Hot Hamptons Scoop

Hungry for scoop on Hamptons taboo art, celebrity real estate and places where you might want to get immunized before you visit? Then enjoy this post and Happy July 4!

I didn’t make it to the Gallery Valentine opening of unauthorized Peter Beard works yesterday (too busy lazing around and hitting a fuzzy green ball back and forth) but I’m oh so curious to see how it went. The East Hampton art spot (formerly co-owned by Tommy Mottola and now by Ryan Ross and Todd Kramer) was set to throw a big private shindig showing yesterday afternoon and early evening in collaboration with JetSmarter and Talent Resources of model Natalie White’s collection of Beard’s work featuring subjects such as Pamela Anderson, Hannah Davis, Chanel Iman, Nina Agdal, Helena Christensen and Alexandra Richards. The 25 controversial pieces and the show surrounding them have been in the news quite a bit of late as there’s been some serious legal wrangling over whether or not the show should mount. Hoping for pix from the opening, which I’ll share if I get. Hungry for more of Beard’s work? Down the street, Guild Hall’s authorized exhibition, “Last Word From Paradise,” is on view through July 31.

Matt Lauer gets things DONE when it comes to real estate. His purchase of Richard Gere’s former Strongheart Manor in North Haven for somewhere in the neighborhood of $35 million in June has been widely reported. And now the Today show anchor’s Scotts Landing Road on Wooley Pond has hit the market for $3.9 million. I highly doubt that one will last very long.

Ivan Wilzig has also reportedly listed his estate at 400 Hands Creek Road in East Hampton, though I think that one might need some FEMA-worthy scrub downs before showings considering all the shenanigans that have gone on there. The house, recent host to a Killing Kittens polyamorous event (reported by Curbed waaaaay before everyone else), is listed for $6.5 million.

 

Matt Lauer Steps Lightly with Ellen DeGeneres

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The prank war has escalated, quite literally, between Water Mill’s Matt Lauer and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres. As a result, some uplifting results have ensued. Check out the cute clip here from the Today Show.

http://on.today.com/1OKqe3K

Watch it ’til the end to see who the two will team up against. Hint — it’s a fellow famous host who lives in Sagaponack.

 

Hamptons Food News

Estia's Carrot Video

In celebration of the upcoming thirteenth annual Hamptons Restaurant Week, and my love of all things yummy, I thought I’d share some Hamptons food news today.

* First off, Hamptons Restaurant Week is nearly upon us so be sure to make your reservations now before all the good seats are taken. The annual eight-day event is set and will run from Sunday, March 22, through Sunday, March 29. During this time, participating restaurants will offer a three-course prix fixe menu for $27.95 every night they are open, except Saturday when the menu may only be offered until 7 p.m.

Some of the East End’s best and brightest will be participating, including: Nick & Toni’s, 1770 House, Fresno, Fresh, Stone Creek Inn, Bell & Anchor, Page at 63 Main, Le Chef, red|bar, Cowfish, Rumba, and more–as well as boîtes on the North Fork too! Click http://www.hamptonsrestaurantweek.com for the full list.

* Now this is something that is definitely worth watching. Chef Colin Ambrose of Estia’s in Sag Harbor–along with a whole bunch of A-list Hamptons chefs, farmers and assorted food lovers–have come together to create a Seed-to-Plate video series. The first on, “Carrot Palooza,” is now live. Featured in this first of what I’m sure is going to be a mouthwatering collection is one heck of a lineup, including: Matt Lauer’s private chef Christopher Polidoro; Joseph Realmuto and Bryan Futerman of Nick & Toni’s (among other Honest Man ventures); Jason Weiner of Almond; Todd Jacobs of Fresh; Robert Durkin of Roberts; Andrew Mahoney of Bay Burger; James Eu, Cassandra Schupp and and Jeff Negron of Topping Rose House; Bette and Dale of Dale & Bette’s Farm; Scott Chaskey of Quail Hill Farm; Marilee Foster of Foster Farms; and Brian Halweil of Edible East End.

The Seed-To-Plate Series: The Carrot video, along with recipes of the featured carrot dishes, is available on Colin Ambrose’s blog, Recipes & Stories by Colin Ambrosehttp://estias.com/weblog/, where home cooks, chefs, and other foodies are invited to explore new twists on healthy American/Mexican fare, ingredients, and cooking methods used at Estia’s Little Kitchen in Sag Harbor and Estia’s in Darien, Connecticut. I LOVE this!!!

