In our spring “Innovation” issue, we are reminded that Long Island has always been ripe with an entrepreneurial spirit and a can-do attitude. To that point, I would like to offer a few teasers from this issue:
Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that, to date, more than 100 restaurants have signed the Pride of New York Pledge. The pledge, part of the Taste NY initiative, is a commitment to increase by 10 percent New York State grown or made products and ingredients on their menus.
Farmer Jen Campbell has a wine and cheese event, as well as two farm-to-table dinners, planned for this season. The first will be a Mother’s Day container workshop on Saturday May 10
While culturally Walt Disney might be one of our most quintessential dreamer-doers, this spring “Innovation” issue of Edible Long Island proves that Long Island has always been ripe with entrepreneurial dreamers who get things done.
All the fresh lettuce that chef Matthew Connors could serve at his Bay Shore restaurant, the LakeHouse, grows just nine miles away at a CSA on the grounds of the Bayard Cutting Arboretum, a New York state park. This synergy is a brilliant exemplification of the farm-to-table movement at its best.
Ecological redemption is what Bren Smith refers to when discussing his metamorphosis from commercial fisherman to seaweed farmer. Like many from Newfoundland, Canada, Smith has salt water running through his veins. Dropping out of high school at 14, Smith headed for a life on the high seas.
The hearty black brew has found a place in the culinary world.
Slathered with a glaze of mustard and brown sugar and then baked for a bit, this corned beef is a winner.
On behalf of the readers of Edible Long Island, I would like to thank Gov. Andrew Cuomo for directing the formation of a task force that seeks to ensure New York State agencies, which deal with farmers, communicate regularly and efficiently with the intent of unsnarling the labyrinth of regulations on farms.
Unlike the Oscars where the winners are selected by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, our Local Hero awards are selected by you, the readers of Edible Long Island. After nearly two weeks of very active voting, Long Islanders have spoken and Local Heroes have been selected in the following categories:
Hey now! Tuesday, March 4 is Mardi Gras. While Long Island lacks some of the zaniness of the Big Easy, there are beaucoup places to head to if you are fixin’ to let the good times roll. There will be beads and doubloons aplenty, but you had better make reservations because these joints will be jumpin’. Awrite, den.
For those of us who are not fortunate enough to be in kinder, more tropical locales nibblin’ on sponge cake while watchin’ the sun bake, I bring glad tidings: Saturday February 22 is National Margarita Day!