This past Saturday, October 21st, my family and I celebrated Oktoberfest at Ram’s Head Inn in Shelter Island. At the event that went from 1-5pm, there was live music from Points East, a Pig Roast, pumpkin painting, lawn games, local brews & ciders, and classic German fare. The buffet table included Bratwurst, butternut squash, corn salad, and chocolate chip cookies for dessert. The buffet was served from 1-3:30pm.
A raffle benefitting AmeriCares hurricane relief efforts for Puerto Rico was also featured with prizes from DoubleTree by Hilton Times Square West, Isola Restaurant, Lieb Cellars, EFL Kids, Dering Harbor Co Aerial prints, and more. The drawing took place at the end of the event.
Isola, Shelter Island‘s newest restaurant, opened its doors over July 4th weekend. Located in the Historic Heights District nd within walking distance to the North Ferry, owner Brad Kitkowski has completely revamped the former home to Sweet Tomatoes with plenty of outdoor seating and a spacious rustic-meets-modern wine and cocktail bar.
Isola, or island in Italian, offers a menu of New Italian cuisine, strongly influenced by seasonal ingredients with an emphasis on showcasing the abundance of local delicacies such as clams, sea bass, and tomatoes. Isola works closely with several local farms and fisheries including Shelter Island’s Sylvester Manor, Sang Lee Farms, Koppert Cress, Southold Fish Market, and North Fork Smoked Fish Company. At the helm of the kitchen is Executive Chef Seth Nathan, who brings 17 years of cooking experience to the restaurant. He hails from Santa Barbara Wine Country in California where he was Executive Chef at Mad & Vin at The Landsby hotel, and the Santa Ynez Inn.
Red Maple is a must visit while on Shelter Island. Their menu is brand new this summer, with a new chef at the helm. Inside, you will savor a seasonally inspired New American menu with a minimalist, rustic interior and patio seating. My husband and I visit several times each season for lunch and dinner.
To start, my husband had the Blue Point Toasted Lager from Patchogue ($7) and I had the Shelter Island Sunset cocktail: Hanger 1 Makrut Lime vodka, honey basil lemonade, fresh basil ($12/virgin $7). My husband also tried the Summer Ale on draft by the Greenport Brewing Company. I loved my drink, I would order it again in a heartbeat: not too sweet, earthy with a touch of tang. Additional cocktail choices include their Red Maple Margarita, Ginger Cosmopolitan, and The D.B. Pimm’s Cup.
So chic and ever-evolving is The Chequit, one of my top three favorite spots on Shelter Island. Red Maple is one of my top choices to bring friends and family to dine. Each time we have visited, we have always been more than impressed with the service and quality of the dishes. Their coconut cake, for example, was chosen as one of the Ten Best Things I Ate in 2016.
New to Shelter Island’s stylish retreat this season includes an expanded offering of baked goods at their onsite grab-and-go outlet, White Hill Café; a freshly stocked Salt Supply retail shop; and delectable new menu offerings at Red Maple, the inn’s bar and restaurant.
Valentine’s Day is almost upon us. Whether you are celebrating with that special someone, close friends, family, or perhaps a long lost connection, I have curated a list of some of my favorite sweets to enjoy on Cupid’s Day and even all winter, from local sweet treat to a specialty food favorite.