This past Friday, July 22nd, I attended the 4th annual GrillHampton event, the first event for Dan’s Taste of Summer food and drink summer series. This year’s event, held Fairview Farm at Mecox in Bridgehampton is the ultimate grilling event, where the best of the best grill-masters from the Hamptons and Manhattan come together under an enormous tent to compete for the title of People’s Choice as well as Judge’s Choice. In the battle between The Hamptons and Manhattan, this year The Hamptons’s chefs took home the winning title.
Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer based in Manhattan won People’s Choice and Grey Lady in Montauk won Judge’s Choice. Before I reveal my favorite dishes, I have to tell you about my meet-and-greet with Host Adam Richman, host of Travel Channel’s Mind Finds Food. He was one of the sweetest, genuine, most down-to-earth people I have met. Inside the VIP tent, he took his time to speak with each event-goer, and personalized each copy of his new cookbook, Straight Up Tasty. He was also posing for photos with guests. Richman, my husband Kris, and I chatted about traveling to Scandinavia, Greenland, Germany, and some of his latest recipes he published. What a guy, I wish you all could have met him with me! We brought home two cookbooks: one he signed for my daughter, and the second one was for my hubby. View Post
Manna is a romantic, intimate Italian restaurant set in the heart of Watermill and within walking distance to the Hampton Jitney station stop, the post office, as well as several local businesses. The menu has a strong Sicilian flare, where Owner and Chef Marco Barrila hails from. This was my first visit to Manna, which opened this past winter. At 6pm on a Thursday evening, my guest and I were some of the first restaurant-goers to arrive.
We decided to sit outside and enjoy the warm summer air. Their cozy dining space inside is perfect for during the off-season. Our waiter was prompt and courteous, taking his time with the menu explanation and inputting his recommendations.
I have been a customer of Sant Ambroeus in Southampton for many years. My family would always get birthday cakes for myself and other family members at Sant Ambroeus when I was growing up in the Hamptons. The create stunning and delicious cakes for any occasion. This restaurant is one of the most elegant spots to dine at in the Hamptons and is known for its consistent, reputable service coupled with top-notch Northern Italian cuisine. Though you may have stepped inside for their famous gelato or stood by at their chic espresso bar, I must recommend you come in for lunch or dinner for the most unforgettable experience.
The Backyard Restaurant at Solé East in Montauk is a fun and lively hotspot for millennials and families alike for dining and listening to live music. The outdoor space is a an open, peaceful “backyard” with tables placed amongst beautiful gardens and on the lush lawn surrounding the pool. The fresh atmosphere is completed with a roaring fire pit, tiki torches and day beds.
For 2016, the restaurant has created an entirely new menu, with a focus on Mediterranean seafood dishes with a local, Montauk-style infusion. The dining room features white canvas director chairs paired with wood tables topped with white linens and rustic brown craft paper. As a finishing touch, rotating art exhibits of local artists and photographers adorn the walls. The Backyard Restaurant welcomes guests not only for breakfast, lunch and dinner in season, but also for cocktails and pop up events.
Within the categories of desserts and sweeteners, my primary focus was on discovering notable international food brands and as well as domestic brands with certified organic and non-GMO labels. For a taste of sweet, I had my eye on satisfying, unique treats rather than ones that are often considered indulgent like dense cakes, custards, and cheesecakes.
Below is a sample of some of my favorites I rediscovered and grew fond of at the food show.