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Frosty Visits the Peconic Bakery with her brother and parents. “I thought it would be cool to see my picture with Frosty, and I also love the red velvet cupcakes and the chocolate chip cookies here,” she said. All around the huge, airy Peconic Bakery were displays of holiday cookies, mini cupcakes, and extra special gourmet creations, including Pistachio Wreath Cake, Triple Chocolate Gingerbread Cake, Peppermint Sandwich, Snickerdoodle, and Chocolate Crackle Cookies. Owner Jennifer Keller, of Peconic, also showed off her amazing little ‘Night Before Christmas” cookies in the shape of little mice, ears made out of almond slices. There were also Cherry White Chocolate Cookies, Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies, and cookies shaped like stars, snowflakes and mittens. There were big white cakes with bows that looked like presents, and cakes with intricate, colorful flower petals on their tops. There were assorted strudels, sticky buns, and Bundt cakes. And for all the kids to enjoy, there were even cakes with Frosty painted on top, courtesy of artist Don Duga, who has teamed up with owner Jennifer Keller to also create a line of fabulous “Frosty” cookies. “I am happy to involve the whole community in my bakery,” said Keller, who also has a caféé on S. Galardi

By Debbie Tuma The Peconic Bakery, near the downtown district of Riverhead, was packed with children waiting in line to get their picture painted with Frosty the Snowman last Saturday afternoon. For the first time in their nearly two-year anniversary, this 5,000 square-foot bakery, located in a 100 year-old former hardware store, was filled with Frosty the Snowman paintings all over the walls. Throughout the afternoon, about 50 boys and girls waited with their parents to meet the artist, Don Duga of Riverhead, to get their portraits painted in his colorful postcard sketches. “My wife and I grew up with Frosty, and now our kids are watching him,” said Dr. John Byrne of Riverhead, who was standing with his daughters, Emma and Annie. “We also follow Mr. Duga’s shows and cartoons.” Ralph and Karen Neubauer, of Westhampton Beach, said their kids Griffin and Miriam watch Frosty “at least once a day, and they are so excited to be here.” Matthias Dodd Phillips, 10, of Riverhead, was sitting next to Duga, playing an instrument called the Strum Stick. As a young artist himself, he created some copper books marks to sell in the bakery. Duga, a long-time animator, has won numerous awards for his cartoons, and he is perhaps most known for creating the famous Frosty the Snowman character. “I thought it would be fun to share this with the kids during this Christmas season, and to have a community event here,” he said. Gabrielle Schmidt, 11, of Wading River, also came

premises for coffee, sandwiches and quiche. “We hope to do more events here for our customers.” One regular customer, Kendal Kelly of Riverhead, said, “I’ve indulged myself so much here with all this great bakery, that now I’ve limited it to the soups and salads, and an occasional lemon meringue pie.” Keller credits her creative staff for their collaborative efforts, in using her old-fashioned recipes in this modern American bakery. Although she started out as a pediatric nurse in her hometown of Baltimore, and also in Boston, Keller soon switched to her passion of cooking. “I always loved cooking and baking, so after several years of nursing, I opened my own catering company in Baltimore, called “The Food Company,” she recalled. “Eventually I moved to Manhattan, and then out to the North Fork, ten years ago.” She had a storefront in Peconic and a kitchen in Cutchogue, before opening up her Riverhead bakery two years ago. Keller is now starting to bring her creative bakery into Manhattan, for private events and children’s parties. The Peconic Bakery, at Osborne Avenue, is open seven days a week, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. MondaySaturday and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday.



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Dan's Papers 2008 Holiday Issue  

Dan's Papers, the 51-year-old bible of the Hamptons, is owned by Manhattan Media, a multi-media publishing company based in New York City,...

Dan's Papers 2008 Holiday Issue  

Dan's Papers, the 51-year-old bible of the Hamptons, is owned by Manhattan Media, a multi-media publishing company based in New York City,...