Dan’s Papers CEO Eric Feil dropped by WPPB, Long Island’s only NPR station, on Wednesday to chat with Bonnie in the Morning host Bonnie Grice about the upcoming Dan’s Taste of Summer events.
Grice and Feil discussed next weekend’s events, Dan’s GrillHampton and Dan’s Taste of Two Forks (presented by Farrell Building Company) on Friday and Saturday, July 22 and 23, respectively, as well as the brand new Dan’s ClambakeMTK at Gurney’s Montauk on Saturday, July 30, and the ultimate North Fork wine fest, Dan’s Harvest East End, at McCall Vineyard and Ranch on Saturday, August 20.
The conversation sizzled and tantalized the tastebuds as they talked about all the exciting chefs and food and wine purveyors at the various events, and the celebrity hosts, including GrillHampton host Adam Richman, of Travel Channel’s Man v. Food, Taste of Two Forks hosts Alex Guarnaschelli, of Iron Chef, Alex’s Day Off and The Cooking Loft, and Katie Lee, a cookbook author, novelist, food critic and the original Top Chef host; ClambakeMTK hosts Marc Murphy, of Chopped, and Eden Grinshpan, of Eden Eats; and Harvest East End host Geoffrey Zakarian, of Chopped and The Kitchen.
“There were a lot of terrific events, food-centric, but there wasn’t one that focused on all the great restaurants and chefs that are out here all the time, from the North Fork and South Fork,” Feil says in the interview, explaining how these wildly successful foodie events came to be. “A group of people decided that, hey, why don’t we put on an event that celebrates them, brings them all together and lets people come under one tent, one night, and see these 40 great chefs and restaurants and what they can all do? And that’s what we did!”
As Grice points out, the Dan’s Taste of Summer events are growing every year. What started with Dan’s Taste of Two Forks in 2011, has since expanded to include four large events—each with a character all its own and different from the others. In 2016, Feil adds, the four events will serve 5,000–6,000 people.
But beyond all the tasting, fun and delighted guests and participants, Grice notes that Dan’s Taste of Summer events have really helped “put East End chefs on the map.”
And that might be the greatest accomplishment of all.
Hear Bonnie Grice’s complete interview with Eric Feil and get all the latest Dan’s Taste of Summer dish by clicking the left end of sound file below.
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