NORTH FORK WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER-GELMINA AND ED’S JEDEDIAH HAWKINS INN WEDDING-9/6/14
Gelmina and Ed met each other while working and just hit it off! They have a sweetness between them that you enjoy watching. Gelmina brings out something special in Ed. She has a spunkiness about her that just brings a smile to your face. They chose the beautifully restored historic JEDEDIAH HAWKINS INN in Jamesport, NY to have their September 6th Wedding which included their closest family and friends. The rainy weather that was headed our way held off for their outdoor ceremony and the evening ended up running just perfectly. They had gorgeous hydrangea bouquets designed by one of the great Florists out here on the North Fork, MATTITUCK FLORIST in Mattituck. It was truly a wonderful day to be a part of! I also was lucky to have my good friend JULIE LOWRY here from Alabama to photograph their day with me. A special thank you to her for making the trek up here to help me. Here are some of my favorites to share:
NORTH FORK WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER-GELMINA AND ED’S JEDEDIAH HAWKINS INN WEDDING-9/6/14
Dining out doesn’t have to mean inflating your daily calorie intake to accomodate a four-course meal.
From quinoa salad to fresh grilled swordfish, North Fork restaurants offer plenty of lighter options for health-conscious diners that don’t skimp on flavor.
Order these tasty yet low carb and high protein dishes on your next visit to one of these restaurants or make them at home.
Jedediah Hawkins Inn
Swordfish a la plancha
Courtesy of Craig Attwood, executive chef
What you’ll need:
5 ounces swordfish steak
1 cup summer ratatouille
1 teaspoon minced garlic
2 tablespoons olive tapenade
5 whole heirloom cherry tomatoes, peeled
1 ounce green herb oil
basil, chiffonade and minced chives to taste
1 teaspoon Herbes de Provence
salt and pepper to taste
Season the swordfish on both sides with salt, pepper and Herbs de Provence and sear on both sides until the fish is at a medium-rare temperature. In a sauté pan, roast garlic and add cherry tomatoes. Quickly add the ratatouille and cook over medium heat. Sprinkle basil, chives, salt and pepper to taste and toss.
Plating instructions: With the tapenade, make a circle around the plate. Place a cup of the finished ratatouille in the center of the plate (reserve 2-3 tomatoes from the ratatouille). Cut the portion of swordfish in half and place on top of the ratatouille. Place the tomatoes on top and around the portion of swordfish. Finish drizzling green herb oil around the plate’s borders.
“The ratatouile is all from local farms. The swordfish is coming from boats off Montauk,” chef Attwood said. “You’ll taste something that’s a little bit different. This is a clean dish.”
Michelle Doucette, Contributor
So you’ve checked Sonoma off your list, explored Napa’s Silverado Trail, and wandered the Willamette Valley too? Don’t fret that you’ve exhausted your wine-country options from Atlantic to Pacific—you’re simply primed for an under-the-radar getaway catering to vino aficionados. These five vineyard-dotted destinations deliver delicious varietals amid stunning vistas and gourmet meals. Spanning the country from California to Virginia, they may even be right under your (expert) nose.
Paso Robles, California
What to do: Located on the Golden State’s Central Coast about 30 miles north of San Luis Obispo, this SLO County gem boasts more than 200 area wineries, many growing Paso’s famed zinfandel grape. A trip down Adelaida Road and Vineyard Drive will bring you to many of the must-see tasting rooms. Stop by Tablas Creek Vineyard for Rhône-style blends; DAOU Vineyards to sip the superb Estate Mayote red blend atop DAOU Mountain at 2,200 feet; and Whalebone Vineyard’s tasting barn for a sample of Bob Wine, a Bordeaux-style blend based on cabernet sauvignon. As evidenced by Bob, Paso Robles prides itself on its laid-back approach to winemaking and imbibing, and you’ll find this friendly attitude characterizes the town square around City Park as well. There, enjoy a locally sourced meal at casual-chic eateries such as Artisan and Thomas Hill Organics Bistro & Wine Bar (both great places to discover more local bottles).
Where to stay: Hotel Cheval’s 16 guest rooms put you within walking distance of downtown’s attractions, and within a stone’s throw of area wineries, with a luxury SUV standing by for sommelier-curated tasting excursions. As the luxury hotel’s name suggests, it takes its design cues from France and follows a subtle equestrian theme; the Pony Club, its Parisian-inspired wine bar, serves local wines at a horseshoe-shaped bar and on a heated outdoor patio.
