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The Dan’s Taste Summer Series 2022 Lineup Is Here

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Plan accordingly for the Dan’s Taste Summer Series 2022 events

Summer is right around the corner and there is no better way to celebrate than toasting the Dan’s Taste Summer Series, presented by Yieldstreet, the Hamptons’ premier annual food and drink parties.

The series kicks off with the ever-popular Dan’s Chefs of the Hamptons in which Hamptons’ top chefs serve up delicious dishes to guests in a luxe setting at EHP Resort & Marina. Chefs include those leading the kitchens at EHP Resort & Marina, Gurney’s Resorts, Calissa, Ruschmeyers, Carissa’s Bakery, Old Stove Pub, Manna at Lobster Inn, Union Sushi & Steak, Newlight Breadworks and PopUpBagels. The event will be held from 7–10 p.m. on Thursday, June 9. This year the event will be a fun walk-around party with plenty of seating and views of the sun setting over East Hampton.

The second party in the series will be Dan’s Chefs of the North Fork, celebrating the bounty of the region’s fresh farm- and sea-to-table ingredients. Participating chefs and wineries include aMano, Latin Fuzion Restaurant, Chef Frank’s Market, Main Road Biscuit Co., McCall Wines, Rugged Jack’s, The Halyard at Sound View Greenport, The Chequit, Southold General, Claudio’s, Jamesport Vineyards, Borghese Vineyard & Winery, Ellen’s on Front, The Preston House & Hotel, RGNY, Pindar Vineyards, Insatiable Eats, Peconic Bay Vineyards and Raphael Wine. The event will be held from 6:30–10 p.m. on Saturday, June 25 at Atlantis Banquets and Events in Riverhead.

Next up will be Dan’s Rosé Soirée in which the world’s finest rosé wines will be available for tasting along with sampling of delicious bites from the East End’s top chefs and restaurants. That event will be held from 7–10 p.m. on Saturday, July 9 at The Muses in Southampton.

The Dan’s Taste Summer Series, presented by Yieldstreet, culminates in the newly revamped signature weekend featuring annual favorite Dan’s GrillHampton on Friday, August 5 and the inaugural Dan’s Bubbles on Saturday, August 6, both of which will be hosted at The Bridgehampton Museum in Bridgehampton.

In addition to Yieldstreet as a presenting sponsor, sponsors include Tito’s Vodka, BMW, Dime Community Bank, Angel’s Envy, Piccinini Bros., White Claw and LaCroix. The Dan’s Taste Summer Series, presented by Yieldstreet, is hosted by Schneps Events, a division of Dan’s Papers parent company Schneps Media.

Visit DansTaste.com for tickets and more information.

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2 Riverhead Breweries Celebrate One Year in Business

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übergeek in Riverhead (Courtesy übergeek)

By Bernadette Starzee

Two Riverhead breweries recently celebrated their one-year anniversaries, and after successfully dodging the pandemic’s many curveballs, Peconic County Brewing and übergeek Brewing Company are ready to let the good times roll.

Jeff Schaeffer launched Peconic County Brewing at 221 East Main St. in February 2021 with 10 beers on tap and a full kitchen. A former district sales manager for food distributor Sysco who grew up sleeping in the back of his family’s restaurant, Schaeffer didn’t set out to open his business during a pandemic.

“The plan was in place for years. I left my career, took out a loan, signed a 10-year lease, and construction was underway when the whole world fell apart — and we were looking at ‘14 days to flatten the curve,’” Schaeffer says.

Of course, those 14 days stretched on for months and now years.

“Every challenge you can think of when starting a new business was extrapolated out 10 times,” Schaeffer says. As 2020 went on, there were starts and stops and unexpected pandemic-related challenges with everything from getting windows and carpeting to dealing with inflated prices. But after all he had invested, quitting wasn’t an option, even if Schaeffer wanted to.

“By hook or by crook, we had to get to our opening day,” he says.

Jeff Schaeffer, owner of Peconic County Brewing
Jeff Schaeffer, owner of Peconic County Brewing

About six weeks after Peconic County’s kickoff, übergeek, a previously nomadic brewery, opened a tasting room and production facility in the former Moustache Brewing Company space at 400 Hallett Ave. Übergeek owner Rob Raffa previously worked for the owners of Moustache Brewing, and he had told them he would be interested in the property if they ever cared to sell.

“It turns out they wanted to switch up their business model, so it was serendipitous,” he says.

Less perfect was the fact that the opening fell in the midst of a pandemic that was continuing longer than anyone expected.

