Stony Brook Southampton Hospital Foundation’s 61st Annual Summer Party

On Saturday, August 3rd, Stony Brook Southampton Hospital hosted its 61st Annual Summer Party under air-conditioned tents in the fields at Wickapogue Road and Old Town Road in Southampton. The renowned Summer Party is the largest fundraising event in the Hamptons and this year benefited the Jenny & John Paulson Emergency Department. All proceeds raised from this year’s event will help to sustain Stony Brook Southampton Hospital’s Emergency Department, which is open 24/7 year-round for residents as well as visitors and summer guests. Continue reading

Blu Mar Restaurant in Southampton

One of the newest restaurants on the Southampton scene is Blu Mar, a Mediterranean seafood restaurant that marries pristine, wild seafood from Atlantic, Pacific and Mediterranean waters, caught or flown in daily, with seasonal ingredients, harvested locally and at their peak. The vibrant interior offers guests a stylish and comfortable experience while dining outside on their front patio invites guests to a peaceful garden setting in the early evenings and a more upbeat vibe during the latter part of the evenings on the weekends.

It must be complimented right away how top-notch the service is at Blu Mar. When my family came in to dine during a weekday evening in July, our waiter went above and beyond in not only recommending his favorites but why he recommended certain dishes and how those dishes would be presented. Since we were undecided on so many choices because everything looked so tasty, our waiter made the smart suggestion of bringing out multiple starters to split first and then decide upon our main courses based upon the first course.

During our dining experience, we ordered the following:

Halibut Ceviche: cilantro, onion, lime, jalapeño potato ($21)

Cold Asparagus Soup: crème fraîche, crab, mache ($17) note: mache is a European salad green.

Citrus Salad: orange, grapefruit, marcona almonds, pistachio, fennel, olives, and evoo ($18)

Bavette al Nero di Seppia: with squid ink and romesco sauce ($28)

Wild Alaskan Salmon: young potatoes, blistered tomatoes, charred green onion ($46)

Skirt Steak Chimichurri: fingerling potatoes ($43)

Moroccan Spiced Carrots: feta and mint ($15)

The restaurant also has a “simply grilled” section served with a choice of sauces, as well as pastas and vegetable sides. The wild Mediterranean and American seafood are grilled whole and deboned, unless otherwise requested.

There is also a sensational caviar service served with buckwheat bilinis and crème fraiche, and mezze plates to share. Mezze plates include burrata, marinated feta and olives, and Mediterranean hummus. All of their pastas are made in house and are cooked to order.

Each plate truly went above expectations, my personal favorite was the asparagus soup that was so refreshing and creamy and that fresh taste of asparagus was both a burst of color and flavor, very appealing. The warm carrots with feta and mint also complemented both the salmon and steak perfectly. Squid ink pasta is so delicious, I always love ordering it every time I see it on the menu, and this was definitely a winning dish at Blu Mar. We also appreciated that our waiter came over very regularly to bring us more water, check in to see how we were enjoying our food, and was always at attention, as were the other staff members.

Dinner is served Sunday-Thursday from 5-10pm, and Friday and Saturday from 5-11pm. Happy Hour is served daily from 4-6pm. // 631-488-4570

An Interview with Jean Shafiroff – ‘The First Lady of Philanthropy’

Jean Shafiroff, philanthropist, activist, humanitarian, and author of ‘Successful Philanthropy: How to Make a Life by What You Give,’ is at the vanguard of a new movement of modern philanthropists, and has been named, The First Lady of Philanthropy by media. Each year she chairs numerous galas and hosts events benefiting numerous not-for-profit organizations, and has been honored by multiple organizations including the American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, Youth Counseling League, Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services, The Ellen Hermanson Foundation, Pet Philanthropy Circle, Animal Zone International, Women’s Leadership Awards, Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation, and more.

Jean Shafiroff and her husband Martin are honorees at Stony Brook Southampton Hospital’s 61st Annual Summer Party on Saturday, August 3rd beginning at 6:30pm. The Shafiroffs are both longtime supporters of the hospital. Below, we learn more about Jean Shafiroff’s mission and her summer 2019 endeavors with an exclusive interview.

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TBar Opens in Southampton

The Hamptons’ restaurant scene continues to attract new world class cuisine each year, and just expanded its selection of irresistible eateries with the opening of TBar Southampton.

One of New York City’s favorite hot spots, TBar Steak restaurant is sinking its chops into the East End, with its newest project from seasoned restaurateur Tony Fortuna. The joint venture, along with entrepreneur and partner Derek Axelrod whose family owned the French Connection clothing line, and the former owner of Mexican eatery Teqa, will take over the former Jue Lan Club space, which has transformed into a more casual sister of TBar with an airy, beachy vibe and the greatly coveted indoor and outdoor seating.

