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Hamptons Fundraisers: James Beard Foundation Chefs and Champagne® New York 2012 July 21st

Submitted by on July 17, 2012 – 9:55 amNo Comment

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By Heather Buchanan

Hamptons fundraisers are supposed to be like children – you love them all equally.  But we know that’s not really true.  Everyone has favorites. The James Beard Foundation Chefs and Champagne® New York on Saturday July 21st is consistently is a top pick for the finger-licking good food, top notch bubbly and wine, spectacular setting, silent auction that has your Master Card maxing out, and great camaraderie.  Chefs may be known for their egos but when you see them all line up for the group photo you know there is immense respect, especially if your colleague sprays you with champagne.

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And for those of us who aren’t in the top two percent it is one of the best bang-for-the-benefit-buck events around.  HipHamptons insider note – join the James Beard Foundation and not only get a discount on the ticket price ($200 vs. $275) but open up your world to a whole host of culinary events.

Chefs and Champagne New York

Held at the Wolffer Estate Vineyard in Sagaponack and featuring their popular wines the event honors Christian Wolffer and his love of food and wine.  A scholarship for an emerging local culinary talent is awarded in his name.  As far as the bubbly — Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte pulls out all the popping cork stops with various vintages.  And the food.  Oh the food.  Yes, the big O “I’ll have what she is having,” taste experiences.  If you are afraid of commitment this is the event for you.  Why have one main dish when you can sample 30.

Ted Allen

This year the James Beard Foundation will honor multiple award-winning TV personality and cookbook author Ted Allen and the judges of Food Network’s Chopped who include Maneet Chauhan, Scott Conant, Amanda Freitag, Alex Guarnaschelli, Marc Murphy, Marcus Samuelsson, Aarón Sanchez, Chris Santos, and Geoffrey Zakarian.

The event is always the place to get the latest food news whether it is Marcus Samuelsson’s fascinating new memoir “Yes, Chef” which chronicles his journey from Ethiopia to Sweden to Harlem or the latest new restaurant.  Just like fashion boutiques, restaurants are also starting Pop-Ups.

Daniel Boulud

Daniel Boulud

The most beloved Daniel Boulud who has created a salivating storm with his Boulud Sud in New York City which is a veritable culinary travelogue of the entire Mediterranean sends the magic south for Palm Beachers at The Brazilian Court Hotel & Beach Club.  Café Boulud’s Chef Jim Leiken will be preparing a myriad of Mediterranean Boulud Sud specialties at the summer pop up.

We love this idea.  Daniel, please, pretty please, bring this to the Hamptons!  Be sure to check out the db Bistro Moderne station at the event.

Keep the wet naps handy.

For tickets http://www.jamesbeard.org/chefsandchampagne/

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