Hamptons Happenings


Roberts in Water Mill closes its doors after 25 years
Water Mill, NY: I am sad to announce that Robert’s Restaurant in Water Mill, NY a historic farmhouse and setting for rustic Italian cooking with local produce & seafood has closed their doors after 25 years. Owner-Chef Robert Durkin wrote in a Facebook Post on August 3rd. I was told 3 weeks ago that NYS Depart of Tax had shut them down, but I was hoping that they would recover.


Roberts-logoDurkin’s Facebook Post…..
“Dear Friends:Effective August 3, 2015, ROBERT’s has been closed after a long contentious and profoundly illegal action by the State of NY Sales Tax Authority . It is with much sadness that I share this news. I will in the future publicly share the sordid details of the immoral pogrom on the part of a bankrupt state, but that is the work of another day. Today I am feeling great sorrow and loss both for myself and the many people who contributed to making ROBERT’s the loving , living and thriving experience it was. I thank you all here for that. I go forward strengthened only by the moral certitude of my integrity , which regardless of the outrageous slanderous accusations of a state bereft intelligence or morals, remains very much in tact. And once again thank you for your many years of support.
Robert Durkin
Chef , Owner ROBERT’s”

Women’s Health Hamptons Gala kicks off Run 10 Feed 10….Party under the Stars Gala to Benefit FEED FOUNDATION

Rosario Dawson
Rosario Dawson

As Many of you know the 2015 theme of Hamptons Mouthpiece is Journey to when I was invited to attend Women’s Health Magazine annual Hamptons event I was excited to attend. Unfortunately I was unable to partake in the earlier activities in Montauk on Saturday, August 1st, but I was able to attend the evening event Party under the Stars in Bridgehampton a benefit for a wonderful organization FEED Foundation. The FEED Foundation is the non-profit arm of FEED that supports programs and organizations that are effectively working to fight hunger and eliminate malnutrition. It has since grown to encompass hunger relief efforts both stateside and abroad, as well as provide aid during natural disasters and humanitarian crises worldwide. As of January 2015, FEED has provided over 87 million meals globally.

THE DAYTIME WELLNESS EVENT: Took place at the “Well-thy House” with Women’s Health and Domino Magazine–a co-branded event hosted at Women’s Health VP/Publisher Laura Frerer-Schmidt’s newly constructed Montauk home.The event featured top experts leading home and garden workshops, workouts, cooking demos and nutrition consultations. The lunch at the event was in support of Women’s Health’s partner, the FEED Foundation and the charity event series RUN10 FEED10. womens health-47
Joining Women’s Health and Domino at the Well-thy House included:
• Mandy Ingber, celebrity yoga instructor: Yoga class
• Heidi Powell, celebrity trainer and star of ABC’s Extreme Weightloss: Workout
• Jeff Dawson: Garden Manager at Golden Door; crating a backyard herb garden
• Greg Frey Jr.: Executive Chef at Golden Door; garden-to-table lunch and demo
• Keri Glassman, registered dietitian: The Cleanse
• GLAMSQUAD Hair & Makeup
• Owl’s Brew Tea mocktails and cocktails

womens health-31The annual “Party Under the Stars” event was held at the Bridgehampton Surf & Tennis club in the evening. Always a fun event,good energy,great drinks, beautiful location, great weather, amazing appetizers and fantastic music.

Taryn Manning
Taryn Manning
The star-studded event featured music by guest DJ Taryn Manning from the Netflix Series “Orange is the New Black” a live reggae band that was terrific a silent auction to benefit the FEED foundation, beach bonfire and cocktails & Hors d’Oeuvres by Robbins Wolffe.womens health-37
I spotted Rosario Dawson, Taryn Manning and Laura Prep from Orange is the New Black, Anne Burrell from Worst Cook in America, Ginger Zee from GMA, TV personality Andi Dorfman, Adrienne Bailon, Molly Sims,Tashiana Washington & Eric West.
Tashiana Washington & Eric West
Tashiana Washington & Eric West
Anne Burrell-Celebrity Chef
Anne Burrell-Celebrity Chef
Ginger Zee, GMA
Ginger Zee, GMA

Many people from NYC came out to the Hamptons for the day with transportation provided by Hampton Jitney courtesy of Women’s Health Magazine. This is one of my favorite Hamptons events because it is a mixture of real women, not your typical Hamptons event.womens health-53

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 Lindsay Brown and Bryan Quinlan.
Lindsay Brown and Bryan Quinlan.

