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Tuesday
Jul092019

Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea Set To Open In Smithtown This Fall

 

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Globally-Inspired Coffee Shop to Open in Long Island

 

Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea to offer a community-focused destination for coffee and tea lovers

SMITHTOWN, NY. (July 09, 2019)- Long Island will soon be home to Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea​ at 200 West Main Street​ in SmithtownThe 1,400-square-foot café with drive-thru is set to open this fall and will offer a globally-inspired menu featuring premium coffees, teas, pastries, sandwiches, salads, and more.

Local owners, Chris Varvaro and Lou Puleo, are excited to bring Sweetwater’s unique atmosphere and quality ingredients to Long Island. “Sweetwaters’ global influence means that we provide a variety of options including organic items that aren’t typically offered at your average coffee shop,” says Varvaro. “We’re even more excited to be able to accommodate our guests at our convenient, main street location that boasts indoor/outdoor seating and a brand new drive-thru!”

The Sweetwaters’ brand focuses on strong community engagement by hosting events, inspiring youth through our great grades program, and partnering with local nonprofits, making it a perfect fit for Long Island.

The grand opening will include week-long promotions that will be announced onSweetwaters website​ and Facebook page.​ This Long Island opening is the first of several to come to the area with more than 100 expected to open across the country.

Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea is a national franchise that originated in Ann Arbor, Mich., in 1993 by husband-and-wife duo Wei and Lisa Bee. Inspired by the Bees’ love of food and drink, and driven by their creativity, Sweetwaters was created as a coffeehouse that celebrates classic café fare alongside globally influenced beverages in a classic and friendly environment. The rapidly-expanding franchise has more than 100 planned locations across the country, and it anticipates continuous growth based on consumers’ desires for real ingredients and diverse, cultural offerings. For more information on the Sweetwaters franchise, please visit www.sweetwaters.com.

Monday
Jun172019

Husk and Vine Kitchen and Cocktails - St. James Cheers!

Smithtown by the Sound - By Nancy Vallarella

Husk and Vine Kitchen and Cocktails - St. James Cheers!

Husk and Vine turned six-months-old! This kitchen and craft cocktail spot in St. James has become “thephoto Nancy Vallarella watering hole” for those with a discerning thirst and an appetite for adventure. The vibe is high energy with a menu of seasonal small plates that change weekly, live musical performances, reimagined craft specialty cocktails, and more hours to get happy!  Husk and Vine’s happy hour is 3 pm – 7 pm Tuesday through Sunday.

photo Mark GoldbergThe kitchen serves sharable small plates that are far from petite. Chef Nick Trovato and staff turn out a new menu every Wednesday offering new seasonal dishes and returning best sellers. Each week wings seem to make the final cut and are presented with a fresh twist.  Jumbo Roasted and Grilled Chicken Wings prepared “House Buffalo” one week, “Flaming Whiskey Salted Caramel” another, “Red-Curry Pineapple” the following week and so on. The twists are creative and welcoming on the well-executed wings.

Calamari Fritto Misto photo Mark GoldbergCalamari Fritto Misto (deep fried calamari, gulf shrimp, summer squash, and cherry peppers topped with lemon pepper aioli), Husk and Vine Charcuterie Board, and Steakhouse Bacon Candy, make encore menu appearances regularly. Expect seasonal seafood, beef, pork, vegetable, and salad dishes to round out H&V’s offerings. Returning or new, the recipes are flavorful, ranging from pleasantly assertive to bold.

On to the cocktails!  Let’s start with the name … a broad selection of bourbons - (Husk) and wine - (Vine).  Premium and craft beer, tea infused alcohols, and an eclectic menu of specialty cocktails ensure something for everyone.

Before Husk and Vine opened for business, they opened their hearts to the community and participated in the Smithtown Children’s Foundation annual tasting event, The Community Table.  SCF Founder Christine Fitzgerald comments, “The foundation was amazed that Husk and Vine agreed to join us before they opened. They were prepared and wowed the attendees with a tasty bite that was beautifully displayed.  It influenced my choice of where to go for an upcoming birthday dinner!” 

Doug Geed visits Doug Toledo at Stony Brook Incubator Kitchen in CalvertonHusk and Vine continues to support the local community. Nissequogue’s lemonade entrepreneur, Doug Toledo was recently celebrated at Husk and Vine where his product Doug’s Lemonade, is carried. Neighbors gathered to partake in a menu tasting and purchase specialty cocktails made with Doug’s Lemonade. Toledo states, “Chef Nick Trovato and business partner Maria Nodelman are kind and welcoming. I value the level of ingenuity that goes into their dishes and specialty cocktails using my lemonade.  Doug’s Lemonade is delighted to be served at Husk and Vine.”

That evening, Husk and Vine mixologist Tori Miller was busy greeting guests, taking orders and displaying that high energy vibe while reaching, scooping, pouring, shaking and serving nonstop throughout the night. Top sellers that evening were Lavender Lemonade, Blueberry Lemonade with vodka, and bourbon- spiked Arnold Palmer made with Doug’s Lemonade!

A lively atmosphere, food and drink with a tasty flare, and familiar faces are found at Husk and Vine Kitchen and Cocktail.  Husk and Vine’s dining room offers an atmosphere that is a bit more subdued.  See for yourself and visit soon!

 Husk and Vine is located at 655 Middle Country Road St.James

More fun from Husk and Vine Kitchen and cocktails:

Wicked Wine & Cheese Pairing, Wednesday, June 26th 6:30-9:30

An evening of fine wines and award-winning artisanal cheeses. Wine and cheese experts, sample tastings, live music, free give-a-ways, and prizes!

