The sunny season began in style thanks to The North Fork Animal Welfare League which hosted its First Annual Furry Fashion Show on Saturday May 18th in Cutchogue.
Held at the private estate of NFAWL Steering Committee member Jessica Lee, the event gathered residents and animal companions for an afternoon of mingling, dining, playing, and fundraising. Several local businesses—including fellow non-profit The Old Town Arts & Crafts Guild—donated items for a Chinese Auction to add to the proceeds benefitting the Riverhead and Southold animal shelters. A fifty-fifty raffle allowed guests to donate generously to the NFAWL as well.
Dining out on the East End is one of the most anticipated, and delicious, activities of the summer season. And for people avoiding animal products, it has never been easier to find a satisfying vegan bite to eat thanks to the variety of new options available. Here are five places on the North Fork where vegans and non-vegans alike can share in an unforgettable taste experience.
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: Continue reading →
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. Continue reading →
Set in the heart of North Fork’s wine country in Cutchogue is Sannino Vineyard Bed & Breakfast, owned and constructed by Lisa and Anthony Sannino. Since its opening in 2005, it has been rated as the top bed and breakfast on the North Fork. Noted as the “hidden secret for an unforgettable romantic stay” of the East End making it the perfect destination for an anniversary stay or weekend getaway.
Each of the two large suites offers guests a private entrance-way. The Tuscan Suite, which is on the second floor, has a large private deck with chairs, and a spectacular view of the vineyard, and is completely private. You may choose to spend your evenings sipping wine and reminiscing about your day. The suite is beautifully decorated in Tuscan style with heated tiles. The bathroom is just as beautifully decorated with a tile and stone walk-in shower with an overhead rain shower, side pulsating jets and a hand-held washer. Within the spacious bedroom there is a king size bed, seating area, coffee pot & espresso, Flat screen TV, wine refrigerator, A/C, and first floor accommodations. The details are so exquisite in each room and every amenity is high class that it can be compared to staying at a high class resort with the intimate comforts and sentimentalizes just like home.
This past weekend on Sunday, September 20th, my husband, daughter, and I participated in The 9th annual North Fork Foodie Tour presented by The North Fork Reform Synagogue. The tour was a self-guided, behind-the-scenes peak into local farms, vineyards, and food artisans. Out of the twenty participating businesses, we were able to visit eleven.
We started promptly at 10:15am and were touring until 2:30pm. Our daughter took a brief half hour nap in the cap between our fifth and six stop, otherwise she was running about the farms and became so pleased each time she saw the animals prancing by or in their pens. Below are photos from our tour arranged in order of where we stopped.
The last event of Dan’s Taste of Summer for the season was something very special. There is no other occasion quite like it as guests had the opportunity to sample wine from approximately 38 wineries across the North and South Fork. As you may already know, it is very difficult to visit even half of the wineries on the East End in one summer. This event alleviates the exhaustion of traveling to the different wineries and liquor stores across the Hamptons and North Fork and gives you the chance to sample and experience wine pairings of your choice.
The event, which lasted from 7:30-10pm (VIP access began at 6:30pm), was held at McCall Vineyard and Ranch in Cutchogue, hosted by Food Network’s Geoffrey Zakarian. The event is a gathering of winemakers and the vineyard owners, the chefs and the local purveyors, and the Long Island Wine Council where everyone toasted to the beauty and bounty of the East End.