November 19, 2012 | East End Eats
Consumer Reports gave Tate’s Bake Shop its highest honors for its chocolate chip cookies, culinary delights that amazingly originated from the Nestlé Toll House cookie recipe. The thinness and crispiness along with its “caramelized, salty flavor makes them addictive,” says Tate’s founder and owner Kathleen King. “There really are no secrets; it’s about quality ingredients, consistency, and integrity.” For fall, the bakeshop also produces pumpkin bread pudding, pumpkin tea loaves, and pumpkin pie, while the winter season brings about ginger cookies, Yule logs, pies, cobblers, and more. The Southampton staple also recently reintroduced Crutchley’s donut holes to the region. “These donut holes were a mainstay in the Hamptons until Mr. and Mrs. Crutchley retired in the early 1980s,” explains King. Tate’s bakes the “local treasure” on Wednesdays and Sundays. 43 North Sea Road, Southampton, 283-9830
PHOTOGRAPHY BY REBECCA SAHN
November 19, 2012 | At Home
Designed for the true artist, First & Company has created an immaculate piece to express true individuality and style—the Voyager camera case ($5,000). Hand-pieced together in California by skilled artisans, the whiskey batido leather is tanned to perfection and carefully hand-finished for a truly unique look. The sturdy pine wood casing is joined with antique brass rivets that enhance the old-world charm. Out East, the Voyager camera case will be available only at Tenet in Southampton. “The Voyager camera case is the perfect gift for the Hamptons man due to its vintage look and luxurious detailing,” says Tenet owner Jesse Warren. “The craftsmanship of the case is incredible, and it’s sure to make a fantastic gift.” Tenet, 91 Main St., Southampton, 377-3981
November 16, 2012 | Talk of the Town
Old Westbury Gardens
Meet the author of The One Minute Wine Master, Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan, for a book signing on November 29. Story time and crafts every Tuesday also make the largest independent bookstore on Long Island a beloved family destination. 313 New York Ave., Huntington, 271-1442; bookrevue.com
Champions for Charity
The annual Champions for Charity benefits almost 100 not-for-profit organizations including Autism Speaks and the Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research. The festivities commence with cocktail receptions on November 29 at many of Americana Manhasset’s exclusive boutiques and continue with personal shopping, gift wrapping, and concierge offerings. Americana Manhasset, 2060 Northern Blvd., 516-627-2277
Dodds & Eder
Festive home décor at Dodds & Eder’s Oyster Bay garden shoppe comprises traditional accessories as well as a complete collection of holiday model villages. Highlights such as the Charles Dickens–themed set and a Christmas in the City model are on display. 221 South St., Oyster Bay, 516-922-4412; 11 Bridge St., Sag Harbor, 725-1175
“All that glitters for the holidays must include the Flight of Fancy collection,” explains jewelry designer and shop owner Katherine Tess. The 18k yellow gold, silver, and white and blue diamonds on agate offer an organic quality to this stunning collection. 1355 Old Northern Blvd., Roslyn, 516-621-0955; katherinetess.com
Old Westbury Gardens
A tree lighting on December 1 launches Old Westbury Gardens’ holiday celebrations, which continue with afternoon teas and tours of Westbury House’s decorated rooms throughout early December. Enjoy a wine and chocolate pairing with “chocolate sommelier” Roxanne Browning on December 7. 71 Old Westbury Road, Old Westbury, 516-333-0048
“My personal Thanksgiving Day favorite is mulled cider,” says executive chef Gregg Lauletta. “The aroma of the sweet spice of clove fills the house. Especially on a brisk day, being greeted with a warm cup of mulled cider spiked with a little rum really hits the spot.” 117 New York Ave., Huntington, 385-1515; restaurantprime.com
Shari’s Place eases the stress of the holidays with expert styling advice. For a comfortable and chic New Year’s Eve ensemble, owner Larry Kaynes suggests their “stretch leather leggings topped off with fabulous fur.” 44 Glen Cove Road, Greenvale, 516-484-7400
For New Year’s Eve, “a sparkling top paired with an edgy leather piece and finished off with your favorite pair of heels will keep you shining throughout the night,” says CEO Jon Singer. Singer22’s selection of shimmering pieces from Alice + Olivia, Haute Hippie, and House of Harlow are perfectly festive. 441 Glen Cove Road, East Hills; 11 Old Westbury Road, East Hills, 877-474-6722
Tanger Ice Rink
Shop and skate all winter at the Tanger Outlets. Every Friday and Saturday night from November through February a DJ spins; on Wednesdays, the young ones can enjoy costumed characters on skates. 152 The Arches Circle, Deer Park, 940-9200; tangericerink.com
Toys of Hope
With a mission to provide toys, books, clothing, and other items to children in need, Toys of Hope hosts its 18th annual children’s benefit at Oheka Castle on December 13. Characters such as Dora the Explorer and Elmo as well as sports figures and celebrities make the festive holiday celebration memorable for all. 135 W. Gate Dr., Huntington, 271-8697
November 16, 2012 | East End Eats
Savory pumpkin-walnut bread with roasted tomato chutney from Elegant Affairs
“It’s all about creating a memorable impact,” explains Andrea Correale, president of Elegant Affairs. “The goal is to tantalize the senses and create an experience.” Correale recommends using rosemary, sage, and thyme for standout flavor in dishes “synonymous with the season,” such as seasonal root vegetables, beef tenderloin, and lamb. The elite caterer, who created menus for exclusive Hamptons events such as Ricky Lauren’s book launch party and Billy Joel’s July 4th fête, also favors creating “a beautiful grazing table” for holiday parties with a variety of serving bowls, platters, and dishes for a visually stunning and functional spread. “Put out foods that are easy to grab and go,” she says. “Foods that allow guests to move freely to mix and mingle.” 324-9825
November 16, 2012 | At Home
After 27 years of home tours in the region, there is still more to see assures Richard Barons, executive director of the East Hampton Historical Society. “There are so many fascinating people here, so it is unlimited as to what is available,” he says.
This year the Historical Society hosts its cocktail and opening party at Bonic Acres, a fascinating home deeply ingrained in the village’s history. The home was originally built in 1891 for William Wheelock, a doctor who collected antique furnishings from the residents of Main Street, all of which were eventually donated to the Historical Society. In the 1970s, the shingle-style home was renovated by famed architect Robert Stern and has served as an influential work within the new shingle style. Today’s owners are world travelers and their décor, which will be on view at the opening party, features mystifying doors from an Indian temple and an exciting blend of folk art from around the globe.
The Historical Society’s house-tour committee selects homes such as Bonic Acres for the annual fundraiser based on their spectacular architecture as well as their exceptional interiors and gardens. “It’s got to be an interesting house, but it’s also got to be interestingly furnished,” says Barons. A highlight of this year’s tour is this Sayres Path house and hanging gardens, which marries innovative architecture and inspired interiors. Inside the Wainscott home is a celebrated collection of contemporary art, while the unusual Maziar Behrooz–designed modern exterior (SHOWN) is regarded for its sharp, acute angles. “It is a brilliant and striking house,” says Barons.
With the house tour on November 24 and the previous day’s opening party, the Historical Society aims to raise between $100,000 and $150,000.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY MATTHEW CARBONE