What to do: Middleburg, tucked into the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Northern Virginia, is famous for both horses and wine, but if it’s the latter you’re after, begin at The Boxwood Winery. The state-of-the-art red-wine producer helped establish the Middleburg AVA in 2012 and offers tastings in a modern fieldstone complex designed by Jacobsen Architecture, the D.C. firm behind such prominent works as an addition to the United States Capitol. Another of the area’s 30-plus wineries to try is Greenhill Winery & Vineyards, an expansive estate where you can enjoy wine and charcuterie on the tasting room terrace. Downtown, unique boutiques and restaurants beckon. Duck into Market Salamander or Home Farm Store for an on-the-go sandwich showcasing local ingredients.
Where to stay: A boutique, epicurean experience awaits at Goodstone Inn & Restaurant, which offers 18 rooms and a Virginia-farm-to-table eatery on its 265-acre estate. Book the property’s wine tour package for a customized itinerary based on your palate, a gourmet picnic, a $50 credit at The Restaurant at Goodstone, a country breakfast and more. Slightly closer to downtown, the year-old Salamander Resort & Spa houses 168 luxe rooms and suites on its 340 acres. The resort’s Gold Cup Wine Bar hosts a different area winemaker each month for weekly tastings and pairing dinners.
What to do: More than 100 wineries and tasting rooms populate this part of the Sammamish River Valley just 30 minutes from downtown Seattle. Between widely distributed favorites, such as Chateau Ste. Michelle, and more boutique vineyards, Woodinville’s producers package about three million cases each year. Two of the area’s originals—Chateau Ste. Michelle and Columbia Winery—operate tasting rooms seven days a week, plus offer a slew of special events and concerts onsite. Foodies flock to Woodinville for some of Washington’s freshest fare; ingredient-driven restaurants including Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star The Herbfarm, Barking Frog, and Purple Café and Wine Bar serve Pacific Northwest dishes complemented by largely local wine lists.
Where to stay: Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Hotel 1000 in Seattle provides the perfect base for a city and country escape that includes Woodinville. There’s no need to DIY your excursion: The contemporary hotel’s Woodinville Wine Escape package includes accommodations in a water-view room, dinner for two in BOKA Restaurant + Bar, two tickets for a Woodinville wine tour with Evergreen Escapes and more. Your half-day tasting will stop at three or more of the area’s acclaimed boutique wineries as you’re chauffeured in a biodiesel Mercedes van.
Jamesport, New York
What to do: A notable stop on Long Island’s North Fork wine trail, Jamesport lies less than two hours, and worlds away, from both New York City and The Hamptons. Since Jamesport Vineyards was established in 1981, the North Fork has seen an entire wine industry spring up among the region’s beaches and farms. The area’s agricultural roots are felt in tasting rooms across town: Jamesport Vineyards pours estate-grown tastings in a 150-year-old barn, with an oyster bar and live music on weekends. Sherwood House Vineyards’ Jamesport tasting house serves its French-style reds and whites—and Long Island’s first artisanal brandy—in an 1860s farmhouse, and Clovis Point’s renovated potato-barn tasting room offers the winery’s merlot, chardonnay and cabernet franc. Diliberto Winery, meanwhile, delivers a taste of Italy with its Tuscany-inspired tasting room and covered patio.
Where to stay: Accommodations don’t get much more private than Jamesport’s Jedediah Hawkins Inn, a restored 1860s mansion with five guest rooms and one luxurious suite complete with private cupola. After a day of wine tasting around town, head to the hotel’s restaurant, solarium and flagstone speakeasy for a glass of local wine and a coastal dish such as saffron-flavored Portuguese fish stew with lobster, mussels, clams, monkfish and chorizo.
What to do: Palisade may not look like your typical wine region, what with the red-rock mesas surrounding it, but the terroir here in Colorado’s fruit capital is suitable for wine grapes as well as orchards. Palisade’s winemakers produce a fair amount of fruit vino, but also rich cabernet francs and robust chardonnays, with some of the best found at Canyon Wind Cellars’ and Grande River Vineyards’ tasting rooms. This being outdoorsy Colorado, there’s no better way to navigate between Palisade’s wineries than on a bicycle; rent a cruiser from Rapid Creek Cycles & Sports downtown and be on your way. The compact town also boasts a brewery, meadery and distillery, Peach Street Distillers; don’t miss their stellar pickled-veggie-packed Bloody Mary.
