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Gourmet-food trucks pair with North Fork wineries

Once upon a time, wine was enough to draw summer visitors to North Fork tasting rooms. Now a cadre of gourmet food trucks are pulling into various vineyards to serve those visitors tacos, burgers and more. Meals and snacks eaten al fresco allow wine lovers to linger and perhaps buy additional bottles. If you’d like a bite along with your pinot, head to one of the following (call ahead if the weather looks iffy; on rainy days food trucks may reschedule)

The Tap Room at Bedell Cellars

Thursdays belong to Pizza Rita, a wood-fired pizza
Photo Credit: Pizza Rita

On Taco Tuesdays, Noah’s (Noah really gets around) pulls in with its mobile restaurant, Noah’s on the Road, dishing out classics like Baja Fish tacos (crispy cod, cabbage and pico de gallo) and seasonal creations like the Farm to Taco (prosciutto-wrapped local asparagus, cabbage and lime aioli). Tacos are $5-$7 each. Thursdays belong to Pizza Rita, a wood-fired pizza oven on wheels. Choices vary but might include the Estate Picante (roasted sweet corn, mascarpone, pulled pork and jalapeño verde) and the Northforker (fresh mozzarella, mascarpone, kale, red onions and pine nuts) as well as the more traditional margherita pizza ($12-$17). 

Thursdays at the Tap Room at Bedell Cellars
Photo Credit: Pizza Rita

WHEN | WHERE 5-9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays through August at 45470 Rte. 25, Southold, 631-765-4168, bedellcellars.com

Lieb Cellars

Baja, crispy New England cod, cabbage, pico de
Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

Besides seasonal tacos from Noah’s on the Road, the winery offers a 20 percent discount on wine to anyone from Orient to Wading River (remember to bring your ID).

Samantha Weiss, left, from Riverdale, New Jersey, Emily
Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

WHEN | WHERE 4-7 p.m. Fridays at 13050 Oregon Rd., Cutchogue, 631-734-1100, liebcellars.com

Martha Clara Vineyards

Ernestina Marte, left, from Boston, Mass., Linda and
Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

Summer Wednesday nights bring live music and a casual menu of sliders, fish tacos and pulled pork from Noah’s on the Road. Noah’s is also in residence most weekends, unless the truck has a catering commitment. In that case, Martha Clara calls on other area trucks, including 27Eats, to fill in.

Austin Douglas, manager extraordinaire for Noah's on the
Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

WHEN | WHERE 6-9 p.m. Wednesdays, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays at 6025 Sound Ave., Riverhead, 631-298-0075, marthaclaravineyards.com

Macari Vineyards

Patrons sip wine by the patio at Macari
Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

Macari Vineyards’ food truck series brings Harvest Moon Shellfish Aug. 5-6, Nice Buns Slammin Sliders Aug. 19-20 and 27Eats Aug. 26-27 with items that may include a lobster roll and shrimp tacos. Heading into the fall, Macari is working toward launching Avelino, a new mobile pizza kitchen designed by Edward Macari and featuring a Stefano Ferrara wood-fire brick pizza oven.

Grilled Mahi taco with jalapeno slaw and avocado
Photo Credit: Jenette O'Rourke

WHEN | WHERE 6-9 p.m. Wednesdays, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays at 6025 Sound Ave., Riverhead, 631-298-0075, marthaclaravineyards.com

Palmer Vineyards

Eats27 Food Truck at Palmer Vineyards in Riverhead,
Photo Credit: Tammy Henderson

Weekends are for food trucks at Palmer Vineyards. Neapolitan Pizza is in residence through Sunday, serving thin-crust pizzas ($11-$30) topped with everything from buffalo mozzarella to Buffalo chicken, along with garlic knots and salads. In August, Eat Me Drink Me pulls in to dish out grass-fed shredded flank steak tacos, organic chicken tacos, and chorizo and potato tacos ($9 for three). There may also be grass-fed beef burgers ($9-$12) and flavored fries ($5-$7), including truffle, pickle and spicy Japanese mayo. Dessert grilled cheese ($8) is made with triple crème Brie and Peconic River Preserves fig paste on brioche.

From upper left, homemade guacamole served with tortilla
Photo Credit: Tammy Henderson

WHEN | WHERE 5-9 p.m. Fridays, 12:30-5:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays at 5120 Sound Ave., Riverhead, 631-722-9463, palmervineyards.com

McCall Wines

The North Fork Food Truck visits McCall Wines
Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

Besides making wine, McCall has a ranch in Cutchogue where the winery raises Charolais cattle, a historic breed from France. On Fridays from 5 to 8 p.m., the North Fork Table and Inn Food Truck arrives to make burgers ($14) prepared with organic, grass-fed McCall beef. Choose from four toppings, order a side of fries and save room for dessert, which is always something homemade from the acclaimed North Fork Table pastry kitchen. Additionally, on Sundays, Greenport mainstay Noah’s On the Road brings its tacos to McCall.

McCall grass-fed burger on a Blue Duck Bakery
Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

WHEN | WHERE 5-8 p.m. Fridays and noon-5 p.m. Sundays at 22600 Main Rd., Cutchogue
INFO 631-734-5764, mccallwines.com

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