08/17/19 5:55am

Comedian D.C. Benny and Erik Brown outside Brown’s Southold restaurant. (Credit: Tara Smith)

Something a bit different will be served up at Erik’s in Southold next Saturday: Dinner and a show.

The special menu will accompany a comedy show headlined by Ben Wartofsky aka D.C. Benny.

The Southold resident and top-eight finalist on NBC’s Last Comic Standing has performed nearby at the Suffolk Theater in Riverhead and Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor. But aside from the occasional open-mic stint at Taps and Corks, he’s never performed in Southold. (more…)

06/30/19 6:00am

The Silly Eats food truck was added in 2018 and is a welcome addition for patrons looking for a bite to eat on the water. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

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Hidden away in East Moriches is a tiny fishing station that has stood the test of time. Since taking the helm nearly four years ago, Silly Lily Fishing Station owner Jay Scott has breathed new life into the business while keeping its character — and history — in tact.

It’s one of the last of its kind; a place where visitors can rent paddle boards, kayaks, sailboats, motorized skiffs — and, of course, bait and tackle to take out fishing on Moriches Bay or perhaps to the sandy Cupsogue Beach for the day. (more…)

05/26/19 6:00am

Off the Fork is a recurring series every Sunday on northforker.com, in which our staff writes about happenings and places we appreciate elsewhere on Long Island and beyond.

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It may seem unlikely to turn to 12-square-mile Shelter Island for authentic Mexican food, but if you’re hankering for fresh south-of-the-border specialties after a long day paddle boarding or hiking through Mashomack Preserve, look no further than Maria’s Kitchen.

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04/19/19 5:55am

In addition to soil, geography and tradition, terroir — the intricacies that influence the character of wine — relies heavily on climate. It’s what sets a lighter, cool-climate pinot noir apart from a full-bodied one grown in a warmer region. Those ideal climatic conditions — warm and temperate with refreshing Atlantic winds and a lengthy growing season — that make the North Fork an optimal location for grapevines to thrive.

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03/24/19 6:10am

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Salvatore D’Elia founded Del Fiore Italian Pork Store in Patchogue with family members nearly 50 years ago.

Three years later, he expanded with his Italian market in Rocky Point, where he can still be seen today working alongside his wife and two daughters, who now manage the family business. (more…)

03/20/19 6:01am

Holly Browder with one of her rare breed of sheep. (Credit: Tara Smith)

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Holly Browder and her husband, Chris, were up to their ears in wool sheared from their flock of about 20 heritage Cotswold sheep raised on their Mattituck livestock farm.

“We didn’t know what to do with it all,” Browder said, sifting through a large paper leaf bag brimming with raw fleece. (more…)

03/01/19 5:30am

Karen Rivara at Whiskey Wind Tavern in Greenport.

It’s the first day of winter.

Many farmers have let out a sigh of relief after another grueling season. Perhaps they’ve put away the equipment, their sights set on warmer weather.

Not Karen Rivara. (more…)