Makers — Long Island food

Bon Bons Chocolatier

Bon Bons Chocolatier

Bon Bons has been located in Huntington Village since 1979, but the Meinersman family had no part in the business until Alice Meinersman (Susannah's mother) saw a Bon Bons newspaper ad in 1984 searching for a chocolate dipper. "My mother always loved to cook and bake and garden, all those things. She took a couple flower arranging courses, but nobody would hire her because she didn't have any experience. One of those Catch-22's," says Susannah. "The first time my mother tried dipping she was so nervous her hand was shaking. But the woman there said she reminded her of a...

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South Fork Kitchens (East End Food Institute)

South Fork Kitchens (East End Food Institute)

"Throughout the United States the small family farm is really struggling," says Kate Fullam, Executive Director of the East End Food Institute. "And the East End of Long Island faces significant challenges - geography, seasonal tourism, high cost of land and business operations. 2/3 of farms on Long Island are under 50 acre plots and 1/3 are between 1 and 9 acres of land. Most of them have to highly leverage the retail margins through sales during the tourist seasons, so we're trying to help these family farms wholesale and create value added goods in order to survive." . Originally...

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Vienna Cookie Company

Vienna Cookie Company

"I find it so rewarding to see that joy come over someone's face when they first take a bite of one of my cookies," says Heidi Riegler. "I don't mean to stare, but I can't help but notice. I feel like I'm giving them some love haha."  . To indulge in a Vienna Cookie is to capture a brief glimpse of the wonder it was to be a child in Austria around Christmas. In Austria, it's tradition to bake around the Holidays and Heidi's childhood home was no exception. "That's what my mom and I would do and that's kind...

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