GrillHampton 2017

GrillHampton, part of Dan’s Taste of Summer event series, took place this past Friday, July 21st from 8-10:30pm at Fairview Farm overlooking Mecox Bay in Bridgehampton. The annual event was hosted by Robert Irvine, Celebrity Chef, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist, Founder of the Robert Irvine Foundation and Chef/Owner of Robert Irvine’s Public House at the Tropicana Las Vegas. Guests had the opportunity to take part in the voting for Team Hamptons vs. Team NYC.

This BBQ fest ‘pits’ East End chefs against NYC chefs in a one-of-a-kind cooking competition and tasting event. In addition to the hearty grilled fare, guests enjoyed crepes by Whole Le Crepe, beer and specialty cocktails, then learned the results of the judging competition. In addition to guests voting, their was a panel of tasting judges at the sponsor Pat LaFrieda’s judging table. Two types of tickets granted guests access: VIP for $195 included early access beginning at 7pm, and admission to the Waterfront VIP Lounge with special treats, and more; and General Admission for $140 with access beginning at 8pm.

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Brand New Finds at the Summer Fancy Food Show

This year’s Summer Fancy Food Show introduced me to several new, notable brands and exhibitors. Below I have curated my list of favorites from the 2017 show held at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York City.

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Swallow East

Located in Montauk just minutes from Gosman’s Dock, Swallow East is a hip, chic eatery that is the true heart and soul of out east. Open for lunch and dinner seven days, Swallow East serves up extraordinarily memorable and flavorful fare. I don’t want to spoil it just yet but I had one of the best plates ever at this seaside spot. I encourage every single one of my readers to come in and dine, sip one of their summery cocktails, and listen to the incredible lineup of live bands scheduled for the season. As soon as my husband, daughter and I stepped inside, it instantly became apparent as to why Swallow East is so positively spoken of. Ever since Swallow East open their doors in 2012, dozens of colleagues, neighbors, and friends, have highly recommended this one-of-a-kind restaurant.

It would be difficult for me to think of more than a handful of restaurants that deserve the amount of praise Swallow East has received. The staff is warm, gracious and treats you like part of the family the second you arrive. Their smiles are genuine and they each took the time to make sure that we were comfortable and settled upon arrival. We sat in one of their spacious rooms adjacent to the dock. I strolled along outside with Sarah for a few minutes while our drink order was placed. The salty sea air was so refreshing yet calming. To drink, I had the Nitro Cold Brew Coffee: Sail Away Cold Brew on Tap ($6) and my husband had the Greenport Summer Ale on tap. I have been a fan of Sail Away for a couple of years and could not resist ordering my favorite cold brew coffee.

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Summer Fancy Food Show Launches Child Friendly Snacks

There has been a recent boom in demand for healthy, high-quality child-friendly snacks in the specialty food industry. This year’s food show was beaming with top-notch, organic, gluten-free, nut-free, and non-GMO snack choices for children and parents alike that are ideal to bring to school, the beach, or a road trip. My daughter helped me curate this list, and I know when it has her seal of approval, it is the best of the best. Below are our top four child-friendly snacks introduced to my family at this year’s Summer Fancy Food Show.

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St. Jude’s Hope in the Hamptons 2017

St. Jude’s third annual Hope in the Hamptons took place this past Saturday, July 15th in Watermill at the home of Sue and Dave Birdsall. The Birdsall Family honored their family member, Drew, who was diagnosed with leukemia in June of 2013. After three and a half years of treatment at St. Jude, Drew is cancer free and back to being a kid again. “We know that St. Jude could not continue without the wonderful people [here tonight]. We cannot express how much this means to all of us.” -The Birdsall Family. Before St. Jude opened in 1962, the survival rates for acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) were 4%. Today, the survival rate is 94%.

The event brought together over 500 guests to celebrate and support the work of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Hamptons Haute once again beautifully catered the event, serving delectable passed hor d’oeuvres, wine, cocktails, and dinner. View Post

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