Each year Edible Communities, the family of local food magazines of which Edible Long Island is one of its newest members, gives its readers an opportunity to acknowledge and recognize the dedication and work of our local heroes: the farmers, chefs, merchants, food artisans and nonprofit organizations that feed us. Edible readers vote for their own heroes in five categories; chef/restaurant, food shop, farm/farmers, food/beverage artisan and nonprofit. We have put our heads together and have come up with the following nominations. Now it is your turn to vote for Edible Long Island’s Local Heroes at the bottom of the page. Voting ends March 1; winners will be announced with the Oscars on Sunday, March 2. Stuffing the ballot box is extremely discouraged and very evident on the back end. Please don’t do it. It will only hurt your chances and cause more work for us. Just vote once. Good luck!
Chef Guy Reuge of Mirabelle (Stony Brook) is well-respected in culinary circles. His farm-to-table menu is dually inspired by his French roots and his Long Island home.
Chef Tom Schaudel of Jewel (Melville) is a Long Island original. Jewel, along with his other restaurants, are committed to serving local food and, in particular, local wines.
Chefs Philippe Corbet & James Orlandi of Roots (West Islip) combine traditional culinary training with modern techniques to serve locally sourced food that is far from ordinary.
Chef Michael Meehan of H20 (Smithtown) has a penchant for local seafood. His Wednesday night prix-fixe dinners pair local seafood with local wines.
Chefs Erik and Orlowski and John Urbinati of the Fifth Season (Port Jefferson) are passionate about local food and their ever changing menus reflect this passion and commitment.
Blue Island Oyster Farms (West Sayville) is bringing back the real Blue Point oyster to its original locale, Great South Bay.
Teddy Bolkas of Thera Farms (Ronkonkoma) grows lettuces hydroponically and is our only farmer who can deliver fresh greens all winter long.
Jen Campbell, of Bayard Cutting Arboretum CSA Farm (Great River), is the farm manager at the only CSA within a New York State park. This farm is not only meticulously managed, but counts a local restaurant as one of its most supportive members.
Patty Gentry of Early Girl Farm (East Moriches) is a chef turned organic farmer who not only grows tasty veggies, but will give tips on their preparation too.
Crossroads Farm at Grossman’s (Malverne) was purchased by the Nassau Land Trust from the Grossman family and has once again returned to its agricultural roots.
American Cheese in Sayville recently moved to a beautiful huge space where they can now serve not only great cheeses but small plate meals, local beer and wine.
Tiger Lily Café in Port Jefferson sells tasty take-out lunches, bakery goodies and coffees in an artsy and eclectic setting.
Claws Seafood in Sayville sells right-off-the-boat seafood and shellfish as well as take-out/eat-in sandwiches and platters.
Periwinkle’s in Oyster Bay is a cozy take-out shop serving up creative sandwiches, salads and baked goods. In addition, they also run the concessions at Planting Fields Aboretum and the Nassau County Museum of Art.
Pindar Shop in Port Jefferson will save Long Island wine connoisseurs on gasoline as they only sell wines from Pindar and Duck Walk Vineyards. They have tastings and will make up gift baskets too.
Blind Bat Brewery, started in Paul Dlugokencky’s Centerport garage, continuously turns out award-winning small-batch beer brewed with local ingredients.
Divine Brine Pickles produces award-winning pickles and chutneys made with only locally sourced produce.
Miss Amy’s Preserves can be found at nearly every farmers market and farm stand on the island. Her made-by-hand preserves, spreads, tapenades and mustard sell out weekly.
Bon Bons Chocolatiers (Huntington) has been handcrafting chocolates and confections for more than 30 years. Long lines are well worth the wait.
Duck Island Bakery bakes artisanal breads, cinnamon buns and to-die-for croissants. Baker Bob Biancavilla is a detective by day and baker by night and can be found on weekends at farmers markets in Northport and Huntington.
Long Island Community Agriculture Network has been at the forefront in the development of local community gardens on Long Island. Gateway Community Gardens (Huntington Station) is one of their early success stories.
Long Island Cares, founded by Harry Chapin, has been feeding and educating Long Island’s hungry for more than 30 years through food banks, drives and pantries.
Island Harvest, the island’s largest hunger relief organization, delivers surplus food to a network of food pantries, soup kitchens and organizations throughout the island.
Long Island Food Not Bombs helps feed the island’s hungry via five weekly food shares throughout our area.
Slow Food Huntington is Long Island’s most active chapter of Slow Food International, a grassroots organization that celebrates the local food movement through education and awareness.
Please, just vote once!