The first annual Dan’s Taste of Two Forks this past Saturday, July 16th, 2011, in Bridgehampton was a sold-out success, with 1,600+ foodies in attendance! Guests were treated to gourmet samplings from over 40 restaurants, and wines from 23 different Long Island wineries –all while partying under the giant canopied tent on a gorgeous summer night.
East End stargazers love to rub elbows with VIPs, and this event did not disappoint. Celebrity Chef Marcus Samuelsson and the lovely Rosanna Scotto acted as Host and MC (respectively) throughout the night. Chef Samuelsson has one of the hottest new restaurants in the city (Red Rooster, where nobody can snag a reservation for weeks!) and Ms. Scotto is co-host of Good Day NY and owner of Fresco by Scotto in Manhattan with her renown family.
Brother Anthony Scotto, Jr. and sister Elaina Scotto, contributors to NBC’s TODAY Show, were also on hand for the festivities. Mark Feuerstein of the hit USA show Royal Pains made an appearance to promote his new series, and Real Housewives of NY Alex McCord dropped by with husband Simon Van Kempen to see and be seen.
We hear that Housewives Cindy Barshop and Dina Manzo also showed up but we missed seeing them. Other notables included actor Bryan Greenberg from How to Make it in America, Friends with Benefits and One Tree Hill, actress Aida Turturro of The Sopranos, and finally Dan Rattiner, founder of Dan’s Papers who spearheaded the event.
But we all know that the real star of the night was – THE FOOD! (And wine!)
With so many amazing items to nibble, it was impossible to pick a favorite. There was more ceviche and gazpacho than you could shake a stick at! We loved the bright yellow gazpacho from Blue Parrot, or the savory crostini from Love Lane Kitchen. Lucy’s Whey featured a mouth watering gouda that we can’t wait to taste again. Washing it down with a glass of Perrier-Jouet Champagne helped keep us cool, and Southampton Publick House was even on-hand to offer their signature ale.
For those with a sweet tooth, the legendary Dylan’s Candy Bar created a booth full of sugary delights to take home (we are infatuated with their eye-catching oversized lollipops). Sarabeth Levine of Sarabeth’s Bakery enjoyed handing out bite-sized morsels to her loyal followers, and Sylvia Lehrer signed copies of her new book, Savoring the Hamptons, for her fans.
The perfectly laid out “living room” effect behind the main tent couldn’t have been cozier, with groupings of chaise lounges, oversized ottomans, plush couches, and domestic touches of candelabras, lanterns and throw pillows galore. Sitting under the stars with the music floating through the air and sipping a flute of limoncello is how every summer night should end.
Kudos also go to generous sponsor Hampton Jitney, for offering an exclusive bus from Manhattan to the Hamptons for the evening. Members of the press got to ride in style on the luxurious Ambassador line, which features legroom galore, complimentary snacks and beverages, and flat-screen televisions for watching movies during transit.
Though the fete was a delicious evening for all, the best part for guests was knowing that at the end of the night they were doing something for the greater good. A portion of the proceeds went to Have a Heart Community Trust, benefiting local east end food pantries.