If anyone here on the North Fork is truly entrenched in the local food scene, it is Ali Katz. Baked goods and savory specialties from her Mattituck shop Ali Katz Kitchen have ties to local farms and other area businesses in every delicious bite.
Ever had the scrumptious quiches from Browder’s Birds? Ali made them. Picked up chicken stock from a local farm? Good chance Ali prepared it. Nibbled on some treats such as shortbread cookies at Peconic Cellar Door? Yup, those are hers. The energetic chef works with a number of local farmers, vineyards, restaurants and small businesses to create quality local products.
Her shop is part retail and part wholesale. So, during the week Ali works on her wholesale production. On weekends, the shop is open for retail purchases.
Visit Ali Katz Kitchen and you will find a quaint bakery displaying sweet treats in antique cabinets and hutches. She also offers a variety of “grab and go” savory items that might include soups, mac and cheese, salads or quiche. Generally, you will find whatever Ali has chosen to make that week from her options of locally sourced food. But, if retail customers are craving something specific, they can call ahead and order. Ali will do her best to accommodate all requests.
In addition, Ali does light catering for small events. You also might find her products at Clarke’s Garden in Greenport and The Giving Room in Southold, among others. Look for the signature black cat logo.
Ali has a long-standing background in culinary arts. But, her professional life didn’t begin that way. After 9/11, she left a prestigious position working in the garment industry in New York City and enrolled at the French Culinary Institute. Her career as a chef had an auspicious beginning with stints at The Boathouse in Central Park and Abigail Kirsch catering.
After Ali and her husband, Fritz Beckmann, moved to the East End, they both worked at the North Fork Table in Southold. Fritz is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America who once worked at the famed Russian Tea Room. Later, Ali co-owned the specialty cafe goodfood in Mattituck. After moving on from goodfood, she and Fritz opened Ali Katz Kitchen in 2018. Fritz works on the wholesale end of the business.
But, there’s more. “If I can help other women, I do it,” Ali said this week pointing to a display of handcrafted items for sale in her shop.
To support local women entrepreneurs, Ali showcases select art, handmade household items, and Crunchy Girls Granola. So, if you are looking for a unique gift we suggest stopping by the shop. Her baked goods coupled with some of these artisan’s handmade crafts has you covered.
As if she isn’t busy enough, Ali recently coordinated a Supper Club with Salt Bird Cellars of Peconic. (That four-course dinner event quickly sold out.) And she is hosting a Valentine’s Day card and cupcake decorating event for children at her shop in February. (Go to our Events page for information on how to register. https://northforkandknife.com/north-fork-events/
Ali partners with a number of local businesses including Browder’s Birds, Sylvester Manor, Feisty Acres, The Giving Room, Deep Roots Farm, Castello di Borghese, Peconic Cellar Door, Clarke’s Garden, Crunchy Girls Granola and others.
Ali Katz Kitchen is located where Route 48 meets Sound Avenue in Mattituck (55 Middle Road) – in the shopping center that houses Wendy’s Deli and will soon be home to Pizza Rita. For more information, go to http://www.alikatzkitchen.com/