Earlier this month, the fifth installment of the Peconic Land Trust's Long Island Grown Series began. This year's series, titled "Food and Beverage Artisans at Work," was created with a focus on innovative products that showcase how the East End's locally made and grown products have evolved to meet "changing consumer tastes." Laura Donnelly, pastry chef and food editor at the East Hampton Star
, returns as panel moderator for the conversations with local farmers and chefs.
The first conversation took place on March 4 with Sean Magnuson of Greenport Oyster Company, Erik Bilka, a production winemaker at Premium Wine group and Pindar Vineyards, and Chef George Hirsch, host of the PBS show, George Hirsch Lifestyle
. The next event in the series is scheduled for Sunday, March 18 at Peconic Land Trust's Southampton offices. The sold out event will feature Marcos Ribeiro of Craft Master Hops, Chef Stephan Bogardus of North Fork Table and Inn, and Robin Epperson-McCarthy from Salt Bird Cellars.
The series continues on Sunday, April 15 at Bridge Gardens with Peter Treiber, Sr. of Treiber Farms, Anthony Sannino of Sannino Bella Vita Vineyards, and Chef Justin Finney of Highway Restaurant. The last event of the 2018 series is scheduled for Sunday, April 29 at Bridge Gardens. The sold out event's panel includes Stephen Skrenta of Acabonac Farms, Melissa Daniels of Jamesport Farm Brewery, and Stephany Sacks, a culinary Nutritionist, author, and founder of REBOOT FOOD™.
"We are so pleased to introduce the community to the women and men who are growing, crafting and creating wonderful food and beverages in our communities. There are so many amazing stories to tell, and each year we feel privileged to share them," said Kathy Kennedy, Outreach Manager at Peconic Land Trust.
All of the conversations are videotaped and will be shared online, along with videos from past year's series. By sharing these important conversations, the Peconic Land Trust hopes that the community will be inspired to "look and explore our region's diverse agriculture products," said Kennedy.
The Peconic Land Trust is a nonprofit established in 1983 with the mission of protecting Long Island's working farms, natural lands, and heritage.
March dates of the series will take place at the Peconic Land Trust's main office at 296 Hampton Road in Southampton. The remaining dates for April will be at Peconic Land Trust's Bridge Gardens, located at 36 Mitchell Lane in Bridgehampton.
Admission is $30 per person and $25 for Bridge Gardens Members.
For more information, please visit peconiclandtrust.org.