I am honored to host a giveaway for my FAVORITE North Fork event: the 10th Annual North Fork Foodie Tour. This will be my second time at the event, and I am so excited to once again explore the generous bounty of the North Fork, stretching from Riverhead to East Marion. This self-guided, family friendly tour includes educational and edible activities, exclusive tours, goat milking, tastings, and more! About twenty vendors are scheduled to attend including Browder’s Birds and North Fork Roasting Company.
I cannot express enough how much I am enthralled with TerraNut. As a fitness trainer, I need to keep my energy level at its peak throughout most of the day while teaching at local boutique studios. Their P’Nut Punch is my favorite of their cold-pressed nut snacks; I keep these handy in my purse and always look forward to them post workout.
I was delighted to hear of their new products that were launched last month, including their Banana Punch individual morsels, and New Pop no skin popcorn that is non-GMO and gluten-free.
Hampton Coffee Company has been one of my go-to spots for freshly roasted coffee or a spot of tea and a scone for over a decade. I have also discovered the company at various events across the East End, including Love Bites, Super Saturday, this past summer’s 11th Annual Hamptons Happening, and The Great Food Truck Derby.
I recently visited their Watermill location on two occasions, one to cure my serious pumpkin craving for one of their pumpkin spice lattes and pumpkin muffins. The second time, I enjoyed a quiet lunch with my daughter while learning about their newest retail location in Aquebogue opening later this month.
Jams and jellies are a favorite gift to give (and receive) during the holiday season. Of course, it couldn’t get any better than hand crafted, small batch fruit preserves made from local East End ingredients. Melissa Sabbatino made the decision to start Peconic River Preserves in 2015, two years after she moved home from Boston.
While she did enjoy working as a public accountant in Boston, she chose to focus on her personal business venture that drew upon skills she learned and grew up with as a child. “My mom taught me how to make jam,” explains Sabbatino. “I grew up in a farming and fishing family, and was taught how to bake and cook at any early age. My dad grew up as a bayman, and we always had high quality local produce and seafood. Cooking was a family tradition.”
Dreesen’s® Famous Donuts are an East End breakfast staple year round. We are so lucky to have to have Dreesen’s® as part of our community, and that these old-fashioned favorites are available in various locations on the North and South Fork: Bagel Buoy in Sag Harbor, Scoop Du Jour in East Hampton, The Milk Pail in Watermill, Woodside Farms in Jamesport, Breeze Hill Farms in Peconic, and Woodside Orchard Store in Aquebogue, in addition to locations in Nassau County, New York City, Toronto, California, and Westchester County.
As a node to National Doughnut Day this past Friday, I headed over to Scoop Du Jour in East Hampton to pick up three donuts: two cinnamon sugar and one powdered sugared doughnut along with a cup of coffee from The Golden Pear Cafe across the way. These doughnuts have been sold at this location for as long as I can remember. I recall the times when I was in my preteens and teens walking past here and seeing the doughnuts being made on their “Donut Robot,” one after another on the conveyor line, flips into the bubbling oil. Even from outside, you could taste the aroma of the delicate, lightly sweet signature treat. When you walk in, the scent of nutmeg and fried dough drifts over your way and gives you a great big bear hug that you can’t resist.