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.
The 13th Annual A Hamptons Happening benefiting the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation (SWCRF) took place this past on Saturday, August 5 from 6:30-10pm at the private estate of Maria & Kenneth Fishel and Family in Bridgehampton. The host for the evening was CBS 2 News anchor Chris Wragge. This is one of my favorite Hamptons summer events for a number of reasons: the enthusiastic guests, the organization and professionalism of the staff, and the extravagant culinary display that easily rivals any other Hamptons summer soirée. The evening drew in about 500 guests and had the opportunity to savor plenty of fine cuisine and sip cocktails all while having the opportunity bid on live and silent auction items.
Event-goers were also treated to live performances by Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright and up-and-coming recording artist Sophie Beem. Wainwright’s performance celebrated the introduction of a sarcoma research grant established jointly by the SWCRF and the Kate McGarrigle Foundation (KMF), a nonprofit organization he and his family founded to support sarcoma research after his mother passed away from the disease. Beem is a rhythmic pop singer, songwriter, and musician from New York City who was discovered and developed by Beyoncé. She has opened for Beyoncé internationally on the historic Formation World Tour, performed at the US Open Arthur Ashe Kids Day, DigiTour, and Jay-Z’s Made In America Festival.
Hayground School and Jeff’s Kitchen celebrated their 13th Annual Chefs Dinner on Sunday, July 30th at Hayground School in Bridgehampton. Chefs Tom Colicchio and Nick and Toni’s and Hayground Founder Toni Ross hosted the farm-to-table benefit dinner honoring Chef Bill Telepan and Tinka D. Topping. Telepan is the Executive Chef of Oceana and Topping is a Hayground Founding Member. This was my second time attending the intimate event; the guest list is strictly limited to 150 individuals and the evening is always a sell out. The food at cocktail hour alone is so exquisite and artfully presented. Each plate is so sumptuous that each deserve its own accolade.
Now in its 7th year, Dan’s Taste of Two Forks took place this past Saturday, July 22nd from 7:30-10pm at the sprawling waterfront property of Fairview Farm overlooking Mecox Bay in Bridgehampton. Spotlighting the bounty of both the North and South Forks, their premier food and wine event featured tastings from many top restaurants, chefs and purveyors from the Hamptons and North Fork. This year’s host was Alex Guarnaschelli, Chef and Owner of Butter, Judge on Food Network’s Chopped, author of “Old School Comfort Food” and soon-to-be released cookbook “The Home Cook.”
This was my fourth Taste of Two Forks event. Each year, it is always so apparent how much the popularity of the best food event on the East End expands. I look forward to this extravaganza every season, where guests have the rare opportunity to taste a wide variety of practically unlimited mouthwatering dishes and sip plenty of local wines, beer, spirits, and non-alcoholic beverages, including water, to keep you hydrated. Two types of tickets granted guests access: VIP for $325 included early access beginning at 6:30pm, and admission to the Waterfront VIP Lounge with special treats, and more; and General Admission for $185 with access beginning at 7:30pm.
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.