Let lifestyle and entertaining expert Pamela Morgan of special events and culinary company Flirting with Flavors (serving both New York City and The Hamptons), inspire your ultimate Hamptons Thanksgiving celebration.
Morgan enjoys the Thanksgiving holiday because it combines her passion for food and love of bringing people together. With the right resources plus excellent preparations, it is a satisfying way to say “Thank you” to all those in attendance. She shared with us her exclusive Hamptons shopping list for a stellar Thanksgiving celebration.
The biggest decision one will make in preparation for the Thanksgiving feast is the perfect turkey. On her quest, Morgan visits Mecox Farms in Bridgehampton for its fresh, free-range organic turkey. A 12 to 14-pound turkey can serve around eight people, so estimate one pound of turkey per serving. For a filling Thanksgiving dinner, do not hesitate to buy an extra bird, because there is nothing like Thanksgiving leftovers many days after. For more information about Mecox Farms, visit www.mecoxbaydairy.com.
For a sustainably farmed and freshly prepared meal, Morgan sources Halsey Farm. The Water Mill farm boasts over 100 varieties of vegetables, which are picked daily. The crops are seasonal, but just in time for the harvest are traditional Brussels sprouts, squash, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, plus so much more. Its greenhouse operation offers a huge selection of annuals, perennials, and vegetable seedlings. For more information about Halsey Farm, visit www.halseyfarm.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. The national bicentennial farm is famous across the Hamptons for its homemade, made-from-scratch baked goods. Perusing the 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
Traveling to Amagansett, Morgan finds an excellent selection of wines for her Thanksgiving gathering at Amagansett Wines. Keeping everyone in high spirits is especially important, when in some cases, the occasion means 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, plus 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. Morgan finds unique, imported home-décor items and tableware at Hildreth’s Home Goods in Southampton.
For more information about Hildreth’s Home Goods, visit www.hildreths.com.
The Floral Arrangements
While there are many floral shops in the Hamptons that Morgan browses on a regular basis, Dutch Petals 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. Morgan 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 Dutch Petals, visit www.dutchpetalsonline.com.
Those who enjoy the Flirting with Flavors’ culinary and event experience can learn more through her cooking videos and blogs, posted to the Flirting with Flavors website. She shares her impressive roster of vendors and retail sources as a guide to help aspiring entertainers craft fabulous culinary and event experiences. For more information, visit www.flirtingwithflavors.com.