The New York football teams may not have had the best year, but enjoying good food and drinks at a good price is always scores high. Looking for a place to watch the next day or night of football games? Finish the season strong at these North and South Fork spots. They’re sure to be total touchdown.
As we approach Thanksgiving where cuffing season is in full swing and families join around the fireplace to share stories and pumpkin pie, Long Island is where to be. Below we’ve culled our five favorite activities you and your loved ones can do together this November.
The annual James Beard Foundation’s Chefs & Champagne took place this past Saturday, July 28th at Wölffer Estate Vineyard in Sagaponack. This was my first year in attendance and was extraordinarily impressed with not only the turnout but the sumptuous array of award-winning cuisine and beverages. I tried some of my favorite bites of the season at the event, which I cannot wait to share with you!
Padma Lakshmi was this year’s James Beard Foundation Chefs & Champagne guest of honor. Lakshmi is the host and executive producer of Bravo’s James Beard Award-winning and Emmy awarding-winning Top Chef. Over 35 chefs from around the country created delectable dishes for the celebration, which also featured flowing Champagne Boizel, and wines and ciders from Wölffer Estate Vineyard.
The annual Chefs & Champagne will take place on Saturday, July 28th from 6-8:30pm with a VIP hour from 5-6pm at Wölffer Estate Vineyard in Sagaponack. Chefs and the greater culinary community will gather to celebrate “good food for good” at the James Beard Foundation’s Chefs & Champagne®. The most delicious event of the summer raises money to support the James Beard Foundation’s leadership and sustainability programs.
The annual Hamptons fundraiser will feature Wölffer Estate wines, dishes from more than 35 notable chefs, and flowing , this year’s exclusive Champagne sponsor. Padma Lakshmi, host and executive producer of Bravo’s James Beard Award–winning and Emmy award–winning Top Chef, is this year’s guest of honor. Lakshmi’s passion for food, family, and feminism is reflective of JBF’s yearlong RISE celebration, which launched at the 2018 James Beard Awards and, highlights the countless ways our culinary community works to make the world more delicious, diverse, and sustainable.
I am pleased to share my the ten best things I drank in 2017, which were discovered as I once again navigated the East End and beyond for my new favorites. New drinks of 2017 included a notable dry cider, a surprisingly creamy dairy-free milk, and a ‘detox’ cocktail. For the first time this year, one eatery earned two spots on my list!
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.
On Saturday, July 22nd from 11am-3pm, RAND Luxury hosted a private charity brunch with Aston Martin at an estate for sale in Sagaponack. Guests were able to see and learn more about the DB11 along with the other latest models from Aston Martin while sipping signature spirits, enjoying brunch, and discovering a showcase of luxury brands featuring unique timepieces, sporting equipment, private aviation, fashion, electronics, and more.
I love attending the RAND luxury brunches, especially since my daughter is able to join us. She loves to look at the high-end vehicles and be outside with us enjoying the day. We were lucky that it was not too hot that day. The event was held mostly outside, with Godiva Chocolatier providing samples and information to guests. We loved their individually wrapped mint chocolate and crème brûlée truffles.
On Sunday, July 9, Christy Doramus of Crowns by Christy partnered with Stella Artois to host a summer party for friends, family, and Hamptons locals at a private home in Sagaponack. Guests joined Christy and her team throughout the day to shop jewelry essentials from Kendra Scott, customizable handbags from Neely & Chloe and beach hair must-haves from Teleties. Arriving in their favorite summer florals, attendees were invited to make flower crowns poolside while enjoying refreshing “cimosas,” courtesy of Stella Artois. My daughter and husband attended as well; they had tons of fun playing bean bag toss, enjoying the refreshments, and relaxing out by the pool.
I was introduced to Wölffer Estate’s Dry Rosé and Dry White Cider this past winter. My husband was so fond of how refreshing and citrusy the ciders tasted, it took me until now to share these exceptional ciders with you! Perfect for summer, Wölffer’s ciders will enhance any backyard BBQ, poolside lunch, or sunset soiree. I digress, why did it take this long? We received a case of cider compliments of Wölfer, but before I could tell my husband and his friends not to touch it, the cider was gone with the wind! Everyone loved it so much, they went out a week later and bought more, then poof! It was gone again. We literally purchased the cider eight times before I could finally snatch up two packages and set them aside for photos (not an easy task).
