Photos: LongHouse Reserve’s Winter Benefit

LongHouse Reserve 2017 Winter Benefit, Honoring Architect Team Tod Williams and Billie Tsien

I’ve been wanting to share my experiences from LongHouse Reserve’s fantastic annual Winter Benefit since last week but haven’t been able to get around to it until now. Apologies for my delay.

It was one of those incredible evenings where I found myself reveling in wonder and amazement at being in the same room with so many people who have changed our world. Man, that’s some heady stuff. Words might not be able to capture it but hopefully these photos by Patrick McMullan will. Enjoy!

Want to learn more? Here’s all the info: LongHouse Reserve celebrated the start of their 26th season with a Winter Benefit at the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center on Wednesday, February 15, honoring husband and wife architectural team, and Barack Obama Presidential Center designersTod Williams and Billie Tsien.

The non-profit arboretum, art museum, sculpture garden, and educational organization based in East Hampton, drew a diverse group of guests including LongHouse Reserve Founder Jack Lenor Larsen, President Dianne Benson and Executive Director Matko Tomicic. Former LongHouse honorees Hugh Hardyand Barbara Slifka were in attendance, along with architect Steven Holl, Calvin Tsao and Zack McKown,  and artists Helena Hernmarck, Shen Wei, and Eleanor Alper -. Distinguished guests included Ron Kaplan and Toni Ross, Adelaide De MenilLouis and Jane GroppDeborah NevinsSherri DonghiaPeter OlsenAlexandra MunroeMark and Elizabeth LevineLee Skolnick, Nina Gillman, Jane and David Walentas, Herb Hellman and Marcia WilsonR. Couri HayAlison Mazzola and Sylvia Mazzola, Alexandra Munroe, Lori and Alexandre Chemla, Franklin Getchell and Murray Moss, Neda Young, James Cottrell and Joseph Lovett, Joy and Bruce Habian, Ed Howard, Sandy and Stephen Perlbinder, Cathleen McGuigan, Warrie and Jim Price, Amy Schichtel.

As guests gathered in the atrium, also designed by the honorees, architectural critic, educator and Contributing Editor for Vanity FairPaul Goldberger took to the stage to present the LongHouse Award, and moderate a lively conversation with honorees Williams and Tsien about their philosophy, love for LongHouse, and what it’s like to work with the former President and First Lady of the United States. Attendees were then treated to the first private screening of “LARSENWORLD: LONGHOUSE IN EAST HAMPTON,” a film created by LongHouse as the pinnacle of its 25th year triumphs.

The reception and screening were followed with a dinner at the residence of Katja Goldman and Michael Sonnenfeldt at the iconic San Remo building on Central Park West.

Chosen in 2016 as the designers of the Barack Obama Presidential Center, Williams and Tsien have received more than two dozen awards from the American Institute of Architects over the past three decades, as well as numerous national and international citations. Their many accomplishments include the design of the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, the Phoenix Art Museum, the Logan Center for the Arts in Chicago, and the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center.

This event was made possible with the generous support of Adelaide de Menil ,Katja Goldman and Michael Sonnenfeldt, and Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects | Partners.

About LongHouse ReserveLongHouse Reserve is a not-for-profit organization with 16 beautiful acres in East Hampton, New York. Through its art collections, arboretum, sculpture gardens, and educational programs, LongHouse Reserve brings together art and nature, aesthetics and spirit, with the strong conviction that living with art in all its forms is central to living fully and living creatively. It seeks to expand the imaginations of all its visitors, no matter what age or level of appreciation. Each year the LongHouse Reserve presents major exhibitions in the pavilion and the gardens. Currently, there are more than 60 sculptures for the gardens including works of glass by Dale Chihuly, ceramics by Toshiko Takaezu, bronzes by Eric Fischl,Lynda Benglis and Willem de Kooning. Works by George RickeyAlfonso Ossorio, Yoko OnoPavel Opocensky, and Takashi Soga are also on view, while the installation of a “Fly’s Eye Dome” designed by Buckminster Fuller and a site-specific Sol LeWitt piece add interesting scale and dimension. 

Admission is $10 and $8 for seniors. Admission is free for LongHouse members, children under 12 and high school and college students with ID. LongHouse Reserve is located at 133 Hands Creek Road, East Hampton, New York 11937. www.longhouse.org

Get Your Good News Gossip

Regular readers, and practically anyone who’s ever met me, know that I’m not a big fan of the snark. There are plenty out there who are, but I prefer to be more of a celebrator of the good things in life. Heck, that’s pretty much the founding principle of this blog. It’s also the impetus behind one of a series of columns–Hamptons Habitues–that I’m now writing for Hamptons Real Estate Showcase, for which I’m thrilled to be an Editor at Large. Yay! Hope you enjoy reading this column as much as I enjoyed writing it. If so, please also also check out my Haute Spot interview with Jill Rappaport and Long Distance Love  featuring PJ and Joe Delia, Lucette Lagnado and Doug Feiden, and some tasty morsels about Ina and Jeffrey Garten in the Presidents Day issue, now on newsstands all over the East End.

