Sunday, August 7

Local food and wine extravaganza at the height of summer in the Hamptons

Taste of Two Forks
was an extravaganza:
fun music, great spirits, delicious food and good wine. 

45 restaurants and 24 Long Island wineries offered up samples of their fare and spirits for an evening hosted by celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson and emcee Rosanna Scotto.  

the event benefited East End Food Pantries Have a Heart Community ... 

East Hampton windmill-photograph gabby stephenson

Dan Rattiner, Rosanna Scotto and Marcus Samuelsson
Read excepts of Dan Rattiner forward about the event here:

"You come to this event this evening as I do to celebrate and enjoy the bounty of one of the most beautiful places in this world -- the two forks of eastern, Long Island, a land of wonderful fields, dunes, cliffs, beaches, bays and harbors that experts have repeatedly declared to be among God's greatest accomplishments.
Many of us have come from afar and become dabbled by the beauty of this place and what those who have come before us have done with it. Europeans came here four hundred years ago, the Indians before that. They found the land fertile, and with its salt air, mists fogs and sun farmed it, creating bountiful crops of vegetables and fruits. They raised livestock. They fished its waters, fresh, brackish and salt from its shores and from ships, some of which traveled far out into the oceans. And they built villages and towns filled with beautiful churches and windmills...
I have visited more than forty countries and almost every state. There is nothing as beautiful as these two forks"
Dan Rattiner

 First I popped into the party, grabbed a glass of vino, and bumped into Celebrity Chef Marcus Samuelsson who brainstormed the idea.  Marcus was a busy bee during the evening but he found time to chat about his passion for food.

Next, I had the honor of meeting celebrity food writer, critic and author 
Sylvia Lehrer
Have you picked up Sylvia's new book yet?
Savoring the Hamptons
which captures the essence and beauty of cooking in the Hamptons

 for more information on Sylvia's new book and for culinary inspiration read  Sylvia's beautiful blog
where she writes about her many travels and cooking experiences around the Hamptons  
Find Sylvia this summer and pick up an autographed book here:
book signing at East Hampton Library's prominent Author's Night Aug 13,
Dan's Art Show book signing Aug 20
cooking demonstration & book signing Peconic Land Trust Fri Aug 26
 Also...look for live radio broadcast for Pierre Wolff, host of "America's Dining and travel guide/ business talk radio network, which aired Sunday Aug. 7th and will air again soon

I chatted with Sylvia and asked her what she loves about cooking in the Hamptons --
 this is what she had to say:  
"There are so many ways that I love the Hamptons, the sheer beauty of the place, the ocean, the bays, the people who farm the land, grow the grapes and fish the seas. The artisans who have developed incredibly fine products such as high-quality cows and goats milk cheeses. We have a honey bee keeper with hives all over the East End and a local mushroom grower supplying us with magnificent shiitake and oyster mushrooms. We even have local sea salt from the Amagansett Sea Salt Company. There is constant inspiration for developing recipes and the best time to cook is right now!!!"

Sylvia Lehrer
visual feast of food highlights of the evening profiled 
check out my photographs of
a few who came out in great style and offered up delicious tidbits...
Chef Kevin Penner from
the grill on Pantigo
1770 House
perfect for a warm summer night:  creamy yet light gazpacho

Time for a cocktail!
 We stopped into Pisco Porto
to learn about this delicious new spirit making a splash
in the Hamptons. 
How ironic that my hubby
just returned from Chile
where he had his first Pisco Sour

Check out this recipe
Dan's Papers online about
 Grapes and Pisco 

One of my favorite restaurants in Sag Harbor --
the Beacon Restaurant
 served up this delicious
and fresh herb panzanella salad

Colin Ambrose
brought out freshly made empanadas while we waited

Colin Ambrose of Estia's Little Kitchen

My husband enjoyed the complicated flavors of
Copa Wine Bar's Seafood Paella

Mike Mosolino was friendly and accommodating offering a
martini glass Stromboli appetizer. 
Next, one of the evening's favorites...Montauk lobster with corn and basil
served on a potato chip-- it was savory and delicious

time for a glass of vino. 
Randy and I love rich and complicated wines with hints of chocolate, apple, wood, etc., however,   
I am also a fan of Long Island Rose,
specifically the 2010 Rose
from Wolffer Estates in Bridgehampton.

  We sampled a few wines and our top favorite for the evening were offered up by The Long Island Merlot Alliance. This interesting organization has blended some of Long Islands best wine. 

Randy and I both enjoyed the 2008 Merliance, which was brought out special for the occasion.  This organization offers up a plethora of events to bring together the vineyards.  The wines are an interesting blend of grapes and the most rich and layered flavors of all the Long Island wines we tasted during the evening.

For dessert:
What a thrill to meet Sarabeth Levine
Sarabeth's Kitchen
and try some of her tasty treats --
I scooped up this fabulous autographed cookbook for my collection

Dylan's Candy Bar
gave us take home sweet desserts,
including large lollipops and
help yourself penny style candy
just like in the store. 

after dinner cheese tastings from Lucy's Whey in East Hampton
was delicious as well

Stop back next week
for more glimpses of "foodies"
 in the Hamptons
with a walk through
Sag Harbor Farmer's Market


Anonymous said...

sorry I did not bump into you Tamara and was looking for you in the crowd. I had a great time as well and the music set the tone (how about that DJ?). I am enjoying reading all your stories about the Hamptons and discovered your East End Nest for Dans Papers too. Let's meet soon, Allison Caldwell

Anonymous said...

what fun--I love the idea of all the local chefs coming out together for one night and not in a fancy sit down dinner but more of a festive mood so you all get to mingle. This is good idea and thanks for the story Tamara. I hope to see you out and about soon. I love your blog! Sincerely, Julie

Anonymous said...

I enjoyed reading about Eileen Boyd and her fabrics. They are up my alley with all the wonderful colors. Thanks for the introduction to Dan's Papers and it is a nice magazine. b.t.

Anonymous said...

just found your blog through google search and so happy to have stumbled upon you. I have not been to the Hamptons yet this summer but we are coming out the last two weeks of August. Can't wait to read your farm stand post and catch up with the latest. thanks a bunch, Charlotte Smith

Anonymous said...

thanx for the read, love the fact that the family are all involved in putting this together - looking forward to the next update (area432)

Renae Moore said...


What a mouth watering yummy post! So many good things to the favorite picks by your family and LOVE the sunflowers!

xo R