Buzz + Bloom Honey

One of my favorite discoveries at this year’s Summer Fancy Food Show is Buzz + Bloom Honey. After becoming acquainted with their diverse line of honeys, I had the pleasure of meeting and speaking with the Vice President of Marketing, John Rzeszut. Rzeszut provided detailed insight into the company’s mission, branding and unique honey varieties from creamy spreadable honey to squeezable honey.

Buzz + Bloom, founded in September of 2016, is under the helm of Sweet Harvest Foods. Sweet Harvest Foods has been in the honey business for a very long time. Honey is very versatile. It is great in beverages, as a glaze/reduction for meats, dairy, bakery, almost everything. “What really inspires us is that not all honey looks and tastes the same,” explains Rzeszut. “The bee only flies a few miles from their ‘house’, and the honey that they create is indicative of the flower and environment. If you have two beehives on the opposite side of a city or town, that honey is going to taste dramatically different.” Buzz + Bloom grew out of that inspiration of that close bee and flower relationship. “There was a big gap in the market. All the honey on the shelves in the grocery store looks and tastes the same; that should not be.”

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The Springs Tavern in East Hampton

The Springs Tavern opened their doors in East Hampton this spring and has already drawn in excellent reviews. As soon as we stepped inside, we were greeted by genuine, upbeat waitstaff who went above and beyond to accommodate us and made our dining experience comfortable and enjoyable. The seating area is very open and airy, and the oak bar is a spacious spot to sit and watch sports. High-top tables are just in front of the bar for additional seating space. Just around the bar, you will discover a dart board, which gets very popular during the late evenings. We were able to play a few rounds during our dinner.

We recognized several people we knew from Springs. They expressed how much they enjoy coming here and how it is so close to home. “The hours are very reliable, we always know we can count on Springs Tavern for a late night dinner. We are easily able to walk here, it’s so fantastic!” says a customer. There is live entertainment on select nights and Country Night is every Tuesday beginning at 8pm. On this night, guests may participate in a complimentary line dancing class at 8pm, and the Spaghetti Westerners will play live music at 9pm. A light bar menu is available for guests and includes: $4 Jack Daniels shots, $4 Sweet Action Beers, $5 hot dogs, pizza slices and more.

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An Interview with Chef James Tchinnis of Swallow East

I am honored to introduce my readers to Chef James Tchinnis, The Executive Chef and Owner of Swallow Restaurant in Huntington and Swallow East in Montauk. Chef Tchinnis’s cuisine focuses on casual, sophisticated new American fare with a dash of decadence and an emphasis on local ingredients. A Long Island Native, he has been around great food all his life. His mother cooked regularly at home, exposing Tchinnis to a range of eclectic cuisines and opening his eyes to new flavors and techniques. He is a French Culinary Institute graduate (now The International Culinary Center) and has since worked in some of the finest restaurants in New York, including Le Cirque, The Grand Havana Room and Aliah.

In October 2010, he and his wife, Julie, opened Swallow Restaurant (Little Swallow) in Huntington Village, which was instantly met with rave reviews. At the time, it was a cozy 20-seat restaurant with an open kitchen and an eclectic menu of New American small plates. The popularity grew so quickly, that an expansion was inevitable. In 2013, Swallow completed a renovation that tripled its size. It was in 2012 that Chef Tchinnis opened Swallow East. The restaurant quickly earned a reputation as one of Montauk’s best. Many with whom I have spoken to highly recommended I come to Swallow East. It truly is one of the best spots to dine not only in Montauk but on the East End and for many reasons: family-friendly, fresh local cuisine, and an exceptionally dedicated waitstaff.

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The Great Food Truck Derby 2017

The 6th annual Food Truck Derby took place at the Hayground School in Bridgehampton on Friday, August 11th, presented by Edible East End. The event began at 3:30pm VIP ticket holders and at 4pm for General Admission and lasted until 7pm. This was my third time attending the Food Truck Derby and by far, this was the best year yet! Everyone involved did a phenomenal and thorough job putting together such a well-organized and well-attended event. The weather was perfect, the food and beverages were plentiful, and there was something for everyone.

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Spice Trail Snacks Giveaway

To celebrate one of my favorite new finds at this year’s Summer Fancy Food Show, I am hosting a giveaway with Spice Trail Snacks. THREE winners in the USA will win The Passport, a $40 value that includes a sampling of their incredible Bombay Crunch, Kingston Crunch and Marrakesh Crunch flavors, each in two sizes: 10oz for your pantry or desk, and 1.75oz. to throw in your handbag, gym bag or to grab while you’re out exploring the world. Their savory granola is a mixture of bold, authentic spices from around the world and is nothing like anything you have ever tried before. Each bag has a mix of four whole grains: oats, amaranth, millet, and ground flax.

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