Carissa’s Breads on the East End of Long Island

by Foodie Fatale on September 14, 2014

in Farms/Growers

MontaukCarissasBreads 300x300 Carissas Breads on the East End of Long Island When I visited the Montauk Farmer’s Market a couple of weeks ago, I made a beeline  for Carissa’s Breads‘ table and her glorious Schiacciata alluvia- a sweet Tuscan-style focaccia, made with black grapes and generous amounts of fennel, salt and olive oil. I encountered it last summer and have tasted it in my memory ever since.  It did not disappoint. I was  happy to also try something new, and as different from the Schiacciata alluvia as you could get:  Dark Stout Bread. 1535396 856667947699647 3846501709873893250 n 300x300 Carissas Breads on the East End of Long Island Hearty and earthy with a pleasant touch of
bitterness, Carissa makes it with Montauk Brewing Co dark stout ale and wheat from Amagansett-based Amber Waves Farm.  Two days later, it still tasted great freshened up in the oven, served with some Parmigiano-Reggiano and very sharp Vermont cheddar
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Carissa Waechter is young, passionate and glowing with the joy of doing something she loves. And what’s more, she’s talented.   She’s been baking since graduating from the Art Institute of New York‘s culinary program. After that, she went on to apprentice with World Pastry Champion Chef Michel Willaume at Mondrian Pastry. She was a head pastry Chef under David Burke for several years before joining Chef Daniel Boulud’s pastry team.  But the real turning point was when Carissa met Amanda Merrow and Katie Baldwin, young farmers who grow wheat at Amber Waves Farm (2014 marked their 6th harvest).

“It was then I fell in love with the growing side of the food scene. I really could not believe how great & different food tasted when grown with love and care. My bread business fell into place naturally, and demand continues to increase for breads made with a portion of locally grown wheat, which I mill myself.”

In addition to  Carissa’s Breads, in 2010, she cofounded the Amagansett Food Institute, a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to supporting farmers and food producers on the East End of Long Island.  For Carissa, her work baking bread is intertwined with her community of growers and food entrepreneurs.

“I cannot describe the joy I experience as both my business and nonprofit continue to grow and serve my community.”

Carissa’s Breads is a Martha Stewart American Made 2014 finalist.

You have until October 13, 2014 to VOTE FOR CARISSA’S BREADS.

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15372 852407224792386 8087766372016333705 n 300x300 POLL: Who Makes the BEST Lobster Roll in Connecticut?

The Connecticut lobster roll is simple and glorious: a succulent combination of freshly picked lobster meat and melted butter, served on a hot dog roll.
It’s about as different from the cold mayo variety as you can get. Although the basic recipe is the same wherever you go in the state, there are slight variations — and Connecticut residents are fiercely loyal to their favorite purveyors.

Where do you eat YOUR favorite  lobster roll?  Choose among the suggestions below - or add your own.

You have until September 21, 2014 to vote.

I’ll write a Foodie Fatale post this fall featuring the winning Lobster Roll.

May the finest lobster roll(s) win!

**9-4-14 UPDATE: Any restaurant with 10 or more write in votes will be added to the poll list



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Pies! Pies! Pies!

Pieon9BIG 295x300 New Havens City Seed presents: Pie on 9 I was happily engulfed in a pie frenzy recently in New Haven’s Ninth Square District where City Seed Community Food Systems Coordinator Tagan Engel organized the annual Pie On 9 Contest and Block Party,* inviting the New Haven community to bake and submit (130!) pies in a variety of categories.
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Tagan and I went to Sarah Lawrence College together many years ago and I am honored to know her now. A Chef and baker, she  is an activist and leading voice in Connecticut around issues of food justice and sustainability. Also author of the fab blog Tagan’s Kitchen.

Tagan invited me to be a guest judge in the Fruit Pie category.
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10537421 846717455361363 5179955149989971833 n 300x300 New Havens City Seed presents: Pie on 9 Lucky me! Along with fellow judges Kathy Riegelmann of Katalina’s Bakery, Cast Iron Soul‘s Steve and Shayla Ross, we  tasted nearly 100 pies. The winner, a Divine key lime pie by Abby Klein.

If you don’t know City Seed, you should. They are doing very important work. (Mission: To engage the community in growing an equitable, local food system that promotes economic development, community development and sustainable agriculture). This year’s Pie on 9 benefited City Seed’s Food Stamp Double Value Program, which doubles the value of SNAP food stamps at CitySeed’s five markets.

It was an extraordinary ordinary event. Good vibes, dancing, conversation, food. Little kids everywhere, as well as a range of familiar faces including  New Haven Mayor Toni Harp to 116 Crown‘s John Ginnetti. Learn more about City Seed on their website or Facebook page. And sign up HERE to join their newsletter. Inspiration all around.

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 With 116 Crown’s John Ginnetti

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*sponsored by Town Green Special Services District and Green Village Initiative (GVI)


I’m extremely grateful to the farmers who inspired this story, now available at PARADE Magazine: Frank Trentecoste of Bhumi Farms, Sarah & Ryan Voiland of Red Fire Farm, Marcie Jimenez of Jimenez Family Farm and Marcie’s Pies, and Crystal & Dan Nells of C & D Family Farms. Does your local farm offer gift cards?

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