Monday, July 30, 2012

great chefs dinner

I woke up to rain and thunderstorms 
on Saturday morning.
John was in Georgia
getting Lyons ready 
for Cross Country Camp
I was firmly
on my couch.
I snuggled with the dogs
and watched
"We Bought a Zoo"
which made me cry.

By the time John returned 
in the late afternoon,
I had no desire
 in the world
to go
we had tickets to the
 Great Chefs Dinner
at Hayground School
I gently reminded myself 
that you only regret the things
you don't do.
We decided to brave the dark and stormy night
and drove to Bridgehampton.

As so often happens,
I was happy I went.

The night began
under the white tent

where we were treated to
 delicious tasting stations

and an art auction.

I was so excited to meet
Eric Ripert
as we both stood in line
for Wolffer Rose'.

we made our way to 
the VIP Dinner
in Jeff's Kitchen.

It was so amazing to hear stories about
Jeff Salaway,
the beloved partner
of Nick & Toni's.
Jeff passed away tragically 
eleven years ago,
leaving his wife
and two young children.

Jeff's Kitchen is his legacy.
It is at the Hayground School
where students 
grow their own food
and prepare lunch 
every day.
The Chefs Dinner
raised money to build
Jeff's Kitchen
and supports
the Jeff Salaway Scholarship.

Every year,
the best chefs 
from New York
come out to support this event.
There are too many to list,
but you can see them 

Dinner was amazing ~

from the cheese tray
before dinner ~

to the unveiling of the 
Barefoot Contessa's new 
sticky toffee date cake
for dessert.

We were able to 
watch the chefs
prepare dinner
on large flat screen tv's.

and observe them
in the open kitchen.

We enjoyed getting to know
the group 
at our table.

as the evening came to a close,

I was glad
I hadn't stayed 
on the couch.

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