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Peach season peaks in Riverhead

A sign of peach season: the fresh peach

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Ripeness is all in Riverhead. And that means peaches.

Two sweet ways to celebrate: the fresh peach sundae at Snowflake, the landmark for ice cream; and the fresh peach cream pie at Briermere Farms, the very popular stand for fruits and vegetables, but especially pies and jams.

The Snowflake sundae can be crowned with whipped cream and a cherry. But be a purist and stick with the peaches...

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Strawberry statement at Snowflake in Riverhead

Fresh local strawberries top a sundae at Snowflake

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The reason strawberries exist is pictured above.

This is the strawberry sundae made with fresh strawberries at Snowflake, the ice-cream star in Riverhead. During strawberry season, I skip the whipped cream and the cherry just to indulge in the sweetest, ripest of flavors. You may have yours with Stu Feldschuh's great hard ice cream or his peerless soft-serve. The sundae is an exceedingly well-spent...

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New chef at The Riverhead Project

The Riverhead Project serves contemporary American cuisine in

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Arielle Ferrara is the new executive chef at The Riverhead Project, the downtown New American restaurant.

She succeeds Lia Fallon, who left the restaurant earlier this month to launch a gastropub to be called Brewology in Speonk.

Ferrara, a graduate of Johnson & Wales University in Providence, comes to the Riverhead restaurant after cooking at 1 North Steakhouse in Hampton Bays,...

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Taste North Fork this weekend

A potato-and-onion-crusted fluke served with sugar snap peas

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This weekend, it will be time to Taste North Fork.

The promotion includes a free North Fork shuttle via Hampton Jitney with stops in Riverhead, Jamesport, Mattituck, Cutchogue, Southold and Greenport. The Cross Sound Ferry and the Long Island Rail Road are offering extended schedules.

Twenty wineries and vineyards plus restaurants, inns and hotels are participating in the event, which...

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The Riverhead Project, with new chef Lia Fallon, is one of Long Island's best restaurants

theRIVERHEADPROJECT, in a building that once housed a

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theRIVERHEADPROJECT is the best restaurant in town, under new chef Lia Fallon.

Fallon, who joined the Riverhead spot after a star turn at the Jedediah Hawkins Inn in Jamesport, prepares terrific New American dishes in the converted, low-slung, "Mad Men"-era bank building.

Her fare balances the streamlined and sharp with the homey and inviting. Try the crisp and sweet shrimp-and-crab...

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A new beer 'project' in Riverhead

The Riverhead Project, on East Main Street in

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To theRIVERHEADPROJECT, add theBEERPROJECT.

The stylish New American restaurant, in a former bank building on Main Street, starts a Wednesday series of beer-themed events beginning tomorrow. The first: a family-style, multi-course dinner from executive chef Lia Fallon that will be paired with craft beers.

Cost: $40 per person, plus tax and tip. Rocky Point Artisan Brewers hosts tomorrow's...

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Athens Grill benefit in Riverhead

The Suffolk Theater reopened on Main Street in

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Riverhead is once again coming together to support John Mantzopoulos, whose Main Street restaurant, Athens Grill, was destroyed in a fire on June 28. A week after the fire, Dennis McDermott hosted a benefit barbecue at his nearby restaurant, the Riverhead Project. And on Saturday, July 27, the Suffolk Theater — just across the street from the shuttered eatery — will hold another fundraiser with...

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Riverhead fire shutters Athens Grill

This is the dining room of Athens Grill

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Athens Grill, a Riverhead Greek restaurant devoted to local produce and fish, was destroyed on Friday night after a grease fire broke out in its kitchen. The fire occurred during dinner, but everyone in the restaurant was safely evacuated; no one was hurt.

The Riverhead dining community is coming together on owner John Mantzopoulos’ behalf. On Sunday, July 7, from 2 to 5 p.m., there will be...

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Joe's Crab Shack cracks open in Riverhead

Bucket of snow crab, Joe's Crab Shack

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Joe’s Crab Shack, a Houston-based seafood chain, just opened in Riverhead, taking over the former home of Boulder Creek Steakhouse. This follows last winter’s entrance of a Joe’s Crab Shack in Oceanside.

On the menu: a bucket of shrimp with Old Bay seasoning (12 for $8.59 or 18 for $11.49), blackened redfish ($13.99), a chipotle bacon cheeseburger ($9.89) a bucket of crab — choose among snow...

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The Riverhead Project: Chef changes

Roy Wohlars, executive chef at South Edison restaurant

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Greg Ling, who had been executive chef at the Riverhead Project since it opened in May 2011 (and earned three stars from Newsday's Peter Gianotti), has left the restaurant. Taking over for Ling is Roy Wohlars who was, until recently, executive chef at South Edison in Montauk. According to owner Dennis McDermott, Wohlars will introduce a new seafood-focused menu in the next few weeks.

When...

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