Spring 2005

EATER AT LARGE: Farmer’s Best Friend

The American Farm Bureau, one of the oldest institutions in American agriculture, enjoys a reputation soiled in recent years by corruption, accounting scandals, discrimination, and more allegiance to Big Agribusiness than the family farmers who form its lifeblood. Most disappointing has been the Bureau’s perennial lack of creativity in its efforts to keep farmers on the land.

CULT OF TASTE: Learn Your ABC’s

In recent years, an anything-but-chardonnay doctrine has emerged among wine drinkers in America. This ABC crowd writes off overwhelming, oaky chardonnays as too difficult to pair with many foods or to enjoy alone. In response, on March 22, in the piano room of Sag Harbor’s America Hotel, Edible East End’s rotating panel of local wine experts conducted a blind tasting of 14 Long Island chardonnays made with little or no oak.

NOTABLE EDIBLES: Wine Camp

Try to imagine summer camp with impeccable food, endless wine, and no kids. Enter Wine Camp, a four-day immersion in Long Island wine country launched this March by the Long Island Wine Country B&B Group, an association of seven North Fork B&Bs.