Memorial Day is the unofficial start of the summer season, as Hamptonites pile their plates with an abundance of delicious seasonal food. Whether this means our finest local produce or freshly-prepared meals from our finest local restaurants, the East End is an epicurean’s paradise.
And, on July 14, all of our culinary delights will come together for the second annual Dan’s Taste of Two Forks. The food and wine event of the Hamptons will showcase the best local talent from East End restaurants, Long Island wineries from the Long Island Wine Council and several premier local purveyors.
This year, Dan’s Papers is honored to announce that culinary legend Jean-Georges Vongerichten will host the event. Joining him at the fete as the Ambassador of Taste will be Paris-trained apparel designer Nicole Miller, who has been named Food Critic of The Daily Dan.
Dan’s Taste of Two Forks will be held at Sayre Park in Bridgehampton. VIP admittance is $225 and will be from 6:30-7:30 p.m.; general admission, which costs $150, will be open from 7:30-10 p.m.
With the bash falling on Bastille Day, France-native Vongerichten will celebrate the festivities with true gastronomic French flare. An award-winning chef, legendary author and influential restaurateur, Vongerichten has been a frequent Hamptons visitor for many years, and he is known worldwide for his culinary prowess.
“I am honored to host the second annual Dan’s Taste of Two Forks,” says Vongerichten. “It is always a pleasure to be amongst a group of gifted chefs and fine restaurants.”
The inaugural Taste of Two Forks was a smashing success in 2011, as the sold-out evening offered guests a first-time chance to experience a stellar lineup of the East End’s culinary masters, all in one location. The 2012 event promises to include a similarly celebrated list of attendees from both Forks. Culinary giants Georgica, 1770 House, Luce + Hawkins, Race Lane, Nick & Toni’s, Southampton Social Club, Cittanuova, Southfork Kitchen, 75 Main, Amarelle, Beaumarchais East Hampton, Navy Beach, Rumba Rum Bar, Southampton Publick House and Smokin’ Wolf BBQ are among the participants.
“There are some amazing restaurants on the East End—with access to fresh produce and seafood, the quality is always excellent,” explains Miller. “It’s wonderful to celebrate with Dan’s Taste of Two Forks the talented and diverse chefs and vineyards on the East End.”
As in 2011, this year’s benefitting charity will be the Have a Heart Community Trust, a charitable organization dedicated to providing emergency relief to East Enders during times of personal or family hardship. Partnering with local not-for-profits, Have a Heart is able to give financial assistance to help people to reclaim their lives with dignity, as they work with residents from Riverhead to Montauk across both Forks.
Dan’s Taste of Two Forks is produced by Manhattan Media, the owner of Dan’s Papers. Manhattan Media publishes several lifestyle magazines in the Hamptons and Manhattan, including Dan’s Papers, The Daily Dan, Avenue Magazine, New York Family and West Side Spirit. This year’s presenting sponsor is Farrell Building Company, the luxury homebuilders of the Hamptons. Other premier sponsors include Lincoln, TOWN Residential, Citarella, Hampton Jitney, Southampton Publick House, Smart Water, Dutch Petals, Design by DiMichaels and the Long Island Wine Council.
Visit www.tasteoftwoforks.com or call 631-287-0188 for additional information. Tickets are on sale now.