The East End is home to so many of our favorite things: excellent restaurants, award-winning distilleries, wineries galore, hoppin’ breweries, and more. Over at Edible East End, we celebrate these places and the people behind them every day—and all summer, Dan’s celebrates them, too, with their Taste of Summer event series.
This Saturday, July 22, Dan’s will host the final—and largest—event of the series, the 7th annual Dan’s Taste of Two Forks—from 7:30 to 10:00 p.m. Designed to showcase the bounty of both the North and South Forks, the event will feature tastings from countless top restaurants, chefs, and purveyors—many Edible favorites among them—and more than a few local wineries will be on-site to pour.
Hosted by Alex Guarnaschelli at the gorgeous, waterfront property of Fairview Farm in Bridgehampton, Taste of Two Forks will treat guests to a taste of the East End—from Montauk to Greenport, Southampton to Southold—and the chance to sip our finest wines, spirits, and brews as the sun sets over Mecox Bay.
We spoke with Alex Guarnaschelli ahead of Saturday’s event to find out what, as host, she’s most looking forward to, where she loves to eat on the East End, and what we can expect from her new book, The Home Cook (out this September). Here’s what she said.
Edible Long Island: First of all, congratulations on the upcoming publication of The Home Cook! What are some of your favorite recipes in your new book?
Alex Guarnaschelli: I really love all of the recipes. Some of my favorites are definitely the pineapple upside down cake. The eggplant appetizer. Some of the pasta recipes. The more I try to think of one, the more I realize that this is quite a user-friendly book with a lot of fun material in it!
ELI: How do you balance your TV career with being a mom and chef at Butter?
AG: Honestly, I find the balance of all that extremely challenging and I’m still answering that question for myself. I make my daughter a priority as much as possible because it’s so rewarding and she deserves it! But I love the restaurant so much and the staff and my “crew”. . . I guess the secret to balance is balancing things you love!
ELI: This is your second year hosting Dan’s Taste of Two Forks! What are you most excited to enjoy again: the food or that gorgeous view of Mecox Bay? (Tough question, we know.)
AG: I am always excited to see what local chefs are cooking up! The ingredients and the resources in the Hamptons make cooking so much fun. As for that view of Mecox Bay—it’s my favorite.
ELI: Obviously you’ve been involved with the Dan’s family for years now. What’s your favorite part of working with the team there?
AG: I consider Dan’s Papers a wonderful, candid view of the Hamptons and a great resource when visiting this area. Dan’s Papers manages to be personal, like a family, and also objective, which makes it something I will always value.
ELI: We know you spend a lot of time on the East End during the summer and throughout the year. Are there any particular vendors that you’re especially looking forward to seeing at the event?
AG: I am always excited about Estia’s Little Kitchen—one of my absolute favorite joints.
ELI: Have you stolen a peek at what any of the participating restaurants will be serving at Taste of Two Forks? If so, could you share a little teaser?
AG: I always wait to be surprised!
ELI: And finally, since this event is called Taste of Two Forks, which Fork do you think offers the best taste? Are there specific items you love to source from the North Fork/South Fork? What producers do you especially love?
AG: I love Pike Farms, Balsam Farms and Mecox Bay Dairy. So much good cheese and produce.
Tickets for Dan’s Taste of Two Forks are $185 person per person. VIP tickets are available for $325 per person, and grant guests early access to the event, beginning at 6:30 p.m. For more information—or to buy your tickets—please visit the Dan’s Taste of Summer website.