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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joe insider January 27, 2013 at 11:07 PM
"sustainable skills to future stewards of the earth and the region"...? It's a meat smoking plant/store, not a think tank. I love the term"sustainable farming" used by all the new folks. We have families farming the same land since the 1700's and the new ones are going to teach use sustainability? He also thinks that his plan will help preserve open space? the guy has only got 5 acres, not 50 or 500!
Frank T January 28, 2013 at 01:47 AM
I think he spent too much time in the smoke house!
mhorine1 January 28, 2013 at 11:51 AM
Keith Luce's family has been farming local land for a very long time, and I'll take 5 open acres over another Walmart/Petco/Lowes any day.
agnes January 28, 2013 at 12:29 PM
With so much meat available at fair prices from BJ's to Waldbaums what this neighborhood seems to lack is a fish store with a diverse selection of fish at fair prices. If this can be done at Citarella in East Hampton we should be able to do it here on love lane.
Dellaquila beauty January 28, 2013 at 12:31 PM
Stan Uproar lll January 28, 2013 at 01:00 PM
This sounds great as a new comer to the northfork from Williamsburg brklyn and a hipster I love the idea with so many of my hipster friends vacationing on the northfork this I just what will bring many more of us hipester out to the eastern end of the northfork
Tom January 28, 2013 at 01:14 PM
MMMMMMMM........... BACON !!!
peter cameron January 28, 2013 at 01:52 PM
I liked LLM the way it was before it was refashioned upscale. It was a convenience between the post office, the bank, and the hardware store when one didn't want to make an additional stop for milk or bread or to grab a sandwich. A grocery and a deli. And for some of us it was a social center, a place where people could meet and talk. To me the loss of that community connection was deeply felt. These are all aspects that I hope are considered in understanding the success of that earlier business model, and thinking about how they might be included in future plans.
Ellen Wexler January 28, 2013 at 02:46 PM
Love to see him include local venison.
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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