“The pandemic forced us to switch our business model around, which I appreciate now because it has made us stronger,” Raffa says. “Since the retail market wasn’t too strong, it forced us to focus more on wholesale and contract brewing — areas that have given us a lot of prowess and that we otherwise may have neglected.”

Now, the tasting room business is strengthening every day, “and we are in a better spot all around than we would have been if we hadn’t been forced to diversify,” Raffa notes.

Outdoor seating has helped both breweries weather the pandemic. Peconic County’s 2,000-square-foot deck, overlooking the Peconic River, seats 100 people comfortably with heat lamps as needed and sunset views. The brewery’s interior, too, is spacious, with 6,500 square feet of industrial-style space with concrete floors and high ceilings.

Übergeek currently seats about 40 people outside on one side of its building and is adding a seating area for about 30 to 40 more people on the other side in time for the warm weather, Raffa says. The brewery’s unconventional interior embraces local artists with murals, pop-ups, live music and a vending machine that sells swag and trinkets from local artists.

And then there’s the beer.

Rob Raffa, owner of übergeek Brewing Company
Rob Raffa, owner of übergeek Brewing CompanyCourtesy übergeek Brewing Company

Raffa says he and his team “work diligently to create thought-provoking beer by using experimental techniques and unorthodox ingredients, all through the lens of math and science.”

The brewery’s top seller is Rockets Don’t Fuel Themselves, which Raffa describes as “clean and crushable and perfect for warm weather.” Other popular brews include A Casualty of Circumstance, an “easy-drinking IPA,” and Space Age Times, Stone Age Minds, an 8.2% East Coast IPA with notes of pineapple, mango and citrus. A few wine, cider, cocktail and soft drink options are also available, and food trucks regularly visit the facility. Übergeek, which has 10 to 12 beers on tap at any given time, is launching an anniversary beer and is celebrating its milestone with a weekend of live music and other festivities April 1–3.

Peconic County continues to offer 10 beers on tap at any given time, with five mainstays and five that are rotated in and out.

“Dream Girl is our most popular year-round beer,” Schaeffer notes. “It’s an American-style IPA that’s easy to drink. Our Colonial amber lager is a crisp, clear everyday drinking beer that’s not overly malty or hoppy.”

Looking ahead to summer, “We’re really excited about our Cooper’s Summer Ale. It was a huge favorite last summer, and we’ll probably have it available in April,” Schaeffer says. “We also have a strawberry blonde ale coming, which will be new for summer. It’s so new that we haven’t even named it yet.”

The brewery’s full kitchen churns out gourmet grilled cheeses, burgers, wings, shrimp skewers and big pretzels, among other options.

To learn more about Peconic Brewing Company, visit peconiccountybrewing.com. And for more on übergeek Brewing Company, visit ubergeekbrewing.com.

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East Hampton Chef Ina Garten’s ‘Go-To Dinners’ Cookbook Up for Preorder

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“Go-To Dinners” author Ina Garten on “Be My Guest with Ina Garten” Season 1 (Food Network)

By Oliver Peterson

East Hampton’s Barefoot Contessa culinary queen and Food Network superstar Ina Garten has a new Go-To Dinners cookbook dropping Oct. 25. The hardcover, which is her 13th cookbook to date, will be available at all your favorite East End bookstores, and it’s up for preorder from online retailers. Garten also has signed copies, with autographed bookplate, available for $35 on her website, barefootcontessa.com/cookbooks.

According to an exclusive interview with People on Monday, Garten says she wrote Go-To Dinners (published by Clarkson Potter) at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic when she was home on lockdown, not going out for meals and exhausted from cooking all of her and husband Jeffrey’s meals, three times a day. “I found easier ways to make delicious dinners with make-ahead, prep-ahead, freeze-ahead recipes plus ‘two-fers’ — cooking one dish that becomes something totally different the next night,” she revealed to People.

In a nutshell, Garten told her 3.4 million Instagram followers on Monday, “Cooking during the pandemic got pretty crazy, even for me, so I devised all kinds of ways to get dinner on the table with the least amount of stress.”

In Go-To Dinners, Garten shares strategies for making her most satisfying and uncomplicated dinners. The publisher points out that many recipes, like Overnight Mac & Cheese, are designed to make ahead and throw in the oven right before dinner. Light dinners like Tuscan White Bean Soup can be prepped ahead and assembled at the last minute, and go-to family meals such as Chicken in a Pot with Orzo and Hasselback Kielbasa will feed a crowd with very little effort. These facts — and because not everyone has the time or inclination to put together elaborate meals from scratch after a long day at work or caring for the kids — could make this one of Garten’s most popular, and essential, cookbooks yet!