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Dan’s Rosé Soirée presented by BMW

Celebrating its 60th year, Dan’s Papers officially kicked off summer in the Hamptons at the first of its Taste of Summer series: Dan’s Rosé Soirée presented by BMW. The event took place on Sunday, May 26th at Southampton Arts Center, under two exquisite tents decorated with Crystal chandeliers and roses.  The beautiful weather was perfect for the unofficial start of the season!

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Brooklyn Chop House Will Open May 23rd in Southampton

Brooklyn Chop House will, for the second year in a row, open their doors in Southampton at The Capri Hotel. Opening Thursday, May 23rd, the Hamptons seasonal summertime location, will complement Brooklyn Chop House’s flagship in FiDi by offering guests a vacation destination to dine in that serves Pat LaFrieda steaks alongside Asian fare like Peking Duck and a variety of unique dumplings. The restaurant in Southampton will be open through Labor Day, Monday, September 2nd.

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Claude’s at Southampton Inn for Brunch

Claude’s at the Southampton Inn, within easy walking distance to the Village of Southampton’s boutique shops, is open daily for breakfast and dinner, with brunch being served on the weekends. Executive Chef James Carpenter leads the kitchen with iconic year round favorites and local sourced seafood, with a focus on savory comfort dishes this winter.

We came in on a Sunday late morning just after 11am for brunch. A Sunday Brunch may include bottomless mimosas, Bloody Mary’s, Sangria, or Draft Beer for $25.

We started with cranberry and apple juice ($3) as well as freshly brewed coffee and cappuccinos ($5). Our first dishes ordered included Eggs Benedict: poached eggs, Canadian bacon, hollandaise, English muffin & brunch potatoes ($15); and Claude’s Winter Salad Bowl: shaved Brussels sprouts, kale, apples, dry cranberries, Gruyere cheese, and maple cider vinaigrette ($12). These two dishes complemented each other very well, as the Winter Salad was very light and refreshing, and the Eggs Benedict was a hearty, satisfying plate.

We finished brunch by splitting the Banana Stuffed Brioche French Toast: Nutella, pure Vermont maple syrup, topped with fresh berries ($13); and Steak & Eggs: grilled black Angus hanger steak, Vermont cheddar cheese, scrambled eggs, ratatouille & brunch potatoes ($20). These two particular dishes were top notch and so perfect to enjoy as we escaped the frigid temperature outside.

The brunch dishes rotate seasonally. Additional brunch menu items include a Sexy Grilled Cheese with Gruyere, Vermont cheddar, and provolone; a Chef’s Omelet served with brunch potatoes; and Smoked Salmon Benedict.

The restaurant is open seven days a week. A prix fixe menu is available all night Sunday through Thursday, and 5pm-6:30pm on Friday and Saturday. This Valentine’s Day, Claude’s is serving a special three-course prix fixe menu for $30 that also includes coffee or assorted fine teas. // 631-283-6500

Best December Events in the Hamptons and on the North Fork

The holiday season is officially upon us, and with it comes shopping bazaars, holiday lightings and festive gatherings. Here are the best December events on the North and South Forks that will get people of all ages into the holiday spirit.

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Holiday Decor Shopping in the Hamptons

If your home isn’t decked out in festive decor, is it really the holidays? Here are the best Hamptons shops to hit up for festive, fun and unique holiday decorations.

As soon as you enter The Garden Shop at Marders in Bridgehampton, you know you’re in a magical place. Bursting at the seams with elaborate decor and displays, your imagination will run wild in this holiday wonderland. From gorgeous table decor to wreaths (you can even design your own custom wreath), candle votives to ornaments, you’re sure to find everything you need to decorate your home this holiday season.

If you’re looking for ornaments that break the mold, Roller Rabbit (locations in both East Hampton and Southampton) is your place. With a variety of quirky ornaments (think green dancing monkeys, adorably festive elephants and charming top-hatted polar bears), you’re tree is sure to be a fun and unique showstopper. An added bonus? Their one-of-a-kind ornament designs all come in pajamas that the whole family can lounge in all season long.

Hosting a holiday dinner this year? Then a visit to Clic in East Hampton is a must. Opened by former stylist and Calypso founder, Christiane Celle, not only is every item in Clic expertly curated, but every item is more special than the next. Between the gorgeous table textiles, handblown glassware and handmade pottery items, your eyes and hands will be dancing with joy—when you shop at Clic, there’s no way your holiday table won’t be the center of attention.

For holiday linens and pillows that’ll make you and your guests smile (and want to snuggle up in front of a fireplace), check out the Lexington Company Concept Store in East Hampton. Here, you’ll find adorably festive linens (napkins, tablecloths and hand towels), cozy holiday mohair throws and charming sham pillows with holiday images and sayings. With the quirky holiday decor choices from here, your home will be as chic and jolly as Santa’s Workshop.

