A Taste of James Beard’s Chefs and Champagne


It takes a lot more than blinding sun and stifling humidity to keep a bunch of Hamptonites out of a tasting event. A few hundred folks in sundresses and seersucker gathered at the Wölffer Estate in Sag Harbor to honor Martha Stewart at the James Beard Foundation’s annual summer gala, Chefs and Champagne. Ms. Martha was perspiration-free, of course, despite her leggings. She loved the La Caravelle Champagne Rosé (we were drinking our own nearby when she said it), and marched through the tent tasting much of the food offered by more than 30 chefs. We couldn’t compare notes with Martha, but a few of our favorites were Anita Lo’s spicy steak tartare, the it-tastes-like-it-sounds BLT soup from Commerce, and Gavin Kaysen’s decadent summer soup, a corn velouté with crab beignets and chervil. Watch the slideshow to see what else was served. Ta-ta till next summer!