On Sunday, September 1st, we attended the Men’s & Women’s Round of 16 Day Session at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center at the US Open in Flushing Meadows. During the two daytime matches, I was hosted at the exclusive VIP Emirates Suite at the Arthur Ashe Stadium, which offers premier views of the courts as well the utmost level of privacy and exclusivity. The air-conditioned Suite boasts the same highly sought after hospitality and luxurious detail as one would receive on a Business or First Class flight on Emirates Airline.
The Suite was at capacity that weekend, as two coveted matches were being played that afternoon: Roger Federer v David Goffin, and Serena Williams v Petra Martic. Everyone was at the edge of their seats while the matches were played; you could feel the waves of enthusiasm throughout the suite, especially when it was a close tie between Williams and Martic.
The week prior, my family and I attended Arthur Ashe Kids Day, and were invited to spend the afternoon at the Emirates Suite, which hosted a variety of activities and delicious treats including a create-your-own sundae station.
Guests of the invite-only suite are offered cold towels, sunscreen, and the signature red Emirates baseball caps to combat sun’s rays. During the afternoon, a full buffet spread was served at 12pm, when the Suite opened. The buffet included salad, fresh fruit, pasta salad, crab cakes, steak, chicken, and a full sushi and sashimi bar. The Emirates Suite is also the only space to have a private sushi chef throughout the entire US Open.
Drinks include soft drinks, coffee, tea, beer, wine, champagne, and a selection of top shelf liquors. For dessert, macarons, a carrot cake, miniature pies, fruit tarts, brownies, and cookies were served. One of my favorite conveniences of the Emirates Suite is that you are able to discreetly step away from your stadium suite and retreat for a beverage refill or some snacks.
If you prefer to stay inside and watch the matches, there are high top tables and booths, as well as two flat screen televisions for your viewing convenience.
Watching the US Open from the Emirates Suite is a one-of-a-kind experience. Lucky fans from the stadium were gifted with an upgrade to the suite, which the Emirates Airline team has done for ticket holders in previous years. Emirates also hosts a variety of giveaways and fan experiences throughout the grand slam event, including airline tickets to Dubai.
Emirates is the official airline of the US Open. Emirates Airline is among the top sponsors of the US Open, alongside J.P. Morgan Chase, and American Express.
The Local Gourmet Kitchen and Market, located in Southbury, CT, is a great stop for meticulously crafted comfort food, specialty food, and deli favorites made with the freshest ingredients available. Browse the well-curated selection of snacks, juices, meals to go, and baked goods while you wait for your custom creations from the deli. The casual yet lively atmosphere of The Local Gourmet is hard to ignore, always abuzz with the traffic of busy professionals and parents seeking a meal that is comforting, nourishing, and well suited for an on-the-go lifestyle. Continue reading →
The Audubon Center of Greenwich, CT hosted a family-friendly Fall Festival and Hawk Watch Sunday, September 15th. The event celebrated both the Fall season and the annual migration of hawks and falcons that takes place every autumn in the northeast. The event schedule had something for everyone and plenty to keep the little ones entertained. Face painting, carnival games, pony rides, hayrides, and even a petting zoo with an adorable baby kangaroo among other cute critters.
The event was sponsored in part by Canon. Cannon offered the newest and greatest in camera technology to those who wished to practice their photography skills while at the event. Several hawks and owls were available as photographic subjects.
Food & Vendors
For the more adventurous guests, there were hiking trails, a bungee bounce, and a rock-climbing wall. Vendors and exhibitors showcased their wares including plants for sale, opportunities to donate to many animal-related charities, nature-related crafts including birds nest building, and a merry-go-round. A working honeybee hive was on display, showing the process of collecting and preserving honey from hive to jar. An assortment of local honey-based health and beauty products were available for purchase. A food tent offered comfort food favorites and a variety of desserts and ice cream.