Ticket Info: 

www.eventbrite.com/e/wicked-wine-and-cheese-pairing-tickets-62172280966?aff=ebdssbdestsearch  

**Contest**

Give a name to H&V’s cocktails made with St. James’ own Doug’s Lemonade and win Husk and Vine gift cards!

Entry and Contest Rules are on the following Instagram pages:

Doug’s Lemonade (@dougslemonade)

Husk and Vine Kitchen and Cocktails (@huskandvineny)

Long Island Locavore (@LIlocavore494) 

Sunday
Jun162019

FDA - Most Date Labels Are Not Based On Exact Science

Most Date Labels Are Not Based on Exact Science

Visit the Food and Drug Administration web page for more info.

Manufacturers generally apply date labels at their own discretion and for a variety of reasons. The most common is to inform consumers and retailers of the date up to which they can expect the food to retain its desired quality and flavor. The key exception to this general rule is for infant formula products. These products are required to bear a “Use By” date, up to which the manufacturer has confirmed that the product contains no less than a minimum amount of each nutrient identified on the product label, and that the product will be of an acceptable quality.

Date labels are generally not required on packaged foods. While manufacturers are prohibited from placing false or misleading information on a label, they are not required to obtain agency approval of the voluntary quality-based date labels they use or specify how they arrived at the date they’ve applied.

According to Kevin Smith, Senior Advisor for Food Safety in the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, the “Best if Used By” labels you see on packaged foods relate to the quality of the product, but that predicting when a food will no longer be of adequate quality for consumption is not an exact science.

Smith advises consumers to routinely examine foods in their kitchen cabinets or pantry that are past their “Best if Used By” date to determine if the quality is sufficient for use. If the products have changed noticeably in color, consistency or texture, consumers may want to avoid eating them.

Additionally, there are resources available online for consumers with questions about how long to keep perishable foods, including meat, seafood and dairy products:

 

Wednesday
Apr242019

SHS West Alumna Whips Up New Business 

By Nancy Vallarella


Seven years ago, Amanda Vigliarolo accepted a cashier position at Buon Amici Bakery in Smithtown.  Fast forward to the same location (975 West Jericho Turnpike) today and find Amanda busy with the June opening of her business, The Whisk Bakery & Café.  While overseeing renovations and waiting on permits, Ms. Vigliarolo will attend her graduation from Johnson and Whales in Rhode Island in May.

Full of passion and energy, this 21 year-old-business owner is banking on her community roots, hands-on experience, and academic knowledge to deliver traditional sweets with an updated twist in a welcoming setting.

The Whisk Bakery & Café is a full-service bakery offering cakes (to-go and custom), pies, cookies, pastry and breads.  Homemade ice cream, gelato, coffee, cappuccino, and espresso are also planned.” I want to offer Mega Milk Shakes (like the ones served in Manhattan) with a slice of cake and other confectionary garnishes. Customers will have the ability to create their own custom ice cream sandwiches with any pastry or cookie in the bakery”, beamed Vigliarolo.  

Summer hours will be extended to 11:00PM. Patrons will be able to enjoy café seating with Wi-Fi and phone charging accommodations.  Gluten-free, and sugar-free products; cake by the slice, daily specials and promotions are underway. 

Inside scoop on Sunday’s special at The Whisk Bakery and Café…Scopa fans will have a home on Scopa Sunday at The Whisk where they will be hosting a card tournament along with an espresso discount.

Follow The Whisk Bakery & Café on Facebook and Instagram.              


Saturday
Feb092019

Smithtown By The Sound - Valentine Love In

Valentine Love in

Smithtown by the Sound

By Nancy Vallarella

Rt. 25A (North Country Road) in Saint James has proven to be fertile ground for eating establishments. From breakfast to late-night fine dining, there is a multitude of choice. With all the great eateries available, it’s easy to overlook other local businesses. Take look at the following products that say, “I love you” for this Valentine’s Day, Thursday, February 14, 2019

429 (Rt. 25A) North Country Road:

For the past 12 years, Nick Kaziris has been the owner and chief baker at the Premiere Pastry Shop. Open 7 days a week from 7am to 7pm daily.   Valentine confections are offered in a wide variety of flavors and price points ranging from $2.50 - $17.00. Forget about those unavailable candy message hearts that made the news last week, at Premiere you can have a custom message put on a macaron, cookie, or cake. Allow 3 days for special orders. 

Take a peek at Premiere’s beautifully decorated products on Instagram @premierepastryshop.

At the opposite end of the shopping center is Gray’s Jewelers. Owner and Town of Smithtown residents, Donnalee Gray and daughter Danielle have a warm and inviting shop.  An extensive inventory of jewelry is attractively displayed throughout the store. It is the perfect place to pop into and browse. The atmosphere is friendly and the shop is stocked full of items that meet most budgets. You are sure to find that special something for those you love or treat yourself!

In celebration of Valentine’s Day, Gray’s Jewelers wants everyone to feel special! Stop in by 2/13 and put your name in the hat (no purchase necessary) to WIN a Freida Rothman “LOVE” necklace ($200 value).  Find Gray’s Jewelers on facebook (https://www.facebook.com/graysjewelersny/) and share the A Chance to Win **LOVE** post for an extra chance to win!

Next to the Premiere Pastry Shop, Rocco’s Pizza of St. James will be making heart-shaped pizza! If you are planning a casual Valentine dinner at home with the family, or need to feed the kids while you dine out for the evening, give Rocco’s a call (631-862-1600) 2 days in advance to ensure your amore pizzas.

Happy Valentine’s Day!