Saturday, July 27, 2013


Festive Cocktail Party Featuring Top Manhattan and Local Talent and

VIP Dinner at the Home of Toni Ross Honoring Eric Ripert

Top Manhattan and Hamptons chefs will be featured at the 2013 Chefs Dinner ( Sunday, July 28th in the Hamptons.

The much-anticipated event now in its ninth year will be held on Sunday, starting at 5:30 p.m. on Hayground School’s campus (151 Mitchell Lane, Bridgehampton, NY) as a benefit for Hayground School’s Jeff’s Kitchen and the Jeff Salaway Scholarship Fund

The event will include a cocktail party from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. featuring notable Manhattan chefs as well as top local chefs preparing tastings using the local, homegrown bounty.

I will be there too!  
Toni Ross and her team have graciously allowed me to participate in this cherished, annual Hampton foodie event.
I will have a table to present and sell my book, The Hamptons & Long Island Homegrown Cookbook. My Smithtown Cooks, Homegrown friend, Nancy Vallarella from "What's Cooking Smithtown," will join me there.
Ten percent of the book sales will go to Jeff's Kitchen.

I'm so looking forward to seeing so many of "my" chefs that are featured in the Homegrown Cookbook. 

Confirmed chefs at this year’s cocktail and tasting event include many from this Examiner’s book: The Hamptons & Long Island Homegrown Cookbook, as well as notable East Enders and some of Gotham’s  culinary artists:  Josh Capon (Lure Fish Bar); Arjun Achuthan (Hayground School), Tom Colicchio/Ty Kotz (Topping Rose House), Bryan Futerman (Foody’s); Joel Hough (Il Bucco), Jason Weiner (Almond), Matt Michel (Rolling in Dough Pizza); Joe Realmuto (Nick & Toni's), Davie Simmons (Uptown Juice Bar), Cheryl Stair (Art of Eating), Roy Wohlars (The RiverheadProject) and Christian Mir (Stone Creek Inn). Product sponsors include: Kona-Ice, Blue Parrot, ZICO Pure Premium Coconut Water, VerTerra, PLAIN-T, Greenport Brewing Company, Crystal Head Vodka, Wolffer Vineyards, Channing Daughters Winery, Diplomatico Rum, Nestle Waters/San Pellegrino and Shaw-Ross International Importers. During the cocktail party there will be live music by Lily and the Parlor Tricks and a silent art auction featuring renowned artists. There will also be demos in the newly expanded Jeff’s Kitchen by TV host and chef George Hirsch and Aesop Skin Care.

Foody's chef and owner, Bryan Futerman told me he is working with the Hayground School children this year - he is such a natural teacher - and does so much work with the Seedlings project.  That's another story.  Sunday, he and the students will prepare a whole local pig Porchetta and Pizzas from their wood oven, featuring Mecox Cheeses and Falkowski Mushrooms -- also featured artisanal growers and food makers in the Homegrown Cookbook - I am proud to add!  
Foody's Bryan Futerman, Chefs Dinner 2012

Chef Lia Fallon, the Riverhead Project wrote that she is preparing sea scallop ceviche.  Sweet. 

Intimate VIP Wine Dinner at the Home of Toni Ross Honoring Eric Ripert
The VIP dinner following the cocktail party will be held at the home of Toni Ross from 7:30 – 10 p.m. The dinner, honoring four-star chef Eric Ripert, will feature a four-course meal prepared by a select few of the participating chefs and paired with wines by Aldo Sohm (Sommelier – Le Bernardin). Confirmed chefs include the following: Claudia Fleming (North Fork Table and Inn), Justin Smillie (Il Bucco Alimentari e Vineria), Michael Cavaniola (Cavaniola’s Gourmet Cheese Shop), Kerry Heffernan (Finalist “Top Chef Masters” season 4); Steffan Karlsson (Fond- Gothenburg, Sweden) and Taku Sato (Nobu57). Products from D’Artagnan and Fishers Island Oysters will also be featured. A portion of the produce used in sit down dinner will be sourced from Hayground School’s Slow Foods Greenhouse. 
There will also be a live auction following the dinner featuring exclusive culinary and travel packages.

Ticket Prices and VIP Wine Tables
The “Meet the Chefs” Cocktails and Tastings party will be held in a festive tent on the Hayground School’s beautiful grounds as well as in the newly expanded Jeff’s Kitchen.
The fundraising event will feature live music, a silent art auction, and bountiful tastings by top chefs, specialty drinks and NEW this year exciting demonstrations in Jeff’s Kitchen. 
Tickets for the cocktail party only are $175 per person. 
Tickets for the dinner and the cocktail party are $1,000.

Tickets for children will be available for $40, which includes a kids dinner and creative childcare by Hayground Camp counselors.

An Annual Tribute to the Late Jeff Salaway
The Chefs Dinner series is the primary fundraiser for Bridgehampton’s own Hayground School
and an annual tribute to the late Jeff Salaway, a widely respected and beloved restaurateur and one of the school’s co-founders. 
Since it’s inception, this event has raised over $1,000,000 for Jeff’s Kitchen and the Jeff Salaway Scholarship Fund
Toni Ross, who was also the late Salaway’s wife says, “Jeff believed that the growing, preparation, and sharing of food is a primal human experience and the foundation of family and community.”  
Jeff’s Kitchen is a full service professional kitchen and classroom fitted with top-of-the-line Viking appliances and a new pizza oven.  Classes in nutrition, food science and cooking are held there for both children and adults.  Completing the facility, recently a professional Farmtek greenhouse was erected by Hayground students, staff and friends with funds provided by Slow Food.

Jon Snow, Director of Admissions and Community Relations for Hayground School is also a master gardener and horticulturist, and a featured profile in the Hamptons Homegrown Cookbook, selected by Foody’s chef and owner, Bryan Futerman, as the grower who most inspires him.

For more event information or to purchase tickets by phone contact Samantha Dettmer at 631-537-7068 x113 or email at For press inquiries contact Nicole Castillo at WordHampton Public Relations at (631) 329-0050.


About Hayground School
Hayground School is an independent alternative school, committed to a program of innovation in a community of diversity, both economical and cultural. Hayground students range from 3-13 years of age. The mission at Hayground is to provide an open, community school where conventional teaching methods are replaced by new ways of teaching and learning. We work to give our students the tools, perseverance and determination to be independent thinkers and continue learning throughout their lives.
Jon Snow, Hayground School master gardener

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