Workshops & Events
The Audubon Fall Festival schedule was packed with fun and informative events. The Hawk I.D. Workshop taught how to identify local indigenous hawks. The workshop was followed by the Bird Show. The show featured James, a knowledgeable resident professor from Pace University and his group of feathered friends including a screech owl, a barred owl, a gyrfalcon, a harris hawk, and a peregrine falcon. A pond exploration was scheduled shortly thereafter, followed by the main event, the Hawk Release. During the Hawk Release, hawks that have been rehabilitated in captivity are set free to continue their life in the wild and join the wild hawks in their annual migration.
One of only three high-goal polo venues in the United States, the Greenwich Polo Club established in 1981 is a mere hour outside of NYC. Greenwich Polo Club provides all the makings for a perfect Summer Sunday. Enjoy the thrill of the match, watch top players from across the globe, visit the on-site Brandt Foundation Art Study Center, shop Greenwich’s favorite local wares at pop up boutiques, and savor the local fare at infamous CT Gold Coast food trucks such as Dough Girls, Lobster Craft, Cafe Bon, and more.
Cabanas, lawn seating and the VIP Players Lounge each offer various ways to view the match in comfort and style. The new Fernet-Branca “Branca Bar” offers twists on the iconic Amaro such as the Branca Buck with ginger beer. The Cup Bearer offers a range of cocktails and wines. Continue reading →
Hamptons Fashion Week 2019 took place on main street in Bridgehampton, Sunday July 21st in the afternoon at the Bridgehampton Museum. The event showcased fashion, fashion designers, beauty products, entertainment, food and drinks. The designers showcased new brands and trends, some of which have never been seen before. Guests were greeted with music, white tents, colorful booths, and beach balls.
The booths represented Pura Vida Vitamins, Get Buzzn, BeautyPearlSkincare, Hampton Coffee, and Fedora Lounge. There were also complimentary vegan manicures from GHL Nails. Pura Vida Vitamins gave out free vitamin bags, and there were many booths with snacks and drinks for all of the guests to enjoy.
As the event went on, models showcased designer pieces for all to see. Some of the designers were Cesar Galinda, Hanh Merriman, Karnit Ahaoni, and Ellender. Some pieces were colorful and unique, and others were more casual and relaxed. The models stood next to a Ferrari and Maserati while showing off the designer pieces, both being auctioned off for the event.
Fashionistas sipped, strolled and shopped a plethora of luxe brands such as Get Buzzn, Michelle May New York, Dottie Bean Bags, Pura Vida Vitamins KVO Collection, J.Hilburn, Neelah Cashmere Scarves, Bobby Roache Eyewear, Crescala Showroom Guests will then Shop the Runway in exclusive pop up boutiques from KVO Collection, JHilburn, Neelah Cashmere Scarves, Venture Mom Handbags, Bobby Roache Eyewear, and Crescala Showroom.
An industry meet and greet with The Life’s a Beach Collection was a LIVE installation with Celebrity Designer Cesar Galindo including Kimora Lee Collection with runway models from Social-New York surrounding sleek white Ferrari’s at 3pm hosted by DCG Media Group which featured an array of colorful, flowy resort wear.
Sponsors included Pura Vida Vitamins, The Experience Auto Group, Rodney Strong Vineyards, Fedora Lounge, New York Beach House Catering Events, Poppin Patties, Beauty Pearl Care , Blow Bar and other lifestyle brands.
The fashion show was very enjoyable to watch and gave guests a look at the newest fashion trends. Proceeds went to The Ellen Hermanson Foundation, which supports breast cancer healthcare and those affected by breast cancer on the East End of Long Island.
