The 12th Annual A Hamptons Happening benefit took place this past Saturday, July 9th 2016 at the residence of Maria and Kenneth Fishel in Bridgehampton. This gala event marked the 40th Anniversary of the founding of the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation by noted oncologist and cancer researcher Samuel Waxman, MD. I was in attendance with my husband and over 500 guests. In addition to a full open bar, carnival-style games, a silent auction, and live auction, we tasted savory and sweet bites from some of the finest restaurants in New York City and the Hamptons.
Chris Wragge, CBS 2 News anchor, once again did a phenomenal job as host while drawing in some high bids on auction items that ranged from exclusive dining experiences at acclaimed restaurants to luxurious vacation getaways. Guests of honor were philanthropist, breast cancer survivor, New York Times best-selling author, and Emmy winning television personality, Sandra Lee; Jayma Cardoso, Founder of The Surf Lodge in Montauk; and Deirdre Quinn, CEO of the luxury fashion company Lafayette 148 New York.
Red carpet celebrity guests were Reality TV Star, entrepreneur, and author Jill Zarin; Wine Expert/Champagne Taittinger, and brand ambassador Chantelle Pabros; and Reality TV Star of Bravo’s The Real Housewives of New York City, and ABC’s Celebrity Wife Swap Allyson Shapiro.
After the live auction and champagne pour, a sea of guests rushed on to the dance floor. My favorite aspects of the event were the carnival games next to the dance floor that included a basketball hoop toss, crazy cans, and a bean bag toss along with a loaded candy jar full of goodies to take home as well as the Picpic photo booth by Champagne Taittinger.
My favorite savory bites were the Watermelon and Feta Skewers with Pumpkin Seed Pesto and Good Water Farms Greens by The Surf Lodge by Executive Chef Chris Rendell; deviled eggs and avocado tuna tartare by The East Hampton Grill; pickles by Backyard Brine; wings by Hurricane Grill & Wings; and a bacon slider by Bareburger by Chef Misha Levin. My favorite sweet bites were Sex on the Beach Cake Pops by Chef Michael Ferraro of Delicatessen; sea salt caramel macarons by Pastry Chef Francois Payard; gluten-free cookies by Emily Costa of My Sister’s Chef; and Rose Water Coconut Milk vegan ice cream by DF Mavens. Francois Payard and Fernanda Capobianco were the Honorary Lead Chef Couple.
Additional participating restaurants and businesses were Hamptons Jam Company, Saaz Indian Restaurant, Tully’s Seafood Market, Oreya/Culinaria Group, Union League Club, Arlotta Food Studio (sponsor), and Nounos Creamery.
Beverages and potables included a selection of teas by Plain T Boutique Tea Company, Bloody Mary’s with Ubons Bloody Mary Mix, coffee by Hampton Coffee Company, Champagne Taittinger, Mezcal Dona Sarita, and Saratoga Water.
Notable auction items included a luxurious stay package at White Fences Inn in Watermill, getaway package with The Surf Lodge, tickets to “Hamilton” on Broadway, tickets to see Billy Joel in concert, a candle package by Hamptons Handpoured, and a vacation package to The Breakers, in addition to a variety of signed and highly coveted sports memorabilia.
This was my second year attending A Hamptons Happening. Read all about 2015’s event here.