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.
New to Noyac, a hamlet within Southampton, is a restaurant with an edgy vibe that serves up innovative and sustainable seafood called North Sea Tavern & Raw’r Bar, which opened it’s doors Friday, August 7. The seasonal menu will focus on light seafood and a raw bar, and will evolve to become more rustic and heartier in the fall for year-round patrons. The restaurant currently offers a full dinner menu, and intends to roll out a brunch menu later in the season. The spacious interior boasts 80 seats with some picnic tables lined across the front and back patio of the restaurant.
During the upcoming autumn months, expect mussels, steak, burgers, braised short ribs with a maple butter sweet potato mash, wings, and dishes that are all-around hearty and comforting. Think seasonal pub fare like whole roasted acorn squash with butter and cinnamon.
I had the incredible opportunity to attend the 3rd annual (my first) GrillHampton, presented by Pat LaFrieda at Sayre Park in Bridgehampton on Friday, July 17th. The event began promptly at 8pm and went until 11pm. It was a battle between chefs from the East End verses New York City where eight East End chefs were put to the test against eight Manhattan chefs in a one-of-a-kind cooking competition and tasting event. The crowd was roaring energy that night. As soon as everyone made their way underneath the tent, event guests raced over to the chefs to taste what they were grilling up.
Just before GrillHampton began around 7:30pm, surprise guest, retired professional baseball player Cecil Fielder arrived. Fielder was autographing limited edition photographs and baseballs VIP guests and sponsors. I was lucky to receive a signed photo, which I gifted to my husband who is a huge baseball fan.