This Week on Bites & Booze with Matthew Kourie, It’s Hamptons vs. NYC as GrillHampton, pits 8 East End chefs against 8 Manhattan chefs in a one-of-a-kind cooking competition. We visit The Deli Counter in Southampton and The Inn Spot on The Bay in Hampton Bays.
Dan’s taste of Summer’s GrillHampton is Hosted by Restaurant Impossible star Robert Irvine & Judge on Food Network’s Chopped, Marc Murphy. For more information and to see all of Dan’s events visit

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Marc Murphy, Judge on Food Network’s Chopped and Robert Irvine of Restaurant Impossible to Co-Host GrillHampton on July 17th
Michael Symon, Star of ABC’s The Chew and Katie Lee of Food Network’s The Kitchen to Co-Host Fifth Annual Taste of Two Forks on July 18th

Geoffrey Zakarian, Co-Host of Food Network’s The Kitchen and Judge of Chopped, Tapped as First Ever Headliner of Harvest East End on August 22nd

New York, NY – July 2015

No Hamptons summer season would be complete without sipping and savoring your way through Dan’s Taste of Summer’s all-star lineup. Once again, the authority on mouth-watering and lip-smacking food and wine events announces the return of three fan-favorites: GrillHampton Presented by Pat LaFrieda (Friday 7/17), Taste of Two Forks Presented by Farrell Building (Saturday 7/18) and Harvest East End (Saturday 8/22). GrillHampton has become the area’s who’s who of grillmasters and will once again pull talent from both NYC and the Hamptons to vie for the winning title. Restaurant Impossible star Robert Irvine is back to oversee the evening’s festivities and will be joined by chef Marc Murphy, celebrity judge on Food Network’s Chopped!, author of new cookbook “Season with Authority” who has four NYC restaurants, Landmarc Time Warner Center, Landmarc Tribeca, Ditch Plains and Kingside. Five years and counting, Taste of Two Forks continues to entice only the best restaurants, wineries and purveyors to showcase for an evening filled with the East End’s most food centric crowd. Known for his daily role on ABC’s The Chew, renowned Iron Chef and Cleveland restaurateur Michael Symon steps up to the plate as co-host with Hamptonite Katie Lee, known for her weekly presence on Food Network’s The Kitchen and author to new cookbook “Endless Summer.” Rounding out the summertime fun is Harvest East End, a highly regarded celebration of the hard working Long Island-based winemakers in collaboration with the Long Island Wine Council. Now in its sixth year, Harvest East End has added a host for the first time and is thrilled to announce Geoffrey Zakarian, an Iron Chef, celebrity judge on Chopped! and co-host of The Kitchen, as the headliner.

GRILLHAMPTON Presented by Pat LaFrieda, Friday July 17th 8pm–11pm, Sayre Park in Bridgehampton, 156 Snake Hollow Road: The competition is fierce this year as Team NYC and Team Hamptons battle it out for both Judge’s and People’s Choice Awards. A boys’ club of chef competitors is brewing in the Big Apple, while the Hamptons crew is shaping up to boast experts of both land and sea. Both Robert Irvine, whose culinary muscles continue to flex with Restaurant Impossible on Food Network, and Marc Murphy, known for his restaurants Landmarc, Kingside and Ditch Plains, his role as judge on Chopped, as well as his latest cookbook “Season with Authority,” will be charged with keeping the competition thriving as well as contributing to a panel of A-list palates, including Pat LaFrieda, Michael Gelman and Dan Rattiner, who will decide which team does indeed reign supreme. The event, sponsored by celebrity meat purveyor Pat LaFrieda, will also feature live music by the band New Life Crisis. Tickets are now on sale for $125 (inclusive of all food & beverage) at

Confirmed Hamptons participants:

  • Tim Burke (Backbar Grille & Lobster Grille)
  • Arthur Wolf (Smokin’ Wolf BBQ & More)
  • Colette Connor (The Inn Spot On the Bay)
  • Chris Cariello (1 North Steakhouse)
  • Julio Quisbert (Old Stove Pub)
  • David Hersh (Cowfish & Rumba Rum Bar)
  • Michael Mosolino (The Deli Counter)
  • Peter Ambrose (Endless Summer Event Catering)

Confirmed New York City participants:

  • Charles Grund Jr. (Hill Country Barbecue)
  • Gabe Thompson (L’Apicio)
  • Harold Moore (Commerce)
  • Joe Isidori (Black Tap & Chalk Point Kitchen)
  • Julian Medina (Toloache & Tacuba)
  • Paul Denamiel (Le Rivage)
  • PJ Calapa (Costata)
  • Ben Zwicker (T Bar)