Located exactly one hour north of Palm Beach is Hutchinson Shores Resort & Spa, a stunning, tranquil beach-side resort on Hutchinson Island in the town Jensen Beach. As guest step inside, they are greeted by a warm and friendly color spectrum of blues, greens and pearl that reflect the beauty of the ocean’s coastline. The resort, which is perfect for both couples and families of all ages, boasts a signature spa, two pools and cabanas, three resort dining options including Drift Kitchen + Bar, endless beach-side activities, a gym, and so much more that is waiting to be discovered. Continue reading →
Whistler’s reputation as a leading winter ski resort and summer playground often leads the fall season to get overlooked. The months of September through November provide a respite from extreme temperatures, a more laid-back pace and plenty of opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors ahead of the busy winter season. There are plenty of travel deals to be had too.
Whistler has become a culinary cornerstone and foodie paradise in recent years, helped by an endless supply of organic produce grown locally in Pemberton Valley. Armed with a bounty of delicious ingredients, Whistler’s finest chefs are able to serve up an array of dishes from the numerous restaurants and eateries. With the autumn harvest in full swing, the months of fall are best if you’re looking to truly enjoy a taste of British Columbia.
Here’s our foodies guide to fall in Whistler.
Aura restaurant is located in one of Whistler’s most beautiful spots. Nestled next to Nita Lake and part of the stunning Nita Lake Lodge hotel, the restaurant also has an open concept kitchen so you’ll be able to watch on as busy chefs prepare a variety of dishes. Led by Executive Chef James Olberg, the restaurant combines traditional French cooking techniques with a love of west coast ingredients. Free parking is available at Aura for those who wish to drive, or a free shuttle bus operates from Whistler Village to Nita Lake Lodge.
No list of Whistler restaurants would be complete without mentioning Araxi. As one of the earliest pioneers of authentic farm-to-table dining, it’s hardly surprising that harvest time is one of the best times to visit. The restaurant also champions west coast fishermen and is a great choice for seafood lovers. Freshly shucked oysters are available each day between 3 and 5pm in Araxi’s oyster bar. Executive Chef James Walt has even written a book, Araxi: Roots to Shoots, Farm Fresh Recipes, showcasing how Araxi’s famous Longtable Dinner events and dining room classics can be adapted for home cooked favourites.
Bearfoot Bistro is another leading Whistler restaurant worth adding to your list. Try your hand at sabering a bottle of Champagne or visit the Ketel One Ice room, the coldest vodka tasting room in the world. From a dedicated oyster-shucker to sommeliers, a friendly and experienced bar team to an extensive live music program, Bearfoot Bistro is perfect for apres-ski, dinner, drinks or late-night dancing. The iles de la Madeleine lobster is a hot addition to the menu comprising a seared scallop, Thai green curry, charred gai Ian, crispy ginger and chilli.
Ideal for breakfast
With so much to do in Whistler during the fall months, you’ll need a good breakfast to set you up for the day ahead.
Purebread has three locations, Whistler Village, Function Junction, and Gastown in Vancouver, and all are notable thanks to their delectable selection of baked goods. Not only are Purebread’s sweet and savoury creations delicious, but they’re also affordable. Over 20 different loaves are baked here too, from the classic baguette to lavender rosemary bread, and you can grab a coffee too.
Street food selection
For a taste of Mexico in the heart of Canada, head to La Cantina. Mexican street cuisine includes delicious tacos starting at just $2.50, and their burritos are among the best in Canada. Beers are served here too, perfect for washing down tacos or burritos and a great latino vibe exudes from this Whistler hotspot.
Best for dessert
For that afternoon pick-me-up head to COWS. Located in the village, this much loved establishment serves homemade ice cream made to an old family recipe from Prince Edward Island. 32 varieties are out at all times and their waffle cones are made in-house. An ice cream is the perfect way to pass a warm and sunny fall afternoon.
Head to Il Caminetto to enjoy the best of Italian cuisine. The expert team of chefs blend local flavours with traditional Italian style and a host of hearty pasta dishes adorn their fall menu. Check out the extensive wine list too, designed to complement the seasonal menu.