* Also take note that Fresh Hamptons in Bridgehampton is now hosting a cooking class series on Thursdays from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Looks like attendees will learn how to prepare entire meals, soup to nuts if you will. Here’s a sample menu.
Soup:
 Lightly curried local organic butternut squash soup with anise toast
Salad: Raw local organic kale with garlic and hemp seed hearts, tomatoes, peppers, radishes and fine herbs with lemongrass vinaigrette
Entrée:
 Wasabi dusted local skate sautéed ginger and kaffir lime beurre blanc
“Fresh” Sides:
 Organic brown basmati rice pilaf; Oven roasted organic Brussels sprouts; and Thai red curried local organic vegetables
butternut squash, eggplant, spinach, carrots, broccoli, peppers and onions red curry, coconut milk and cilantro

To learn more, call 537-4700 or visit http://www.facebook.com/freshhamptonsny.

* Lastly, I am SUPER HAPPY to report that it looks like the East End is finally going to be getting a chance to expand its palate just a soupçon more. We’ve got some great food already but I’m definitely glad to see a few more ethnic options popping up. Momi Ramen of Miami is looking to open a second noodle shop, here in  East Hampton. They say it’ll be open year-round and that it’ll be operational come summer. Fingers crossed. I love me a good noodle! Learn more here: www.momiramen.com.

Golden Globes: Hamptons Party West

Golden Globes: Hamptons Party West

I was keeping track of all our Hamptonites and Hamptons-related celebrities last night at the Golden Globes and boy oh boy did we ever represent!
Here’s the list of nominees and winners, with a few East End tidbits where I know them to be. More info is available from my Twitter account at @hamptonsprtygal.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE
Winner: Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle
Sally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine–Filmed on the East End, specifically Quogue and East Quogue and based on the life and crimes of Montauk’s Bernie Madoff.
Lupita N’yongo, 12 Years a Slave–Was screened at the Hamptons International Film Festival, hereafter referred to as “HIFF,” this year.
Julia Roberts, August: Osage County–Screened at HIFF.
June Squibb, Nebraska–Screened at HIFF.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Winner: Jacqueline Bisset, Dancing on the Edge
Janet McTeer, White Queen
Hayden Panettiere, Nashville
Monica Potter, Parenthood
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family–Had lunch at Grand Prix Day at the Hampton Classic. I was right there and she really enjoyed that fried chicken! Frequent Hamptons visitor.

BEST MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Winner: Behind the Candelabra
American Horror Story: Coven
Dancing on the Edge
Top of the Lake
White Queen

BEST TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
Winner: Breaking Bad
Downton Abbey
The Good Wife
House Of Cards–Not a Hamptons sighting but Kevin Spacey did use to date one of my coworkers at the Institute for International Research and would pop in every once in a while.
Masters Of Sex

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
Winner: Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan–Hamptons resident. Seriously considered buying the house of a friend of mine.
Michael Sheen, Masters of Sex
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards–see above
James Spader, The Blacklist

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE – MOTION PICTURE
Winner: Alex Ebert, All Is Lost–not quite a Hamptons reference but Diddy, who lives in East Hampton, gave him an on-stage shoutout.
Alex Heffes, Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom
Steven Price, Gravity
John Williams, The Book Thief
Hans Zimmer, 12 Years A Slave–HIFF

BEST ORIGINAL SONG – MOTION PICTURE
Winner: Ordinary Love, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Atlas, Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Let It Go, Frozen
Please Mr Kennedy, Inside Llewyn Davis–screened at HIFF
Sweeter Than Fiction, One Chance

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Winner: Jon Voight, Ray Donovan
Josh Charles, The Good Wife–has played in the annual Artists & Writers softball game. Skinny legs.
Rob Lowe, Behind the Candelabra
Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
Corey Stoll, House of Cards

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Winner: Amy Adams, American Hustle
Julie Delpy, Before Midnight
Greta Gerwig, Frances Ha
Julia Dreyfus, Enough Said
Meryl Streep, August: Osage County–screened at HIFF

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
Winner: Robin Wright, House Of Cards
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife–haven’t met her but have interviewed/photographed frequent Good Wife costars Nathan Lane and Alan Cumming. Met Chris Noth a long time ago back in the city. Hubba hubba!
Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black
Taylor Schilling, Orange Is The New Black
Kerry Washington, Scandal–Went to fancy Spence with Gwyneth Paltrow and a journalism friend of mine.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE
Winner: Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club
Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips
Daniel Bruhl, Rush
Bradley Cooper, American Hustle–frequent Hamptons visitor
Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave–HIFF screener

