Dining Out

Twenty-five years ago, Island builder/ developer Peter Rosbeck of Edgartown came up with a very Vineyardy business idea: He would produce a home-grown sparkling water blended with a touch of natural grape flavor.

The owners of the Sweet Life Café in Oak Bluffs share the essence of their home collection and suggest some wine pairings with dishes from the restaurant and home.

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.

On the following pages, you’ll find details on a variety of foods and ingredients you can find in the springtime on the Island – in your backyard, in fields, in forests, and on beaches. Plus recipes for strawberry knotweed pie, watercress spring rolls, and candied violets.

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.

Pages

Dining Out

_._