Other highlights include “breakfast for dinner” recipes for Scrambled Eggs Cacio e Pepe and Roasted Vegetables with Jammy Eggs that are easy to make yet fully satisfying. Garten’s “two-fers” guide readers on ways to turn leftovers from one dinner into something different and delicious the next night, and she even offers dinners that don’t need to be cooked. Go-To Dinners presents Garten’s favorite boards to serve with store-bought ingredients, like an Antipasto Board and Breakfast-for-Dinner Board that are actually fun to assemble and impressive when served.

Finally, because Garten loves a good dessert, she shares recipes for some easy, “prep-ahead” sweets such as Bourbon Chocolate Pecan Pie and Beatty’s Chocolate Cupcakes.

Along with the publication of Go-To Dinners on the horizon, Garten’s brand new series Be My Guest with Ina Garten, which was filmed in her East Hampton home, premieres with its first half-hour episode on Food Network this Saturday, March 26. The show also offers an extended, hour-long cut with more non-food related content and conversation (much of it Hamptons related) on Discovery+, and a companion podcast.

Julianna Margulies (ERThe Good Wife) will appear on this week’s show as Garten’s first guest in the series. Other guests scheduled to appear include Erin French (The Lost Kitchen on Magnolia Network), Willie Geist (of MSNBC’s Morning Joe), and Hollywood/Sagaponack director/producer power couple Rob Marshall and John DeLuca.

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Serving the Hamptons Reality Show Drops on Discovery Plus in April

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Kendall Jenner and Zach Erdem get the party going at 75 Main (Courtesy 818 Tequila)

By Oliver Peterson

Selling the Hamptons will have to move over when Discovery Plus premieres Serving the Hamptons, a delicious, new 75 Main-set restaurant reality series, this April, according to an exclusive Variety report.

According to the announcement, the docuseries follows the “young, sexy restaurant staff” at 75 Main and catches “all of the drama they dish up on and off the clock.” Spread across five hour-long episodes, the show is filmed at Zach Erdem‘s restaurant and at a the “gorgeous beach house” Erdem has provided for them to live, “provided they follow his rules and take care of his customers.”

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75 Main (Barbara Lassen)

It appears Erdem, who’s no stranger to the camera and who has welcomed media attention throughout his time at the helm of 75 Main, will be cast as the taskmaster who struggles to keep his staff in line and ensure his celebrity clientele get top-tier treatment. As Variety explains, “That’s easier said than done when your staff plays even harder than they work to take full advantage of all a summer in the Hamptons has to offer.”

Erdem is joined on the management side of things by Victoria Hilton, who is there to get the team to work on time, keep them from drinking on the job, and avoid fraternizing with fellow staff members. It will come as no surprise that “rules will be broken, personalities will clash, secrets will be revealed, a shocking love triangle will unfold and true romance may just get in the way.”

Zach Erdem at 75 Main (Barbara Lassen)

Page Six reports that a number of celebs visited the restaurant while the show filmed, including Kendall JennerIvana TrumpParis HiltonBrooke Shields, rapper Tekashi 6ix9ineAnthony Scaramucci, billionaire John Catsimatidis, and Patriots owner Robert Kraft. So it seems clear episodes were filmed over summer 2021, like on August 16 when Jenner and her boyfriend, Phoenix Suns shooting guard Devin Booker, stopped in to promote her 818 Tequila.

Tekashi 6ix9ine, who was found hiding out in Lido Beach on Long Island during the spring of 2020, and then likely moved to Water Mill, which makes sense since Page Six also reports that he gave a $2,000 tip for takeout this past Thanksgiving at Blu Mar — a Southampton Mediterranean restaurant that is also owned by Erdem.

Celebrities have flocked to 75 Main, long before it became home base for Serving the Hamptons. All the Kardashians and their ilk — including Scott DisickFrench MontanaJonathan Cheban and others — have spent time at the restaurant, even filming there in 2014 when the family stayed in North Sea and ran a Dash pop-up in Southampton for their spinoff series Kourtney and Khloé Take the Hamptons.

Kourtney and Khloe Kardashian at 75 Main in Southampton
Kourtney and Khloe Kardashian at 75 Main in Southampton, Photo: Brendan J. O’Reilly

And the list of famous 75 Main guests isn’t limited to reality stars. The hotspot has welcomed everyone from Real Housewives stars, such as Sonja Morgan, Jill Zarin and Ramona Singer (among others); to TV icons Sofia VergaraHeather Dubrow and Susan Lucci; athletes Amar’e StoudemireJason Kidd and Alex Rodriguez; newscasters Barbara Walters and Hoda KotbHoward Stern and Beth Ostrosky Stern; rocker Jon Bon Jovi; celebrity chef Bobby Flay and former wife Stephanie March; designer Calvin Klein; Oscar winners Jodie FosterJamie Foxx and Leonardo DiCaprioVictoria’s Secret models; politician Nancy Pelosi and many, many others. In 2011, then-Vice President Joe Biden even ate there.

