This past Sunday, my family and I attended the 10th annual North Fork Foodie Tour that spanned from Riverhead to East Marion. As my favorite event on the North Fork, it is a rare opportunity to explore the bounties of Long Island’s wine country and farm stands while exploring methods of sustainable agriculture. On the tour, we tasted and purchased local goodies and took behind-the-scenes tour and many notable establishments.
Out of the 20 locations on the self-guided tour, we were able to make seven tops as this year we started at 12:30pm. Yet through these stops, we had the opportunity to explore how certain products are made such as the coffee roasting process at North Fork Roasting Co. and how different cheeses are crafted at Catapano Dairy Farm.
Below you find a selection of photographs that highlight each stop that my family and I made while on the tour:
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.
The Village Cheese Shop is nestled on Love Lane just across the street from Lombardi’s Love Lane Market in Mattituck. This is the cheese shop to discover new favorite imported and domestic cheeses before heading off to the vineyards for a day of tastings. This was my first visit to the cheese shop, where I sat down with owner Michael E. Affatato, a Franco-American and wine expert born and raised in Brooklyn. He has owned the cheese shop since October of last year.
Inside the shop, you will find a wide array of cheeses for wine pairings, parties, and gifts. I was instantly greeted by the friendly and knowledgeable staff that I noticed really spent their time explaining the origins of the cheeses to customers, letting them trying samples of each cheese they were interested in. Once you have chosen your cheeses, you are welcome to relax in their seating area opposite the cheese counter.
If you have been a reader of East End Taste for at least six month, you will already know that I love to create and experiment with recipes I find on my favorite food blogs and in antiquarian cookbooks. Lately, I have been focusing my search on baked goods that do not contain a lot of added sugar. Otherwise, I have cut the sugar ingredients in half to a third. I still find that whether it is scones, muffins, or cookies, the baked items still taste just as delicious with just a tad of sweet.
This recipe below for Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Bread is a perfect example. Originally, the recipe called for a cup of sugar, and I adapted it to have no more than 1/3 cup of sugar with unsweetened apple sauce. This semi-sweet bread was such a huge hit with my friends and family, and it stayed moist for several days. I recommend store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place. Plus, you can adjust the sweetness with how much creamed honey you add. Browder’s golden creamed honey is a must for baking and is so versatile. Expect many more recipes to follow with their signature honey.
This past year, I had the incredible honor this year of discovering dozens of new culinary artisans, restaurants, farm stands, boutique bed and breakfasts, and so much more. I had the opportunity to sit down at over three dozen new restaurants that I had never before dined at, and partook in over two dozen benefits, galas, and functions, and a special cheers to the most thrilling summer in the Hamptons and North Fork.
East End Taste in 2015 was an immense success, and 2016 will be even better! I am looking forward to sharing new tastings from my gastronomic journey across the East End and beyond. From comfort classics to homemade creations, below are my top ten “Best Things I Ate in 2015.”