Sugar kelp, one of the most widely cultivated seaweeds in the world, could be a viable Long Island crop. (Credit: Courtesy)
It’s a nutritious and sustainable crop taken from our local waters, but you’ve likely never tasted it.
It’s kelp, and this ingredient will be featured at a tasting dinner prepared by chef Noah Schwartz at noah’s on Friday, June 23. A portion of proceeds will benefit Cornell Cooperative Extension Marine Program. (more…)
A herd of Devon cattle explore a newly opened section of pastureland at Sylvester Manor. (Credit: Annette Hinkle)
Farming has been a way of life on the East End for more than three centuries. Although it was once common to see cows grazing in local fields, given sky-high land values and the amount of acreage required to raise them, it’s been decades since cattle have been a regular feature of the East End landscape.
But the cows have come home to Shelter Island. Since mid-May, 33 of them have been happily munching away in the pasturelands at Sylvester Manor Educational Farm. Another 10 or so are set to join them from upstate New York in the weeks ahead. (more…)
Keith and Ali Bavaro inside the tiki bar at the all new PORT Waterfront Bar and Grill. (Credit: Vera Chinese)
A pair of Shelter Island restaurateurs are bringing their brand of laid-back waterfront dining across the moat.
Keith and Ali Bavaro recently opened PORT Waterfront Bar and Grill on Greenport’s Third Street. It’s an offshoot of Shelter Island’s SALT, which they also own. There you will find steamed clams, lobster rolls and burgers which you can enjoy while overlooking the North Ferry and Greenport Harbor.
“It’s a come as you are, feel good kind of place with approachable food and a local, seafood-driven menu,” Mr. Bavaro said. (more…)
Matt Murphy at the Ram’s Head Inn. (Credit: Annette Hinkle)
The restaurant at the Ram’s Head Inn is up and running for the season, and manning the kitchen is a new executive chef, Matt Murphy, who owned Antares Café in Greenport from 2000 to 2010.
Murphy is a born chef. At the age of 14, he got his first restaurant job and by 19, he was running a restaurant in Syosset. But as a chef, Murphy notes he really cut his teeth, so to speak, while working at La Colombe d’Or in New York City. He also spent time learning technique in Europe where he cooked both in Paris and in Tuscany.
These days, he’s happy to settle into the pastoral environment at the Ram’s Head Inn where he knows he has access to the freshest ingredients available. In a recent interview, Murphy reflected on how both the business of food — and the customers who eat it — have changed over the decades he’s been in the business.
“I think people have an enormous amount of knowledge compared to previous times,” says Murphy. “With so many TV shows about food, unfortunately, people think they’re experts. But the good thing is, they get it.” (more…)
Chef Seth Nathan of the soon-to-open Isola restaurant on Shelter Island. (Credit: Courtesy photo)
Brad Kitkowski , owner of Isola, the new restaurant opening this season in the former Sweet Tomato’s space on Grand Avenue in Shelter Island Heights, has announced that Seth Nathan will be assuming the role of Executive Chef at the establishment, which will offer New Italian cuisine.
Chef Nathan brings 17 years of cooking experience to the position, having most recently held Executive Chef positions at Mad & Vin at The Landsby hotel, and the Santa Ynez Inn, both located in Santa Barbara Wine Country in California.
“We are very excited to have Seth carry out our culinary vision for Isola, sure to please year-round residents and Island visitors alike,” said Kitkowski. “We plan to offer seasonal dishes featuring the freshest ingredients the East End has to offer, giving guests a true taste of Shelter Island living.” (more…)