Dan’s Taste of Summer 2016 Kicks Off in July

Summer in the Hamptons means enjoying and indulging in the best of everything, and nothing captures that best-of-everything spirit like Dan’s Taste of Summer! The premier culinary events on the East End are returning this July and August, bigger and better than ever before. An impressive lineup of celebrity hosts, chefs and restaurants are gearing up for the most delectable summer in the Hamptons yet, and you’re invited!

For the first time ever, Dan’s Taste of Summer will comprise four events, perfect for ensuring that endless summer feeling: Dan’s GrillHampton (Friday, July 22), Dan’s Taste of Two Forks Presented by Farrell Building Co. (Saturday, July 23), Dan’s Harvest East End (Saturday, August 20), and, we are thrilled to announce, the all-new Dan’s ClambakeMTK at Gurney’s Montauk on Saturday, July 30, the ultimate seaside soirée that is not to be missed!

Every year, Dan’s Papers elevates the Taste of Summer experience, and 2016 heralds one of our biggest and most celebrated moves yet! This year, Dan’s GrillHampton and Dan’s Taste of Two Forks will have a brand new home—the beautiful Fairview Farm in Bridgehampton, right on the waters of Mecox Bay. A portion of this year’s ticket proceeds from both events will benefit All For The East End (AFTEE), a 501(c)(3) that showcases and provides support to the more than 1,000 charity organizations in the five East End towns.

DAN’S GRILLHAMPTON: GET FIRED UP!
Now in its fourth fabulous year, Dan’s GrillHampton has evolved into a true Who’s Who of grillmasters and will once again feature chefs from both NYC and the Hamptons battling in a cooking competition and tasting event like no other. As Team NYC and Team Hamptons vie for the Judges Award and People’s Choice honors on Friday, July 22, guests will sample an extraordinary variety of dishes and vote for their favorite grilled masterpiece. Enjoy savory grilled fare, beer and specialty cocktails while listening to live music by Dan’s Best of the Best winner New Life Crisis. Then be a part of the action as you cast your vote for the finest food of the night! Notable newcomers this year include Topping Rose House by Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Shake Shack, First and South and Altamarea Group by Michael White. Dan’s GrillHampton will offer a new VIP component this year for ticket holders to access the event one hour before general admission.

Dan’s GrillHampton is sponsored by Farrell Building Company, Woodford Reserve, East End Tick and Mosquito Control, Hampton Watercraft & Marine, Rum Diplomatico, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Aperol, Bai5, Diamond Crystal, Hendrick’s Gin, Hotel Indigo, Milagro Tequila, Polar Seltzer, Peconic Bay Medical Center, Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum.

Great Moments from Dan’s GrillHampton 2015

DAN’S TASTE OF TWO FORKS: THE ULTIMATE EPICUREAN EVENING
Celebrating six years as the East End’s unparalleled food-and-wine event, Dan’s Taste of Two Forks continues to proudly shine a light on the abundance of both the North and South Forks, featuring top chefs, sips from the greatest winemakers and delectable bites from more than 40 of the finest local restaurants. Raising the culinary bar even higher, Hamptons resident Alex Guarnaschelli—judge on Food Network’s Chopped, mentor of Food Network’s All-Star Academy, Chef/Owner of Butter restaurant, author of the cookbook Old-School Comfort Food, host of live comedy show Busting My Chops—will host this year’s event on Saturday, July 23.

You won’t want to miss all the stellar cuisine from some of the most talked-about restaurants on the North and South Forks, including Bay Kitchen Bar, Wölffer Kitchen, Scarpetta Beach, Topping Rose House, East by Northeast, Estia’s Little Kitchen and many more! To wash down all of the satisfying sweet and savory treats, guests will be able to swirl and sip wines from top East End wineries, including Bedell Cellars, Bridge Lane Wine, Macari Vineyards & Winery, Palmer Vineyards, Pellegrini Vineyards, Raphael, One Woman Wines & Vineyards, Mattebella Vineyards and Wölffer Estate Vineyard. Of course, VIP ticket holders will gain one-hour early admission, get to relax and indulge in a private lounge brimming with specialty drinks and other exclusive perks, and go home with our enviable Hamptons VIP swag bag.

Dan’s Taste of Two Forks is presented by Farrell Building Company and sponsored by Woodford Reserve, East End Tick and Mosquito Control, Hampton Watercraft & Marine, Rum Diplomatico, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Aperol, Bai5, Diamond Crystal, Hendrick’s Gin, Hotel Indigo, Milagro Tequila, Polar Seltzer, Peconic Bay Medical Center, Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum.

