An Intimate Evening Under the Stars With Michael Bolton
 The Michael Bolton Charities fundraising event, “An Evening Under the Stars”, took place at a private estate in Sagaponack on Saturday, August 19th beginning at 6pm. Now in its 24th year, The Michael Bolton Charities has been a consistent advocate and supporter of initiatives and organizations committed to responding to the needs of children and women at risk from domestic violence, physical and mental abuse, poverty, homelessness and human trafficking. Over 200 guests to came together for a charitable evening of dinner, drinks, and a private performance by Michael Bolton himself, all in honor of women and children as victims of domestic violence everywhere. The event was presented by Lawrence Scott Events. Founder and Creative Director, Lawrence Scott Gottesman, created a one-of-a-kind celebration for such a meaningful cause.
The hosts for the evening were Kimberly Guifoyle and Chris Wragge. Honorees included Susan Shin, Founder of Shin Advisors, who was recognized for her philanthropic work towards ending living with domestic violence. Every detail was executed brilliantly and real captured your attention. The tent, chandeliers, and table settings were exquisite. I was blown away by the culinary presentation and passed hor d’oeuvres, which included Filet Mignon ‘cigars’, Chicken Satay, and spring rolls. Just behind the tent was an enormous fresh fruit, bread, and cheese display that really captured your attention. It was almost too perfect to touch and eat from. I have never seen anything like it.

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The Springs Tavern in East Hampton

The Springs Tavern opened their doors in East Hampton this spring and has already drawn in excellent reviews. As soon as we stepped inside, we were greeted by genuine, upbeat waitstaff who went above and beyond to accommodate us and made our dining experience comfortable and enjoyable. The seating area is very open and airy, and the oak bar is a spacious spot to sit and watch sports. High-top tables are just in front of the bar for additional seating space. Just around the bar, you will discover a dart board, which gets very popular during the late evenings. We were able to play a few rounds during our dinner.

We recognized several people we knew from Springs. They expressed how much they enjoy coming here and how it is so close to home. “The hours are very reliable, we always know we can count on Springs Tavern for a late night dinner. We are easily able to walk here, it’s so fantastic!” says a customer. There is live entertainment on select nights and Country Night is every Tuesday beginning at 8pm. On this night, guests may participate in a complimentary line dancing class at 8pm, and the Spaghetti Westerners will play live music at 9pm. A light bar menu is available for guests and includes: $4 Jack Daniels shots, $4 Sweet Action Beers, $5 hot dogs, pizza slices and more.

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An Interview with Chef James Tchinnis of Swallow East

I am honored to introduce my readers to Chef James Tchinnis, The Executive Chef and Owner of Swallow Restaurant in Huntington and Swallow East in Montauk. Chef Tchinnis’s cuisine focuses on casual, sophisticated new American fare with a dash of decadence and an emphasis on local ingredients. A Long Island Native, he has been around great food all his life. His mother cooked regularly at home, exposing Tchinnis to a range of eclectic cuisines and opening his eyes to new flavors and techniques. He is a French Culinary Institute graduate (now The International Culinary Center) and has since worked in some of the finest restaurants in New York, including Le Cirque, The Grand Havana Room and Aliah.

In October 2010, he and his wife, Julie, opened Swallow Restaurant (Little Swallow) in Huntington Village, which was instantly met with rave reviews. At the time, it was a cozy 20-seat restaurant with an open kitchen and an eclectic menu of New American small plates. The popularity grew so quickly, that an expansion was inevitable. In 2013, Swallow completed a renovation that tripled its size. It was in 2012 that Chef Tchinnis opened Swallow East. The restaurant quickly earned a reputation as one of Montauk’s best. Many with whom I have spoken to highly recommended I come to Swallow East. It truly is one of the best spots to dine not only in Montauk but on the East End and for many reasons: family-friendly, fresh local cuisine, and an exceptionally dedicated waitstaff.

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The Great Food Truck Derby 2017

The 6th annual Food Truck Derby took place at the Hayground School in Bridgehampton on Friday, August 11th, presented by Edible East End. The event began at 3:30pm VIP ticket holders and at 4pm for General Admission and lasted until 7pm. This was my third time attending the Food Truck Derby and by far, this was the best year yet! Everyone involved did a phenomenal and thorough job putting together such a well-organized and well-attended event. The weather was perfect, the food and beverages were plentiful, and there was something for everyone.

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Crowns by Christy x Nine West Hamptons Summer Brunch

On Saturday, August 5th, Christy Doramus of Crowns by Christy hosted a summer brunch in partnership with Nine West at a private residence in Sagaponack, NY. In support of Nine West’s new #StandOut campaign, the event focused on highlighting the brand’s new shoe collection inspired by strength, power and beauty of women across the world. Attendees were invited to mingle with like-minded influential women who are defining what it means to #StandOut and working to make a difference within their own communities.

During the event, guests were invited to try on their favorite Nine West designs and complete their looks from “head to toe” with a flower crown. A custom “shoefie” station designed by Christy Doramus allowed attendees to easily take photos of their favorite shoe styles and creatively showcase what it means to #StandOut. GlamSquad was on-site for makeup and hair touch-ups, and the brunch menu was curated and served by Hamptons local Jennifer Poto.
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