Laura Luciano

Laura Luciano — Out East Foodie

At a very young age, I was exposed to the bounty of Long Island: fishing, crabbing—or footing—for clams with my father Out East was, and still is, an adventure.

I grew up 100 miles west of the Hamptons and North Fork in Hawthorne, New York. My second home was in East Quogue. One of my first exposures to food and cooking was with my grandparents in their kitchen. Lending a hand preparing Sunday’s gravy (meat sauce) and tuttaes (tortelli Piacentini), which were my grandmother’s ravioli from her hometown of Piacenza, Italy.

I am a trained graphic designer. For more than 20 years, I have been bringing corporations’ and people’s brands and stories to life. In 2008, I started my own graphic design business out of my 400-square-foot apartment in New York City, the same space I have lived in for almost 17 years. Working at home keeps me closer to my kitchen, which helps me hone on my skills as a home cook.

That same year, with my husband Chris, an architect, we bought a piece of land in Hampton Bays. We designed and are building a sustainable home called Sheridan Green, which is scheduled to be completed in summer 2013. Inspired by our upcoming home and becoming a permanent member of the out east food scene, I started a blog called out east foodie. This platform has allowed me to share the edible stories of the North and South forks of Long Island. Sheridan Green will be another platform: where like-minded people can come together to talk story, enjoy amazing food and drink and share inspiration in a great space.