June 26, 2013

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2013 Chefs Dinner

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Top Manhattan and Hamptons chefs will be featured at the 2013 Chefs Dinner this summer in the Bridgehampton. The much-anticipated event now in its ninth year will be held on Sunday, July 28 starting at 5:30 PM on Hayground School's campus as a benefit for Hayground School's Jeff's Kitchen and the Jeff Salaway Scholarship Fund. 

The event will include a cocktail party from 5:30 to 7:30 PM featuring notable Manhattan chefs as well as top local chefs preparing tastings using local bounty. Confirmed cocktail chefs at this year's event include: Josh Capon (Lure Fish Bar); Arjun Achuthan (Hayground School), Tom Colicchio/Ty Kotz (Topping Rose House), Bryan Futerman (Foody's); Joel Hough (Il Bucco), Jason Weiner (Almond), Matt Michel (Rolling in Dough Pizza); Joe Realmuto (Nick & Toni's), Davie Simmons (Uptown Juice Bar), Cheryl Stair (Art of Eating), Roy Wohlars (The RiverheadProject) and Christian Mir (Stone Creek Inn). Sponsors include Kona-Ice, Blue Parrot, ZICO Pure Premium Coconut Water, VerTerra, PLAIN-T, Greenport Brewing Company, Crystal Head Vodka, Wolffer Vineyards, Channing Daughters Winery, Diplomatico Rum, Nestle Waters/San Pellegrino and Shaw-Ross International Importers.

During the cocktail party there will be live music by Lily and the Parlor Tricks and a silent art auction featuring renowned artists. There will also be demos in the newly expanded Jeff's Kitchen by TV host and chef George Hirsch and Aesop Skin Care.

The VIP dinner following the cocktail party will be held at the home of Toni Ross from 7:30 to 10 PM. The dinner, honoring four-star chef Eric Ripert, will feature a four-course meal prepared by a select few of the participating chefs and paired with wines by Aldo Sohm (Sommelier – Le Bernardin). Confirmed chefs include the following: Claudia Fleming (North Fork Table and Inn), Justin Smillie (Il Bucco Alimentari e Vineria), Michael Cavaniola (Cavaniola's Gourmet Cheese Shop), Kerry Heffernan (Finalist "Top Chef Masters" season 4); Steffan Karlsson (Fond- Gothenburg, Sweden) and Taku Sato (Nobu57). Products from D'Artagnan and Fishers Island Oysters will also be featured. A portion of the produce used in sit down dinner will be sourced from Hayground School's Slow Foods Greenhouse. There will also be a live auction following the dinner featuring exclusive culinary and travel packages.

The "Meet the Chefs" Cocktails and Tastings party will be held in a festive tent on the Hayground School beautiful grounds as well as in the newly expanded Jeff's Kitchen. The event will feature live music, a silent art auction, bountiful tastings by top chefs, specialty drinks and NEW this year exciting demonstrations in Jeff's Kitchen. Tickets for the cocktail party only are $175 per person. Tickets for the dinner and the cocktail party are $1,000.

Tickets for children will be available for $40, which includes kids dinner and creative childcare by Hayground Camp counselors.

The Chefs Dinner series is the primary fundraiser for Bridgehampton's own Hayground School and an annual tribute to the late Jeff Salaway, a widely respected and beloved restaurateur and one of the school's co-founders.  Since it's inception, this event has raised over $1,000,000 for Jeff's Kitchen and the Jeff Salaway Scholarship Fund. Toni Ross, who was also the late Salaway's wife says, "Jeff believed that the growing, preparation and sharing of food is a primal human experience and the foundation of family and community." 

Jeff's Kitchen is a full service professional kitchen and classroom fitted with top-of-the-line Viking appliances and a new pizza oven. Classes in nutrition, food science and cooking are held there for both children and adults. Completing the facility, recently a professional Farmtek greenhouse was erected by Hayground students, staff and friends with funds provided by Slow Food.

Tickets may be purchase online at http://www.greatchefsdinner.com. For more event information or to purchase tickets by phone contact Samantha Dettmer at 631-537-7068 x113 or email at info@greatchefsdinner.org.

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