All one needs to do is visit Erdem’s @zacherdem Instagram account to see he never misses a chance to grab a photo with his A-list diners, to the delight of his more than 72,000 followers.

It was only a matter of time before a show like Serving the Hamptons came knocking at 75 Main’s door. And everyone will want to watch.

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Gurney’s Montauk Shares Recipe for Bananas Foster French Toast

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The Bananas Foster French Toast at Gurney’s Montauk (Courtesy Gurney's Montauk)

By Harry Powers

This simple yet delicious recipe for Bananas Foster French Toast comes to us courtesy of Gurney’s Montauk chef Doug Forgione. You may recognize that last name as his uncle, Larry, has been dubbed the godfather of American cooking. Pressure much? Seems like Doug is doing just fine out of his uncle’s shadow. Try your hand at this fun recipe and decide for yourself!

Batter Ingredients:

6 Large eggs
1 ½ Cups whole milk
2 Tbsp dark rum
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
8 Slices of soft brioche bread, approximately 1 ½” thick

Directions: Combine all the ingredients except for the bread together using a whisk. Pour the batter into a 9×13” casserole dish. Place the bread in the batter and set aside.

Banana Fosters Syrup Ingredients:

4 Ripe bananas cut in half lengthwise
1 Cup dark brown sugar
½ Cup dark rum
3 Cups maple syrup
1 Cinnamon stick
4 Tbsp butter, unsalted

Directions: Brown 2 tbsp of butter in a medium sauté pan with the cinnamon stick and the halved bananas; the cinnamon stick will toast lightly in the pan while the butter browns and the bananas caramelize. Remove the bananas from the pan after caramelizing and set aside. Add the dark rum, dark brown sugar and maple syrup, combine with a whisk on low/medium heat until the sugar dissolves. Remove the cinnamon stick before serving, add the remaining 2 tbsp of butter and whisk if the sauce appears broken. Return the bananas to the sauce to keep warm.

Banana Brittle Ingredients:
8 Bananas, peeled
2 Cups agave syrup
3 Cups sweet shredded coconut flakes
3 Cups chopped almonds, toasted
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
Powdered cinnamon
Flaky sea salt

Directions: Puree the bananas and agave with the vanilla extract until smooth, fold the chopped almonds and coconut flakes together with the banana puree. Evenly spread the mixture onto a non-stick baking mat and season the top with powdered cinnamon and flaky sea salt. Dehydrate the banana brittle overnight at 110 degrees. When the brittle is dry, break it into bite-size pieces.

Assemble: Pre-heat a large sauté pan on medium heat and grease the pan with one tbsp of butter. Once the butter is melted, add two thick slices of the saturated brioche, toast the brioche until golden brown, flip and repeat for the second side, continue this process until all 8 slices are beautifully caramelized. Place 2 pieces of French toast on a plate, top with the banana fosters sauce, caramelized bananas and banana crumble and any other toppings you like.

This recipe comes to us courtesy of chef Doug Forgione and Gurney’s Montauk, gurneysresorts.com/montauk

Gurney's Montauk chef Doug Forgione
Gurney’s Montauk chef Doug Forgione (Courtesy Gurney’s Montauk)

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10 Romantic East End Restaurants to Visit This Valentine’s Day

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By David Taylor & Harry Powers

The smell of romance is wafting through the East End air ahead of Valentine’s Day, and a bouquet this intoxicating must mean that Hamptons and North Fork restaurants are hard at work preparing romantic dinner menus and heartwarming takeout options. Here are 10 charming East End Valentine’s date options that your special someone is sure to love.