Where to stay: Western Colorado’s Gateway Canyons Resort offers a year’s worth of activities on its crimson grounds, the most unique of which may be the Gateway Canyons Auto Museum, home to more than 50 American classics. But the resort also provides easy access to the Western Slope’s wine country, and hotel staff will arrange your guided or individual Palisade outing. Visit in September to attend Palisade’s Colorado Mountain Winefest, the region’s biggest wine celebration, held from September 18 to 21 in 2014.
Kyle Strong-Romeo, sous chef at the Jedediah Hawkins Inn plates bluesih with peach relish. (Credit: Vera Chinese)
Kyle Strong-Romeo, sous chef at the Jedediah Hawkins Inn, plates bluefish with peach relish at the “Seafood Throwdown” at Grown on Long Island Day at the Suffolk County Farm in Yaphank. (Credit: Vera Chinese)
How do you take the musty-smelling, sharp-toothed bluefish and make it palatable for the masses?
It helps if you have a quartet of talented North Fork chefs on hand and a whole lot of olive oil for poaching.
Bluefish and tomatoes were the necessary ingredients in an “Iron Chef” type competition at Grown on Long Island Day at the Suffolk County Farm in Yaphank on Friday, Aug. 8. Chefs Kyle Strong-Romeo of the Jedediah Hawkins Inn and Amanda Falcone, a pastry chef at the North Fork Table & Inn, battled chef Steve Amaral of the North Fork Chocolate Co. and his sous chef Rene Oliva for bragging rights.
The chefs were given the two ingredients and money to buy fresh, local produce from the event’s farmers market for the “Seafood Throwdown,” sponsored by New York Sea Grant. The annual competition at the Long Island Farm Bureau-sponsored fair raises awareness of cooking with local seafood.
“No one eats it,” Amaral said of bluefish. “This is bait.”
But judging from the line a people waiting to sample Amaral’s seared and poached bluefish served with a white wine wine, roasted corn and tomato broth, he was just exaggerating.
Seared and poached bluefish. (Credit: Vera Chinese)
Skin-on seared bluefish with a yogurt, dill and cumin fingerling potato salad. (Credit: Vera Chinese)
“They worked amazing magic with bluefish,” said Robin Lee Simmen, a community horticulture specialist with Cornell Cooperative Extension, and one of the contest’s three judges. “They were very different presentations, but both were fresh and bright.”
But it was team Strong-Romeo/Falcone that the judges, which included Suffolk County Community College’s culinary arts director Rich Freilich and Edible East End deputy editor Eileen Duffy, selected as the best.
“Bluefish is tough,” said Strong-Romeo, who won over the judges with skin-on seared bluefish served with a yogurt, dill and cumin fingerling potato salad. “It has a distinct flavor and it’s a fish that you need certain ingredients to cook well.”
Bluefish are abundant in New York waters from May through November.
“ New Suffolk Moorings” 30 X 40 Oil on Canvas (Credit: Courtesy)
Scenic vistas meet oil and canvas in North Fork artist Max Moran’s newest exhibition series, which explores man’s relationship with the weather.
The series, titled “Fair Winds and Tides,” will be unveiled at the Jedediah Hawkins Barn Gallery on Aug. 16. The sixth annual exhibition at the Jamesport restaurant’s gallery will remain on display through Sept. 14.
Moran, who has lived on the North Fork since 1996 and currently resides in Batting Hollow, paints East End land and seascapes.
“Being so close to the waters of the Long Island Sound and the Peconic Bay, there is always this theme of being tied to the weather and the water. [The work] explores our relationship with the two,” Moran said. “I do my best to try to picture it and document it. It humanizes us. It is something we each have to encounter and explore.”
Standing out in the open air, Moran paints each piece on location to have “a pure interpretation” of the scene.
About 30 large works will be on display, as well as about 15 smaller vignettes he created of “pedestrians in the rain,” he said.
An opening reception for the annual event will take place Saturday, Aug. 16 from 5 p.m. to 8 pm.