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For more information on how you can get involved with RUN10FEED10
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2015 Hamptons Designer Showhouse featuring Stanton Carpet
Hamptons Mouthpiece visits the 2015 Hamptons Designer Showhouse presented by Traditional Home,benefiting the Southampton Hospital. featuring Stanton Carpet.
233 Old Sag Harbor Road
Sag Harbor, New York, 11963
Open Daily Monday to Sunday
Sunday, July 26 to Monday, September 7 11AM to 5PM
Admission is $35 and includes a Journal.
Tickets may be purchased at the door or may be purchased in advance.
No admission 30 minutes before closing.
No strollers, infants, children under 6, or pets are admitted.
House built by Christopher Tufo Design & Build

Over 25 designers have transformed this farm house into a beautiful summer retreat. The designers Abby Modell Contemporary Art Glass, Art Works & Designs, Inc., Baltimore Design Group, Barbara Page Home, Black & Poole, Brady Design, CricketsCrush LLC, Denise McGaha Interiors, Dyfari Interior LLC, Elise Som Design Studio, Elissa Grayer Interior Design,Flynnside Out, Gasper La Rosa Landscaping, Hagins & Mortimer Design, Katharine Jessica Interior Design, Madcap Cottage, Mancaves, Marlaina Teich Designs, Melanie Roy Design. Meredith Ostrom, Ovadia Design Group, Patricia Fisher Design, Robert Brown Interior Design, Scot Meacham Wood Design, Timothy Brown Studio, Tyler Steven Pankratz Design, Vintage Interior Design Inc.NHB_9096

I had an opportunity to speak with the builder Christopher Tofu of Christopher Tofu Design & Build about the design and layout of the home. This is Christopher’s first time working with the Hamptons Showhouse. His wife Hedy who is a Real Estate Broker with Sotheby’s International found out they were seeking candidates, so they submitted the house over the winter and the organizers decided this was the house and that is how it got started. What a beautiful selection, the more I look at the house the more I like it. There are 7 bedrooms and 7 bathrooms, the doors in each of the rooms are custom made and not your standard 1 3/8 door. You will notice that half of the house is vertical and the other half is horizontal…Christopher indicates that they wanted to break up the line and give it more of a Modern Style, stand out from all of the other Hamptons luxury homes, they wanted to be different. You can hear more of my conversation with Christopher in the video above. NHB_9467a

I then went to speak to Keith Baltimore the designer of the Master Bath, another one of my favorite rooms in this gorgeous home. It was a bathroom fit for a Hamptons Home, Keith said a bathroom fit for a Prince and Princess. I loved the shag carpet by Stanton Carpet, the oversized Vanity Table that was the centerpiece in the room and the chandelier that was breath-taking. Keith’s room was 100% his personality, fun, engaging, stylish, approachable and comfortable. Keith suggested we should do the interview in the tub, but I was being a stick in the mud, next time Keith drinking Champagne of course….

Designer: Keith Baltimore, Carpet by Stanton Carpet
Designer: Keith Baltimore, Carpet by Stanton Carpet

I also had time to speak to Elissa Grayer whose room was Sponsored by Stanton Carpet. Elissa was responsible for the Foyer area, and the staircase to the upstairs..the grand entrance of the house. I loved it, it was warm and inviting, looked like a real family lived here. I had an opportunity to sit and talk with Elissa about new trends in flooring and tips for homeowners seeking to add carpeting to their staircase. Elissa stated she uses Stanton Carpet all of the time for her clients because she loves the mix and match prints, and how they bring a room to life. I love the area Stanton Rug she selected it really stood out in this room. You can hear more of my conversation with Elissa in the video above.
Designer: Elissa Grayer,  Carpet by Stanton Carpet
Designer: Elissa Grayer, Carpet by Stanton Carpet

This Modern built Barn House is 6500 sq, ft, 7 bedroom, 8 bathroom house, on 3.4 acres complete with finished lower level, playroom, large exercise room, movie theatre, tennis court & swimming pool. Many homes this size feel cold and somewhat un-inviting, but this house felt very warm and comfortable. NHB_9069Overall my favorite designed rooms were the Foyer Area, the Dinning room, the Living Room, the Kitchen, the Master Bedroom, Master Bathroom and the back deck area, I love Frontgate and I am told they were a Sponsor for most of the outdoor furniture used.



Elissa Grayer, Tamara Stephenson, Libby Langdon, Ayme Sinclair
Elissa Grayer, Tamara Stephenson, Libby Langdon, Ayme Sinclair


All photo by: Kurt Leggard of Photography by Kurt
Video editing: Photography by Kurt

Hamptons Happenings :Ambassador Suzan Johnson Cook is running for Congress
Suzan “Sujay” Johnson Cook is a Democrat running to represent the people of New York’s 13th Congressional District in the United States Congress, because the people of the 13th District matter, and our diverse, collective voices and values need to be heard in Washington. Dr. Suzan Denise Johnson Cook is a presidential advisor, pastor, theologian, author, activist, and academic who served as the United States Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom from April, 2011 to October 2013 and now she is running for Congress.

Sujay is the daughter of a Harlem schoolteacher and an MTA motorman-turned successful small business owner, Suzan “Sujay” Johnson Cook was raised understanding the importance of service to her community. A native of Harlem and the Bronx and a respected local and national faith leader who served in the administrations of Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton and for three cabinet secretaries, including Hillary Clinton, Sujay’s career has been about bringing people together and lifting them up.