On the journey from Squamish to Whistler, you’ll be treated to some of the best views Canada has to offer. You’ll also find Functional Pie in the heart of trendy Function Junction. Functional Pie serves up delicious New York inspired pan pizzas and the “Train Wreck” pizza comes highly recommended. The pizza is named after a local hike and popular tourist site – the Whistler Train Wreck. The site is home to an abandoned rail cars now colourfully painted by local artists. The pizza version is equally as colourful, loaded with capocollo, pepperoni, mushroom, and pecorino.
Work it off…
After all that great food, check out the many fall activities on offer in Whistler. While in Function Junction, pay a visit to Forged Axe Throwing and try your hand at this exciting party pastime. Yes, axe throwing is Canada’s exciting alternative to darts. The team at Forged have all you need to get started and will provide a full safety and training briefing to get you started. Expect things to get competitive as you test your aim hurling axes at a wooden target in true lumberjack fashion.
No visit to Whistler would be complete without a little sightseeing. Ziplining in Whistler is one of the best ways to view the changing autumnal landscape and the reds and oranges of the old growth forests. You’ll be strapped to a zipline and sent soaring above the trees and valleys. The unique harness setup means you can also ride side-by-side, perfect for sharing the opportunity with a friend or loved one.
The fall months are your final opportunity to access the miles of winding trails before the first snow of winter arrives. Guided hikes in Whistler are one of the best ways to enjoy the wilderness safely as well as enjoying some of the most breathtaking vantage points with the help of a local. While mountain biking in Whistler is largely seen as a summer activity, the fall months still provide plenty of opportunity to enjoy fun on two wheels whether taking to the trails or enjoying the bike park.
Getting to Whistler: Fly to Vancouver International Airport from where Whistler is a two hour drive. Frequent daily shuttles depart daily from the terminal building.
Over 700 guests gathered and enjoyed gourmet hors d’oeuvres, champagne and specialty cocktails by Lessings. Revelers danced the night away to the upbeat sounds of DJ Lee Kalt, and perused and bid on the exciting items in the Go Charity silent auction. The venue was beautifully set up, under white tents with couches and tables as well as artwork on display. As it got darker, the gala also had colorful lights beneath the tent, creating a fun environment.
Attendees included Dr. Stephen Greenberg, Dr. Shawn Sadri, Martin Pepa and his wife Paige, Nicole Noonan, Tatum Peacock, and Janel Tanna.
At the St. Barth Hamptons Gala, there was an open bar with champagne and special cocktails, along with hors d’oeuvres for everyone to enjoy. All of the guests were socializing, taking photos, and dancing the night away. The music was perfect for the event, the venue was breathtaking, and the atmosphere was unbeatable. It was such an energetic crowd, making the gala more enjoyable. Everyone was a huge fan of the open bar, and many gathered there to hang out and chat throughout the night. The hors d’oeurves were delicious, especially the dessert!
The event was presented by Escada who showcased their newest collection on models who were elevated on risers throughout the event. It was sponsored by Social Life, Diageo, Le Barthélemy Hotel & Spa, Kimimi Swimwear, Crown of Light, and Go Charity.
Coming of age in the era of social media and reality TV, Charlotte McKinney is among a generation known for their chameleonic ability to adapt and reinvent to remain relevant and cutting-edge. In her cover story, Charlotte talks with Social Life about her love of the Hamptons, her favorite beauty treatments, modeling versus acting, her philanthropic passions, and more.
On Saturday, August 17th, Edmiston Yachts and polo icon Nacho Figueras hosted the first annual Edmiston Charity Chukka, presented by luxury destination Amaala, at the Ashkenazy family estate in Water Mill. Supported by Feadship, NetJets, Hublot, de Grisogono, Overfinch, Berkeley Travel, Zang Toi, and other venerable partners, benefitting Stony Brook Southampton Hospital. Continue reading →
Tell only your best friends. Nikki Beach in Miami Beach is a year round restaurant and beach club in Miami’s famous South Pointe off of Ocean Drive. Cuisine and cocktails can be enjoyed inside or outside on one of their daybeds, cabanas or tables with feet in the sand steps away from the beach. An experience at Nikki Beach is complemented by fun, lively music and plenty of entertainment including a live saxophonist.
