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The North Fork Shack

If you are looking for a fun, affordable, laid-back spot to eat lunch while taking a break from the usual burgers and fries, The North Fork Shack is your place to be. Located on Country Road 48 in Southold, this new eatery was open just a couple of months ago by owners, Sami Sabil and Ryan Flatley. The idea for The North Fork Shack was born out of their successful catering business, Creative Courses Catering. Their catering company does it all: luncheons, sunset weddings, cocktail parties, benefits for local charities, and more. The company was founded about eight years ago when they both started at the North Fork Table & Inn.

The Shack’s menu focuses on local seafood bites including clam chowder, ceviches, fish sandwiches, tacos, and tostadas. During my visit, I had the pleasure of trying several of their popular dishes, and sat down with Sabil to discuss the menu and what to expect from The North Fork Shack this summer. View Post

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Sanya Hudson

Last week, I met Sanya Hudson of Sanya Hudson Enterprises, Hudson’s daughter Briya Murray, JoVonn Rochester, Jeroslyn Johnson, and more extraordinarily talented ladies during a leisurely wine tasting at Wölffer Estate Vineyard in Sagaponack. Murray is the Founder and CEO of Bossed Up Jewelry. Johnson is the Founder and CEO of Make A Statement Entertainment, Inc.; Rochester is the Founder of Taste of Travel; and Hudson is the Founder of SHE, Women in Media Meet Up, and Celebrity Radio Host of Sanya On-Air. The group of female entrepreneurs I met are all based within the New York City Metro area. They came out to the Hamptons for a day of networking and taking in the beautiful sights away from the bustling city.

We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day: crystal clear blue skies, wine, cheese, and lush green vines. Our elegant wine tasting consisted of three wines: Roman Roth’s own Grapes of Roth Reisling aged in steel, 2014 Chardonnay aged in steel made from grapes originally planted in 1993, and a 2013 Cabernet Franc. The wine was paired with a beautiful cheese plate, dried fruit, prosciutto, and nuts. View Post

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Summer Fancy Food Show 2016

This is the specialty food event of the season that everyone looks forward to. At the Jacob K. Javits Center in Manhattan from Sunday, June 26th to Tuesday, June 28th, almost 30,000 buyers, exhibitors, brokers, distributors, marketing and sales representatives and chefs from around the world will come together to taste and learn about the various gourmet food trends hitting the market in 2016 and 2017. Though the trade show is not open to the public, those that are lucky enough to attend get an eye-opening glimpse of some innovative and rather tasty new food products that are about to hit the shelves.

If you remember my article from last year, it highlights the trends and layout of the event, and gives you a peek in terms of what to expect. Below, I have my top five tips of how to make the most of your three-day specialty food frenzy, including how to navigate through the thousands of exhibitors while making some valuable connections (and new friends) along the way. In the above photo, you will see some products by specialty food brands I have already made connections with. View Post

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The Ram's Head Inn

The Ram’s read Inn is a staple of the historic and peaceful Shelter Island. Founded in 1929, every aspect of the Inn takes you back into the pages of the roaring 20’s with its grand, rustic interior and decorum. Driving to the Inn takes you about ten minutes or so away from the town’s center, though every moment is worth it. I felt as if I was heading toward my own serene escape, that may be the island’s best kept secret. I could only hear the wildlife’s calls and chatter as I exited my vehicle.

This is true country living at its finest. Instantly, I noticed the row of Adirondack chairs, a private beachfront, play equipment for the youngest visitors, a tennis court, and sprawling acres of green grass with plenty of shade. This is the place most of us only dream of escaping to. There are very few, if any, spots on the East End that exists quite like this. I felt as if I transported back in time by at least fifty years. My family recently told me that they frequented The Ram’s Head Inn in the 1980’s and 1990’s as their hideaway far from the seasonal traffic.

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Eat in Chef

In April, I was introduced to a company called Eat in Chef. Think, an “Airbnb” of personal chefs where a chef of your choosing based upon your cuisine preference comes to your home to cook for your family and friends. From an intimate dinner in for two to a family style get together for 20, Eat in Chef has your answer to almost any artfully plated meal you desire in your home.

Eat In Chef is a secure community that connects you with local, affordable chefs. With Eat in Chef, you can explore new menus, get to know different chefs, and request them to cook in your kitchen. Chefs then use the information you put in via a request form to better understand what kinds of foods, dietary restrictions, and pricing matter most to you. Each chef shops for groceries, cooks, and cleans up. Throughout your experience, you do not have to lift a finger! Chef Elena Apostolides came to my home last Thursday to cook for my husband and myself. Regarding our experience, words of praise are only the beginning.

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