On Saturday, July 20th, Vanessa Gordon of East End Taste hosted The 2nd Annual Hamptons Interactive Influencer Brunch (#HIIB2019) at The Maidstone in East Hampton. The invitation-only event, produced by Sean Koski and Brian Kelly of Ticket2Events, brought together influencers, actors, actresses, philanthropists, and personalities for a brunch filled with interactive activations in food, beverages, wellness, beauty, fashion, and accessories.
A portion of the proceeds went to benefit Bideawee, one of the first no-kill animal rescue centers in America, with focus on their Westhampton rescue center. Vanessa is adopting a cat from Bideawee with more information and updates to follow on social media in the coming weeks.
Hamptons Luxury Liner transported the notable influencers, celebrities and NYC based personalities to The Maidstone Hotel. The brunch featured many interactive stations and onsite sponsored activations. The influencers’ favorite activation was Millstone Flowers ‘make and take’ station that let guests create their own floral arrangements from locally sourced and handpicked flowers straight off their luxuriously oversized flower cart.
Attendees of #HIIB2019 were also treated to various dining options including the famed CIPRIANI who provided a wonderful selection of stationary cold hor d’oeuvres like Roasted Yellow Beet with Pistachio Crust and Mascarpone, Fresh Crab with Cucumber, Tartine with Beef Carpaccio, Bruschetta with Tomato and Basil, and Oven Dried Tomato, and Black Olive Baguette with Ricotta di Buffalo, Porscuitto, Asparagus, and Goat Cheese Roulade.
Stationary dessert mignons included Fruit Tarts, Chocolate Tarts, Lemon Tarts, and Vanilla Cream Puffs; Assorted Cookies; and Giant Driscoll Strawberries dipped in Bittersweet Chocolate.
Guests sipped from an endless supply of beverages adorned with Acrylic Sticks like LaCroix Sparkling Water, Hamptons Rosé from Cellier Wines Distributing, Brew Dr. Kombucha, Eternal Water and Boxed Water. An ice cream station provided by Serendipity 3, and energy boosting ice cold Life Aid beverages were also available for guests to enjoy in the lush outdoor garden.
Love Love Edibles and Rawmantic Chocolate served raw, vegan, and organic chocolates and cakes and gifted guests a selection of chocolate bars, truffles, and custom cakes for the event.
Guests shopped for the cause at pop-ups from ReeMat Designs and Amy Zerner who donated a portion of proceeds to Bideawee. A beauty bar featured complimentary products and touch-ups from Intoxicating Beauty, Alina Cosmetics, Sylveco USS, and Skyn Iceland.
Mary Sabo educated guests on the power of doTERRA essential oils and created custom blends for guests to take home. Amy Zerner and Monte Farber gave guests live readings and showcased their clothing and accessories collection. Photo opportunities were endless including a raffle where guests could enter to win a Life Proper satchel and a popular swing set the Maidstone Hotel was installed just for this event.
The 2nd Annual Hamptons Interactive Influencer Brunch was well attended by a range of influencers including celebrity youth activist and recording artist Meredith O’Connor, Real Estate Broker Eric Goldie, Actress Melanie Chandra, Nutritionist Liana Werner-Gray, and Tinkerbelle The Dog. Tinkerbelle was rescued from a shelter by owner Sam Carrell in 2012.
Actress Leesa Rowland, and Cara Woodhouse of Cara Woodhouse Designs were the special guests. Rowland was spotted purchasing a necklace from Amy Zerner’s jewelry collection at the event. Rowland is also an animal rights activist, as well founder and president of Animal Asham.
Upon their exit, guests received an oversized tote from One Kings Lane stuffed with luxurious products like jewelry from Kendra Scott and CBD bath bombs from Onyx & Rose, and delicious treats sourced like Tiny Tate’s Cookies, SeaSnax, Vegan Rob’s, Mamma Chia, and Bare Snacks.
Participating Brands Included: Acrylic Stick, LaCroix Sparkling Water, CW Distributing, Brew Dr. Kombucha, Eternal Water, Boxed Water, ReeMat Designs, Intoxicating Beauty, Sylveco USS, Skyn Iceland, Life Proper, Cipriani, Tate’s Cookies, Life Aid, Millstone Flowers, and doTERRA.
Photography by Getty Images/Johnny Nunez and Rob Rich/SocietyAllure.com.