BEST SCREENPLAY – MOTION PICTURE
Winner: Her–HIFF screener
Nebraska–HIFF screener, Bruce Dern and Will Forte came out and gave an awesome talk at Bay Street Theatre.
Philomena
12 Years A Slave–HIFF
American Hustle

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Winner: The Great Beaty
Blue is the Warmest Color–HIFF
The Hunt
The Past
The Wind Rises

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
Winner: Frozen
The Croods
Despicable Me 2

BEST MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
Winner: 12 Years A Slave–Again, HIFF.
Captain Phillips
Gravity
Philomena
Rush

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
Winner: Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine–see above. Also, how could we not mention her co-star Alec Baldwin!
Sandra Bullock, Gravity
Judi Dench, Philomena
Emma Thompson, Saving Mr. Banks
Kate Winslet, Labor Day

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
Winner: Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club
Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave
Idris Elba, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Tom Hanks, Captain Phillips–I was supposed to interview his wife, Rita Wilson, to preview her engagement at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center but the timing never worked out. Sigh. But I DID interview his old Bosom Buddies co-star, Peter Scolari, for “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” and he was one of the nicest people I’ve ever interviewed.
Robert Redford, All Is Lost

BEST MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Winner: American Hustle
Her–HIFF
Inside Lleywn Davis–HIFF
Nebraska–HIFF
The Wolf Of Wall Street–set here in the Hamptons, though not really something to brag about.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Winner: Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street
Christian Bale, American Hustle
Bruce Dern, Nebraska–HIFF
Oscar Isaac, Inside Llewyn Davis–HIFF
Joaquin Phoenix, Her–HIFF

BEST DIRECTOR – MOTION PICTURE
Winner: Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity
Paul Greengrass, Captain Phillips
Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave–HIFF
Alexander Payne, Nebraska–HIFF
David O. Russell, American Hustle

BEST TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Winner: Brooklyn Nine-Nine
The Big Bang Theory
Girls–Adam Driver was one of HIFF’s Breakthrough Stars in 2013. Good guy. Not a weirdo as one might believe. See also my note on Peter Scolari.
Modern Family–note on Sofia Vergara above. Her boyfriend is good friends with a big-time luxury builder out here. I remember him telling me about how she stayed in his house the first time and how he almost had a heart attack when she emerged from the pool in her swimsuit. She IS pretty va-va-va-voom, though MUCH smaller than you’d expect.
Parks & Recreation

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Winner: Amy Poehler, Parks & Recreation
Zooey Deschanel, New Girl
Lena Dunham, Girls
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie–Hamptons resident. I frequently see her shopping in Bridgehampton.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Winner: Andy Samberg, Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Jason Bateman, Arrested Development
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Michael J. Fox, The Michael J. Fox Show–lives in Quogue
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Winner: Elisabeth Moss, Top of the Lake
Helena Bonham Carter, Burton and Taylor–I interviewed her at HIFF this summer for Burton and Taylor. Absolutely LOVELY and super funny!
Rebecca Ferguson, White Queen
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Coven
Helen Mirren, Phil Spector

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Winner: Michael Douglas, Behind the Candelabra
Matt Damon, Behind the Candelabra
Chiwetel Ejiofor, Dancing on the Edge
Idris Elba, Luther
Al Pacino, Phil Spector

Let us not forget that this year’s Miss Golden Globes, Sosie Bacon, whose parents Kevin and Kyra are East Enders.
Water Mill’s Matt Lauer, who hosted the pre-show.
Presenter Jessica Chastain was a HIFF breakthrough performer.
Ben Affleck’s “Argo” was a big HIFF hit last year.
Diane Keaton’s “Something’s Gotta Give” house is right out here on Dune Road in Southampton.
Chris Martin, who got a shoutout from Bono, was supporting his wife, Gwyneth Paltrow, at this year’s Authors Night for the East Hampton Library.
Presenter Naomi Watts lives here with her husband, Liev Schrieber.
I’m sure I’m missing stuff but I’m tired and sleep deprived.
Looking forward to awards show season!
* Helena Bonham Carter–who was MIA at the Globes–photo taken by me before our interview at this year’s HIFF.

