Specialty Food Friday: The Fall 2017 Gift Guide

After the high season comes to a close and I begin to settle into my autumn routine, I find myself discovering tasty specialty food and beverages that have an elegant, eye-catching appeal. From New York maple syrup to sumptuous organic fruit spreads, below you will discover my curated list of five notable specialty food gifts for the autumn season.

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Ja-Vie Stylish Jelly Flats Review and A Giveaway

When I was a graduate student, commuting through and working in Manhattan, I unfortunately destroyed several pairs of flats while trudging through the city streets in all sorts of weather conditions, rain, sleet and snow. I could never predict the weather and always failed to wear my waterproof boots on the correct days. However, walking about the city in rubber boots and carrying a change of shoes was also quite difficult as I had my work and school materials with me at all times. Five years after I graduated and moved permanently to the East End, I was introduced to the most comfortable and stylish flats that are so ideal for travel, work, and leisure.

I discovered Ja-Vie’s stylish jelly flats at this year’s OCRFA Super Saturday, held in Watermill in July. Their booth was packed with customers and while I was visiting, I was able to find two styles that I loved. This was Ja-Vie’s second OCRFA Super Saturday. “We love the idea of helping the OCRFA and spreading the word about our shoes. We donated over 200 pairs!” says Ja-Vie Owner Kyra Kelly. “We will be back next year as well. It is an amazing event!”

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Duryea’s Lobster Deck in Montauk

Duryea’s Lobster Deck, set on Fort Pond Bay in Montauk and just a minute away from the train station, is a laid-back, family-friendly restaurant and market offering indoor and outdoor seating for lunch and dinner. What I love about Duryea’s is you could sit here for hours if you would like, taking in the breathtaking view and salty sea air. Service was above and beyond during this particular visit, water was provided consistently throughout our meal and we were checked on accordingly.

New this year is their exclusive private dining area and the oyster bar.  The new private dining area is located just above the main lobster deck and accommodates 30 people for a sit-down event or more for a cocktail event. Sweeping views of Fort Pond Bay paired with incredible sunsets makes this a perfect spot for a summer dinner party.  The new oyster bar at Duryea’s offers oysters, champagne and wine.  The oyster bar, located just adjacent to the fish market at Duryea’s, offers Montauk Pearl, Orient Point, Blue Point and Kumamoto oysters by the dozen. You may pair your oysters with a selection of rosés, whites and reds as well as a few select champagnes.

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The North Fork Table & Inn

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.

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Nocciolata Organic Dairy Free Hazelnut & Cocoa Spread Giveaway

I am hosting a giveaway with Nocciolata, the creator of my favorite cocoa-hazelnut spread: Dairy Free Nocciolata Hazelnut & Cocoa Spread. I discovered their new creation at this year’s Summer Fancy Food Show and have been hooked ever since. I invite my readers to enter, where one winner in the U.S. will receive one jar of their new USDA certified organic Dairy Free Nocciolata Spread.

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