The Jedediah Hawkins Inn is located at 400 South Jamesport Avenue Jamesport, NY (631) 722-2900.
Five Reasons To Visit Long Island’s Wine Country
by Mary Beth Albright
In past decades, Long Island’s North Fork was the forgotten sister of its glamorous sibling to the south that everyone always talked about: the Hamptons, the Hamptons, the Hamptons. But in recent years, savvy travelers have discovered the north for its unspoiled shoreline, superior wineries, farms and farm-to-table restaurants, and a relieving lack of crowds that come with them. The increased interest has also come with an increased quality of chefs, inns and wines produced in the region, along with great surprises in store for anyone who hasn’t driven (or taken the jitney) the couple of hours from New York City lately. Here are five reasons to visit:
Taste vintages at Kontokosta Winery
Rarely do tasting rooms and wines equally impress. The 62-acre winery in Greenport is the farthest east on the North Fork, and boasts views of the rocky bluffs and Long Island Sound from an expansive lawn. Both reds and whites are extraordinary here, and they taste even better in the sleek tasting room — exposed steel beams, floor-to-ceiling windows and copper communal tables were designed as a modern interpretation of a 19th-century barn.
Eat at the North Fork Table & Inn
North Fork Table restaurant, whose executive chef Gerry Hayden clinched a 2014 James Beard Award finalist nod for Best Chef: Northeast, is the standard-bearer for dining in the area. With an understated, comfortable dining room as the backdrop, Hayden’s team showcases refined American dishes that focus on local ingredients, including the area’s incredible seafood. Can’t score a dinner reservation? Catch the North Fork Table lunch truck in the inn’s parking lot every Thursday through Monday afternoon.
Visit Shelter Island
A 10-minute ferry ride (with your car or without) across Peconic Bay transports you to another world, one without traffic lights but with a drug-store lunch counter. Shelter Island rests between the North and South forks. There, you’ll find the Mashomack Nature Preserve for hiking and calm public spots like Sunset Beach for relaxing. But if you must visit the Hamptons, Shelter Island’s South Ferry is the easiest way to get there — simply drive from the northern part of the island to the southern to catch the boat. And if you’re up for an adventure, take the once yearly ferry from Montauk to Martha’s Vineyard on Aug. 10, returning on Aug. 12.
Stay at the Jedediah Hawkins Inn
Located on 22 acres of farmland, the restored inn was the 1863 home of the eponymous sea captain owner. Listed on the National Registry of Historical Places, Jedediah Hawkins Inn’s five rooms and one suite boast fireplaces and works from local artists such as Rob White. Its fine-dining restaurant, headed by executive chef Craig Attwood, is complemented by a speakeasy — we’re talking secret passageways and trap doors here — where casual small plates are offered. Book the Belvedere Suite, which has a private cupola with 360-degree views of surrounding vineyards.
Shop in Greenport
The village provides pleasantly walkable boutique shopping (jewelry, pottery, custom tees) right along the water and terrific restaurants for lunch (The Cheese Emporium by Bruce & Son) and dinner (Noah’s). And since you’re all the way out in Greenport, which is almost at the fork’s end, drive to the tip and visit Orient Beach State Park to swim, watch ospreys and great blue herons, fish, hike or kayak.
Summer specials at Jedediah Hawkins in Jamesport
Wednesday July 16, 2014 2:15 PM By Erica Marcus
(Credit: Randee Daddona)
July is busting out all over at Jedediah Hawkins Inn. Craig Attwood, who took over the kitchen earlier this year from Richard Kanowsky, is making good use of the Jamesport inn’s lovely grounds.
On Thursday nights, Attwood serves barbecued chicken, pork ribs, corn and cornbread starting at 5 p.m. ($28). And an old fire truck is on hand to dispense craft beer from Riverhead’s Crooked Ladder.
Fridays there’s live music on the patio. Sundays, starting at 3 p.m., Attwood serves a traditional clam bake with lobster, clams, mussels, corn and potatoes ($30). And Thursday through Sunday, the new front patio hosts a happy hour from 4 to 6 p.m.with $5 wines by the glass, spiked sorbets and nutty floats such as lemon-ginger sorbet with limoncello or raspberry sorbet with Gosling’s Black Seal rum and club soda.