June 17, 2013 | East End Eats
After an unfulfilling career on Wall Street, Frank Trentacoste searched for a community-serving career and landed in organic farming. He leased a two-acre plot of Amagansett soil from the Peconic Land Trust, where he launched Bhumi Farms. He now grows sustainable produce that he sells in farmers markets throughout the Hamptons. >>Read More
June 17, 2013 | by katy b. olson | Real Estate
Gioia DiPaolo, Douglas Elliman Real Estate managing director.
“Sag Harbor is very hot right now,” reports Gioia DiPaolo, managing director at Douglas Elliman Real Estate. Attributing the area’s rejuvenated popularity to an appealing abundance of recently debuted restaurants and condominium projects—plus a veritable It List of incoming residents and visitors— DiPaolo points out certain telltale trends in the area. “Renovation projects, especially sites that can accommodate a large house, pool, and pool house, are selling,” she notes. “And trophy properties upward of $3 million are selling.” >>Read More
June 14, 2013 | by April Walloga | Talk of the Town
"Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads: Gold" by Ai Weiwei (image via)
Famed Chinese artist, activist, and recent documentary film subject Ai Weiwei is prohibited from leaving China (authorities took away his passport), but his art continues to travel the world. Arriving in East Hampton on August 2, Ai's 12-piece "Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads: Gold" installation will hold court at LongHouse Reserve. However, guests of the museum's July 20 "White Night" summer benefit will get a first look.
June 14, 2013 | by SIMONA RABINOVITCH | East End Eats
Catch Sam Talbot at his new mobile restaurant, TURF, every day on Ditch Plains beach
If you're strolling around Montauk's Ditch Plains beach and happen upon a vintage 1967 Airstream, you've found TURF, a Malibu-meets-Montauk mobile restaurant run by surfer pals Zachary Lynd and Sam Talbot. Lynd created the TURF concept (made popular by his truly amazing lobster rolls) in 2011; he met Talbot while hanging out at the beach.
Post-Superstorm Sandy, Talbot and Lynd, along with Montauk mastermind Robert McKinley and the Beastie Boys' Mike D., started Rockaway Plate Lunch Truck, a community food truck that, even to this day, helps feed those affected by the storm. Discovering their synergy was both culinary and creative, Talbot and Lynd reinvented TURF for summer 2013. Also specializing in events and catering, TURF features fresh, local produce and seafood, a menu that changes daily, and a relaxed, inspired vibe that reflects the beach it calls home. An alum of Bravo's Top Chef, Talbot, who's currently working on a new cookbook and TV show, chatted with Hamptons about healthy eating on the East End and TURF's very cool new Dirt Lot Dinners.
June 14, 2013 | by Mary Giuliani | At Home
FROM LEFT: The author and her family at the Wavecrest Resort, 1980. Grilling hot dogs at the beach.
Anyone who knows me can tell you that, “Mary loves her father.” Anyone who knows my father can tell you that, “Mary’s father loves Montauk.” For those of you who don’t know either of us, let me say this: “I love both my father and his love of Montauk” for it is through his love of this area that I learned many of life’s most important lessons.
1. Conquer Your Fears
My earliest memories of Montauk are on the beach with my father outside the Wavecrest Resort (still a lovely place for families to stay). I can remember walking precariously down to the water, clutching his hand and looking out at the vast ocean in front of us with fear. But with a squeeze of my hand, my father always reassured me that with him, I was safe. He taught me not to fear the ocean, but to respect it. >>Read More