‘Tis the season for gathering, and lifestyle and entertaining expert Pamela Morgan of Flirting with Flavors, a special events and culinary company serving both New York City and the Hamptons, offers up how to prepare the ultimate Hamptons Thanksgiving celebration. Morgan is committed to executing unique celebrations that take guests on an unforgettable sensory journey.
She enjoys the Thanksgiving holiday because it combines her passion for food and love of bringing people together. Here, Morgan shares her exclusive Hamptons shopping list for a stellar celebration.
The biggest decision one will make in preparation for the Thanksgiving Feast is the perfect turkey. On her quest to find one, Morgan visits North Sea Farms in Southampton for its fresh, free-range turkey. A 12-pound turkey can serve around eight people, so estimate one pound of turkey per serving. Do not hesitate to buy an extra bird because there is nothing like Thanksgiving leftovers many days later.
For more information about North Sea Farms, call 631-283-0735.
For a sustainably farmed and freshly prepared meal, Morgan sources Green Thumb Organic Farm in Water Mill for all her organic produce. The farm boasts more than 100 acres of certified organic, homegrown vegetables and supplies some of the top-tier restaurants in the Hamptons. The crops are seasonal, but just in time for the harvest are traditional Brussels sprouts, squash, cabbage, cauliflower, tomatoes, plus much more.
For more information about Green Thumb Organic Farm, visit www.greenthumborganicfarm.com.
Dinner is not complete without dessert and Thanksgiving is truly delicious with a helping of Morgan’s favorite pie from Round Swamp Farm in Bridgehampton or East Hampton. The national bicentennial farm is famous in the Hamptons for its homemade baked goods. Perusing the warmly aromatic bakery, customers will find that it is one of the most irresistible places to find pies, muffins, and cakes straight from the oven.
For more information about Round Swamp Farm, visit: www.roundswampfarm.com.
The Wine & Spirits
Morgan finds an excellent selection of wines for her Thanksgiving gathering at Amagansett Wines. Keeping everyone in high spirits is especially important, particularly when reuniting family members. There is nothing a splash of wine cannot fix, but Morgan’s signature seasonal cocktail to enhance any celebration — no matter the family ordeal — is a pomegranate martini.
For more information about Amagansett Wines, call 631-267-3939.
The right glassware truly defines the overall dining experience because it highlights and complements what is being served. Those looking to entertain using the finest glassware, china, and silverware can book an event with the help of Flirting with Flavors. Hailing from her elegant New York City private venue to the Hamptons, Morgan brings her own signature wares to the celebration. Take advantage of her design expertise as she perfectly arranges eye-catching table settings.
For more information about Flirting with Flavors, visit www.flirtingwithflavors.com.
Morgan is enamored by the beauty of the seasons and enjoys decorating to fit carefully selected themes when her events take place. For example, while the summer is the perfect time for Mexican-inspired fiestas, the fall season’s deep reds, rusted oranges and dark greens produce a beautiful Tuscan-themed celebration. She finds unique, imported home-décor items and tableware at Hildreth’s Home Goods in Southampton. She combines her personal style with the trendy theme to express her best ideas, utilizing the best selection of decorative accessories and home accents.
For more information about Hildreth’s Home Goods, visit www.hildreths.com.
The Floral Arrangements
While there are many floral shops across the Hamptons that Morgan browses on a regular basis, King Kullen in Bridgehampton carries the freshest variety of beautifully cut flowers and potted plants. She finds a colorful assortment of blooming plants to fit holiday and seasonal themes. She also sources Mother Nature for a seasonal bounty of pumpkin, squash and flowers. She arranges floral masterpieces and seasonal displays herself, aiming to take the utmost care of her recent finds when adding accents to the event space.
For more information about King Kullen, visit www.kingkullen.com.
Those who enjoy the Flirting with Flavors culinary and event experience can learn more through Morgan’s cooking videos and blogs, posted to her website. She shares her impressive roster of vendors and retail sources as a guide to help aspiring entertainers craft fabulous culinary and event experiences. Visit www.flirtingwithflavors.com.