The Executive Chef and an Owner of Bay Kitchen Bar, Eric Miller, attended The Culinary Institute of America, where he graduated in 1980. After graduation, Chef worked in notable kitchens including at The Helmsley Palace Hotel in Manhattan, Aspen’s Charlemagne Restaurant, and worked under famed chef, Christian Delouvrier, at Le Parker Meridien’s Maurice.
In 2005, Miller came out east, and acquiring catering firms FOOD & CO and Hampton Clam Bake and Catering Company, go-to services for the Hamptons’ elite. With these projects, Miller firmly established relationships with local purveyors and fisheries while cementing his Long Island roots. Chef joins Bay Kitchen Bar in East Hampton, encompassing his culinary heritage, a dream team of partners and colleagues and a magical location. Chef Eric Miller dishes on the conception of the restaurant, the dishes you should order at least twice, and more in this exclusive interview.
It’s been almost a year since Jen Russo opened JUJA Active in Southampton on Jobs Lane. Now, her fitness apparel and accessory boutique has landed in East Hampton! Jen Russo’s boutique in East Hampton, which opened May 6th, sells an assortment from 30+ designers including W.I.T.H, Red Tiger, Track & Bliss, and Pheel. JUJA Active will also officially be introducing active-wear accessories at the new East Hampton location, including a must-have gym bag by Save My Bag.
Read my interview with Jen Russo below, where we discuss healthy bites in the Hamptons and Manhattan and what she is looking forward to most this summer.
One of the newest specialty food businesses to hit the Hamptons scene is Hampton Jam Company. Hampton Jam Company’s current flavors include Blueberry, Apple & Tart Cherry, Strawberry Lemonade, and Blood Orange & Ginger Marmalade. My favorite was the Strawberry Lemonade, that pairs beautifully on top of Greek yogurt or a freshly baked croissant. It has an authentic taste of a tall glass of picnic-ready strawberry lemonade in the summer. Be creative with their jams! The Blood Orange & Ginger Marmalade was a pleasant accompaniment to grilled chicken, pork chops, and on top of baked meatballs.
I sat down with husband-and-wife team, Jessica Mackin-Cipro and Chef Joe Cipro, who began crafting their organic jams at home as a hobby. The spreads include only the basics: organic fruit, organic spices, organic sugar, and organic lemon. Chef Joe Cipro, a Maryland native and marketing graduate of Johnson & Wales culinary school, started his chef career at Della Femina Restaurant in East Hampton, where he worked as the sous chef at the East Hampton staple. After Della Femina closed in 2011, Joe continued to work as sous chef at Topping Rose House in Bridgehampton and Little Red in Southampton, before becoming a full-time private chef in 2013.
Macarons are landing in the Hamptons this summer! I am a loyal fan of macarons, the bright photogenic colors and presentation, aroma, delicate flavors, every aspect. As stated in a previous post, I choose to enjoy mine straight from the box like Oreos with a cuppa. I was delighted to be introduced to the founder of The Bearded Baker, Scott Krevat, by the Christine Clemens, the Founder and Head Chef of the catering company, Hamptons Haute.
Krevat, a 2013 graduate from New York University where he studied Biochemistry founded his macaron company soon after he graduated. “I knew I always wanted to start a business every since I was a little kid,” explains Krevat. “I was enterprising candy on the playground and cards for money. I knew I didn’t want to go into science and work in a lab, so I really wanted to make something. I found out about macarons, received a box as a gift from my mom, and as I was about to head home, I ate the entire box in the car. “Why haven’t I had one of these before?”
I recently had the honor of being interviewed by Stephanie DeVaux of Borrowed & Blue, a stunning website where you can imagine, plan, and share the wedding of your dreams. Start planning your wedding by choosing where in the United States you plan on getting married. My husband and I were married almost five years ago on the North Fork at Vineyard Caterers. We couldn’t have imagined a more spectacular day to spend the first day of the rest of our lives together.
“Weddings are all about the couple, and resources galore are dedicated to all things bride or groom. But what about the guests? They’re travelling in for the weekend (to a sometimes unfamiliar city) and need to be able to entertain themselves in the midst of wedding activities. That’s why we are coming to Vanessa for her local recommendations for where guests can grab a bite in the Hamptons. So listen up, wedding guests: here’s the insider scoop on how to navigate Hamptons weddings with style.” – Stephanie, Borrowed & Blue’s Hamptons Market Specialist
Vanessa is a freelance food, travel and lifestyle writer who has lived in and combed the Hamptons all her life. She is considered to be one of the most sought after food and drink experts in the Hamptons with a vast knowledge of insider information regarding where to dine, snag the best deals, and make the most of your Hamptons experience. “I am more than happy to share my tips with visitors to the area. I always like to make sure they experience a true ‘taste of the Hamptons’!”