Student Fashion Got Blue Carpet Treatment at LongHouse on Saturday

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Students featured included: Evelyn Carillo, Tilly Frisbie, Garbriella Knab, Ella Parker, Simone Kessler, Alex Kamper, Catheliya Reed, Maylee Konack, Ava O’Shea and Gianna Ekstra. 

LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton recently hosted a Fashion Workshop Exhibition and Fashion Show, with models and everything, thanks to the students of Pierson High School in Sag Harbor. Funded by the Donald Reutershan Educational Trust and LongHouse Reserve, the talented students used the 16-acre reserve and sculpture garden as inspiration for their designs, which were unveiled on the blue runway on Saturday during their formal fashion show. It was like attending our very own local “Project Runway.” I heart kids who embrace their creativity. 

 

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

Wine & Dine: 1770 House

the-1770-house-chef-michael-rozzi-spicy-local-fluke-tartare-hijiki-pickled-cucumber-wasabi-tobiko-radish-photo-credit-robyn-leaWhen you go to the 1770 House in East Hampton, you know that you’re consistently going to get one of the best meals you’ve ever eaten. Such was the case for my most recent Wine & Dine foray. I dare to say it was the VERY BEST paired dining experience that I have ever had!

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!!!

 

 

 

Photos: Damien O’Donnell at Beard House

 

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Congrats to Harbor Bistro co-owner Damien O’Donnell, who cooked at the James Beard House on Saturday, January 28. And I’ve got the photos to prove it. : )

For his Beard dinner–one of the highest honors attainable for a chef–O’Donnell  cooked a multi-course “East Meets East End” meal infused with his signature Asian style. The food was complemented by wine pairings with Wölffer Estate wines.

* Photos courtesy Harbor Bistro. Read my review of Harbor Grill (same owners, open all winter) here. 

Nick & Toni’s is NOT Closing Here

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Eric Striffler photo.

No need to panic fellow East End foodies. Contrary to what you might have read quickly in your Facebook feed, the original East Hampton Nick & Toni’s is NOT closing. Alas, the Manhattan-based Nick & Toni’s Cafe is however. Sad for Manhattanites but so very relieved for us Hamptonites.  : ))))

From Nick & Toni’s Cafe Facebook post 23 hours ago:

To our Neighbors, Loyal Customers and Friends,

It is with great regret that we will be closing the restaurant at the end of service on January 7, 2017. Being part of this community for 20 years has been a tremendously rewarding experience for us. We have fostered great relationships with many of you in our neighborhood. The challenges of running a restaurant in the city are great and continue to only get more challenging. 

That being said we want to thank you for the many years of patronage.
We leave here with many fond memories and a proud sense of what we accomplished.

With gratitude,
Nick & Toni’s Cafe Family

Here’s the original press release announcing the closure, courtesy our friends at Wordhampton:

 

Who:          Nick & Toni’s Cafe
What:         To Close
Where:       100 West 67th Street, New York, NY 10023       
When:        January 07, 2017


NICK & TONI’S CAFÉ TO CLOSE
VENERABLE CAFÉ COULD NOT REACH AN AFFORDABLE LEASE AGREEMENT

Nick & Toni’s Cafe (100 W. 67th Street, NYC, {212} 496-4000) has announced it will close its doors following dinner service on January 7th. “Twenty years is a lifetime in the restaurant business. We are very proud of what we have accomplished in that time. Between rising rents and other financial challenges, the reality of running a restaurant in the city is no longer financially viable for us,” stated co-owner Mark Smith, who along with Toni Ross, own and operate the Upper West Side institution in addition to Hamptons power restaurant Nick & Toni’s. The duo also co-owns Rowdy Hall, Townline BBQ, La Fondita and Honest Catering – all located on the East End of Long Island. There are no plans to open the café at another location.


Ring In a Hamptons Happy New Year

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Wondering where to go and what to do to ring in the New Year? You’re in luck. Here are my top picks for those in the mood for some South Fork celebrating the end of 2016 and/or the beginning of 2017.
rogers-mansion-in-snow-by-tom-edmonds-2014Not much of a night owl? That’s okay; Rogers Mansion in Southampton can be seen today from 4 to 5:30 p.m. by candlelight. Celebrate the end of the year with a candlelight reception at the Rogers Mansion and take advantage of the last opportunity to view this year’s exhibit. The parlors and sitting rooms will be festooned with garlands of fresh winter greens and flowers. Colorful antique holiday decorations can be seen on the many trees that decorate the reception rooms in the Mansion Enjoy light refreshments before or after one of several guided tours, which will begin every 15 minutes.

