North Fork Foodie Tour 2021 Tickets Giveaway

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.
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An Interview with Sal Diliberto, President of The Long Island Wine Council

In anticipation for Dan’s Harvest East End on Saturday, August 22nd at McCall Vineyard and Ranch in Cutchogue, I would like to introduce you to Sal Diliberto, President of The Long Island Wine Council. Diliberto, who is still a practicing attorney in Queens, wanted to establish a small winery on the North Fork going back more than fifteen years ago. He is the owner of Diliberto Winery in Jamesport on Manor Lane. He began his journey into the winery business in 1998 and in 2001, Diliberto Winery earned its license to start producing and selling wine. He leads the wine council that comprises of forty to fifty members. Each member is a winery owner. There are affiliate membership opportunities available for individuals who own B&Bs, hotels, restaurants, etc.

Dan’s Harvest East End is a joint event between Dan’s Papers and the Long Island Wine Council, which this is their signature event every year. “[The event] is an opportunity for large groups of people to come and experience the wines (and food) of Long Island. There are so many people that do not even know there is a wine region on Long Island,” says Diliberto.

According to Diliberto, many residents of Long Island have never visited the North Fork and or took tours of the wineries. “[Dan’s Harvest East End] gives people an opportunity to see what they have been missing, [and] people are surprised about what is being offered to them on Long Island,” adds Diliberto. “It is  an opportunity for the wineries to put their best foot forward. Visitors should get ready to sip incredible wine and delicious food.”

Sal Diliberto

It is very difficult to visit all of the wineries, even in one summer. During tours, visitors or local residents may go to three wineries in a day. “Come to one location, McCall Vineyards, and experience so many different wineries and the best wineries, you will not be disappointed,” adds Diliberto.

Harvest East End will celebrate the bounty of Long Island wine country. Guests will have the opportunity to savor premier pours and barrel tastings from over 35 East End winemakers paired with bites from top regional chefs and local purveyors. The event will be hosted by by Geoffrey Zakarian, lead judge on Chopped and co-host of Food Network’s The Kitchen. // //


Sweet Sunday: Dreesen’s Famous Donuts

Dreesen’s® Famous Donuts are an East End breakfast staple year round. We are so lucky to have to have Dreesen’s as part of our community, and that these old-fashioned favorites are available in various locations on the North and South Fork: Bagel Buoy in Sag Harbor, Scoop Du Jour in East Hampton, The Milk Pail in Watermill, Woodside Farms in Jamesport, Breeze Hill Farms in Peconic, and Woodside Orchard Store in Aquebogue, in addition to locations in Nassau County, New York City, Toronto, California, and Westchester County.

As a node to National Doughnut Day this past Friday, I headed over to Scoop Du Jour in East Hampton to pick up three donuts: two cinnamon sugar and one powdered sugared doughnut along with a cup of coffee from The Golden Pear Cafe across the way. These doughnuts have been sold at this location for as long as I can remember. I recall the times when I was in my preteens and teens walking past here and seeing the doughnuts being made on their “Donut Robot,” one after another on the conveyor line, flips into the bubbling oil. Even from outside, you could taste the aroma of the delicate, lightly sweet signature treat. When you walk in, the scent of nutmeg and fried dough drifts over your way and gives you a great big bear hug that you can’t resist.

Each doughnut costs 95 cents. The earlier you arrive, the warmer and fresher the donuts will be as they are made in one large batch first thing in the morning. In the cooler months, I love sitting inside looking at the nostalgic tin signs adorning the walls with a large cup of hot cocoa and during the summer months, I grab a bag and bring them to the beach or outside on one of the benches and relax the morning away with bites of soft, slightly moist golden goodness.

Dreesen’s® was originally founded by Rudy DeSanti Sr. Dreesen’s® also does catering and has their own Donuts Truck, perfect for weddings and any large event! For more information, please visit