BY KAREN JONES
A premiere event of the Hamptons social season, Dan’s Taste of Summer brings together the finest food and drink on Long Island’s historic East End. In an area known for its many culinary delights, Dan’s delivers “the ultimate food event,” said Eric Feil, CEO and Editorial Director of Dan’s Papers, a venerable East End publication and event host.
Taste of Summer began in 2011 with Dan’s Taste of Two Forks— a celebration of regional cuisine, local chefs and Hamptons joie de vivre. “Dan’s Papers has always been very organic and authentic to the Hamptons experience,” Feil told TheDailyBasics.com. “We thought, why don’t we do an event that brings this all together and says ‘This is the Hamptons!’ ” With its signature mix of top local restaurants, celebrated chefs, and regional wineries seasoned with a breezy Hamptons vibe, it was an idea tailor made for an enthusiastic audience.
The venue proved so popular it has expanded into four events, each with its own celebrity chef at the helm this year: Adam Richman referees the grill in Dan’s GrillHampton on July 22; Alex Guarnaschelli hosts the signature Dan’s Taste of Two Forks on July 23; Marc Murphy turns up the heat at Dan’s Clambake MTK on July 30, and Geoffrey Zakarian officiates Dan’s Harvest East End on August 20.
“Celebrity chefs love the East End,” said Feil. “They like to be here with their fans and they themselves are fans of the food.” He adds that a portion of the proceeds from each event supports local charities.
1. Dan’s GrillHampton featuring Travel Channel star Adam Richman, July 22, 2016, Fairview Farm at Mecox, Bridgehampton NY
Feel the burn as Team NYC and Team Hamptons compete for the ultimate grillmaster trophy. You can sample, and vote on, the results from nearly 20 top restaurants as Adam Richman (Man Finds Food) emcees the chefs and A-list judges. In addition to plenty of sizzling grilled fare, craft beer and specialty cocktails, live music will be provided by New Life Crisis.
2. Dan’s Taste of Two Forks featuring Food Network star Alex Guarnaschelli, July 23, 2016, Fairview Farm at Mecox, Bridgehampton, NY
Showcasing over 40 of the best restaurants and wineries on both North and South East End forks, this one-of-a-kind event is hosted by Hamptons resident and “Iron Chef” Alex Guarnaschelli (Chopped ). “I LOVE seeing what local chefs come up with,” Guarnaschelli told TheDailyBasics.com. “I get a chance to see how chefs interpret the ingredients growing around them. I see the way they bond together. I also get to drink some great wines, enjoy the weather and a festive summer moment we wait for all year!”
3. NEW THIS YEAR: Dan’s Clambake MTK at Gurney’s Montauk featuring Food Network star Marc Murphy, July 30, Gurneys Resort & Spa, Montauk, NY
Nothing says summer better than a clambake and the new addition to the Dan’s family of tasting treats is a beach-chic affair located on the world-class oceanfront setting of Gurneys Resort & Spa. Over 10 surf-side eateries will be overseen by Hampton’s resident Marc Murphy (Chopped ). “I’ve never hosted an event right on the beach at Gurney’s, so I am excited to be in a beautiful location with amazing chefs and guests ready to eat and have a great summer night,” Murphy told TheDailyBasics.com. After indulging on succulent surf and turf, stay for the first Dan’s afterparty which kicks off at 10pm.
4. Dan’s Harvest East End featuring Food Network star Geoffrey Zakarian, August 20, 2016, McCall Vineyard and Ranch, Cutchogue, NY
The East End’s North Fork is famous for its premiere wineries, and this is your chance to taste the best of nearly 40 participating vineyards, and sample cuisine from 30 regional chefs. “Iron Chef” Geoffrey Zakarian (Chopped ) will be hosting. “I always have a blast visiting my good friends and tasting the new offerings,” Zakarian told TheDailyBasics.com. Last year I discovered so many terrific roses that I did not know existed. But honestly, it’s just a good warm environment.”
For more information on all four events visit danstasteofsummer.com.