This past Saturday, TGATP was part of a small group of journalists lucky enough to be spirited off to Southampton for the first annual, Dan’s Taste of Two Forks. After being greeted by a bus full of quizzical faces when I boarded the wrong jitney, I happily kicked back on the spacious Ambassador Hampton’s Jitney, which has to be the most luxurious bus I have ever been on. Gorgeous and spacious, the Ambassador holds approximately thirty-five passengers and features a bus stewardess, who serves snacks and drinks. Making the ride to the Hamptons pass in a wink, passengers are also treated to an in-bus movie! (We had “The Source Code” going up and the “Have You Heard About the Morgans” coming back.)
Once we arrived, I had a fun chat with Aida Turturro. When I told her how much I miss her on “The Sopranos,” she assured me that we are going to see her on the screen again very soon. Aida was an out and out blast all evening and openly flirted with the hot Blond MBT (that’s “model boy toy” to new TGATP readers) who served the TGATP favorite dish of the tasting, the scrumptous mini-burgers at the LT booth. She later smacked me on the ass as I leaned over to take a shot. Just a real great gal, as gregarious as her character on “The Sopranos”. I would love to go to her house for a party!
Once inside, the guests were greeted with an extravaganza of food akin to a Roman feast. I was stuffed by the sixth booth and had to break for an hour! The chefs and restaurants present were: Matt Birnstill/1770, Jason Weiner/Almond, Zach Layton/Babette’s, Dennis Farrell of the Beachhouse, Sam McCleland/Beacon, Blue Parrot, James Gee/Cittanuova, Copa Wine Bar & Restaurant, Mike Mosolino/Deli Counter Fine Food & Dining, Dylan’s Candy Bar, Patrick Fromm of East Hampton Point, Colin Ambrose/Estia’s Little Kitchen, Gretchen Menser of Fresno, Robby Beaver/The Frisky Oyster, Seth Levine/Georgica, Kevin Penner/The Grill on Patigo, Gulf Coast Kitchen/Montauk, William Bertha/Gurney’s Pasticceria and Beach Bakery, Michael Mandleu/Jamesport Manor Inn, Abraham Flores/Love Lane Kitchen, Laurent Tourondel/LT Burger (the TGATP fav!), Keith Luce/Luce & Hawkins, Keith Davidson/Montauk Lake Club, Joe Realmuto/Nick & Toni’s, Noah Scwartz/Noah’s, Old Mill Inn, Jay Plumeri/Race Lane, Bill Mammes/Rugosa, Sarabeth Levine/Sarabeth’s, Segundo Pelaez/Savanna’s, Rosa Ross/Scrimshaw, Vittorio Assaf/Serafina East Hampton, Southampton Social Club, Joe Isidori/Southfork Kitchen, Starr Boggs/Starr Boggs, Christian Mir/Stone Creek Inn, Arthur Wolf/Turtle Crossing, Maurizio Foglia/Tutto Il Giorno, and Terry & Lisa Harwood/Vine Street Cafe.
Spotted Gerald McCullough of CSI chilling out in the sofa area. I also spied Mo of Socially Superlative, the site that I briefly contributed to before launching TGATP, for the first time in ages. She was staggering around and didn’t seem to see me. Couldn’t be sure if it was heels or excessive alcohol creating her stumbling gait!
Presented by Dan’s Papers and co-hosted by our fav chef, Marcus Samuelson and Good Day New York’s Rosanna Scotto, the event was a perfect summer evening in the Hamptons.