Foodie Gossip April 2013

Bandana On My (River)Head
Tom Schaudel is the culinary director of Riverhead’s newly-restored Suffolk Theater. The art-deco’d playhouse closed in 1987 but reopened last month. Schaudel, with his signature bandana, is serving “small plates/American tapas…for lack of a better term.” He was also named consultant for the forthcoming revamp of Syosset’s Christiano’s Italian Restaurant. suffolktheater.com

Up In Smoke, Down In Flames
Al Horowitz has closed Smokin’ Al’s Famous BBQ Joint’s original space in Bay Shore, citing an inability to “legally operate out of this location any longer.” There were rumors of sewage issues. Doesn’t matter. You can still grab slow-smoked ribs and pulled pork in Massapequa Park while Horowitz searches for another spot in Suffolk County. smokinals.com

West Meets East Meets Meats
West East Bistro is now West East All Natural Bistro & Bar. Wait. There’s more change. The Asian-style restaurant has switched to hormone- and antibiotic-free meat and sustainable seafood. “My wife is a holistic health coach and I’ve always cooked this way,” says owner and executive chef Jay Jadeja. “I have the same philsophy for personal and business, and want to feed our guests the same food I would feed my child.” West East hosted a wild game event last month featuring alligator tail stir fry, Szechwan wild boar stew and marinated-grilled kangaroo medallions. westeastbistro.com

Made on Long Island: Sweet Andy’s Cookies
Andrew Terry of Westhampton Beach left Wall Street for other opportunities and started baking cookies for helpful hands during his post-work struggle. The positive response sparked the launch of Sweet Andy’s Cookies, which currently offers 12 chunk-rich varieties. Triple Chip and Oatmeal Raisin are recommended. sweetandyscookies.com