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Love Bites Benefit 2018

This year’s Love Bites benefit was held this past Saturday, January 20th at The Muses Southampton from 6:30-9:30p.m. The annual event raises funds for Katy’s Courage and The Scarlett Fund. Katy’s Courage honors the memory of Katy Stewart and The Scarlett Fund is in honor of Scarlett James. This well attended benefit included over a dozen restaurants and local catering companies serving of delicious bites and cocktails as well as a silent auction table at the center, entertainment by DJ Michael of East End Entertainment with the evening’s dress code as ‘a dash of red.’

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Celebrate Jackson Pollock’s Birthday at The Springs Tavern

The Springs Tavern, located in East Hampton on Fort Pond Blvd., will hosting a special celebration to honor Jackson Pollock’s birthday on Sunday, January 28 beginning at 5pm. That day is the actual birthday of the late artist and Springs resident. The evening will feature art, nature, and a $30 prix fixe menu, with recipes inspired by Jackson Pollock.

Originally from Wyoming, Jackson Pollock was a resident of Springs from the mid 1940’s until his death in 1956. Famously known for his ‘drip paintings,’ he created many of his well-known works in his studio on Springs Fireplace Road, minutes away from The Springs Tavern. Pollock converted the barn into a studio. He lived in Springs with his wife and fellow artist, Lee Krasner. 

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5 Tips and Tricks to Prepare for The Big Game

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #TheOtherBowl #CollectiveBias

Are you thinking about your preparations for The Big Game in early February? My family and I always look forward to one of our favorite days in sports. Each year, close family and friends come together to celebrate, bringing some of their own homemade dishes and party accessories. We always make it an all-day affair and do our shopping a few days ahead of time.

This year, we are hosting The Big Game Celebration. As my readers, I invite you in to our home to see how we organize and prepare in advance for The Big Game from bathroom readiness and essentials to creating an organized, hassle free Game Day food spread.

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What’s Hot and What’s Not: 2018 Dining Trends

Weighing in on what’s hot and what’s not for 2018 food and beverage trends are some of the top hotel and resort chefs in the United States.

According to the Specialty Food Association’s Trendspotter Panel, 2018 food trends include a rise in Filipino cuisine, reducing food waste with such practices as root-to-stem cooking, alternative sweeteners such as syrups made from dates and sun root, and a deeper exploration of foods from the Middle East. An interesting one for me is the possible reaction to the deluge of rainbow and unicorn foods and the incoming  ‘black’ foods. I don’t believe a Goth food trend will be nearly as strong; however, activated charcoal was making a strong presence in the food industry beginning in mid 2017. Thinking charcoal lemonade, pizza crust, cheeses, and even toothpaste. This trend will continue to emerge for 2018.

Top hotel chefs are also weighing in on the emerging dining trends of this year. Notable plates for this year are anticipated to include crisp, colorful vegetables, culturally eclectic menus, and even unique spins on Hawaiian poke. Poke was beginning to pop up on menus more often in 2017 than in recent years and it will most likely make an even stronger presence this year.

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The Perfect Wooden Watch for that Special Someone This Valentine’s Day

I was gifted a Cassia JORD Wood Watch to facilitate my review. All opinions and content are my own. 

Thinking about what to give that very special man or woman in your life? JORD Wood Watches has created a luxurious line of men’s and women’s watches that will instantly create that ‘wow factor’ when presented to them this Valentine’s Day. I was recently given the opportunity to receive and review a JORD Wooden Watch. It was a tough decision, but I eventually ended up deciding on the Cassia Zebra & Ivory Wooden Watch by JORD.

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