Everyone thinks that summer is the time to mingle with the crème de la crème on the East End, but here’s a little secret: the best of the best really surfaces in the late fall. That’s the time of year when the winners of our annual Dan’s Papers Best of the Best competition on the North and South Forks are determined, and once those winners are determined, it’s time for a party.
All Dan’s Best of the Best winners have traditionally been feted at a closed affair. However, after decades of inviting only the honorees to this private celebration, this year—for the first time ever—the general public will be able to join in on the fun.
On Thursday, November 15 at 230 Elm in Southampton, Dan’s Papers Best of the Best winners will gather to celebrate being named the best at what they do—and we want you to be part of it all. There will be chefs and bartenders, electricians and physical therapists, retail store owners and building contractors, restaurants and wineries, all enjoying hors d’oeuvres by Mazzu and 230 Elm, some of the best East End wines and music, music, music. What was once a gathering of winners for a group photo op has evolved into a bacchanalian bash that now includes all the above plus a cash bar and bands galore.
With Jim Turner leading the way, many of the 2012 Best of the Best winning musicians will take to the stage for a turn. This means you’ll hear Gene Casey, Paul Mahos and New Life Crisis, along with Suzy on the Rocks, Lilly-Anne Merat and Cowboy Kevin, just to name a few. The spontaneous performances by Gene and fellow perennial Best of the Best winning musician Nancy Atlas at the 2010 celebration has spawned a full-on musical extravaganza.
While winners are invited as guests of Dan’s Papers, the general public will be able to buy tickets and attend beginning at 6:30 p.m. Winners will still be asked to come earlier, pose for a group photo and pick up their award certificates, but after that it’s one big celebration party for all. If you know that you won (the full list of winners is on www.danshamptons.com), make sure you’ve contacted our offices so we get you on the winners evite list.
This opportunity to party with the best only comes once a year. Everyone who voted in our online campaign—and you know who you are—should make it a point to come meet your favorites. This collection of the best was chosen by you, Dan’s Papers and danshamptons.com readers, and we are happy to open the doors so you can come shake their hands and shake your booty with them in person. Tickets are required and you can purchase them online at www.danshamptons.com/bestofthebestparty.
A few of our 2012 Best of the Best winners were left out of last week’s paper. They are:
Craig Priestly of Core Dynamics Gym (Platinum)
Brian Mozer (Platinum)
Auto Body and Repair
Rich’s Quality Autobody (Platinum)
Starlite Auto Body (Gold)
The Giving Room (Platinum)
Peconic River Yoga (Gold)
Comtesse Therese (Platinum)
Dr. Antoinette Notoro (Platinum)
Dr. Mitchell Meyerson (Gold)