GrillHampton, part of Dan’s Taste of Summer event series, took place this past Friday, July 21st from 8-10:30pm at Fairview Farm overlooking Mecox Bay in Bridgehampton. The annual event was hosted by Robert Irvine, Celebrity Chef, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist, Founder of the Robert Irvine Foundation and Chef/Owner of Robert Irvine’s Public House at the Tropicana Las Vegas. Guests had the opportunity to take part in the voting for Team Hamptons vs. Team NYC.
This BBQ fest ‘pits’ East End chefs against NYC chefs in a one-of-a-kind cooking competition and tasting event. In addition to the hearty grilled fare, guests enjoyed crepes by Whole Le Crepe, beer and specialty cocktails, then learned the results of the judging competition. In addition to guests voting, their was a panel of tasting judges at the sponsor Pat LaFrieda’s judging table. Two types of tickets granted guests access: VIP for $195 included early access beginning at 7pm, and admission to the Waterfront VIP Lounge with special treats, and more; and General Admission for $140 with access beginning at 8pm.
Guests had the opportunity to vote for their favorite GrillHampton competitors. It was a tough decision for me, but I ultimately voted for Black Tap‘s Blue Cheese Burger by Chef Joe Isidori, and the Salty Rinse Team/The Restaurant at Baron’s Cove‘s Baby Back Rib’Wich served with Charred Corn and Avocado Salad by Chef Matty Boudreau. Shake Shack’s cheeseburger with special sauce came in at a very (very!) close second. This was the first time I had ever tried a Shake Shack burger. Now I truly understand why they are so popular. I am stopping in the next time I am taking the Jitney home from the city at 40th st. The Smoked Brisket Sandwich from Gurney’s Montauk was also a hit!
This was my third GrillHampton event. The food is always abundant as the chefs are hard at work prepping and grilling throughout the entire span of the event. The crepes were a delicious treat for dessert and I kept hydrated with Drink Bai‘s selection of nonalcoholic beverages including Sumatra Dragonfruit, Congo Apple Pear and Bai Bubbles’s Lambari Watermelon Lime. They also had an interactive photo-booth with a gorgeous floral background. You could also have your photo taken at the Aperol Spritz station. Several sponsors were giving out baseball caps, sunglasses, phone chargers, and more. A live band performed throughout the evening, interchanging with a DJ.
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.
Guests must be 21+ to attend.