07/20/16 8:05am
Chef John Ross places  potatoes, carrots and onions in the oven to roast. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Chef John Ross places potatoes, carrots and onions in the oven to roast. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

North Fork culinary icon John Ross has been a professional chef since 1965. He was an early advocate of the farm to table movement at his Ross’ North Fork Restaurant in Southold, which he owned for 27 years. In fact, he didn’t have a freezer in his restaurant and ignored the trend toward convenience food. He baked his own bread from scratch and made all stuffed pastas in-house. (more…)

06/26/16 6:10am
Goats at Consider Barnwell Farm in Vermont. (Courtesy photo)

Goats at Consider Barnwell Farm in Vermont. (Courtesy photo)

“Cheese — milk’s leap to immortality,” wrote Clifton Fadmian, the late American author, editor and radio host. If Mr. Fadiman had been around in 2016, he most certainly would have declared the cheeses from Consider Bardwell Farm a leap and a bound towards immortality.  (more…)

05/14/16 6:00am
Shelter Island Library. (Credit: Shelter Island Reporter File Photo)

Shelter Island Library. (Credit: Shelter Island Reporter File Photo)

Shelter Island’s deep and rich history has become increasingly familiar to us through the ever-expanding efforts of the Historical Society, Sylvester Manor, Island historians and indeed many Islanders and visitors whose families trace their roots to its earliest years.

One such visitor, Stephen Barney, Jr., returns to the Island for a Friday Night Dialogue at the Shelter Island Public Library on May 20 to tell the story of his family, including his great-grandparents — William Barney and Abigail Seaman — who were employees of the Island’s Nicoll family in 1850. (more…)

04/20/16 6:05am
Prospector Transatlantic

Tery Glackin, the captain aboard Prospector, helped lead a 15-person crew across the Atlantic in the 2015 Transatlantic race. (Credit: Matt Landry courtesy photo)

To herald the coming sailing season, Islanders Lawrence Landry and Paul McDowell will come to Friday Night Dialogues at the Library on April 22 with tales of their adventurous, and first-time, Transatlantic Race, or what they called an “experience of a lifetime.”

Their story began in the spring of 2013 when they, and four other members of the Shelter Island Yacht Club — Jeff Hughes, Brendan Brownyard, Jeff Pribor and David Siwicki — signed up for the race, which is held every four years. (more…)