 

 

Wine & Dine: 1770 House

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Take a minute to let that sink in. All true.

The evening at the 250-plus year-old inn and fantastic restaurant, headed by Executive Chef Michael Rozzi, was spent in the Tavern room downstairs. Exactly my favorite place to spend a cozy winter night.

I don’t usually even ask to bring a guest when I’m reviewing (though it’s nice to have someone share the experience, reviewing–as awesome as it is–is not ever to be confused for a  night out on the town at a restaurant’s expense) but Carol at 1770 insisted, which was a class touch. So I brought my friend Lisa, who also reveled in the sublime experience.

We started with warm house-made (everything at 1770 is house-made and as fresh as fresh can be) rosemary and sourdough rolls. Scrumptiously light and oh so aromatic, they were deelish. And of course, we were treated like royalty by pro waiter Carl (a true service expert),  sommelier Michael Cohen, Debbie and a bevy of gracious staffers, and even a table-side visit from the Executive Chef himself (wow!). The entire evening was sheer bliss, punctuated by incredible food, gracious hospitality and damn fine wine!

“It’s my take on a deep-winter menu that’s looking forward to the spring,” said Chef Rozzi. “It’s seasonally appropriate and makes best use of what’s naturally available.”

For the first of our seven-course tasting menu, thoughtfully curated by Chef Rozzi and Mr. Cohen (both at the tippy tops of their games), we started with the famed Montauk Fluke Tartare. Beautiful to look at and heaven to the palate, this showy “signature dish” is the perfect combination of  super fresh fluke with pickled cucumber, black seaweed, radish salad and wasabi tobiko. Yum, yum, yum! It was paired with a clean, light and bright Greek wine (yes, there is such a thing as exceptional Greek wine. Who knew?), a 2014 Moschofilero ‘Fteri’ from Troupis Winery in Tripoli, that was probably my favorite sip of the night.

It was just the “beginning of the rollercoaster,” said Michael, the sommelier. He was not kidding. What a thrill ride!

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1770 House Shaved Brussels Sprouts and Apple Salad. Snapshot by Dawn Watson.

The next pairing consisted of Shaved Brussels Sprouts and Apple Salad Sundried Tomatoes, Lemon & Parmesan Dressing and a 2015 Sancerre ‘Silex’ from Domaine Gerard Fiou in the Loire Valley, France. Oh boy, am I ever a Brussels sprouts fan and these most certainly did not disappoint. Love that the dish also featured Halsey apples. Rich, creamy and expertly dressed, they were a brand-new take on a veg that I thought I had all covered. Wowsa! I would eat this dish every single day if I could. And the wine, slightly oaky and mellow, it was a beautiful sip on it’s own but really shone in combination with the “meatiness” of the dish.

Then came the Roasted Mushrooms over Homemade Brioche Toast, with Baby Kale, Caerphilly Cheese, Red Endive & Aged Balsamic and the 2012 Pinot Gris ‘Reserve’ by  Trimbach in  Alsace, France. Both the dish and drink were perfect representatives of a fine deep-winter menu and were elegance exemplified.

On to the entrees. First up was my personal favorite, the Roasted Codfish with Winter Truffle Sauce Haricots Verts, Organic Purple Carrots, Pommes Purée and a 2011 Saint-Aubin 1er Cru ‘En Remilly’, Domaine Chavy from Burgundy, France. This cod was so perfectly prepared; the grill was gorgeous and the texture was flaky and tender. The vegetables were incredible too. And the wine, when tasted alongside, opened up a way that was both surprising and welcome. Incredible!

 

 

On to number five, the Rohan Duck Breast with Spiced Butternut Squash, Bok Choy & Raphael ‘Portico’ Sauce 36 and a rich and plummy 2013  Pinot Noir, ‘Givry,’ Domaine Ragot Chalonnaise from Burgundy, France. Rich and sumptuous, this was another of the night’s perfect pairings.

Lastly, it was Lisa’s favorite — the Slow Braised Beef Short Rib Winter Truffle Risotto & Local Kale, which was perfectly fork-tender and somehow both elevated and accessible, and a 2013 Barbaresco, De Forville, Piedmont from Italy. “That’s exactly what Italy in winter looks like,” said sommelier Cohen. When are we moving there??  : )

Finishing with a bang, we got the Warm Date Cake with Toffee Sauce & Salted Caramel Swirl Gelato (This is my personal favorite dessert of all time, and it needs to be my birthday cake every year!) and the Ricotta Cheesecake with a Hazelnut Crust Blueberry Compote & Bourbon Caramel. Enjoyed with creamy and delicious cappuccinos. Heaven! The entire evening was an embarrassment of riches. Stopping several times to stop and simply tuck away the memories and sensations that we were so fortunate to experience, it’s one that we won’t forget. Thank you 1770 House!!!