2019 is a very special year for Nikki Beach as they are celebrating their 20 year milestone on Saturday, December 14th at the location where it all began: Nikki Beach Miami Beach. Expect a celebration with live music and entertainment, a dance tribe, delicious food and creative cocktails all encompassed in their legendary White Party theme.
Nikki Beach is the perfect destination to step away from the crowds of Miami Beach and into your own oasis with your whole family, your best friends, colleagues, or even that special someone for some serious fun. Experience plenty of upbeat vibes and so many surprises around every corner. There is also a gift shop that sells sunglasses, hats, shirts, swim cover ups, and more.
A selection of events take place at Nikki Beach weekly, including Rosé Saturdays every Saturday from 12-6pm. Experience “La Vie en Rosé” for the afternoon where the vibe is Côte d’Azur chic as guests sip rosé, dine on seafood and experience live music by Felipe Kaval & Keidy. Specials include $5 glasses of Rosé and $25 bottles of Rosé.
And then there is their famous Sunday Brunch from 11am-4pm where guests can experience an afternoon with international cuisine, cocktails, and Champagne, music by Stephan M & Felipe Kaval, entertainment by the Nikki Beach Tribe and plenty of barefoot chic vibes. Specials include $50 Brunch, $7 Mimosas, and $7 Bloody Marys.
Their menu features a variety of appetizers, salads, sandwiches, a raw bar, sushi platters, sushi rolls, desserts, and so much more. Notable menu items include the Tempura Shrimp Tacos with avocado and lime aioli; the Miami Beach Platter with Key West Conch Fritters, Angus Beef Sliders, Aristan Bruschetta, and Calamari Fritto; Nikki Beach’s Famous Chicken Satay with sesame marinated chicken strips, Asian vegetables, and spicy peanut sauce; Dubai Grilled Cauliflower with green harissa, golden raisins, garden herbs, and lemon and tahini dressing; and Nikki Beach’s Famous Sushi & Ceviche Boat with a variety of specialty rolls, sashimi, tropical ceviche, tuna tartare, steamed edamame, and more.
Some of my favorite cocktails, including one our waiter recommend, were the Classic Piña Colada served in a shaved coconut that tastes (noted by our waiter) just like cinnamon toast crunch, and the World Famous Nikki Beach Mojito made with lemon flavored rum.
Desserts include their homemade Key Lime Pie, New York Style Cheesecake, Pistachio Tiramisu, and Vanilla-Infused Crème Brûlée.
View our full video recap of our visit to Nikki Beach via our IGTV channel on Instagram.
Hours & Locations
Nikki Beach in Miami Beach is open year round seven days a week from 10am-midnight serving food and drinks.
Nikki Beach has restaurants and beach clubs as well as hotels and resorts all around the world. Restaurants & Beach Club locations include Saint Barth, Ibiza, Monte Carlo, Dubai, and Saint Tropez.
Hotel & Resort locations include Koh Samui (Thailand), Porto Heli (Greece), Dubai (UAE), Bodrum (Turkey), and Santorini (Greece). Currently there are pop ups in Cannes (France), and Porto Cervo (Italy).
The F10 Creative is a small empire of iconic restaurants in the ever-growing travel destination of Palm Springs, California, less than two hours away from Los Angeles. The restaurant family includes the famous brunch hotspot Cheeky’s, the gorgeous modern steakhouse Mr. Lyons and their classic cocktail hideaway Seymour’s, a lively and al fresco Italian eatery Birba, the sleek and seree hotel Alcazar, and F10 Catering, the go-to service for all top-tier brand and celebrity events in the desert area.
Tara Lazar, a Palm Springs native, who after spending time traveling and sampling flavors around the world, she returned home to build Cheeky’s as the first establishment in the F10 line. Tara has been hands on in every step of the way for each property, from creating the menu and cooking on the line, to designing the atmosphere and touching tables nightly. She now employs almost 200 residents of Palm Springs, and has been an influential voice across staffing, sourcing and serving in the hospitality industry.