TASTE OF TWO FORKS Presented by Farrell Building, Saturday July 18th 6:30pm VIP/7:30pm–10pm GA, Sayre Park in Bridgehampton, 156 Snake Hollow Road: Celebrating five years as the East End’s leading summer food soiree, Taste of Two Forks continues to proudly spotlight the bounty of both the North and South Forks, featuring bites from dozens of top restaurants, sips from celebrated wineries and breweries, purveyors and more. Taking their hosting duties from the small screen to the Hamptons, first-time co-host Iron Chef Michael Symon of ABC’s The Chew joins returning co-host, The Kitchen star Katie Lee, to offer their support for this food driven community. The event will honor restaurateur, author and lifestyle maven B. Smith, for her dedication to dining in the Hamptons and Manhattan, as well as the country through her role with the American Chef Corps. Live music will energize the crowd as they watch the sunset from inside the elegant tent and VIP ticket holders will have ample space to relax and indulge in a private lounge filled with oysters, specialty drinks and other exclusive perks!

Confirmed participating restaurants:

  • 230 Elm & Tullly’s (Southampton)
  • 668 The Gigshack (Montauk)
  • 75 Main (Southampton)
  • American Beech (Greenport)
  • Art of Eating (East Hampton)
  • Beautique (Southampton)
  • Bistro 72 (Riverhead)
  • Buoy One (Riverhead)
  • Caci North Fork (Southold)
  • Canal Café (Hampton Bays)
  • Circo (Southampton)
  • Deli Counter (Southampton)
  • Doppio Artisan Bistro (Sag Harbor)
  • First and South (Greenport)
  • FRESH Hamptons (Bridgehampton)
  • Fresno (East Hampton)
  • Gosman’s Dock Restaurant (Montauk)
  • Grana Trattoria Antica (Jamesport)
  • Hampton Seafood Co. (East Hampton)
  • Harbor Bistro (East Hampton)
  • Harlow (Sag Harbor)
  • Highway Restaurant and Bar (East Hampton)

• Lynn’s Hula Hut (Montauk) • Mercado (Bridgehampton) • Moby’s (East Hampton)
• Nammos (Southampton)

• Navy Beach (Montauk)
• Noah’s (Greenport)
• Philippe (East Hampton)
• Ram’s Head Inn (Shelter Island)
• Red Stix (Southampton)
• Sarabeth’s (NYC)
• Shuckers Lobster & Clam Bar (Hampton Bays) • Smokin’ Wolf BBQ & More (East Hampton)
• South Edison (Montauk)
• Southampton Social Club (Southampton)
• The Bell & Anchor (Sag Harbor)
• The Inn Spot on the Bay (Hampton Bays)
• The Quogue Club at Hallock House (Quogue)
• Tillie’s at Gurney’s (Montauk)
• Topping Rose House (Bridgehampton)
• Touch of Venice (Cutchogue)
• Tutto Il Giorno (Sag Harbor and Southampton) • Westlake Fish House (Montauk)

In addition to the dozens of restaurants that participate each year, Taste of Two Forks also showcases the abundance of local artisanal purveyors that help make the East End a true foodies find. Participants will include: Amagansett Sea Salt Co., Anke’s Fit Bakery, and Joe & Liza’s Ice Cream. To wash down all the delectable treats, ticket holders will be able to sip wines from East End – based wineries including: Bedell, Castello di Borghese, Jamesport, Jason’s Vineyards, Lenz Winery, Lieb Cellars, Macari Vineyards, Martha Clara, Palmer Vineyards, Pellegrini, Raphael, Waters Crest and Wölffer Estate.

If history continues to repeat itself, Taste of Two Forks is poised for a sellout, so grab your tickets quickly!

Tickets are on sale at with VIP tickets available for $250, including access to the VIP lounge with extra tastings and early admission at 6:30pm, and General Admission tickets with access from 7:30pm–10pm available for $170 (inclusive of all food & beverage). “Weekend” Packages are available as well: 1 ticket for GrillHampton and 1 GA ticket for Taste of Two Forks is $275, and 1 ticket for GrillHampton and 1 VIP ticket for Taste of Two Forks is $355.

A portion of this year’s ticket proceeds will go to benefit All For The East End (, an organization whose goal is to generate significant new and creative sources of funding and organizational support for the not-for-profit organizations of Long Island’s East End townships.

