Hampton Daze: Indian Summer, Unconditional Love

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The Junior Committee at Southampton Animal Shelter’s Unconditional Love Gala.

I started last weekend with a very special night, on Friday, July 19. The Independent and Simple Vodka hosted a dinner called “Indian Summer” with Chef Palak Patel in Water Mill. Patel has won “Beat Bobby Flay,” “Chopped,” and was a “Food Network Star” finalist. The evening also included a writing experience by journalist and writing instructor Ruthie Ackerman. Look for a feature next week on the full dining experience.

On Saturday, I headed to the Hamptons Interactive Influencer Brunch, hosted by East End Taste’s Vanessa Gordon, at The Maidstone in East Hampton. It was a hot day, but nothing that the ice cream station by Serendipity 3 couldn’t fix (and also made me dream of Christmas weather and stops to Serendipity 3 in the city). We enjoyed Millstone Flowers station that let guests create their own floral arrangements from locally sourced flowers straight off of their flower cart. The treats from Cipriani were also a hit.

Later in the evening, as the sun set and the temperatures dropped, it was off to the Southampton Animal Shelter’s Unconditional Love Gala, where I joined as part of the Junior Committee. The event was held on the grounds of Stony Brook Southampton Hospital. This year’s event was held under one of the most beautifully designed tents I’ve seen. I also enjoyed the mostly vegetarian menu, as I too am mostly vegetarian. The food from Stone Creek Inn was beyond delicious.

Almost a year ago, my family adopted a 12-year-old cocker spaniel named Clementine from Southampton Animal Shelter. She was at a municipal shelter and was going to be put down because she had an infection and tumors. But Southampton saved her and provided her with medical treatment by securing her a grant from the Grey Muzzle Organization. Now she’s living out her best years with us. This is just one example of the amazing work this shelter does.

On Sunday it was the Hamptons Fashion Week “Life’s A Beach” celebration. The event was a one-day experience that featured fashion, designers, entertainment, and beauty, held on Main Street in Bridgehampton. The afternoon highlighted designers Cesar Galindo and Kimora Lee Simmons.

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