On The Avenue

Some Enchanted Evening

Wednesday, August 8, 2018
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Nicole Miller, husband Kim Taipale and son Palmer recently had a South Pacific sojourn, around Tahiti (yes, Tahiti) Fashion Week—can Guam be far behind? As often happens with Nicole’s annual summer dinner, the décor and food are informed by her last adventure. This year, she greeted guests in a sarong and presented the fare on Batik cloths and featured pineapple, water chestnut and pork skewers, shrimp in mango vanilla sauce, Poulet Fafa and Tahitian Po’e pudding ….all delicious, though Debbie Loeffler suggested she go to Italy on her next trip, speaking for those among us who would kill for a simple chicken parmesan. And Nicole can cook anything.


As is customary, we sipped on cocktails on their second story deck, with a view of the sun setting on the Peconic Bay. While many of the guests are exceedingly engaged, on this uber relaxed Sunday night, all bets were off. Gary Cohn, with artist wife Lisa, looked happier than ever and told us he’s playing a lot of golf. “Has your break affected your handicap?” I wondered. “Single digits, now” he cheerfully admitted. Carl and Christine Bernstein, Nicole’s North Haven neighbors, get to enjoy more time East because the News channels can now set up at your home. He and Nicole made plans to go crabbing together, on the creek that runs between their homes. Hamptonites always love a new face, and Eva Lorenzotti with Irik and Ann Marie Sevin, was an especially welcome one, in for a visit from Europe.


We settled in at one long table on the first floor and were welcomed by Kim, with a toast and story about meeting Marlon Brando, and being rewarded with a wink for knowing Marlon’s ‘bread in the ear story’. Now we do too. We applauded that, as well as Kim’s birthday. And ironically the Miller/Taipale family, while in Tahiti, had dinner with Tuki Brando, Marlon’s grandson and son of man murdered by Marlon’s son, and whose mother committed suicide at 25, when he was 5. He’s fine now—a modeling med student.


Guests included Carole and Philippe Delouvrier, Doppo (old Tutto space in Sag Harbor) owners Maria and Larry Baum (owners of Doppo La Spiaggia), Jay McInerneyTom and Ingrid Edelman, John Loeffler, Tracy and Jay Snyder, Bettina Zilkha, Sarah Senbahar, Betsy Ross and Nicholas Rytting, Leila and Henry Heller, Candace Bushnell and Jim Coleman, Pam Taylor, and her elegant, well mannered guest—William the dog.


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