 

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For a bit more of an all-day/all-night affair, check in to c/o The Maidstone Hotel in East Hampton. The eclectic, Scandinavian-inspired boutique hotel features special two-night minimum packages for New Year’s, including an automatic late checkout at 1 p.m.

The dog-friendly hotel, with its 19 individualized rooms and cottages, is set to ring in 2017 in style with a decadent three-course prix fixe dinner and party. Complementing the dinner is a Great Gatsby-themed party where guests will enjoy a champagne toast at midnight. There are no fireworks, so the dogs will love this party! Dinner and party is $95 plus tax per person.

gurneysGurney’s Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa is also hosting a big shindig. Starting at 5 p.m., the $150 per person celebration includes a “favorite era” costume party in celebration of Gurney’s 90 years in business, plus live music by Kim Sozzi Creations Music, Gurney’s Beach Club DJ Nicole Leone, dancing, 4-hour open bar, hors d’oeuvres, complimentary midnight champagne toast & more. There are also two pre-fixe dinner seatings tonight at Scarpetta Beach. The first starts at 5 p.m. and the second seating is at 8 p.m. Cost is $105 per person, plus $45 wine pairing option offered. No worries about driving home if you don’t want to; Gurney’s is also offering special New Year’s lodging packages.

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The Southampton Inn is also offering up a special celebratory occasion, starting at 7 p.m. The 19th annual New Year’s Eve Gala includes cocktails, dinner, open bar, dancing to live music, special room rates for those partaking of the festivities, breakfast in the morning and late check out for those who need a bit of recuperation time.  Oooh, and Brent Newsom is cooking the New Year’s Eve dinner. Always a treat!

 

 

Just want to get out for some New Year’s Eve fun ? Then head to Zigmund’s Bar in Bridgehampton, which is hosting a New Year’s Eve Party with DJ Drop D from  9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Or pop in at Indian Wells Tavern in Amangansett, which is hosting its New Year’s Eve party tonight featuring a 10-foot projector playing music videos all night long, drinks specials and a televised ball drop.

Almond Restaurant in Bridgehampton will host a special locally sourced four-course prix fixe menu in celebration of New Year’s Eve on Saturday, December 31, beginning at 9 p.m. Guests will receive party favors and a champagne toast will be offered. Cost for the evening is $105 per person, plus tax and gratuity. For a more casual option, the bar will offer bar snacks and specialty cocktails. The a la carte menu will be offered earlier in the evening alongside holiday specials.

red|bar brasserie in Southampton is also offering a special New Year’s Eve menu tonight. Yum!

And Nick & Toni’s in East Hampton will offer a la carte specials for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. The restaurant will be open for dinner from 5 to 10 p.m. on New Year’s Eve and will serve a special New Year’s Day Brunch on Sunday, January 1 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Imbibing? Then please be responsible. Cheers to a happy, healthy and productive 2017!

 

 

SoFo Donates, Let’s Follow That Lead

The South Fork Natural History Museum and Nature Center is celebrating local families in need this Holiday season by donating non-perishable food items and funds raised at its annual Thanksgiving Open House to the Bridgehampton and Sag Harbor Food Pantries, and donating toys gathered at its Annual Holiday Toy Drive to The Retreat.  Good for them!
In conjunction with its Thanksgiving Open House, SoFo presented donation checks to Evelyn Ramunno, Director, Sag Harbor Community Food Pantry and Tom White from Bridgehampton Community Food Pantry.  The Sag Harbor Community Food Pantry, located at the historic Old Whalers’ Church in Sag Harbor, is a 100% volunteer outreach program providing emergency food assistance to need residents in the community. The Bridgehampton Community Food Pantry assists low-income, needy residents and homeless in the Bridgehampton and Sagaponack area. Additionally, SoFo will donate all toys from its Holiday Toy Drive to benefit families at The Retreat, in support of its Adopt-A-Family holiday program.
“We are very happy to give back in the spirit of the season to help ensure that our East End families with limited means are able to enjoy the holidays,” says Executive Director Frank Quevedo.  “We are thankful that our friends and museum members have joined us in raising funds and donating toys to the growing number of local families who are in need of food, shelter and holiday gifts for their children.”