Although the Gift Shop at Charlie & Son’s in Amagansett is a go-to place for decor year-round, its holiday decor selection makes it a must-visit during the holiday season. Not only does this family owned business offer a spectacular Christmas tree selection and gorgeous, custom floral arrangements that will make for jaw-dropping centerpieces, but the carefully selected decor items in their Gift Shop will have everything you need to get your home ready for the holidays.

Where to Dine Out for Thanksgiving on Long Island and NYC

If you find yourself missing out on family time at Thanksgiving because you’re too busy running around in the kitchen, then maybe this year it’s time to try something different. Here are six restaurants throughout the East End and New York City that will serve and or cater Thanksgiving for you, so you can sit back, relax and finally spend time with your loved ones.

For a gorgeous meal with an ambiance to match, East Wind in Wading River will be serving a full Thanksgiving Buffet in their gorgeous Grand Ballroom. Featuring all the flavors that Thanksgiving has to offer—Butternut Squash and Roasted Apple Bisque, Apple Chutney Stuffed Pork Loin, Roast Turkey with a Cranberry Compote and Steel Oat Crusted Salmon with a Warm Fig and Date Couscous and Pumpkin Beurre Blanc—you and your family are sure to have an evening you’ll be thankful for for years to come.

Claude’s Carrot Cake, Courtesy of Claude’s at Southampton Inn

The Thanksgiving menu at Claude’s in Southampton is chockfull of decadent items: for dinner, you can choose from a Local Cheese Pumpkin Ravioli with Truffle Sage Brown Butter and Parmesan Cheese, Pumpkin Ricotta Gnocchi, Heritage Roast Turkey with Stuffing, a Cranberry Trifle, Warm, Sticky Toffee Date Cake with Vanilla Ice Cream and their award-winning Carrot Cake. So for this Thanksgiving, spend dinner at Claude’s enjoying—and relaxing with—your family, instead of stressed out in your kitchen.

Desmond’s in Wading River is making it possible for you to have your turkey and eat it, too…at home! For $225 (plus tax), you’ll get a Golden Brown Roasted, 14-16 lb turkey—ready to carve —plus all the fixings; all you need to do is place your order by Tuesday, November 20th. With Desmond’s To-Go, you’ll be able to host a top-notch Thanksgiving dinner of 8-10 people without breaking a sweat.

At Gurney’s in Montauk, you’ll find a smorgasbord of foods: Artisan Cheese and Charcuterie boards, Chilled Seafood, Whole Roasted Organic Turkey with Cranberry Sauce, Gravy and Apricot Mostarda, Warm Honey Biscuits, Herb Crusted Beef Prime Rib with a Red Wine Jus, Sushi and Pan Seared Duck Breast with Wild Mushrooms, Fregola and Blackberry Port Sauce. For kids, Gurney’s is offering Cheese and Pepperoni Pizza, Apple Slices and Caramel, Organic Chicken Strips and Mac n’ Cheese. For dessert, you may have a hard time narrowing it down: Cinnamon Caramel Apple Cheesecake, Gingerbread Cream Cheesecake, Pumpkin Cream Cheesecake, Pumpkin Creme Brûlée and Pumpkin Bread Pudding—just to name a few!

Looking for an adventure outside of the East End? Check out the Thanksgiving dinner offerings at Greenwich Steakhouse and Demarchelier in New York City. For an upscale Thanksgiving celebration in the West Village, Greenwich Steakhouse is serving up a Traditional Turkey special, signature menu selections, Dry-Aged Steak and an ample bar to accompany the delicious foods.

For a familial atmosphere, family-owned and operated Demarchelier on the Upper East Side is the place to dine. With an a la carte serving of classic French dishes such as Terrine de Foie Gras with Toast Points, a specialty prix fixe menu and a traditional Thanksgiving meal of Roasted Turkey Breast, Stuffing, Cranberry Sauce, Mashed Potatoes and Carrots, there’s sure to be something here for everyone’s palate. If you save room for dessert, you can look forward to a decadent slice of Pumpkin Pie or Pecan Tart.

Fall Scented Candles of the Hamptons

Getting out of the crisp, fall air and into a warm, cozy home with fall-inspired candle scents of pumpkin pie, apple cider or spicy nutmeg wafting through the air is one of the best perks of this season. Although you can walk into countless East End boutiques, these are the best for finding your festive fall candle.

Country Lane in Sag Harbor should be your go-to spot for decadent candles that’ll make your mouth water. Pumpkin Vanilla, Bourbon Maple Sugar, Honey Soaked Apples, Roasted Espresso,  Spicy Cinnamon Hot Toddy and Roasted Pumpkin Seeds are just some of the delicious candle scents you’ll find at Country Lane. Continue reading

Visit the East End on a Budget

When you head to the East End—whether it’s for a day, weekend or week-long visit—you know you’ll be splurging on luxe food, top-notch drinks and many different activities; the price of which all add up quickly. Not looking to spend your whole paycheck on all of the above? Here are the best ways to save on money without sacrificing East End fun.

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