On October 11-14, the New York City Wine and Food Festival—a charity event that gives 100% of its net proceeds to the Food Bank For New York City—will set the table for a fifth year. While fetes headlined by celebrity chefs like Giada De Laurentiis, Bobby Flay and Alton Brown are a more obvious choice, if you’ve been there, done that, this fall you might consider dining with the lesser known conquistadors of the culinary world.
Of the dozens of appetizing events on the agenda—Shake and Bake with Whoopi Goldberg, Rock & Roll with Morimoto, On The Chopping Block: A Roast of Anthony Bourdain—the menu and minds behind a particular sustainable feast at The Standard Grill on October 13 hooked us. We interviewed two of the event’s chefs, Gerry Hayden and Claudia Fleming of The North Fork Table & Inn, and got some tips on how best to spend a fall weekend on Long Island—including where to pick apples and sip cider on the banks of the Peconic Bay.
What is your idea of a perfect fall weekend in the North Fork?
Stay the weekend at The North Fork Table and Inn. Before checking in, stop at The Winemakers Studio for happy hour and then have a casual dinner at either Noah’s or Frisky Oyster in Greenport. On Saturday, grab a picnic basket from The Cheese Shop in Mattituck, check out a couple of wineries and then on to Orient for a picnic, where every country road seems to lead to a secluded little cove. On the way back to the hotel, stop in the village of Greenport for an espresso at Aldo’s and a walk through the picturesque harbor town. Back to the Inn for a nap before your dinner experience at the Table. On Sunday morning, enjoy a leisurely breakfast over the New York Times. Before heading out, take a bit of the North Fork with you, stop at Wickhams Fruit Farm to pick up apples, pumpkins and cider!
What farms do you work with on Long Island?
The North Fork Table and Inn sources a great deal of its food from local farms. Greens and heirloom tomatoes, potatoes, beets and zucchini from KK’s Farm, corn from Krupski’s Farm, berries from Oysterponds Farm, stone fruits and apples from Wickhams Fruit Farm, eggs from Browders Birds, ducks from Crescent Farms, goat cheese from Catapano Farm, the freshest fish from local fisherman is procured from Charlie at the Southold Fish Market, beef from McCall Vineyard and Farm, Greenport Brewery and of course, wines from the many vineyards on the North Fork, just to name a few.
Favorite local bars?
The bars at both the Frisky Oyster and Noah’s.
Best place to get coffee?
Hands down, Aldo’s in Greenport!
The North Fork meets The Standard Grill dinner with Chefs Dan Silverman, Claudia Fleming and Gerard Hayden takes place on Sat, Oct 13 at 7pm-10pm at The Standard Grill. To get tickets ($225), visit nycwineandfoodfestival.com
How to get there: To get to the North Fork Table & Inn (57225 Main Road, Southold), take the LIRR, transfer at Ronkonkoma to the North Fork line for Southold. Or take the Hampton Jitney to Southold.
Photos: Courtesy of North Fork Table & Inn, Orient Beach State Park, Noah’s
For more fall weekend getaway ideas in the North Fork, read this oM piece on a self-guided bike tour of North Fork vineyards.