Almond Restaurant in Bridgehampton is offering a romantic special menu in honor of Valentine’s Day. The four-course “Shades of Red” menu is $90 per person and will be the only menu available on Monday, February 14. Take your pick from delightful dishes such as foie gras torchon, ricotta raviolo, up-island duck breast, Turkish spices rack of pork, roast scallops, and finish your incredible meal with a blood orange and chocolate dessert. 1 Ocean Road, Bridgehampton. 631-537-5665, almondrestaurant.com

If your partner loves tacos as much as you do, head over to K Pasa for a special Valentine’s week menu. From February 14–20, enjoy appetizers such as hamachi crudo and duck carnitas empanadas, entrees including chocolate mole short rib and blackened salmon, and for dessert, warm your heart with the decadent red velvet tres leches cake. Prix fixe is $45 per person, and both takeout and dine-in are available. 2 Main Street, Sag Harbor. 631-800-8226, 1-800-taco.com

Open for their first Valentine’s Day at the new year-round Southampton location, Lobster Roll aka LUNCH is offering elevated dinner menu options like succulent scampi-style shrimp, filet of flounder and char-broiled black angus shell steak. If you’re keeping warm in Palm Beach or elsewhere and can’t make it to Southampton, try out the nationwide shipping offered on their hot and cold lobster roll kits, which include a pound of lobster meat, two jars of mayonnaise, special seasoning packet, butter, New England-style split-top rolls and a lemon, along with step-by-step instructions for making and assembling your lobster rolls at home. The lobster roll kits are $129, pre-shipping. 32 Montauk Highway, Southampton. 631-283-3464, lobsterroll.com

North Fork couples may want to look into date night at North Fork Table & Inn this Valentine’s Day. They’re offering a special dine-in menu, plus a takeaway dinner option for two. For $165 per person, folks dining in can indulge in locally-sourced dishes such as a two-mile salad with baby beet, goat cheese snow, mulled cabernet wine and pine nuts; a North Fork roulade with monkfish sausage, wakame and herb bouquet; a peppered filet mignon and butter-poached lobster served with potato expressions and winter truffle gravy; and a chocolate soufflé with candied orange, mascarpone and sherbet. The four-course Love on the Go takeaway dinner can be picked up February 11–14, complete with bleeding heart salad, surf and turf, sticky cake and chocolate-covered strawberries. 57225 Main Road, Southold. 631-765-0177, northforktableandinn.com

Calissa in Water Mill will celebrate Valentine’s Day with a special full-course menu for the holiday. The menu features a winter hummus and grilled langoustine for appetizers. Main course specials include pappardelle with lamb ragu and black truffle, in addition to sea scallops with Maine lobster and Greek fava. Chef Bob Abrams’ carrot cake with cream cheese frosting will be a sweet way to end a delicious meal with your sweetheart. 1020 Montauk Highway, Water Mill. 631-500-9292, calissahamptons.com

When scouting the Town of Southampton for the ideal Valentine’s date spot, expand your view beyond the Southampton Village, because Tuckahoe is hiding a real gem in Manna at Lobster Inn. The waterfront restaurant’s special sweetheart menu, served February 12–14, offers three divine courses and a glass of Altaneve prosecco for $60 per person. The menu features options such as crab fritters, halloumi shawarma, filet mignon medallions, wild mushroom risotto, chocolate covered strawberries and chocolate budino. 5 Inlet Road, Tuckahoe. 631-728-5555, mannarestaurant.com

Wainscott’s Highway Restaurant & Bar is offering Asian specials for date night from February 10–13, as well as a $180 takeout package for anyone looking for a romantic night in. The package serves two with dishes including crispy duck, chicken and cabbage dumplings, papaya and crab salad, spicy tuna tartare, peanut noodles, Thai chicken stir fry and bok choy. 290 Montauk Highway, Wainscott. 631-527-5372, highwaydinerandbar.com

The Preston House & Hotel in Riverhead has a prix fixe worth falling in love with this Valentine’s Day. For $98 per person, plus $30 with wine pairing, couples can relish dishes lovingly prepared by Chef Drew Hiatt such as Marzipan foie gras torchon with riesling jelly, dried fruit and nuts; champagne chicken potato puree with pignoli nuts, baby tomatoes, peppadew peppers and basil; steelhead trout with caviar, braised celeriac and citrus curry nage; and white chocolate pavlova blood orange sorbet and citrus segments. 428 East Main Street, Riverhead. 631-775-1500, theprestonhouseandhotel.com

Nick & Toni’s in East Hampton is dishing out a Valentine’s prix fixe menu on Monday, February 14 with three courses for $100 per person. Diners can enjoy lobster bisque, grilled Montauk pearl oysters, local fluke crudo, seared jumbo prawns, oven-roasted domestic lamb chops, grilled big eye tuna, NY wagyu strip steak, pistachio budino and rainbow cookie torta. 136 North Main Street, East Hampton. 631-324-3550, nickandtonis.com

