Dining Out

Deon Thomas has been shuttling between the Vineyard and Anguilla for years, developing a restaurant business on both islands, as well as a devoted following who travel to wherever he can be found in the kitchen.

Pond grasses glow a soft umber. Roadside milkweed is fat with juice. Nomadic geese have set up camp in Ocean Park. And visitors bearing packages have come a-tapping at my door.

If you’re driving up-Island toward the Cliffs on State Road in Aquinnah, you may miss the Orange Peel Bakery sign on your left just before Lobsterville Road – unless it’s late afternoon on a Wednesday from May to October.

For many of us, preparing a meal can be an inspired event. For professional artists, the cooking bar can be even higher – as a new Island cookbook explores.

This is the tale of a marriage, a home, and a berry patch.

Legend has it that in 1816 Henry Hall of Barnstable County cleared the brush from around some native cranberry plants, and as a result, sand from a nearby dune blew onto the plot.

Many of us can remember a time when indulging in a truly memorable meal was much like finding a piece of blue sea glass – it could happen, but it was a noteworthy event.

From the baking and boxing to the selling, the Blake family shares the workload at their home in West Tisbury.

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Dining Out