Their cider was a hit with everyone. First the color and presentation of each package drew us in: it is so cheerful and the labeling reminds me of the Spanish Caribbean: romantic and full of life.
First, the Wölffer No. 139 Dry White Cider is classically made: marrying traditional techniques with Wolffer signature elegance with subtle citrus flavors. Second is the Wölffer No. 139 Dry Rosé Cider. This is rosier and slightly sweeter than their white cider due to a small addition of red grape skin extract. Their cider is perfect to enjoy during a visit to their wine stand. Pair with one of their cheese/charcuterie plates and a baguette. Hydrate in between with complimentary alkalized water on their patio overlooking the vineyard. Their are tons of photo opportunities at the wine stand! Bring your camera and the crew and spend the morning or afternoon at one of the most beautiful spots in the Hamptons.
Their ciders are sold a their Wine Stand in Sagaponack, and also available to purchase online. Retail price is $16 for a package of four 355ml bottles. Purchase three or more cases and receive 20% off. Wölffer’s Summer in a Bottle and their non-alcoholic Verjus are my family’s two favorites in addition to their cider! The cider is also available to purchase up and down the east coast, and in every Whole Foods Market in the Northeast.
The Tasting Room is currently open Sunday-Thrusday 11am-8pm, and Friday and Saturday 11am-10pm. Hours for the Wine Stand are 11am-sundown daily. Listen to live music on Fridays and Saturdays from 5-8pm with the whole family! Yoga in the Vines classes are open to visitors all season long. Classes will be held Wednesday-Sunday; AM & PM classes are available.
http://wolffercider.com // 631-537-5106
Townline BBQ, located in Sagaponack, is one of my favorite spots to drop in for an impromptu lunch and bar bite. This rustic, laid-back local’s favorite is open thru lunch and dinner, so you could stop in after work, for an mid-afternoon snack or for an after dinner drink and dessert. I usually come in for lunch and order my favorite combo plate: Brisket, Pulled Pork, Corn Bread and Collard Greens. For dessert, my go-to is a slice of their super-moist German Chocolate Cake, and my most recent is their Birthday Cake with colorful sugar sprinkles. The atmosphere is so relaxing and chill, I never feel rushed. I always like to sit in the seats adjacent to the parking lot or outside during the warmer months. Continue reading
Old Stove Pub is a charming, rustic Greek restaurant in Sagaponack set just off of Montauk Highway. The restaurant has been serving the Hamptons for 40 years as a traditional steakhouse with the more recent addition of authentic Greek cuisine. It was and still is one of my father’s favorite restaurants in the Hamptons. Though he frequented the restaurant in the 1980’s, his last visit was in the summer of 2013. He was thrilled when he learned I will be featuring Old Stove Pub and he promised that we would dine here again when he comes to visit with my mom later this summer.
Upon arrival, we were greeted by restaurant co-owner, George Gounelas. He was very approachable and extended himself with every detail possible, making for a standout dining experience. “My family took over this restaurant in 2012. I come from a family of restaurant owners. My dad owned a diner up the island. We made Old Stove Pub more Greek than what it used to be,” says Gounelas. “We have a prix fixe Sunday-Thursday, $29 for four courses that includes a Greek salad, appetizer, entrée, and dessert.” That’s an incredible steal, by the way! Continue reading
Last week, I met Sanya Hudson of Sanya Hudson Enterprises, Hudson’s daughter Briya Murray, JoVonn Rochester, Jeroslyn Johnson, and more extraordinarily talented ladies during a leisurely wine tasting at Wölffer Estate Vineyard in Sagaponack. Murray is the Founder and CEO of Bossed Up Jewelry. Johnson is the Founder and CEO of Make A Statement Entertainment, Inc.; Rochester is the Founder of Taste of Travel; and Hudson is the Founder of SHE, Women in Media Meet Up, and Celebrity Radio Host of Sanya On-Air. The group of female entrepreneurs I met are all based within the New York City Metro area. They came out to the Hamptons for a day of networking and taking in the beautiful sights away from the bustling city.
We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day: crystal clear blue skies, wine, cheese, and lush green vines. Our elegant wine tasting consisted of three wines: Roman Roth’s own Grapes of Roth Reisling aged in steel, 2014 Chardonnay aged in steel made from grapes originally planted in 1993, and a 2013 Cabernet Franc. The wine was paired with a beautiful cheese plate, dried fruit, prosciutto, and nuts. Continue reading