Below, Tara discusses the background of Mr. Lyons while highlighting local farms the restaurant group works closely with in addition to which will be the new arrivals to the menu come late summer and early fall.
Tell us your background and how you have brought your expertise to Mr. Lyons.
My background is ten + years in the restaurant business with a lifetime in Palm Springs. I felt there was a need for a glamorous farm forward elegant restaurant in Palm Springs. Certainly a place to see and be seen but with really solid food.
Which dishes on the menu have stood out for you this summer? For guests?
I’m loving the raw zucchini salad with squash blossoms and the Carolina Gold fried rice. It’s nice to have the mix of really good veggie options at the steakhouse.
I noticed you work closely with a number of local farms and markets. Which ingredients are your favorites to utilize and describe your partnership with these farms and businesses.
Everything is local right now since we’re at the peak of summer. I’m always a sucker for our local corn that comes so fresh and sweet you can eat it raw – as the starch hasn’t even started to form. Milliken farms for corn. Munak farms for the heirloom tomatoes. Weiser farms for squash flowers, etc.
Which are your favorite cocktail and dish pairings?
Rittenhouse rye whiskey sour and our roasted bone marrow with oxtail tellicherry pepper gastric. A great Amarone and our Beef Wellington checks a lot of boxes too.
Which are your favorite dishes?
We have incredible steak but our sides are [also] the stand outs. Onion rings are exceptional. Crispy brussel sprout leaves with balsamic, and our wedge is dipped in a red wine vinegar so it has this acidic element that helps it stand up to all the rich blue cheese and bacon components that gives it the perfect balance.
What are your plans for transitioning into the fall as far as the menu?
We’re excited to start revamping more classic dishes that seem to have fallen to a bygone time. Everything from onion dips, to green goddess dressings, to an epic chopped salad, or even a perfect lobster bisque. That’s what is piquing my palate right now.
How was the restaurant [Mr. Lyons] concept created and what will be new this coming late summer/early fall?
I am very nostalgic in general – and food and restaurants are my link to my best nostalgic moments. I’ve lived and dined at Mr. Lyons for over 40 years, so I wanted to restore the magic of Palm Springs through this concept. Less and less restauranteurs want huge restaurants with fine dining because it’s a big feat to pull off, but we were ready. We wanted something glamorous and classic and “that” place where if you went to Palm Springs and didn’t visit Mr. Lyons, you didn’t do Palm Springs properly.
New things: Our steak is so good it should be left alone but I want to really play with more interesting bar snacks. Bring back old classics but with great ingredients and fun presentations. That’s what we’re focusing our efforts on in the kitchen lab right now.
Rejuvenation Health, set in the heart of East Hampton Village, is a wellness center that focuses on ancient healing practices, specifically taking a unique approach to medicine, where it connects oral health with our overall wellbeing.
Inside the wellness enter is an opportunity for individuals seeking optimal health and wellbeing to renew “the life-force within” through an integrated practice of biologic dentistry, medicine, beauty and wellness. There is also an apothecary that offers an array of products and supplements including brands like CAP Beauty, Nutrafol, Revitin oral care, and WTHN, as well as beauty products from Shiva Rose, Dr. Loretta and CAMPO. High-quality CBD from Plant Alchemy is also available for purchase. There is also an outdoor meditation space, perfect for silent reflection before or after a treatment.
I came in to the center for the first time last week to receive my very first acupuncture treatment with WTHN Acupuncture’s Dr. Shari Auth. I was extraordinarily pleased with her professionalism, attention to detail, and her soothing and tactical approach. After my first acupuncture treatment with Dr. Auth, I would highly recommend the treatment and overall experience at Rejuvenation Health. I also received a cupping treatment, with the entire session lasting forty minutes. Acupuncture is completely painless and did wonders to my body.
