Foodie Gossip June 2013

STATION Inauguration
Rafe Worthington and Marina Rutherfurd are promoting simplicity with STATION, which opened in East Quogue on Memorial Day. The duo’s concise dinner menu (lunch hours are forthcoming) offers “what’s growing in Amagansett and coming through Shinnecock Inlet,” Worthington said. And they’re not adding anything too complicated or pretentious; stem glassware isn’t available, for example. Lucia Soria, who owns two restaurants in Uruguay, is the Executive Chef, which explains dishes with an international bent like ajoblanco, a cold, Spanish soup with garlic and almonds.

Made on Long Island: Gentle Brew Coffee
Bryan Baquet, Patrick Luyster and Michael Shcherbenko started roasting organic coffee in Hicksville in 2010, selling small bags of beans and brewed-to-order cups. The trio now operates a coffee shop in Long Beach, roasting 200-250 pounds per week and offering six single-origin varieties (depending on availability), housemade desserts and waffles. “There are people who dedicate their lives to coffee,” Baquet said, who recently traveled to Peru to establish a direct-trade relationship with a coffee farm. “We want to expose people on Long Island to the culture.”

Cook’s Cooks From Scratch
Josh and Dave Cook are aptly last-named as owners of Cook’s Scratch Kitchen & Bakery, a dedicated presentation of house-made and Long Island-sourced eats that opened in April. The fraternal duo renovated 1014 Coffee Shop in Northport and installed a kitchen to roast, cure and smoke all meat, poultry and fish. The bakery menu (excluding sandwich breads), pickles, potato chips and sauerkraut are also created entirely in-house. “The last place was serving microwaved egg sandwiches and frozen pastries, but we’re all about doing things correctly,” Josh said.