Sameer (Sam) Mohan of Saaz Indian Cuisine in Southampton settled into his family’s business in 1995—his father and father-in-law run the über-popular Curry Club in Stony Brook. Sameer and his lovely wife Sonia can often be found at Saaz greeting customers and sharing their love of pan-Indian fare. Sample some of their delicious symphony of spices at two of the five Dan’s Taste of Two Forks events this year—Dan’s Rosé Soirée on Memorial Day Weekend (May 28) at the Southampton Arts Center and Dan’s Taste of Two Forks presented by Farrell Building Company (July 22), now in its seventh year, on Mecox Bay.
My favorite dish to pair with a fine rosé is: Chilean Seabass
What Long Island wines are currently in your home wine library?
Wölffer Estate Vineyard, Channing Daughters Winery, Jamesport Vineyards
Why should consumers seek out local produce and wine?
The quality is good [and it] definitely supports the local community and businesses.
Would you agree that chefs and farmers have a lot in common in that both are a little crazy and overworked?
A little crazy for sure and therefore never overworked!
What crop could local farmers grow that you would be excited to use?
I’m always open to suggestions—definitely something exotic. Being Indian, [I say] why not mangoes?
Tell us about the best or most surprising thing you’ve ever eaten.
My favorite place in Austin, TX [offers] giant, king-size beef ribs beautifully and deliciously prepared.
What do you have in your kitchen right now that would make another food pro jealous?
creativity and passion
I could create a fine meal with just these four ingredients: lamb chops, salt, pepper, basmati rice
What are you most looking forward to about being a part of Dan’s Taste of Summer?
Being part of a special group of people who enjoy serving and most important support [keeping it] local!
Find the latest info on all of Dan’s Taste of Summer events this summer—Dan’s Rosé Soirée, the official kickoff event of summer in the Hamptons on Memorial Day Weekend (May 28); the new Dan’s Corona MonTaco presented by Don Julio, a Mexican-themed fiesta at Gurney’s Montauk on July 7; Dan’s ClambakeMTK at Gurney’s Montauk, back for its second summer on July 8; Dan’s GrillHampton (July 21), celebrating its 5th anniversary; and Dan’s Taste of Two Forks presented by Farrell Building Company (July 22), now in its 7th year—at DansTaste.com.