I had been having upper back discomfort because my two children love to ride on my shoulders all the time, and I also had acupuncture for relaxation, digestion, de-stress purposes. After the treatment and even now almost two weeks later, the discomfort is completely gone and I feel so at ease. I already look forward to coming back to the wellness center and trying their other signature therapies and treatments.
The REVIV Clinic is also located inside Rejuvenation Health. Step inside to get REVIV’d in the Hamptons with the choice of five signature IV therapies and four vitamin injections. Their IV therapies are designed to help you feel your best and deliver a blend of hydration, vitamins, antioxidants and electrolytes that your body needs. Pick from hydration, wellness, beauty, recovery and our deluxe IV therapy for the complete IV wellness boost.
Additional treatments at the center include Emsculpt body contouring, hyperbaric oxygen, BioMat infrared therapy, LED light therapy, longevity medicine, and biologic dental services as well as guest lectures, and yoga. Dr. Gerry Curatola, the center’s lead practitioner and owner, plans to integrate the Center’s offerings into his dental treatment plans beginning in January 2020.
Shari Auth is practicing at Rejuvenation Health in East Hampton for limited days throughout the month of August. Call to book your appointment or it can be booked through the MindBody App. Rejuvenation Health currently is open Wednesday-Monday (closed Tuesdays) beginning at 10am.
Planning an event can be great for business exposure, art galas, birthday parties, charities, and community involvement. However, it’s also easier said than done.
There’s a lot that goes into planning an event. Typically, the bigger the event, the more people are invited and the more planning is necessary. Before you get overwhelmed, however, take a moment to read this post!
We have seven helpful tips to get you started and keep things organized. Continue reading →
Festivals and food are two of the most anticipated aspects of summertime on Long Island. So naturally, Famous Food Festival held at Tanger Outlets in Riverhead on August 10th and 11th was an ideal setting for an enjoyable weekend. Over both days, attendees were able to experience food from more than fifty vendors, live music from multiple performers, a Grucci Fireworks show, and even a fire department cook-off. Tents and chairs were provided so guests could relax while eating and socializing. For kids, face painting, rock wall climbing, and an art tent were available.
This year’s Famous Food Festival boasted a variety of traditional and experimental dining options. Savory fare had the largest presence among vendors. The food truck for restaurant Katie’s of Smithtown offered their signature build-your-own Mac Daddy ’n Cheese which features different toppings and comes served in either a cone or a bowl. Golden Jalapeños Cafe, located in Calverton, had tex-mex items available including burritos, quesadillas, and speciality tacos. And MELTology of Mt. Sinai served up made-to-order gourmet grilled cheese with ingredients like pure clover honey and parmesan-crusted sourdough bread.
Desserts were a popular item among vendors as well. The Crazy Crepe Cafe—with four locations across Long Island—provided made-to-order sweet crepes such as Apple Pie and Samoa. New York City’s Spoonable Spirits offered several types their famous boozy pudding shots including Nutella Latte and Whisky Rolo. And, from upstate New York, Goodway Bakery featured fresh rum cakes in a variety of flavors such as coconut, chocolate, and black raspberry.
The highlight of the weekend occurred on Saturday when the Riverhead and Manorville fire departments faced off in Round 2 of Famous Food Festival’s Battle of the Fire Departments. Each company was given a list of summer-inspired ingredients and had a limited amount of time to prepare an appetizer, a main course, and a dessert. Professional chefs judged the dishes and voted on their favorites. After a very close competition, Riverhead Fire Department won the round and the chance to compete in October for a cash prize.
Two perfect summer days for the festival gave vendors ample business and left guests with an unforgettable dining experience. Famous Food Festival was a welcome event that added one more highlight to an already ideal summer. The Festival will return in the fall at Tanger Outlets in Deer Park on October 12th and 13th to further celebrate Long Island and New York eateries.
East End Taste was a media sponsor of Famous Food Festival.