Dining Guide: Jedediah Hawkins Inn, Luce & Hawkins

06/01/2011 1:19 PM |

KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTO Jedediah Hawkins Inn & Restaurant staff members with Director Michael Kaminski, far right, with Chef/Proprietor Keith Luce, second from right, Assistant Director Tom Conner, center, Sous Chef Taylor Knapp, back row, third from left, and Chef Minoru Suzuki, second from left.

Owner(s): Keith Luce

Year established: 2010

Location: 400 South Jamesport Ave., Jamesport

Phone: 631-722-2900

Attire: Comfortable

Wheelchair accessible: Yes

Hours: Open for dinner 7 days, lunch Friday-Monday

Web site: JHINN.com

The Jedediah Hawkins Inn and Luce & Hawkins restaurant occupy an impeccably restored 1863 mansion, originally a private home, and offer world-class dining and luxury accommodations.

Owner and chef Keith Luce took over the restaurant a year ago, and specializes in seasonal farm-to-table cuisine, showcasing local ingredients at the peak of flavor.

“We raise much of our own produce on site in our kitchen garden,” said Keith, “And the eggs are from our own chickens.” They also make butter, cheese, bread and even salt (three kinds, sourced from the Atlantic Ocean, Peconic Bay and Long Island Sound).

Specialties include Crescent Farm duck wings, beef, fresh local seafood and house-made desserts. The restaurant has partnered with local wineries to ship wine in kegs rather than in bottles, offering customers wine on tap.

“We have created a model of hospitality that embraces region, community and heritage. Stated simply, we strive to bring enjoyment to people while raising their awareness and preserving a piece of our heritage,” said Keith. “The experience we offer exemplifies the idea of country inn and restaurant. It utilizes my heritage as a local farmer-turned-recognized-chef and illustrates that Jamesport and the entire North Fork of Long Island deserve to be considered as an amazing place of natural resources, history, promise, pride, beauty, world-class hospitality and excellence.”

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