest for meaning. The truth is that a life on the water is a future his father, a New York City chemist, often fantasized about but wasn’t able to realize.

“He always had dreams of going out to sea, but living through the Depression and taking care of his parents, he never had a chance to,” said Capt. Berson, grand marshal of this weekend’s East End Maritime Festival in Greenport. “But he instilled his pipe dream in me.” (more…)

08/24/16 6:01am
and Captain David Berson. (Credit: Rachel Young)

Andrew Rowsom, owner of Preston’s and co-owner of Glory, and Captain David Berson standing on Preston’s Dock in Greenport. (Credit: Rachel Young)

Learning he had been named grand marshal of next month’s Maritime Festival was beyond humbling for David Berson, who conducts daily tours of Greenport Harbor on his solar-powered boat Glory and provides no-cost educational programs to local children.

So you can imagine how Berson felt when he was told area filmmaker Tony Bettler had been commissioned by officials at the East End Seaport Museum & Maritime Foundation, which hosts the annual Greenport festival, to create a short documentary about his contributions to the community.

“Even my inbred New York City cynicism was overwhelmed with the honor,” the Bronx native and longtime Greenport resident, 67, said last week at Preston’s Dock, the Main Street site his 30-foot vessel has long called home. “And the honor is not mine. I’m just the antenna. I’m a reflection of everybody that’s doing good work out here.” (more…)

07/01/16 2:00pm
Bird's nest chandeliers are just one of the pieces on display at Taffi Laing's Southold pop-up exhibit. (Credit: Taffi Laing photos)

Bird’s nest chandeliers are just some of the pieces on display at Taffi Laing’s Southold pop-up exhibit. (Credit: Taffi Laing photos)

Handcrafted headdresses, bird’s nest chandeliers and abstract paintings all comprise “Crowning Glory,” Greenport artist Taffi Laing’s unique pop-up exhibit at Rothman’s Gallery in Southold, where a reception will be held this weekend.  (more…)