Chef Nicholas Vogel of The Restaurant at Baron’s Cove in Sag Harbor has a special Valentine’s menu created using ingredients sourced across the East End. The three-course menu ($85 per person) features dishes such as seared foie gras with pistachio crumble, pomelo gastrique, brioche toast points; smoked spinach and ricotta ravioli with toasted hazelnuts, carrot puree, fried sage; peppercorn crusted 10 oz NY strip steak with garlic and herb confit, shiitake mushrooms and béarnaise sauce; seared local tuna with charred edamame and spicy radish slaw, ginger aioli and more. The menu is available February 11–14. 31 West Water Street, Sag Harbor. 631-725-2101, baronscove.com

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Downtown Mattituck’s Love Lane Offers Local Eats, Sweets, and More

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Welcome to Love Lane! (Courtesy Jen Lew)

By Mary McGlone

As the Main Road curves east in Mattituck, Love Lane sits discreetly on the left, replete with all the heart desires. This short block on the North Fork is a slice of historic Mattituck, lined with small shops inviting customers inside. It is a step back in time, “a little slice of hometown America you don’t really see anymore,” according to Michael Affatato, owner of The Village Cheese Shop.

The heart of downtown Mattituck is beloved by both locals and visitors, Love Lane is actually three blocks long, winding north and ending at the shore of Mattituck Inlet. But its real center is the one-block stretch from the Main Road to Pike Street. On this one block are over a dozen small businesses, many woman-owned, offering everything from cheese platters to local wine, flowers to jewelry.

“Small businesses love what they do and are a big part of the local community,” says Lauren Lombardi of Lombardi’s Love Lane Market, who calls Love Lane “a quaint little street with so much love.”

The street was originally named Railroad Avenue when the Long Island Rail Road arrived in Mattituck in 1844. The train station is a short walk down Pike Street. The path winding from the train station to the Mattituck Inlet, frequented by lovers seeking privacy and a scenic view, came to be known as Love Lane, and later the name extended to the whole street.

While Love Lane has come a long way — old-timers remember a laundromat and several dusty storefronts — it retains its down-home character. The block is anchored by the post office and corner hardware store, its scuffed wooden floor a testament to its history. Locals have come to this block for generations, and it is still the heart of the roughly 9-acre hamlet. Its charm — and the appeal of being able to find good local food and products close to home — draws in residents of neighboring Laurel, New Suffolk and Cutchogue.

“Love Lane has become a destination for a lot of people who head to the North Fork, but it’s a staple for the local residents, as well,” says Chelsea Chalone, co-owner of Love Lane Sweet Shoppe.

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Love Lane in Mattituck (Nicholas Chowske)

While the street is a destination in all seasons, there is no more perfect time to visit Love Lane than Valentine’s Day. Here, then, a guide to its offerings:

A ROSE BY ANY OTHER NAME

For flowers with a personal touch, Mattituck Florist offers handmade floral design. Owner and floral designer Danielle LaScala says, “Everything we do is made exactly for you and only you. We’re an independent shop, and we love working with customers.” The shop has been on Love Lane for 12 years, after relocating from the Main Road. In addition to flowers, the shop offers balloons, pottery, statuary and plants. LaScala encourages customers to order early for the best selection. Order online, by phone, or in person. 95 Love Lane, 631-298-5840, mattituckflorist.com

SWEETS FOR THE SWEETY

Chocolate lovers will delight in the selection at Love Lane Sweet Shoppe, owned by sisters Chelsea Chalone and Ashley Rutkowski. The business has been on Love Lane for 32 years. For Valentine’s Day, choose from heart-shaped gummies, jelly beans and Godiva chocolate, or fill a box with a selection of individual chocolates. They also carry greeting cards, balloons, stuffed animals and Valentine’s-themed gifts. Curbside orders and shipping available. 125 Love Lane, 631-298-2276, [email protected]

A TISKET, A TASKET, A GREEN & YELLOW BASKET

For a personal gift, the staff at The Village Cheese Shop will help customers create their own basket with selections of cut cheeses and meats, dried fruit, caviar, sparkling wine and crème fraiche — or choose their pre-made Valentine’s Day platter or basket. The small shop, in its 21st year, has a European flair and offers customers personal attention. According to owner Michael Affatato, “Love Lane is the hub of the foodie movement out here on the North Fork. The history of farming and agriculture dates back to the Civil War.” The shop offers curbside pickup and island-wide delivery. 105 Love Lane, 631-298-8556, thevillagecheeseshop.com