 

 

 

East End Melting Pot: We Are All One

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Alex Molina, Patient Access Associate, posing as a new mom; Alexander Branch of Stratus Video; and Eylin Loria, Coordinator of Interpreting, Translating and Cultural Diversity Services. Photo courtesy Southampton Hospital. 

I’m so very happy to share this news today, of all days. Congrats to Southampton Hospital, which has embraced video remote translation. Here’s the news, directly from the source:

While Southampton Hospital is a relatively small community hospital about 2 hours east of New York City, it becomes a melting pot of people from all over the world each summer when seasonal residents and visitors increase the population to almost four times the year-round number. The Hospital staff has had access to a number of translation services in the past, but is taking an important step forward through video language translators called Stratus Video.

The equipment looks like the average iPad attached to a stand on wheels. With just the push of a button, the patient is able to see and hear a medically qualified interpreter in their language within 30 seconds. Interpreters are available around the clock, and the technology is easy to use. The interpreter can see the clinician and the patient at the same time, but if the patient prefers not to be seen by the interpreter that option is easily switched off.

At Southampton, 40 languages are available on video with over 200 available on audio interpretation. Video remote interpretation combines the benefits of face-to-face interpretation with the on-demand nature of over-the-phone interpretation. VRI is instant, mobile, and cost effective.

Effective communication is a top priority as it is vital to the patient-physician relationship as well as patient outcome. “We want every patient to experience the same level of high quality and compassionate care. We are taking this important step by introducing Stratus Video Translation as a way to enhance care delivery for patients in Southampton Hospital and, most importantly, it could save a life,” says Robert S. Chaloner, President & CEO.

The use of qualified medical interpreters is associated with higher quality of care, improved patient satisfaction, reduced communication errors, and lower readmission rates. As language diversity throughout the United States continues to expand along with compliance regulations at the Federal level, health systems are striving to provide access to simple and effective communication tools for interpretation and translation services.

 

Photos: Love & Passion

 

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All photos by Lisa Tamburini. 

I’ve got pix from the 12th annual “Love & Passion: The Dirty Dozen” group art exhibit from this weekend at The White Room in Bridgehampton. Yay!

The juried show, hosted by Karyn Mannix Contemporary and The White Room, featured more than 80 artists. Here are some great photos, courtesy Lisa Tamburini, of the opening reception on Saturday, February 11.

One Billion Rising is TODAY

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Peacefully protesting violence against women, the Ne0-Political Cowgirls and The Retreat will join together for “One Billion Rising” today, Sunday, February 12, starting at at 2 p.m. at Guild Hall in East Hampton.

As part of the JDT Lab, the event, inspired by Eve Ensler’s global movement, invites the entire community out for written words, song and dance for all, to end violence against women. Appropriate for all ages, the performance is free for all, but donations for The Retreat–the only domestic violence shelter on the East End–will be accepted at the door.

‘Share’ This Family-Style Cookbook

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Ted Allen, Chris Santos and Marcus Samuelsson. All photos by Julian Cassady.

Family-style dining champion Chef Chris Santos was feted by some big names in the food business this week for the release of his cookbook, “Share.”Those who showed up to celebrate Chef Santos’ achievement at Stanton Social in Manhattan included Chef Marcus Samuelsson and Ted Allen.

“SHARE: Delicious and Surprising Recipes to Pass Around Your Table” is the first cookbook by the acclaimed restaurateur and judge on the Food Network’s “Chopped,” though I doubt it will be the last. The cookbook, which serves up more than 100 extraordinary “big platter” recipes and small plates, delivers his creative take on old-school favorites that cooks can make at home.

During the party, a special menu of signature dishes from “Share” were served, including: Potato and Goat Cheese Pierogies, Crab cake corn dogs, Cobb salad bites, Chicken taquitos, Chicken Arepas, Crispy Hard Shell Fish Tacos, Kobe Sliders, Philly Sliders and Warm doughnuts. Guests also enjoyed the night’s signature cocktail, La Presa, from Jägermeister and ended the night with a heartfelt speech from Santos and sweet surprise – a SHARE covered vanilla cake, enjoyed by all.

Chef Santos is best known for his work as a judge on “Chopped.” He’s also appeared as a guest chef on the “Today Show,” the “Early Show” and the “Rachel Ray Show” and has been a repeat guest chef at the White House and Camp David. His restaurants include Stanton Social, Beauty & Essex and VANDAL.

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