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.
In anticipation for Dan’s Harvest East End on Saturday, August 22nd at McCall Vineyard and Ranch in Cutchogue, I would like to introduce you to Sal Diliberto, President of The Long Island Wine Council. Diliberto, who is still a practicing attorney in Queens, wanted to establish a small winery on the North Fork going back more than fifteen years ago. He is the owner of Diliberto Winery in Jamesport on Manor Lane. He began his journey into the winery business in 1998 and in 2001, Diliberto Winery earned its license to start producing and selling wine. He leads the wine council that comprises of forty to fifty members. Each member is a winery owner. There are affiliate membership opportunities available for individuals who own B&Bs, hotels, restaurants, etc.
Dan’s Harvest East End is a joint event between Dan’s Papers and the Long Island Wine Council, which this is their signature event every year. “[The event] is an opportunity for large groups of people to come and experience the wines (and food) of Long Island. There are so many people that do not even know there is a wine region on Long Island,” says Diliberto.
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.
Love is in the air on the east end! Make your reservations early for this coming Valentine’s Day on Saturday. Most if not all restaurants will be filled to capacity so don’t hesitate. It will be a surprise where my husband and I dine but I will be sure to give you a sneak peak! Hint, the restaurant will be child-friendly and a favorite of ours as we are bringing our daughter out with us! Stay tuned for that.
Below is a selection of restaurants in the Hamptons and the North Fork, that includes a selection from their Valentine’s Day menu, prices where applicable, and catering information.