NO LOVE SINCERER THAN THE LOVE OF FOOD

For a romantic, no-fuss dinner, Lombardi’s Love Lane Market offers a Valentine’s Day gourmet dinner to heat and serve at home. Or stop in for a heart-shaped box of cheeses or charcuterie to-go. Owner Lauren Lombardi sources locally whenever possible, taking pride in imported Italian specialties, locally made artisanal items and homemade sausage. The market itself is a visual delight of beautiful, locally sourced food products. Curbside pickup, delivery available. 170 Love Lane, 631-298-9500, lombardislovelanemarket.com

Early risers can find extensive breakfast options at Ammirati’s. Their lunch menu includes many seafood options, including lobster roll, crab cake sandwich and shrimp po’ boy, for that North Fork feeling. 135 Love Lane, 631-298-7812, ammiratisoflovelane.com

Love Lane Kitchen is a popular option for good, local food, with outdoor dining in season. 240 Love Lane, 631-298-8989, lovelanekitchen.com

IN VINO, VERITAS

For a bottle or wine by the glass, visit Roanoke Vineyards Wine Bar. As a throwback to Prohibition days, they even have a walk-up wine window. 165 Love Lane, 631-298-7677, roanokevineyards.net

Love Lane, Mattituck.
Love Lane, Mattituck (Jarno Huttunen)

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Mint boutique offers jewelry and accessories. Online and in-store orders can be shipped. 260 Love Lane, 631-298-8009, shopmint.com

For a less traditional gift, let the friendly staff at Orlowski’s True Value Hardware help you complete a home project or design and paint a heart-shaped lawn sign to thank essential workers. 320 Love Lane, 298-8420

Then, buy a heart stamp at the post office and mail your Valentine’s Day card with a Mattituck postmark. And don’t forget to take a photograph of your sweetie under the Love Lane street sign.

The isolation of the pandemic has reminded many of the value of community and supporting small businesses. Love Lane shows that the journey is more important than the destination.

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Montauk Brewing to Debut Montauk Brew Barn Series, Deep Vibes IPA

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Montauk Brewing will release Deep Vibes IPA as the first beer in their newly named Montauk Brew Barn series of LTO creations (Courtesy Montauk Brewing Co.)

By Oliver Peterson

Montauk Brewing Company announced Wednesday that it is transitioning the name for their LTO (limited time offer) release program from the Ocean Series to the Montauk Brew Barn Series starting next month.

These super rare and innovative brews will continue to drive the combination of creativity, art and science in small batches under the new name.

The first release, in late February, will be a Deep Vibes Imperial IPA checking in at 9% ABV featuring Idaho 7 and Mosaic hop varieties, creating what Montauk Brewing Co. owner Vaughan Cutillo describes as “complex and rich flavors with bold hop character.”

This brew’s new can design boasts the same sea-themed style of eye-catching and collectible graphics seen in previous releases — such as the recent Pawesome and On The Horizon double IPAs or The Big Bird IPA, among others — with a focus on ingredients and tasting notes.

Deep Vibes Imperial IPA will be canning fresh on February 27, and the newly dubbed Montauk Brew Barn Series will continue with monthly, limited quantity releases that allow their brewers to “flex their creative talents,” Montauk Brewing Co. explains.

To purchase Deep Vibes Imperial IPA, drop in on the Montauk Brewing Co. tasting room at 62 South Erie Avenue in Montauk, or visit montaukbrewingco.com to check their list of select retailers throughout Long Island, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx, Staten Island, Westchester, Rockland and Putnam counties.

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Lobster Roll aka LUNCH Shares Recipe for Paul’s Famous Seafood Chili

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Paul's Famous Seafood Chili from the Lobster Roll aka LUNCH in Napeague and Southampton (Courtesy Lobster Roll aka LUNCH)

By Harry Powers

We know chef Paul DeAngelis of Lobster Roll aka LUNCH makes a mean lobster roll, but can the man also make a savory seafood chili? Check out his recipe and thank him later!

Ingredients:

4 tbsp of olive oil
3⁄4 cup of diced Vidalia onions
3 large minced garlic cloves
1⁄2 cup of diced celery
1⁄2 cup of red wine
2 cups of diced tomatoes
1⁄2 cup of seafood stock
1 cup of red kidney beans
1 cup of cannellini beans
1 tsp each of chili powder, cumin and oregano
1⁄2 lb lobster cut into large pieces (claw and knuckle works best)
3⁄4 lb of small shrimp (if using large shrimp, dice into smaller pieces)
1⁄2 lb of sea scallops, cut into quarts

Directions:

1. In a large pot, add oil over medium heat.
2. Add the onions, garlic and celery, then cook while stirring for 5 minutes.
3. Add the red wine and simmer for 5 minutes.
4. Add the tomatoes and cook for 5 minutes while stirring.
5. Add the seafood stock and cook for 5 minutes.
6. Add the red beans and cannellini beans and stir gently.
7. Add the spices and stir gently.
8. Add the lobster, shrimp and sea scallops and stir gently.
9. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes.

