Eat, drink and shop local is our mantra, year round. In the month of December this mantra takes on a particularly important meaning. Small businesses and Mom-and-Pop establishments on our Main Streets depend on local patronage to see them through to the new year.
On Bayport’s main drag is Grey Horse Tavern, unabashedly one of our favorite eateries. Owners Linda Ringhouse and Irene Dougal are committed to supporting local farmers, fisherman and artisanal food producers and chef Meredith Machemer consistently turns out seasonally inspired dishes.
The Tavern’s covenant to locality goes beyond comestibles. They are ardent supporters of local musicians with a full calendar of live music year round. During the holiday season they throw open the doors and welcome local artists to their Holiday Arthouse Wednesdays. From 5 to 9 p.m., locavores can eat, drink and shop locally in the cozy and festive ambience of the historic restaurant.
There are only two more Holiday Arthouse Wednesdays left this season: December 10 and December 17. Vendors on December 10 include two that have graced the pages of Edible Long Island, Miss Amy’s Preserves and Barnaby Black, as well as Urban Sproule Salt, which was recently featured in Edible Manhattan. The last vendor for this week is Jeff Behrens Jewelry (sorry, Jeff, we haven’t gotten to you yet). The vendors for December 17 include Paul MacMenamin Woodwork, Cassandra House Jewelry, Ellen Cremer Knitwear and Miss Amy’s Preserves.
We cannot say it enough: Eat, drink and shop local this holiday season. #EatDrinkShopLocalLI