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456,977 Reasons to Nominate for Dan’s Best of the Best

You love so many restaurants and wineries here on the East End, countless theaters and art galleries, salons and surfing spots and service providers—but some you love more than others. It’s okay, you’re not alone. The list of extraordinary options for anything and everything is an ever-expanding entity on our two forks, and everyone has his or her own “best” list. Nowhere is the concept of such a list more celebrated than in the annual Dan’s Best of the Best competition.

Best of the Best winners are always announced each fall, but the foundation for victory is being built as you read this—the nominations phase is now open. And this year there are a few changes. For the first time in the competition’s history, defending Best of the Best winners will not be automatically nominated again. We repeat: If a business or individual won in 2013, they must be nominated anew in order to be in the running to win 2014 honors.

And winning means more than collecting that coveted Best of the Best award certificates. All winners are always invited to attend the annual awards celebration, held last November for the first time at Suffolk Theater in Riverhead. The Dan’s Best of the Best awards party is always a night to remember, a rollicking evening of great food and drink, live music and congratulations.

Last year, Dan’s Best of the Best, presented by Bridgehampton National Bank (BNB), drew a record-breaking number of voters sharing their picks for who should be honored among the best businesses, personalities and events on the East End. But that’s not the only number that matters…

0: Reasons we can think of that you aren’t at at this very moment

1: Time you can go to to enter your nominations every day

2: Forks on which businesses, performers, chefs, bartenders, performing arts venues and more are recognized as Dan’s Best of the Best

3: Levels of honorees for Dan’s Best of the Best winners: Platinum, Gold and Silver

11:59—Time, as in p.m., on July 14, when the nominations portion will close

19: Categories in which you can nominate your favorites

1500+: Total nominees who made it to the voting round last year

456,977: Votes cast in the 2013 Dan’s Best of the Best competition, an all-time record

Visit to enter your 2014 Dan’s Best of the Best nominations. The nominations phase closes on Monday, July 14, at 11:59 p.m. Once all the nominations are tallied, all nominees will be announced and voting will begin at August 8th, exclusively online at Let’s see if we can break that record again this year!

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