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.
I highly recommend purchasing VIP tickets as the benefits are so worth it. You beat the mass majority of the guests coming in later in the evening, have the opportunity to freely taste and sip your way through, and you have access to sit down and relax at the VIP tent, where there was a chocolate tasting by Chocology and additional treats. The VIP Lounge is an ideal spot for capturing those stunning sunset photos of you and your friends toasting to the evening. Plus, it is once a year, so why not go all in?
I tasted plenty of new favorites this year. Mine were (some not pictured): Lobster Salad on Toast Points by The Restaurant at Baron’s Cove‘s Matty Boudreau, Satur Farms Chilled Zucchini Soup with Tomato Foam and Summer Herbs by North Fork Table & Inn‘s Chef Stephan Bogardus, Beef and Lamb Mini Gyros by Old Stove Pub‘s George Gounelas, Pulled Pork Sliders with Pickle Slices by Smokin’ Wolf BBQ and More‘s Arthur Wolf, and Corn Gazpacho with Goat Cheese and Duck Prosciutto by Lulu Kitchen & Bar’s Philippe Corbet.
Favorite desserts were the coconut macaroons by Stop n’ Shop, caramel chocolates garnished with Amagansett Sea Salt, Shortcakes with NOFO Peaches and Vanilla Bean Whipped Cream by Main Road Biscuit Co, and Chocolate Cherry Layer Cake by Topping Rose House‘s Pastry Chef Tanya Ponder. I remember having the stuffed donuts by SCGP Café last year at Harvest East End. They are incredible but I just could not eat another bite by the time I was about to leave. My favorite beverage was Drink Bai‘s São Paulo Strawberry Lemonade. They also debuted their new Bai Antiwater at the event. I love that I was able to take a couple of beverages and a bottle of their water for the ride home.
There was so much food (and because I am 7 months pregnant) that I was not able to taste everything. I recommend if you are staying for the entire time, visit four to five food tables and two drink tables, then come back an hour later and repeat. Take photos within a half hour of your arrival, then put your phone and camera away so you could enjoy the moment.
A portion of ticket proceeds benefit All For The East End (AFTEE), a a 501(c)(3) that showcases and provides support to the more-than 1,000 charity organizations in the five East End towns.
Learn more about the event sponsors.
Guests must be 21+ to attend.