LI Pulse/ Dining and Nightlife

Author: Niko Krommydas

My roots and heritage are here,” says Keith Luce, proprietor and executive chef of Luce & Hawkins, regarding his multi-century ancestral lineage in Jamesport. “Being in the place where my family has been since the 1600s makes it that much more personal.”

Luce, whose credentials include a sous-chef position at the White House during the first Clinton administration, established Luce & Hawkins in 2010, following the closure of Tom Schaudel’s Jedediah’s. Within Jedediah Hawkins Inn, a restored, Italianate-style residence constructed in 1863, Luce offers “a serious food and beverage program built on local products, sustainability, quality and integrity.” (“We make our own salt from the three major bodies of water, and churn our own butter,” he adds.)

Though “this area is still not the easiest place to sell beers other than the standard Heineken and Bud,” according to Luce, recent pours include Greenport Harbor Brewing Company Black Duck Porter and Sixpoint Craft Ales Sehr Crisp Pilsner. “I worked in Chicago, California and Washington State—all areas that were far ahead of the rest of the country in the craft beer arena. It is great to see things happening here on Long Island.”

Food/Beer Matrimony: Crescent Duck Farm duck breast/soba noodles/farm egg with Sixpoint Craft Ales Gemini.

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