Summer in the Hamptons
beaches . wineries . fireworks . a table at the farm . lobster rolls . vegan . responsibility
Summer in the Hamptons… It’s really here folks!
THE BEACH Remember when you were at that blissful age where you refused to come out of the water even when your lips turned purple? The ocean water may still be just barely warm enough to dip your toes in but the bay waters are balmy, warm, calm and less crowded even on a sunny day and you can bring the dogs and a picnic… We’ll be happy to give you a map, a picnic and – the holy grail – a beach parking permit!
A LOBSTER ROAST Or maybe you would like a lobster roast on the beach at sunset? With a bottle or two of rosé from Wölffer Estate or Channing Daughters? An afternoon drive to our favorite South Fork wineries is a pleasant way to while away the day until sunset – which comes so late now this near the Summer Solstice.
FIREWORKS And with summer comes Independence Day! Hooray for the Red White and Blue! BBQs and Fireworks! OK, so the big fireworks show on East Hampton’s Main Beach is rescheduled again to August 27th due to those pesky nesting Piping Plovers, but you can still get your dose of bangs, booms and sizzles this weekend. Charter a boat and watch the fireworks from Devon Yacht Club on Saturday. We’ll pack dinner if you want. Or we can make you dinner reservations in Sag Harbor on Saturday night and after dinner you can grab an ice cream cone and wander over to Long Wharf to watch Sag Harbor Yacht Club Independence Day Fireworks. Or venture out to Montauk for the Grucci family’s impressive display on Umbrella Beach on July 4th. Viking Fleet offers a Montauk Fireworks Dinner Cruise at 6:45 – 11:00pm.
MORE FIREWORKS If you would rather celebrate Bastille Day, the Clamshell Foundation sponsors the 33rd annual Great Bonac Fireworks Show, another fantastic Grucci event on Three Mile Harbor Sat July 19th. Watch from the beach at Maidstone Park or Sammy’s Beach, Gann Road, or any of the beaches off of Hands Creek Road or Springy Banks. Come by boat or book ahead for a table with a view at Harbor Bistro. This is a charity event benefitting many local causes and always a great time.
FARM TO TABLE A rustic handmade table set amidst a field filled with herbs, flowers and vegetables is the setting for what just might become your most memorable farm to table dining experience. This splendid reframing of the traditional summer dinner on the farm also serves a very noble cause, young farmers benefit through apprenticeships and children develop a relationship to food.
Amber Waves Farms in Amagansett marks year two of their infamous Copper Oven Farm-to-Table Series with a remarkable roster of chefs and menus composed from the bounty of East End farmers and fisherman. If this has made you curious or a bit hungry please do not delay - tickets are limited. I hope to see you at my table.
THE LOBSTER ROLL This week the search continues for that infamous lobster roll, maybe even another dock on the bay. An ice cold beer and a lobster roll at Duryea's in Montauk fits the bill and delivers one amazing view! They also have a seafood market, it doesn't get any better or fresher.
A SHOUT OUT TO Todd Jacobs formerly of 'Fresh' has assumed the Exec Chef Toque at Red Bar in Southampton. Look for a bit his local and vegan influence on the menu.
KEEP SHOUTING! You, me and these guys working to save our world with a better approach to food and dining Dock to Dish & Food Lab - this is us taking responsibility, 😉