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…)
Ram’s Head Inn owner Linda Eklund in the newly renovated “Harbor Hall” (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)
Everything old is new again at the Ram’s Head Inn on Shelter Island.
In the midst of a $20,000 renovation to the bar, lounge and guest rooms, owners James and Linda Eklund are turning back the clock and restoring their historic inn to its original state.
“We decided to re-do the ceiling because it had never been opened up since the place was built in 1929,” Ms. Eklund said. “When we started to take each layer off, it exposed much more ceiling. You’d be amazed how just five or six more inches makes the ceiling seem so much higher.” (more…)
The Philadelphia Inquirer writer found some hospitality and a beer at The Ram’s Head Inn on Shelter Island (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)
The lunch counter at the Shelter Island Pharmacy, the scenic trails of Mashomack Preserve and the Shelter Island Presbyterian Church’s burial ground were all stops on a Philadelphia Inquirer travel writer’s tour of of the Rock, which was featured in a recent piece for the newspaper.
“Indeed, Shelter Island, at the eastern end of Long Island, is 15 minutes and 100 years from the Hamptons, that glitzy, glittery, fabled playground of the rich and famous,” writer William Ecenbarger states. “Even today, it might have posed for Norman Rockwell.” (more…)