Enjoy!

~This recipe comes to us courtesy of Lobster Roll aka LUNCH, lobsterroll.com.

Paul DeAngelis (Courtesy Lobster Roll aka LUNCH)

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A La Mode Shoppe Brings Allergy-free Ice Cream to Hamptons

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A La Mode Shoppe cofounders Sandy and Marc Roth (Courtesy A La Mode Shoppe)

Popular New York City artisanal ice cream seller A La Mode Shoppe, which is getting set to open a new location at 35 Newtown Lane between Main Street and Park Place in the Village of East Hampton this spring, comes to town with a fascinating story behind the successful business. The Hamptons shop will mark the company’s first brick-and-mortar expansion since A La Mode Shoppe found meteoric success through its original Manhattan flagship and their commitment to “allergy-free ice cream” in NYC’s Midtown East neighborhood seven years ago.

The new store will operate out of 910 square feet of retail space in the former location of Scoop Du Jour, which closed in 2020. This second location is expected to be ready as early as April, just in time for summer in the Hamptons.

A La Mode Shoppe facade plans
A La Mode Shoppe facade plans (Courtesy A La Mode Shoppe)

A La Mode Shoppe specializes in handcrafted, small-batch premium ice cream prepared in a facility where there is no chance of products coming in contact with nuts, eggs or sesame seeds. While keeping allergy restrictions at the forefront, the ice cream maker says it “does not compromise on taste and comes in a variety of fun flavors,” along with gluten-free and dairy-free options.

Cofounders Marc and Sandy Roth could not have predicted how hot their small ice cream brand would get when they decided to step away from their previous careers and open A La Mode Shoppe right across from their home on Sutton Place in NYC. “She had this idea of opening up an ice cream shop,” Roth says, recalling how his wife Sandy first suggested creating what would eventually become the official ice cream of LEGOLAND New York, Madison Square Garden, Nassau Coliseum and numerous other stadiums, schools, universities, camps and organizations. “It was a completely new world for me,” he continues, pointing out that his background was in the restaurant business while Sandy worked in children’s clothes.

Inside A La Mode Shoppe NYC
Inside A La Mode Shoppe NYC (Courtesy A La Mode Shoppe)

“At A La Mode, we pride ourselves on being all-inclusive and mindful of the growing number of people who have allergies today,” Sandy says, describing what sets A La Mode Shoppe apart and what made them a viral sensation just one month after they opened. “Our goal is to provide children and adults with the delicious, joyful and safe experience of sharing ice cream together.”

As her husband explains it, a father of a child with a nut allergy shared a photo of their sign (and its allergen-free promise) online, and suddenly A La Mode Shoppe was packed with parents and their kids with allergies who were getting to taste ice cream for the very first time without fear of terrible consequences.

It turns out A La Mode Shoppe — “the 100% no-nuts ice cream” — was the first ice cream company of its kind, and there was a huge market for what they were selling. “A year after we were open, we had no choice but to build from the ground up a manufacturing facility,” Roth says of their Bronx factory where nuts and other ingredients with allergens have never entered the premises, and never will. This unique angle helped get their ice cream into 2,000 retail stores nationwide and set the stage for a well-considered expansion plan that begins right here in East Hampton and will continue with franchise opportunities.

A La Mode Shoppe ice cream
A La Mode Shoppe ice cream (Courtesy A La Mode Shoppe)

“The allergy community has been amazing and helped us get where we are,” Roth says. Of course, it didn’t hurt that they created a delicious, high-quality product that has never tasted like a poor substitute. “It’s super premium ice cream,” he says, noting that the shop’s standard offerings are 16% butterfat and every single flavor is allergen-free.

In East Hampton, A La Mode Shoppe will consistently offer at least 20 flavors, eight of which will always be dairy-free, as well as soft serve and, if all goes according to plan, premium local coffee.

“This is a perfect location for our first venture outside of New York City,” Sandy Roth says of East Hampton. And, like the NYC store, she’s including an infant and children’s apparel boutique, which will carry clothing, toys and unique gifts.

Marc Roth says they will also hold events and parties for kids and families, and they’ll have an ice cream truck, ice cream carts and catering available for off-site gatherings. New to the Hamptons, the couple have rented a home locally for the year and they’re making an effort to become part of the community as the business grows.

Learn more about A La Mode Shoppe at alamodeshoppe.com.

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