Over a month ago I launched out east foodie, and in a short time I have met some of the most dedicated stewards of the out east food community. My journey started with Harvest East End in Bridgehampton where I mingled with passionate chefs and winemakers and tasted my way through each artisans craft. Next was the North Fork Foodie Tour which led me to Egg and Dairy Farms with award winning cheeses and horticulturalists who specialize in unique Micro-Greens and Vegetables. I shared with you the story of my Father's Fig Tree and our Stripe Bass Fishing Trip in the Shinnecock Bay which reminded me of the generations of families who live off the land and sea and their contribution to the out east food culture. At the Long Island Garlic Festival at the Garden of Eve Organic Farm and Market in Riverhead I met with many garlic fanatics and had a date with a cup of garlic ice cream. And last but not least was the Slow Food East End Annual Potluck Meeting at the Hayground School in Bridgehampton where like minded foodie activists shared stories and homemade delights within a setting that is a great example of an Edible School Garden and Cooking Kitchen/Cafeteria for children. In between all these events and storytelling I was inspired to cook from my own kitchen and even try my hand at making puff pastry, ricotta cheese and a fig pistachio frangipane tart. I know I have only scratched the surface of the out east food scene but I wanted to thank you all for sharing with me your passions and the love of labor that you create. It is a true honor to tell your stories and be inspired by You, the out east community and I look forward to meeting each and every one of you in the future.