Jon Bon Jovi at the Hampton Classic

Jon Bon Jovi at the Hampton Classic

So many worlds have collided in the last few days here on the East End. First there was Jon Bon Jovi (my “friend” from Great Chefs) chatting with Matt and Annette Lauer about their newly opened Bright Side Farm (Not only did I have the pleasure of visiting their Water Mill-based stables two weeks ago, they both made a point to tell me on Sunday that they liked the article I wrote about the experience. How cool is that!) at Grand Prix day at the Hampton Classic on Sunday. Then last night I was out for dinner with a friend and bumped into Billy Joel (fellow Sag Harborite and everywhere man) while we were waiting for a table at the restaurant. Scoop: he said he’s planning a few concerts soon. Yay!
That’s two bona-fide rock stars and the most recognized man on American morning television in two days. These encounters are in addition to running into just about everybody at the Classic on Sunday, including Billy’s ex-wife and dear woman Christie Brinkley; Jerry Seinfeld; Sofia Vergara; James Lipton; New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg; his daughter Georgina, who managed to earn third place in the Grand Prix even though she’s now heavily pregnant; Beth Stern (no Howard in sight, for me at least) and Kyle McLachlan. Pinch me.
I don’t expect to run into anyone today–the Tuesday after Labor Day is referred to locally as “Tumbleweed Tuesday” as all the seasonal folks make a mass exodus back to the city–but who knows. As someone who has bumped into Edie Falco at the Bridgehampton K-Mart more than once, nothing surprises this Hamptons Party Girl.

Sofia Vergara: a (Hampton) Classic beauty

Sofia Vergara: a (Hampton) Classic beauty

The Hampton Classic was chock-full of stars yesterday for Grand Prix day, including the “Modern Family” star Sofia Vergara, who attended a VIP luncheon with her fiancée Nick Loeb.
The couple were guests at the Douglas Elliman table. My guess is that they were invited by the real estate company’s chairman, Howard Lorber, who is also the chair of Nathan’s Famous hotdogs, which recently started carrying Nick’s Onion Crunch toppings.
Just as we’ve all read in many news items, Nick really does travel with Onion Crunch; I saw him shaking it on his plate and those of his tablemates. But here’s a real shocker–he’s incredibly handsome and tall. I would’ve never guessed either of those things in a million years. Additionally, contrary to many reports, he (at least yesterday) seems to adore Sofia and absolutely doted on her all afternoon.
Now here’s a bit of disappointing news for every woman in the world who looks to Sofia as an inspiration for voluptuous figures–she’s MAYBE a size 4. She’s tall, she’s got a beautiful figure and she definitely has those natural, notable assets but she’s certainly not the amply curvy gal Hollywood touts her to be.
As I’ve noticed with Drew Barrymore, Kim Kardashian and now Ms. Vergara, the camera really does add serious pounds. Good thing for skinny Minnies like Susan Lucci but not so great for the rest of us.
Other bad news for regular-sized women: Sofia doesn’t look as if she’s a crazy dieter who struggles to maintain her svelte frame; I saw her eat and enjoy a generous portion of fried chicken. That’s great for her but boy was I ever envious.
Stay tuned over the next few days for shots and stories on Jon Bon Jovi, Matt Lauer, Mary Kate Olsen, Christie Brinkley, Kyle McLachlan and more celebs who showed up at the Hampton Classic’s Grand Prix day.

A Visit to Matt Lauer’s Stables

A Visit to Matt Lauer's Stables

Yep, I got a private tour of Matt’s Bright Side Farm in Water Mill last week. Totally no big deal. I’m just glad I had the time to squeeze him in. Ha.
I have been champing at the bit to share this news since my visit last Wednesday morning. Now I finally can. Yay!
It was super cool to tour the farm with friend and all-around awesome guy John Nida, as well as catching a few moments with Matt.
My favorite part was when John said, “Actually, Matt’s around here somewhere. He’s getting ready to drag the ring.” And then the “Today” show host appeared, tooling up in a compact John Deere tractor.
He was looking handsome and rugged in work clothes and holding an iced beverage from our mutual favorite breakfast hang, Hampton Coffee Company. The only bummer was that he didn’t want to get his photo taken, which ’twas a shame as he looked terrific!
Here’s the link for the full story. Hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed reporting and writing it.
http://www.27east.com/news/article.cfm/Water-Mill/30719/Looking-At-Matt-And-Annette-Lauers-Bright-Side