Located in the heart of North Fork’s countryside in Southold, The North Fork Table & Inn is one of the most prized restaurants on Long Island. This charming, countryside restaurant may be the best restaurant I have dined at in many years, or ever. To start, the service is friendly, genuine, and competent. We sat in the far dining room just as you enter to the left, a very quiet and peaceful room for a Sunday evening. Each server and staff member knows the restaurant inside and out and can help you execute your menu choices, make incisive wine and cocktail suggestions, and conform a dish or drink to your specificities. For example, as I am nearly nine months pregnant, the bartender was able to concoct a fruity, tart mocktail that paired beautifully with each course.
Executive Chef Stephan Bogardus has created a smart, contemporary American menu bursting with farm-to-table cuisine crafted from the heart and soul. When I first tasted his Satur Farms Chilled Zucchini Soup with Tomato Foam and Summer Herbs at this year’s Dan’s Taste of Two Forks, I knew that we would be in for a real treat while visiting The North Fork Table & Inn. A native of Cutchogue, Chef Bogardus graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in 2009. After graduation, he began his training under chef/proprietors Gerry Hayden and Claudia Fleming. In between working in Palm Beach and upstate New York, he returned to The North Fork Table & Inn in the fall of 2015 after Chef Hayden’s passing as the new Executive Chef.
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.
If you are looking for a fun, affordable, laid-back spot to eat lunch while taking a break from the usual burgers and fries, The North Fork Shack is your place to be. Located on Country Road 48 in Southold, this new eatery was open just a couple of months ago by owners, Sami Sabil and Ryan Flatley. The idea for The North Fork Shack was born out of their successful catering business, Creative Courses Catering. Their catering company does it all: luncheons, sunset weddings, cocktail parties, benefits for local charities, and more. The company was founded about eight years ago when they both started at the North Fork Table & Inn.
The Shack’s menu focuses on local seafood bites including clam chowder, ceviches, fish sandwiches, tacos, and tostadas. During my visit, I had the pleasure of trying several of their popular dishes, and sat down with Sabil to discuss the menu and what to expect from The North Fork Shack this summer. View Post
I sipped on a diverse range of beverages in 2015, many of which if you were to mention to me in 2014, I would be so surprised by. I love with my adventures in blogging, and freelance writing that I have had the opportunity to try so many innovative products.
I bet you will fall in love with many of these brands as I have. From cold-pressed cocktails, to a hot “dirty” chai, here are my ten “best things I drank in 2015.”