As the rain comes down in buckets and lightning streaks across the sky, it is difficult to think about the beautiful clear days and nights we usually experience out here in the East End. We are usually blessed with beautiful weather and exquisite landscapes. When we captured the 28th anniversary of The Laundry restaurant in East Hampton, we were equally spoiled with unbelievable food and great people who joined owners Tracy Bonbrest, her husband Stuart Kreisler and partner Chef Andrew Engle in their wonderful celebration. Many of the purveyors that supply this restaurant that has become a local institution and a must-go-to place were in attendance.
Another wonderful event we were fortunate enough to be a part of was when Katrina and Don Peebles and their two children had a celebratory evening, welcoming their new friends and extended family they have made here. It always is a pleasurable occasion when I see them, but this night felt like we had been transported back to Europe. The setting and the festivities speak for themselves. We also look inside this grand villa.
And speaking of being in another world...when architect Alexander Gorlin and landscape designer Charlie Marder were given the task of designing a guest house / artist studio and surrounding grounds for the owner of an adjacent estate, their final creation maintained the ambience originally created for the main house, transporting the homeowner and visitors alike to Tuscany while all the time staying in East Hampton.
When interior designer Joseph Kremer wanted to get just the right feel for the interiors he was designing for a client he had done other projects for, he whisked them off to Europe to complete the interiors. This entertaining couple and their family live amidst aged elegance in a house where there was a true collaboration between architect (Shope Reno Wharton), interior designer (Joseph Kremer) and landscape designer Edmund Hollander.
Collaborations in anything often produce superior results. The Quail Hill Farm summer celebration put on by locals has become a yearly event that is sought after. A place at this table is hard to obtain but well worthwhile. Turn to page 144 to learn how you might attend this August's green-thumb gala.
If you are entertaining at home, we haven't forgotten you, either. Designer Jimmy Ng has dazzled us with his origami touch when creating napkin designs that could double as sculpture.
Whatever your plans are for this festive time of year, may you enjoy them with family and great friends....
Barbara L. Dixon