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Saturday, July 27, 2013
CHEFS DINNER & MEET THE CHEFS COCKTAILS AND TASTINGS PARTY TO BENEFIT JEFF’S KITCHEN AT HAYGROUND SCHOOL
Cocktail Party Featuring Top Manhattan and Local Talent and
VIP Dinner at the Home of Toni Ross Honoring
Top Manhattan and Hamptons chefs will be featured at
the 2013 Chefs Dinner (www.greatchefsdinner.com)
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 chefsas
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
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
and an annual tribute to the late Jeff
Salaway, a widely respected and beloved restaurateur and one of the school’s
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. For press
inquiries contact Nicole Castillo at WordHampton Public Relations at (631)
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