While it might feel a strange start, we are at the beginning of the first summer of the new decade. Things can only get better, and in the meantime, let’s remind ourselves of the gurus whose guidance we need and the chic eateries offering delivery. Create the scene from your home while ordering in the best taste of the Hamptons.
Claude’s at the Southampton Inn has been re-envisioned for summer 2020 where guests can choose from a brand-new, locally sourced menu now offering all-American picnic baskets as well as its classic Claude’s carryout. One of the new dishes this season is a Herbed Baked Brie: baked and sprinkled with thyme and rosemary, served with walnuts, pears, crackers, and baguette slices. www.southamptoninn.com
T-Bar Steak and Lounge Southampton, like its sister restaurant on the Upper East Side, offers guests innovative contemporary American cuisine. It is a new spin on the classic upscale steak house. The menu features a wide range of dishes, ranging from renditions of classics, to refined and inventive plates which can be ordered for takeout or delivery. www.tbarnyc.com
The instant-hit restaurant Union Burger Bar enters its second season. Enjoy both the high-quality burgers and delectable milkshakes from Ian Duke and Chef Scott Kampf. Union Burger will likely be one of this summer’s go-tos for those seeking the ideal take-out meal to enjoy at home or anywhere. There’s also its adjacent new restaurant, Union Sushi & Steak. www.unionburgerbar.com
The At Home Experts
With many charity events having been rescheduled or even postponed until next summer, there are still ways to help those in need. Philanthropist and author of “Successful Philanthropy: How to Make a Life by What You Give,” Jean Shafiroff sees a pandemic as no barrier to helping others, having recently donated 10,000 meals to the Heart of the Hamptons Food Pantry as well as to COVID-19 related fund drives by the Stony Brook Southampton Hospital and Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation. “There is always much you can do aside from making direct contributions online. Volunteering to call prospective donors is a worthy task which can help those in real need, now.” www.jeanshafiroff.com
Larry Scott, the founder of Lawrence Scott Events is well-known for his exceptional, one-of-a-kind dinner parties to celebrate the most special events. As this summer will have more private and at-home, socially-responsible events, Larry’s skill — and advice — is even more relevant. Three of the best of Larry’s Golden rules for planning to party at home this summer include: choose your guests well, quoting Lewis Carroll “That which causes the failure of party is not meat, nor drink, but conversation;” “Cocktails come first,” and “Plan something to surprise guests.” www.lawrencescottevents.com
Fitness model, sponsored athlete, and personal trainer Nikki Walter has a strong passion for health and wellness shared with her daughter Addison, to help change people’s lives through their virtual health & wellness advice online, and their company, Clean Eating Parties as well as health movement called #ruralfit — just in time for summer 2020. www.nikkiwalter.com