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Text on the Beach Gets Grilled

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Food and a good cause: the two constants every Hamptons party needs. In the latest installment of Text on the Beach, AVENUE‘s Larry and Toby Milstein fight the July heat for a taste of both…

Friday, 5 PM

With August right around the corner, it seems like everyone’s trying to fit every last Hamptons event into the calendar

Yes, I know, never a dull moment out East—excited for the two events we have lined up for tonight. What’s our first stop?

Let’s brave the Friday afternoon traffic and drive to Southampton for the Hope For Depression kickoff event at the Fairwind Estate

Sounds illeat. The walk is always one of the biggest community events—at this year’s, on August 5, Jay McInerney will be serving as Grand Marshal

Yes, it’s one of the only Saturday mornings when Hamptonites trade in their SoulCycle shoes for walking sneakers, all while raising money for a good cause

6:30 PM

Can you believe this place? I love the walkway, lined with hydrangeas in bloom. It’s hydrangea heaven!

Yes, but the flowers are not the only things looking beautiful tonight. Just gave a kiss hello to the hostess with the mostess, HDRF founder Audrey Gruss. She is looking incredibly chic in a yellow lace dress

Jay McInerney, Audrey Gruss and Campion Platt

Can’t believe she wanted to try on my Adam Selman x Le Spec sunglasses—such a fun photo-op. She’s tres chic and cool

Looks like we missed the memo on yellow for tonight—other guests including Jennifer Joyce and Mariana Kaufman are rocking not-so-mellow yellow

Anne Sitrick, Mariana Kaufman and Mai Hallingby Harrison

Jennifer Joyce and Lee Sable

Yes, definitely making me crave some lemonade #TBT to our childhood days

Funny you mention family, just chatted with celebrity interior designer Campion Platt and his adorable kids. They’re about to head out to the carnival. Oh, to be young…

I guess that is our cue to head to our next festivity for the evening: Dan’s Papers’ Fifth Annual GrillHampton event

Yes, I was starting to get a little hungry. With their Taste of Two Forks event tomorrow, it’s like the official foodie weekend in the Hamptons

8:30 PM

Rolling up to the Fairview Farm at Mecox now and can already smell the smoky scent of BBQs ablaze

Yes, feels like we’ve been transported to Austin or Napa, certainly not Bridgehampton

True—but everything here is super local. It’s fun how the participating restaurant booths are divided into two groups: Team Hamptons vs. Team NYC. Chefs Rick Denis from The Beach Club at Gurney’s, David Blydenburgh from Sydney’s “Taylor” Made, and Matty Boudreau from The Restaurant at Baron’s Cove are among those repping the East End

Team NYC is definitely bringing their A-game too: excited to see celebrity chef Angie Mar from The Beatrice Inn. Plus, we won’t have to wait in the ridiculous line in the West Village to finally try one of the famous burgers by Joe Isidori from Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer

I’m so torn—Hamptons or the City? The classic New Yorker’s dilemma

I think you’re showing slight favoritism by wearing the Black Tap snapback that they were giving away. But fortunately, we won’t have to make the decision for ourselves. Celebrity chef Robert Irvine from the Food Network and Pat LaFrieda are seated at the judges stand, seriously weighing between two different briskets

Well, it seems like everyone around here takes their grilling very seriously. Just spoke with former biotech researcher turned grilling connoisseur Johann Odermann, who is debuting his ArteFlame grill and handing out burritos to dozens of hungry onlookers surrounding his station

It’s a beautiful grill. So artistically crafted, love the design, everything about it. What did he say about being part of GrillHampton?

He told me that his favorite part of GrillHampton is that “it’s outside, there are a lot of fun people, and it’s a beautiful setting”

Couldn’t agree more. Let’s head over to the dance floor to work off some of that bleu cheese burger, before we call it a night

Sounds like a plan!


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