What a year 2016 was! I had the pleasure of dining at the best restaurants in the Hamptons and North Fork as well as some notable restaurants in Manhattan, Connecticut and Washington D.C. It proved to be very tough to narrow it down to ten favorite dishes, but after careful consideration, I am thrilled to present the ten best things I ate this past year. I could only imagine what delectable plates 2017 will bring!
The Ram’s read Inn is a staple of the historic and peaceful Shelter Island. Founded in 1929, every aspect of the Inn takes you back into the pages of the roaring 20’s with its grand, rustic interior and decorum. Driving to the Inn takes you about ten minutes or so away from the town’s center, though every moment is worth it. I felt as if I was heading toward my own serene escape, that may be the island’s best kept secret. I could only hear the wildlife’s calls and chatter as I exited my vehicle.
This is true country living at its finest. Instantly, I noticed the row of Adirondack chairs, a private beachfront, play equipment for the youngest visitors, a tennis court, and sprawling acres of green grass with plenty of shade. This is the place most of us only dream of escaping to. There are very few, if any, spots on the East End that exists quite like this. I felt as if I transported back in time by at least fifty years. My family recently told me that they frequented The Ram’s Head Inn in the 1980’s and 1990’s as their hideaway far from the seasonal traffic.
Just in time for the summer revelry on the East End, one of my favorite restaurants on Shelter Island, Red Maple at The Chequit Inn, is now serving lunch on Saturdays and Brunch on Sundays. Red Maple’s lunch and brunch service showcases seasonally-inspired menus to be enjoyed inside the spacious, yet intimate dining room or on the charming patio al fresco. Red Maple’s home, The Chequit, is a stylish retreat that is open year round and within walking distance to many boutiques, historic sites, and the North Ferry.
Last Saturday was cool and calm. It was so lovely to see the cheerful pieces of furniture out on the front porch as well as the dining chairs outside. The Chequit is so stylish and full of life, and yet it is also a peaceful spot to escape the city and the hoards of crowds you find on the Hamptons’ main streets.
Escape the chills of winter and rejuvinate at Shelter Island’s dreamy modern inn, The Chequit. The inn is hosting a special Wellness Weekend led by one of America’s top yoga instructors, Heidi Kristoffer Friday, February 19 through Sunday, February 21, 2016. Upon arrival to The Chequit, you will instantly unwind into a relaxing retreat setting, replete with renovated plush rooms with luxury bedding and amenities, as well as a welcoming lobby and restaurant showcasing locally-sourced and seasonal plates.
Named one of Shape Magazine‘s “50 Hottest Female Trainers in America – 2014,” Kristoffer will guide visitors on a comprehensive journey for the mind, body and soul. As part of the all-inclusive weekend package, wellness aficionados will experience an array of activities and events. The schedule highlights are presented below.
After I experienced a true treat attending my second Summer Fancy Food Show, I dove deep into learning all about the specialty food industry. Did you know that specialty food, defined as unique and high-value foodstuff made in small quantities from high-quality ingredients, is a rapidly growing market and yields over 100 billion dollars annually? According to The State of the Specialty Food Industry 2015, the fastest growing categories include pasta, pasta sauces, nut butters, and ready-to-drink tea and coffee.
I am looking forward to attending the 2016 show in Manhattan to discover even more food brands and innovative approaches to culinary products. In the mean time, let’s jump back to 2015 to read about my ten favorite Specialty Food items.