07/23/17 9:31am
Andrew Porzio started growing food in his backyard when he was a kid. He’s scaled up a bit.

CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Andrew Porzio started growing food in his backyard when he was a kid. He’s scaled up a bit.

When Andrew Porzio came to Sylvester Manor Educational Farm in the spring of 2016 as a farm apprentice, he’d already been growing food for a decade.

At 13, he walked into the backyard of his family’s home near Buffalo, picked a spot and started fencing it in with sticks. He was undeterred when his dad said his garden site was, “a little shady.” (more…)

07/05/17 11:53am

Sarah Phillips partner/operator visits K.K’s Farm in Southold where she purchases and harvests lettuce and other produce for the weekend menu. (Credit: Randee Daddona)

At the intersection of First and South streets in the Village of Greenport, there’s a lovely old house; all windows and garden, with a homey vibe that begs you to “find your way” in.

It’s First and South, the five-year-old bar and eatery that has become a center for the collaborative, community-based style of hospitality championed by partner and manager Sarah Phillips. READ

03/30/17 6:00am
Mashomack Preserve on a spring day. (Credit: James Colligan, courtesy)

Mashomack Preserve on a spring day. (Credit: James Colligan, courtesy)

There was a time when the phrase “get lost” was an insult. These days, it’s therapy.

When the world becomes too much for you, Shelter Island — the pearl in the prongs of the North and South forks — has thousands of acres of wooded trails, quiet country roads, and deserted beaches where you can treat your short fuse with a long walk. (more…)

02/25/17 11:26am
Donnamarie Barnes at Sylvester Manor. (Credit: Charity Robey)

Donnamarie Barnes at Sylvester Manor. (Credit: Charity Robey)

Donnamarie Barnes unlocked the door of the 18th century house at Sylvester Manor Educational Farm and moved through rooms full of sheeted furniture, aged wallpaper and neat piles of very old books. She addressed the place as if she were visiting an old friend who has been shut-in.  (more…)

02/10/17 3:41pm
PORT Waterfront

Ali and Keith Bavaro at PORT Waterfront Bar and Grill in Greenport, their next colloboration. (Credit: Charity Robey_

Long before Ali and Keith Bavaro married in October 2015, they had started two successful businesses, weathered a hurricane and bought a house.

“We definitely have made a commitment to happiness,” Ali said. “If something doesn’t make us happy, we are not going to do it.”

They first set eyes on each other in the fall of 2009 at Sweet Tomato’s. Ali was having lunch with her father. As the waiter approached, she remembered thinking, “I want to be friends with that guy.” (more…)