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Chef Keith Luce Plans to Cure Meat at Love Lane Market

Local chef launches Kickstarter Internet campaign for support for his plan for the first cured meat facility on the North Fork.

Chef Keith Luce, who says he’s not been cooking at Jedediah Hawkins in Jamesport since the end of October, has a new project of his plate — he launched a Kickstarter.com campaign on Sunday, asking for support for his plan to turn the Love Lane Market in Mattituck into the first facility for locally raised cured meats in the region.

Love Lane Market has been closed since last November, after Hurricane Sandy caused serious damage to custom-built refrigeration compressors. Owner Mike Avella could not be immediately reached for comment, but he told Patch in December that he planned to reopen as soon as possible. Luce said that an agreement between him and Avella is not yet finalized and the future use of Love Lane Market is not quite clear.

Luce said he’s been raising animals on his North Fork farm for the purpose of creating salami-style products for the local market. Luce, who has built himself to a bit of celebrity status over the years, working with chef Walter Schieb at the Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia and serving as sous chef to President Clinton, said that he has been working as a consultant to restaurants in New York City since leaving Jedediah Hawkins. He said that he is uncertain of his future with Jedediah but that this period of transition was the perfect time to focus on his dream of producing local cured meats.

“It will add another thread to the fabric of a burgeoning food scene and help round out the locavore revolution that has begun,” Luce writes on Kickstarter. “Jobs will be created that teach sustainable skills to future stewards of the earth and the region. Most importantly in my view, this project will help preserve open space and prove that a path can be forged toward a better way of life through a sustainable community of like-minded citizens and artisans.”

Click here to see Luce’s Kickstarter campaign page.

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Hope and Change January 28, 2013 at 07:01 PM
im certain this hobby will meat the same fate as the "love lane market". wrong idea in the wrong location. a pig is a pig...
joyce grattan January 29, 2013 at 03:04 AM
agree totally with this assessment--bring back the LLM--we need it and want it---or even a bakery with some tables and coffee, tea, soups, pre-made sandwiches--something the locals can afford and use--we are Mattituck--we are not Manhattan--bring back the LLM
joe insider January 29, 2013 at 03:39 AM
Don't you mean $$$$$$$$$............Bacon!!! considering what he thinks he will be able to charge for such "sustainable" produce?
joeybblz January 29, 2013 at 04:11 AM
Wait, Luce is consulting in Manhatten? Whats he doing? Teaching Restaurateurs how to lose money?
mhorine1 February 01, 2013 at 06:37 PM
This makes no sense to me...most meat sold at BJs and Waldbaums is industrial farmed and full of antibiotics, chemicals and hormones, sho while it may be "cheaper", it's a far cry from locally and responsibly raised meat. And what's wrong with Brauns and Southold Fish Market? Citarella is absurdly expensive.

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