The excitement building as we approach Dan’s Taste of Summer is infectious not only among the guests who are looking forward to a weekend filled with tastings from the top local restaurants and wineries, but among the chefs themselves. “We are excited at the opportunity to interact and explore the highly creative environment alongside some of the best chefs and restaurateurs,” says Executive Chef Louis Barresi of Doppio Artisan Bistro in Sag Harbor, which will be serving up Short Rib in Agrodolce at Dan’s Taste of Two Forks on Saturday, June 12.
What are you most looking forward to about Dan’s Taste of Summer this year?
Exploring the extraordinary diversity of the East Ends local farms, wineries, fisheries and hand crafted products. Incorporating those products into our artisanal based Italian- and Mediterranean-inspired cuisine.
Describe the moment you knew the culinary world was your passion.
From a young age food was a big part of my upbringing. Canning, pickling, long Sunday supper roasts and braises is what we do. The summers I spend in southern Italy with my aunt and uncle who owned a bakery and gelateria at the time, really shaped my appreciation for good food and wine.
What is your favorite aspect of being part of the culinary culture on the East End?
The beauty, the simplicity and understated elegance that inspires us to be creative.
When you hear “local,” what comes to mind?
People, small creative business, community and friendship.
Where do you find inspiration, inside and outside the kitchen?
Outside we are inspired most by farmlands, wineries, beaches and people. In the kitchen, the availability of fresh ingredients, artisanal products and, most of all, my crew.
What’s your favorite food- or drink-related song and why?
“Felicita” by Al Bano—reminds me of summer living in southern Italy
If you were packing for an East End picnic, what are three things we’d find in your basket?
Crisp bottle of Wölffer rosé, shaved white and green asparagus salad, crispy baguette, truffle tremor cheese, and thinly sliced prosciutto because it makes everything better.
What beverage are you looking forward to enjoying on a hot summer night?
Pretty much anything from our cocktail menu, especially the Virgin Sugar.
Finish this sentence: An empty plate… brings a smile to my face, and makes it all worth it.
Dan’s Taste of Summer—held at Sayre Park, 156 Snake Hollow Road, Bridgehampton—kicks off with GrillHampton on Friday, July 11, from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. General admission tickets are $120 (inclusive of all food and beverages).
The fourth annual Dan’s Taste of Two Forks is Saturday, July 12. Taste of Two Forks VIP tickets are sold out; General Admission (GA) tickets from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. are available for $160 (inclusive of all food & beverage).
For more information about ticket availability, visit DansTasteofSummer.com.