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Dan’s Taste of Summer Countdown: Cheffe Colette Connor

Dan’s Taste of Two Forks presented by Farrell Building Company returns Saturday, July 23, but to a new Bridgehampton location—the waterfront at Fairview Farm at Mecox. Cheffe Colette Connor from The Inn Spot says she’s looking forward to “getting new ideas and feedback from the foodies who attend this great event.” Perhaps she’ll share her mantra with attendees: “You are what you eat, so eat well every day, as if it were your last.”

At the Inn Spot on the Bay on Lighthouse Road in Hampton Bays, French doors open to the outside dining area, which is a turn-of-the-century wrap-around veranda with sweeping bay views from every seat. Picture perfect for their Downton Abbey Dinner Party on May 21—seven courses with wine and, of course, your best hat!

What fuels your creativity as a chef?
Travels in both my garden and further afield

What local ingredients are you using right now?
Asparagus, spring goose eggs and ramps

What is your local beverage of choice this season?
Hard cider from Wölffer Estate Vineyard

Which of your dishes would you most like to serve to another chef?
House-cured pork pinwheels with our candied pineapple glacé

Has the gluten-free eating trend affected your menu?
As I’m personally gluten-free, and have been for years, most, if not all, of my menu items are.

Please complete this sentence: My mother would not approve of my…
molecular gastronomy

but she would approve of….
the flavor I get from the home-grown exotics from my garden.

I could survive on a desert island if I just had…
unfiltered olive oil, brown rice, truffles and coconut water.

Dan’s Taste of Summer kicks off with Dan’s GrillHampton hosted by Adam Richman on Friday, July 22, and continues on Saturday, July 23, with Dan’s Taste of Two Forks presented by Farrell Building Company hosted by Alex Guarnaschelli, both on the waterfront at Fairview Farm at Mecox in Bridgehampton. The oceanfront food and drink fest ClambakeMTK at Gurney’s Montauk hosted by Marc Murphy premieres on Saturday, July 30. Dan’s Harvest East End, the can’t-miss food and wine classic, hosted by Geoffrey Zakarian is Saturday, August 20, at McCall Vineyard and Ranch in Cutchogue. For tickets and more info on all Dan’s Taste of Summer events, visit DansTasteofSummer.com! A portion of this year’s ticket proceeds from GrillHampton and Taste of Two Forks will benefit All For The East End (AFTEE), a 501(c)(3) that showcases and provides support to more than 1,000 charity organizations in the five East End towns. A portion of proceeds from Harvest East End benefits Long Island Farm Bureau and HRHCare.

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