Gordon shares an East End taste of her favorite experiences

2018: My Best Summer

We hear this all the time: Where did the summer go? It just flew by! I felt like I was speeding in a race car through the high season. During these past three months, I’ve had the opportunity to visit several new restaurants, attend many notable seasonal and more intimate events, and even host my very first afternoon event that brought about both new relationships and a new direction for East End Taste.

Below, I have noted my four favorite experiences from my 2018 summer season, and what I look forward to in the next couple of months.

Chefs & Champagne

This was my first time at this event presented by the James Beard Foundation. Over 35 chefs from around the country created delectable dishes for the celebration, of which my favorites included the Sweet Corn Sabayon by The North Fork Table & Inn’s Owner and Pastry Chef Claudia Fleming and Lobster Crostini Pumpernickel by Chef Peter Botros of The Stone House.

Wine Tasting at Channing Daughters

Independent/Vanessa Gordon

I visited Channing Daughters winery in Bridgehampton at least three times over the course of the season, where I tasted no less than eight different wines, including five rosés and vermouth variations, all of which are so distinct. My particular favorite is its 2017 Rosato di Refosco.

Restaurant Highlights

Jue Lan Club. Independent/Vanessa Gordon

Some of my favorite spots have included the new Tutto Il Giorno location at Urban Zen in Sag Harbor, lunch at Topping Rose House, Sunday brunch at Calissa, appetizers al fresco at Jue Lan Club, and the Brooklyn Chop House pop-up at The Capri.

I still have yet to visit EMP Summer House, as it was just such a busy season for me. I hope to make that happen for next year.

For fall, I am looking forward to dining at the Clam Bar, The 1770 House, and Red Bar Brasserie to name a few, all of which are nearly impossible to snag a reservation or table at during the summer season. For events, SouthamptonFest and the Hamptons International Film Festival are always at the top on my list.

Party for Pink

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This unique event that precedes the morning Paddle for Pink has become one of the hottest signature soirées. The cheerful pink decor (think Lilly Pulitzer!), delicious food, cozy lounges, and sensational band created such a memorable and vibrant scene. The gift bags were impressive and included Sam Edelman x BCRF paddles, Cosmopolitan Splash Cocktail Mixer, Kendra Scott jewelry, and more.