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Hot Chefs, Cold Champagne, Killer Sunset – James Beard Foundation Chefs & Champagne 2017

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The Hamptons summer social season was at her finger licking finest at the 27th Annual Chefs and Champagne tasting extravaganza to benefit the James Beard Foundation. More than 35 chefs created delectable bites under the tent at Wölffer Estate Vineyard in Sagaponack, NY on July 29, 2017. I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate my birthday.

Marcus Samuelsson who has even planned and executed the Obama’s first State dinner was this year’s honoree. Susan Ungaro, president of the James Beard Foundation commented, “Marcus is a role model for chefs, restaurateurs and culinary entrepreneurs worldwide. His extraordinary talent, philanthropic endeavors, and boundless energy to help others complements our mission to celebrate, nurture, and honor chefs and other leaders making America’s food culture more delicious diverse, and sustainable for everyone.”

Photo Mark Von Holder/Invision for James Beard Foundation/Invision

Over 1,000 guests were delighted to toast with Champagne Barons de Rothschild and wines and ciders from Wölffer Estate Vineyard. What better way to meet old and new friends on a summer night than with fine bubbly.


P.J. Calapa of The Spaniard, NYC served my personal favorite, Lobster Filone Toasts with Charred Corn, Crème Fraîche, and Tarragon.

My vote for most delectable dessert, the Smoked Ohio Peaches-Elderflower Crémeux with Champagne Chartagne- Tailler Rosé Aspic (say that three times fast) from Pastry Chef Britt-Marie Culey of Coquette Patisserie, Cleveland OH.

And in the “wow that’s cool” category, the jelly balls from “Itsuki” Premium Edition combined childhood fun with adult flavor.

The evening also gave a jump start to the next generation of fine chefs with the 2017 Christian Wölffer Scholarship named after the vineyard’s founder going to Jordan Werner. Audi was also a sponsor of the event and many a coveting eye admired the Audi R8 V10 Spyder.

The silent auction didn’t fail to elicit bidding fervor with amazing culinary and travel adventures.  But don’t worry, you can always become a member of the James Beard Foundation and then have an inside track on cool events.

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