I have been cooking and teaching in my kitchen at The Greenporter Hotel, for over a decade. I was always a cook at heart even though my education and career took me in other directions. I found that learning about local food is how you learn about culture. How people feed themselves is key in maintaining the health and welfare of a society. By sharing recipes and techiques, I hope to help make good food accessible to all people. I keep a garden at The Greenporter and encourage all of you to plant something. Some herbs in your windowsill, tomatoes during the summer, radishes in chilly weather. Use them in everything from soups to salads to lavender for desserts and cocktails. Having a kitchen on the North Fork of Long Island is every chef’s dream where you have local products sprouting in farms all around you. Whether it’s local oysters, duck, mushrooms or Striped Bass, all of it is fresh including the wines to accompany your meal. We cook with as many local ingredients available to us year-round. In the winter you’ll find us here on the weekends and from Memorial Day to Labor Day and during the high season we are here most days. Let us know next time you stop at a farmstand and pick up some really beautiful locally grown or harvested goodies.