Great Moments at Dan’s Taste of Two Forks 2015

COME MEET US IN MONTAUK FOR DAN’S CLAMBAKE•MTK!
On July 30, come to The End for the start of a new tradition in taste at our spectacular seaside soirée! Dan’s ClambakeMTK, the inaugural oceanfront food-and-drink festival at the legendary Gurney’s Seawater Resort & Spa, invites you to dive into an incredible surf and turf array from a gathering of top restaurants from Manhattan to Montauk. Celebrate the beach life and coastal cuisine that makes Montauk the hottest destination of the season.

Returning to Dan’s Taste of Summer to host this beachy-chic affair is Hamptons resident and Food Network star Marc Murphy, judge on Food Network’s Chopped, Chef & Owner of Benchmarc Restaurants (Landmarc and Ditch Plains), Kingside, Grey Salt and author of Season with Authority: Confident Home Cooking.

The evening only gets better when the sun goes down and the lights come up at the Dan’s ClambakeMTK VIP After-Party at Gurney’s Montauk, where a top DJ will spin the hottest music while VIPs revel in gourmet late-night food, dance the night away and enjoy craft cocktails shaken by the best mixologists around. A portion of this year’s ticket proceeds will benefit local Montauk charities.

Dan’s ClambakeMTK at Gurney’s Montauk is sponsored by Aperol, Bai5, Diamond Crystal, East End Tick and Mosquito Control, Flor de Cana, Hendrick’s Gin, Hotel Indigo, Milagro Tequila, Polar Seltzer, Peconic Bay Medical Center, Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum and Skyy Vodka.

RAISE A GLASS ON THE NORTH FORK AT DAN’S HARVEST EAST END
Wine connoisseurs, rejoice as the Long Island Wine Council gathers the top winemakers of the East End for Dan’s Harvest East End. The biggest celebration of Long Island wine anywhere showcases the creations of more than 40 East End winemakers paired with bites from some 30 top regional chefs and local purveyors, all amid the bucolic surroundings of McCall Vineyards and Ranch in Cutchogue. As with all Dan’s Taste of Summer events, a portion of ticket proceeds will go to support local charities.

Thrilled to return as host is celebrity chef Geoffrey Zakarian, culinary director of The Plaza, chef/owner of The Lambs Club, The National in Greenwich, and coming soon to Los Angeles, Georgie and The Garden Bar at Montage Beverly Hills. Zakarian, author of My Perfect Pantry, is celebrated for being an Iron Chef, judge on Food Network’s Chopped, host of Food Network’s Cooks vs. Cons and cohost of Food Network’s The Kitchen and Top 5 Restaurants. As a former host of Dan’s GrillHampton, Dan’s Taste of Two Forks and last year’s Dan’s Harvest East End, Zakarian has a unique perspective on the allure of being at the helm of Dan’s Taste of Summer events. “Aside from the obvious beauty of the location, it’s a great opportunity to see the continued growth and quality of the Hamptons food and beverage scene,” he says. At Harvest in particular, “It’s all about the chefs and people who make the food and wine. Period. Their dedication, and their passion.” We’ll drink to that.

Dan’s Harvest East End is sponsored by Bridgehampton National Bank, Hotel Indigo, Woodford Reserve, Appleton Estate, Bai5, Bulldog London Dry Gin, Diamond Crystal, East End Tick and Mosquito Control, Milagro Tequila, Peconic Bay Medical Center and Tito’s Handmade Vodka.

Top 10 Reasons You Can’t Miss Dan’s Harvest East End

Dan’s Taste of Summer kicks off with Dan’s GrillHampton on Friday, July 22, and continues on Saturday, July 23 with Dan’s Taste of Two Forks presented by Farrell Building Company, both at Fairview Farm at Mecox in Bridgehampton. ClambakeMTK at Gurney’s Montauk premieres on Saturday, July 30. Dan’s Harvest East End is Saturday, August 20 at McCall Vineyard and Ranch in Cutchogue. To purchase tickets and find more information on all Dan’s Taste of Summer events, visit DansTasteofSummer.com!

Follow the event on Facebook at TasteOfTwoForks and HarvestEastEnd, on Twitter @danstwoforks and @harvesteastend, and Instagram @danspapers. Event Hashtags: #DansTOS, #GrillHampton, #TasteofTwoForks, #ClambakeMTK, #HarvestEastEnd and #LICharacter

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