Pancake Day, Maple Syrup and the 2015 Eddy Awards

Fresh griddled pancakes and maple syrup from Benner's Farm in East Setauket

Fresh griddled pancakes and maple syrup from Benner’s Farm in East Setauket

I love holidays, especially food-centric holidays. One of my go-to websites is The Nibble. I would kick myself if I missed National Absinthe Day (March 5), National Meatball Day (March 9) or the more obvious National Bake a Pie Day (March 14 or Pi Day, 3.141414). According to the Nibble, National Pancake Day was on Shrove Tuesday, February 17 (I didn’t miss it) yet, for reasons unbeknownst to me, IHOP (International House of Pancakes) has chosen to observe a day dedicated to griddled batter on Tuesday March 3. No worries, this is just another legit reason to indulge in flapjacks, griddlecakes, hotcakes…pancakes! IHOP will be serving free pancakes (actually one per person) all day on Tuesday at their 20 (or so) locations on Long Island. In exchange for a free pancake, diners are encouraged to make a donation to Children’s Miracle Hospital Networks. Pancakes and charity: IHOP’s Pancake Day is winning a combination.

Pancake’s favorite topping is, hand’s down, maple syrup and, while not official, March is Maple Syrup Month in my estimation. All of this brings me to the nitty gritty of this post; the 2015 Eddy Awards. Our parent organization, Edible Communities, recognizes the editorial excellence of our partner Edibles across the country with these annual awards. An esteemed group of nationally recognized judges narrows down the nominations in five categories and comes up with a list of finalists. Readers are then asked to place their votes. Well, Edible Long Island has finalists in 4 categories; Best Feature – Chef (Su-Jit Lin-DeSimone’s profile on Chef Alex Lee), Best Recipe Feature – Drink (Natalia de Cuba Romero’s recipe for Watermelon Mojitos), Best Recipe Feature – Preserving (my story on Maple Syruping at Benner’s Farm) and Best Digital – Use of Video (that maple syrup story, this time with a video).

As you enjoy your maple syrup-smothered pancakes on Tuesday, we implore you to vote (daily) and share. We want to feel your love for all things Edible Long Island (and maple syrup).