HARVEST EAST END, Saturday August 22nd 6:30pm VIP/7:30pm–10pm GA, McCall Vineyard and Ranch, 22600 Main Road, Cutchogue: Oenophiles rejoice as the Long Island Wine Council ( gathers the best and brightest winemakers of the East End for this annual celebration of wine, food and burgeoning local business. Taking on the role of the event’s first-ever host is celebrity chef Geoffrey Zakarian, of The Lambs Club, Culinary Director of The Plaza and chef/partner of The National in NYC and coming soon to Greenwich, CT this Fall and Washington DC in Spring of 2016. Zakarian, author of “My Perfect Pantry,” is also celebrated for being an Iron Chef, a judge on Chopped and as co-host of The Kitchen, lending cred to the restaurants and vineyards in Long Island’s wine country. More than 40 wineries and 30 restaurants & purveyors will convene under the tent at the beautiful McCall Vineyards and Ranch where upwards of 1,500 people are expected to attend. Guests get a chance to sample barrel tastings of yet-to-be-bottled 2014 red wines and bid on silent auction items including large format bottles, special vintages and one-of-a-kind wine tasting experiences. The event will honor chef Guy Reuge of Restaurant Mirabelle at Three Village Inn and a portion of proceeds will benefit local agricultural foundations. Tickets are on sale at with VIP tickets available for $275 and General Admission tickets available for $125. “Taste of Summer” packages to attend all three events are also available, ranging from $380 (GA) to $585 (VIP).

Confirmed participating restaurants:

  • A Lure
  • A Mano Osteria & Wine Bar
  • A Taste of the North Fork
  • American Beech
  • Bistro 72
  • Caci North Fork
  • Dark Horse Restaurant
  • Fifth Season Restaurant
  • First & South
  • FRESH Hamptons
  • Grana Trattoria Antica
  • Hush Bistro
  • Jamesport Manor Inn
  • Jedediah Hawkins Inn
  • Jewel
  • Montauk Yacht Club
  • Noah’s
  • North Fork Chocolate Company
  • Palo Santo
  • PeraBell Food Bar
  • Petulant Wino
  • Satur Farms
  • SCGP Café
  • Schmitt’s Farmstand on Sound
  • Smitty’s All-American Grill
  • Suffolk Theater
  • The Blue Duck Bakery Café
  • The Frisky Oyster
  • The Ram’s Head Inn
  • Touch of Venice
  • Whole Le Crepe

Confirmed participating wineries:

  • Anthony Nappa Wines
  • Bedell Cellars
  • Brooklyn Oenology
  • Channing Daughters Winery
  • Clovis Point Vineyards
  • Coffee Pot Cellars
  • Diliberto Winery
  • Duck Walk Vineyards
  • Harbes Vineyard
  • Jamesport Vineyards
  • Jason’s Vineyard
  • Kontokosta Winery
  • Lieb Cellars
  • Macari Vineyards and Winery
  • Martha Clara Vineyards
  • Mattebella Vineyards
  • McCall Vineyard and Ranch
  • Merliance Long Island Merlot Alliance
  • The Old Field Vineyards
  • One Woman Winery
  • Osprey’s Dominion Vineyards
  • Palmer Vineyards
  • Pellegrini Vineyards
  • Pindar Vineyards
  • Raphael
  • Roanoke Vineyards
  • Sannino Bella Vita Vineyard
  • Scarola Vineyards
  • Sherwood House Vineyards
  • Shinn Estate Vineyards
  • Sparkling Pointe Vineyards & Winery
  • Suhru Wines
  • T’Jara Vineyards
  • Waters Crest Winery
  • Wölffer Estate Vineyard

Dan’s Taste of Summer Sponsors: GrillHampton’s presenting sponsor is Pat LaFrieda and Taste of Two Forks’ presenting sponsor is Farrell Building Company, the luxury homebuilders of the Hamptons. Other sponsors of Dan’s Taste of Summer include: BMW, Citarella, Hampton Jitney, Town Residential, Manhattan Beer, Canti Prosecco, Casamigos Tequila, East End Tick, Jägermeister, Rum Diplomatico, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Cargill (Diamond Kosher Salt), bai5, Blackman, Hendricks Gin, Sailor Jerry’s Spiced Rum, Polar Beverages, Sartori Cheese and Hotel Indigo.

For more information and for tickets, please visit or call 631-227-0188. Follow the event on Facebook at TasteOfTwoForks & HarvestEastEnd, on Twitter @danstwoforks & @harvesteastend, and Instagram @DansPapers. Event Hashtag: #DansTOS

Christine Gerani

Christine Gerani

Editor of SpotOnMagazine at SpotOnMagazine
Christine Gerani is the Editor of Long Island’s SpotOnMagazine, a website dedicated for lovers of Food, Booze and Music! She's interviewed everyone from Grammy winners to Reality Stars and is Executive Producer of "Bites & Booze with Matthew Kourie." Before that, Christine was a session singer and sang backup for Long Island Pop Star Debbie Gibson. She's performed at countless venue’s including Madison Square Garden, Nassau Coliseum and Wembley Stadium in England. She's recently been a judge at the Long Island Horseradish Festival and was lead judge at the My Country 96.1 Next Big Country Star! For the second year in a row she has been a "WingMan" for New York Best Wings Festival.
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