The fourth annual Dan’s Taste of Two Forks once again brought together the top chefs, restaurants, winemakers and purveyors from across the Hamptons and the North Fork on Saturday night, creating a culinary celebration for the ages. As guests mingled with cohosts Katie Lee and Geoffrey Zakarian, sampling food and wine that put “local” at the forefront, raves were heard in all corners of the big tent in Sayre Park. There’s more to come, but here are ten terrific moments from the premier food-and-wine event of the season.
Jason Belkin revealed that in addition to his signature coffee and espresso drinks, he brought a “secret menu” to Taste of Two Forks with…iced coffee! The drink was so heavily requested last year that Belkin decided to bring it for 2014, but, like the Starbucks secret drink menu, you could only get it if you asked…
The Living Room defied anyone to say this three times fast: Västerbottencheese-Quiche. Okay, say it just once and we’ll be impressed.
The Old Mill Inn has traversed the two forks to head to Bridgehampton all four years, and owner Bia Lowe was excited to be a part of an event that showcased the best culinary traditions of the East End. “It’s a short season, but a beautiful one.”
Southampton Social Club chef Scott Kampf said that he has learned how to craft the perfect sampling over the years, this year bringing a bite-sized crab cake. The melt-in-your mouth morsels allowed your hands to otherwise be occupied with a glass of Long Island wine. (And the inclusion of un-cooked peppers gave the crab cake it a nice crunch.)
The search for the ideal ceviche ended when Navy Beach this Local Catch creation: Scallop, Fluke, Ruby Red Shrimp, Citrus, Jalapeño, Ginger and Mint.
In an impressive debut, 19-year-old chef Greg Grossman of Georgica was attending his first Dan’s Taste of Two Forks—a full two years before his peers would be allowed in, as it’s a 21-plus event! “I drive off of local seafood,” he said of the Georgica menu.
Surprise! Though the chilled heirloom tomato soup with lobster and corn salsa was nice and thick, there was no dairy included. Ideal for those looking to avoid heavy cream.
If anyone needed further proof that local and organic make all the difference, Fresh Hamptons proved it with Thai Green Curried Local Organic Vegetables and Organic Whole Grain Red Quinoa.
Desserts That Matter certainly lived up to their name with this creation: a scoop of gelato placed between two delicious sugar cookies & savory cold tomato gazpacho, topped with a scoop of chipotle gelato. You may never be able to go back to plain vanilla anything ever again.
For number ten, we’ll leave that to you—TELL US ABOUT YOUR FAVORITE DAN’S TASTE OF TWO FORKS MOMENT.