The Hamptons has an abundance of good taste in so many areas. First and foremost are the farms with their delicious produce. Then, of course, there are the very talented people who call this wondrous corner of the world home. We are definitely spoiled by an embarrassment of riches in the many talents that are here. Just breathing in the air, enjoying the light and being with dear friends brings to the forefront the wealth we are fortunate to experience here. (And I don't just mean monetary wealth, although the real estate market indicates we have that, too!)
When I think of taste I think of Lorilynn Bauer. She personifies taste on so many levels. Anyone who has sampled her cooking, seen the oceanfront vegetable garden she presides over or been the recipient of her edible gifts and boundless knowledge has been blessed. I also felt that we would be fortunate to have her share her wisdom with our readers in every issue, so also look for her new column, "From the Garden."
For all of you who have had the pleasure to dine at Twenty Four Fifth, Michael Jordan's The Steak House N.Y.C., the Monkey Bar, Bridgewaters or one of many Strip House restaurants, you know what tastes good. Meet the personable (not to mention energetic) couple behind this restaurant empire, Penny and Peter Glazier, and their beloved dog Truman as we peek inside their tranquil Southampton oasis.
Donatella is also a name that conjures good food, and I am sure many of you have eaten at one of her restaurants. Her dear friends Paul Anastasakis and Dennis DeCrescenzo of Crezana Design hosted a Neapolitan meal at their home in Bridgehampton that we are privy to show in detail.
Restaurants are also dominant in Charles Melite and his girlfriend Michele Gaton's life. He is a fixture with The Coffee Shop, Luna Park and Live Bait; she owns Extra Virgin. When we spent the day shooting this story, we all were busy "tasting" a blood orange ice Charles had made. Needless to say, all work (if you can call this work!) stopped. During parts of the day, each of us relaxed at this idyllic beach house designed by noted architect James D'Auria.
Design and food also go hand-in-hand in the home of Ellen Hanson and her husband Richard Perlman. As chairman of TurboChef Technologies, he had to have one of the first residential models installed in the kitchen off of his amazing wine cellar. I cannot begin to describe the amazing meal prepared by James Beard-awarded chef Charlie Trotter, the casual yet elegant party that went into the late hours or the meticulously restored and effortlessly thought-out and decorated 1830 house the Perlmans call home. Ellen, with her dear friend architect Steven Gambrel, are to be applauded.
I also want to applaud all of you who allow us into your lives and share so much with us. We are all the better for it.
Barbara L. Dixon