Foodie Gossip May 2014

Organic Opening
North Shore Farms just opened a Commack location on the Island—their first in Suffolk. They are part grocer, part farmers’ market and part epicurean. The smell of fresh-baked bread wafts, the sashimi glistens and the selection of cheeses is towering. North Shore Farms’ commitment to community isn’t limited to its wares, either—the staff are locals, a fact the long lines of customers are picking up on.

Schaudel(s) Strikes Again
The Petulant Wino is replacing Comtesse Thérèse Bistro in Aquebogue. With that change, Courtney Schaudel is officially promoted from waitress to restaurateur. She will co-manage the place with her father, Tom. Comtesse Thérèse Vineyard’s wines will still be a major presence, along with others, but now aficionados can pair their favorite vino with Schaudel’s lauded gastronomic delights. Don’t worry, the restaurant will remain the vineyard’s tasting room.

I ♥ NY (Cuisine)
A group of local restaurants became part of 100 statewide that signed the Pride of New York Pledge. The pact gives the agricultural bounty of the state a higher profile in their establishments and fresh, locally sourced ingredients will be appearing in greater numbers on menus this month. Participating restaurants are working with an embarrassment of riches, now that summer is on the way. They have also pledged to provide information about what’s being made right on the Island.

List of Pride of New York Pledge restaurants
Ayhan’s Shish-Kebab Mediterranean Restaurants
Besito in Roslyn
Dock to Dish in Montauk
The Golden Pear Cafes throughout the Hamptons
Jack Halyards in Oyster Bay
Jewel Restaurant in Melville
Mirabelle in Stony Brook
Monsoon in Babylon
West East Bistro in Hicksville

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Michael Isenbek, Associate Editor, dabbles in both fiction and nonfiction writing, coordinates the Pulse event listings and writes the text for "Zoom," among other editorial tasks. He has a Master's Degree in Liberal Studies and a Bachelor's Degree in Cultural Studies with a concentration in Journalism from SUNY Empire State College.