The 15th Annual Hamptons Happening benefitting the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation (SWCRF) took place this past Saturday, July 15th from 6:30-10pm at the Residence of Maria and Kenneth Fishel in Bridgehampton. Produced by Elissa Held, Hamptons Happening is always one of the much-anticipated summer social events, which this year honored luminaries in the world of cuisine, business, and fashion who are supporting the groundbreaking research of the SWCRF. Honorees were Chef Lidia Bastianich, Restaurateur (Owner of Southampton Social Club, Union Cantina, and Union Burger Bar) Ian Duke, Fashion Designer Nicole Miller, and Owner of The Baker House 1650, Antonella Bertello.
More than 350 guests booked their “first class tickets” to the event’s Tour de Cuisine, enjoying food, wine, and spirit tastings representing some of their favorite culinary destinations from around the world including France, India, Italy, and more. “We are always grateful and moved by the generosity of our honorees, sponsors, guests, and the more than 30 participating chefs, restaurants, wine and spirit makers, and food purveyors who make this fun summer event possible,” said Samuel Waxman, MD, Founder and CEO of SWCRF.
“As a chef, I wish to be present, round the troops if you will, and rally the people and bring consciousness to the cause,” said Lidia Bastianich. “We need to conquer the cure for cancer. I originally met Dr. Waxman at one of my restaurants, and committed as an honoree a year ago. What makes Dr. Waxman so special is that he reaches out and he has different doctors [in specialized fields] collaborate on finding the cure for cancer. He is such a genuine individual and has the gift of God.”
Guests enjoyed tastings from restaurant, food, and beverage purveyors including Backyard Brine, Bastianich, Becco, Calissa, City Chefs Catering, Five Senses Catering, Harmless Harvest, Candied Anchor, Maribelle, Owl’s Brew, Snackadabra, South Fork Bakery, Super Coffee, and many more. As guests entered, the first tent had a selection of passed hor d’oeuvres, wine, and spirits. At the entertainment and auction station, complimentary Owls Brew beverages were laced on each of the guets’s chairs and inside the next tent where all of the food stations could be found, there was a full open bar.
Some of my favorite stations included the Nutella brownies and cookies, cookies by Grace Farms, and Campfire Crumbkins by Clarkson Avenue Crumb Cake Co., cuisine by Union Bar Burger, Lidia Bastianich, The Baker House 1650, and Saaz’s Indian food station. My favorite wine was Out East Rosé and Grieve Sauvignon Blanc.
The 15th Annual Hamptons Happening is one of many events to attend throughout the year in support of the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation. For more information on how you can get involved, please visit their website below.