The Studio at Topping Rose House in Bridgehampton was abuzz on Saturday night as 127 friends and supporters gathered for a gourmet dinner benefitting the Bridgehampton Child Care & Recreational Center.
Overseen by celebrated chef, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, who circulated among cocktail guests in signature toque and white apron, the food more than lived up to his reputation: tuna tartar with caviar and toasted brioche/a choice of seared black sea bass with tender celeriac and fragrant green curry, or roasted beef tenderloin with silky chestnuts and sweet and sour cabbage. For dessert, guests enjoyed a dark chocolate and passion fruit tart with passion fruit sorbet.
Due to overwhelming interest and attendance at this feast, dinner had to be moved to a larger room. And many were still left on a waiting list.
The star of the evening, though, was the Bridgehampton Child Care & Recreational Center, a venerable local institution created in the early 1950s by summer residents after a fire in a migrant work camp killed two children. Bonnie Michelle Cannon, the organization’s executive director, walked among the tables with a microphone, describing the new programs available to the often underserved local population of African-American and Latino children, whose photographs were displayed on the windows. Former Southampton Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst was among the guests.
The holiday benefit which raised much needed funds for Bridgehampton Child Care & Recreational Center was reported to be “a triumph both for the children and for the elegantly fed guests.”
Learn more about Bridgehampton Child Care & Recreational Center at bhccrc.org.