Sujay is also a mother, community leader and advocate for women and families. Sujay believes that the answers to our most pressing challenges will come from the mobilized communities of the Heights, Harlem, Inwood and the Bronx fighting for change and sending a different kind of leader to Washington.

A lifelong resident of Harlem and the Bronx, Sujay understands the unique challenges and opportunities that our families face, including the fact that many of the district’s African-American and Latino residents are finding it more and more difficult to continue to reside and work in the communities which they call home.

When she is elected, her focus will be on the people she serves-not on advancing her own political agenda.

Suzan Johnson Cook is different. Throughout her career in the ministry, a published author and policy advisor to President Clinton and as the first African-American and the first woman to hold the diplomatic post of Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom representing President Obama and former secretary Clinton in dozens of nations around the globe, she has proven herself as a person who brings people together.

In Congress, she’ll fight for the continued growth and progress of the people and families from Harlem, the Heights, Inwood and the Bronx. The 13th District deserves nothing less.

On Saturday, August 15th fundraiser in Sag Harbor, from 4 pm to 6 pm at the home of Phillip and Ann Morrow, 26 Walker Ave, Sag Harbor, NY.

To purchase your tickets for the event please click here or on the invitation below. Please purchase your tickets before August 3rd.unnamed-2


Hamptons Happenings..SoFo’s 26th Annual Summer Gala Celebrates the East End!
Saturday, July 11, 2015, 7pm – 9:30pm at The South Fork Natural History Museum (SoFo)
377 Bridgehampton Sag Harbor Turnpike, Bridgehampton NY

Dancing with Nancy Atlas and the Nancy Atlas Project Band

The South Fork Natural History Museum and Nature Center (SoFo), the only state-of-the-art natural history museum on the South Fork of Long Island, over 500 guests attended its 26th Annual Summer Benefit SoFo Celebrates the East End on Saturday, July 11. I will say that it was one of my favorite events thus far and when I left I was almost in a Food Coma because I ate so much, but I could not stop myself because the food was just that Good!!!!SOFOGALA-25

The event raised funds for SoFo’s educational and environmental programming and celebrated the East End’s local visionaries—the artists, chefs, environmentalists, farmers, fishermen, philanthropists and many others that are the heart and soul of the Hamptons. Co-Chairs Top Chef Kerry Heffernan; Susan Rockefeller, who recently released her new documentary, Food For Thought, Food For Life; and Hamptons Magazine Editor-In-Chief Samantha Yanks greeted the guests that included Andy Sabin, Peter Beard, Michael Cinque, Bonnie Comley and Stewart Lane, Michele and Mary Cohen, Honoree April Gornik, Honoree Adrian Grenier, Richie Notar, Toni Ross, Carl Safina, Honoree Willi Salm, Jeff Tarr, and Harris Yulin, among others. Guests danced to the spirited sounds of Nancy Atlas and the Nancy Atlas Project Band.

Guests feasted on signature delicacies created and presented during the 6:00-7:00 pm VIP Cocktail reception by Leading Chefs Colin Ambrose, Estia’s Little Kitchen; Kerry Heffernan, Grand Banks Restaurant; Todd Jacobs, Fresh Hamptons; Matt Ketcham, Ketcham’s Seafarm; Kyle Koenig, Topping Rose House; David Loewenberg and Sam McClelland, The Bell & Anchor; Andrew Schor, East Hampton Grill; Joe Tremblay, Bay Burger; Jason Weiner, Almond; Antico Noè; Swedish Culinary Summer; Brian Halweil, Edible East End; Joe Realmuto, Nick & Toni’s; Karen Rivara, Peconic Pearls; and Jon Snow, Hayground School.SOFOGALA-26

Highlights of the evening include a surprise birthday celebration for Honoree Adrian Grenier, who was presented with a special “salamander” cake by Chef Peter Ambrose, and a special tribute which included a presentation of engraved Chefs Knives by Korin Japanese Tableware & Chefs Knives to the Food Champions and Chefs who donated a special tasting menu and their services to benefit the Museum. The 7:00 – 9:30 PM gala reception featured farm-to-table and sustainable seafood hors d’oeuvres catered by Peter Ambrose, an Honoree presentation, a Platinum and Silent Auction, and dancing. Alcohol was kindly donated by Amagansett Wines & Spirits, and wine was donated by Channing Daughters Winery.SOFOGALA-39

“Our 26th Annual Summer Gala Benefit is our most important fundraiser of the year, ensuring the long-term sustainability of Sofo. The museum is a very important resource that educates and inspires children and adults to become engaged and responsible caretakers of our planet now and for decades to come. The museum’s exhibits, programs, nature talks and trails, and outdoor experiences are essential to SoFo’s mission of conserving and preserving the natural resources of eastern Long Island,” says Diana Aceti, Director of Development.