Saturday, March 15, 2014

Revvin' up

I am incredibly excited to announce that I will be trimming down my daytime hours tending bar at Tweed's to focus exclusively on my freelance work.

Inserted above are my photos from Stephen Talkhouse's mid-winter beach party, taken on assignment for this week's issue of Dan's Papers.

I'm currently in New Orleans, but about to sit down and write a piece for them that will include a fairly big (IMO) local story scoop (my specialty!) - hopefully it will still be a scoop when it's published!

I will also be writing a feature for the Sag Harbor Express, which will be published in their upcoming 'Home & Garden' magazine. The newspaper takes a break from special pubs. in January and February, so I am way excited to be back at it for them. 

My editor, Kathryn Menu, always gives me incredibly interesting assignments, edits carefully without stomping out my voice or adding errors into my copy and is very thorough about her expectations for pieces, whether they be about deadlines, sources, style, etc.

I am blessed to have a number of truly excellent editors, but I have to give Ms. Menu credit for her kindness, patience and consistent diligence. 

Okay, that's enough yapping from this rookie for one afternoon.

I'm going to get writing over here in the French Quarter (which is ironic, as I am exactly one quarter Cajun) and continue revvin' myself up for the inevitability of national publication and super stardom!

And I will never forget those calculating few of you who have unjustly attempted to hold me back, knock me down or entirely destroy me.  
You are tiny people and I feel sorry for you. 

Friday, March 7, 2014

Bringing Sexy Back to Riverhead

Gianna Volpe Photo: James Hall Jr. (Left) and Calvin Kerr (Right) said Feb. 23 they signed a contract with Steve Siegalwaks of Green Earth Grocers to open JC's Cafe and Lounge in the back portion of the 50 E. Main St. building.

By Gianna Volpe

A new business in downtown Riverhead, JC's Cafe and Lounge, will have a soft opening at 8 p.m. next Saturday, March 15,according to co-owner and executive chef, Calvin Kerr. 

"We'll have signage by the rear entrance, which will be open between 8 p.m. and 3 a.m. next Saturday night," Kerr, a Bellport Village resident, said of The soft opening. "We're also building a wall to separate us from the market with French doors in it so there will also be access to the lounge from the front."

No formal permit applications for the business had been filed with Riverhead Town as of March 7.

"We want to bring the sexy back to Riverhead," Kerr said Feb. 23 of the ultimate goal he and co-owner James Hall Jr. have for JC's Cafe and Lounge. "We've got a 52-inch television coming in, couches, ottomans, candles, lanterns and dim lighting. We want our customers to be comfortable."

Hall Jr., a Shirley resident who will serve as the business's floor manager, said he wants to ensure customers not only feel comfortable, but safe.

"I want this to be something where you can kick it and relax and don't have to worry about nothing," he said. "Our couches are going to be so comfortable that you may find yourself falling asleep in them and the guys I've got lined up [for security] are bigger than me."

Kerr and Hall Jr. do not yet have a liquor license for JC's Cafe & Lounge, but said customers are welcome to bring their own alcohol.

The establishment's menu of "eclectic food with a hippie gourmet style" was created by Kerr, a Jamaican native who said his 14 years in the restaurant industry began with a six-year stint at Gurney's Resort and Spa in Montauk.

"I'm really excited," he said of the imminent opening planned for JC's Cafe & Lounge. "This is the culmination of my career.

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Okay, okay, maybe it's incredibly lazy to post a fuzzy screenshot of my latest Dan's Papers piece (which incidentally features my "White Russian martini") but cut me some slack, people - I work all day everyday and most nights to make ends meet out here!

But truth be told, I wouldn't have it any other way.

Getting DBA for "Agent Jane Fox Inc." this upcoming week and plan to get tshirts made up at Peconic Bay Apparel - think they'll have my spine tat on the back!

AND - even more exciting - I'm getting internets installed in my little cottage on Saturday night! 
So hey, maybe in the soonwhile (made that up) you'll even see me set-up my first legit. web page and whatnot!

Think I'm going to start posting news I find blog-style so I can show off my scooping skills and use the posts to pitch stories to publications. 

Oh! And congrats to RHLOCAL on SoutholdLOCAL - maybe eventually I'll move to the South Fork and head up HamptonsLOCAL! 

Or maybe I'll be too super famous by then 😎

Over and Out