Story By: Edward Callaghan


Jean And Martin Shafiroff

It’s the height of the East End social season and over the top galas, posh movie screenings and hip gallery openings compete for attention from the Hamptons nightlife scenesters. The big daddy of them all, the 52nd Annual Southampton Summer Party chaired by the radiant Jean Shafiroff was a dazzling affair that pulled in the entire Blue Book crowd and - not surprisingly - big bucks for the Jenny and John Paulson Emergency Department. Click here for our complete coverage....


LL Cool J

Further east the Red Hot Red Cross Ball hosted by Tricia. Kallet and Craig Klosk on their gorgeous Sagaponack Estate, was a smashing success. Event Co-Chairs Robin Katz Boyarski and Claudine Joseph gathered a terrific group together to raise funds for the American Red Cross of Suffolk County. It certainly didn’t hurt that Long Island’s own multi-talented singer, composer, producer and actor LL Cool J was the recipient of their Humanitarian Award. The Bayshore native is heating up the small screen as Special Agent Sam Hanna in the red hot series NCIS: Los Angeles. Ranked #5 on VH1's 50 Greatest Hip Hop Artists, he has also become a great actor.


Donna Karan

Also on Saturday night, Donna Karan opened her East Hampton estate for the launch of Showtime’s new series. “The Big C” starring Laura Linney, John Benjamin Hickey and Oliver Platt. For Karan who lost both her husband and a best friend to cancer it was a no brainer host the event at her waterfront home. With a tag line that says “Time to Grab Life by the Balls”, the series follows Linney, a suburban mom, diagnosed with cancer who tries to find the humor in the disease. Linney’s TV fame includes her Emmy-winning role as Abigail Adams in HBO’s “John Adams” and movie career includes hits like “Kinsey” and “Love Actually”. Organized by Andrew Saffir’s Cinema Society, the screening pulled in a star studded crowd of Hollywood movers and shakers, Hamptons fashionistas and New York socialites including Calvin Klein, Martha Stewart, Alan Alda, Fern Mallis, Sarah Jessica Parker and husband Matthew Broderick, Mark Ruffalo, Gabourey Sidibe, Edie Falco, Olivia Palermo, Linda Wells, Reid Scott, Aida Turturro, Darren Star, Ingrid Sischy and Sandra Brant, Tamara Mellon, Patrick Demarchelier, Hana Soukupova, Bravo TV’s Andy Cohen James Lipton and Showtime’s CEO Matt Blank and their new president of entertainment, David Nevins. Following the screening, everyone headed to the beach for an old fashioned bonfire.


Richard Gere

Later that afternoon, there was an amazing confluence of culinary wizardry with the annual Great Chefs Dinner to raise funds for the Hayground School in Bridgehampton and to remember one of its co-founders, Jeff Salaway, the East End restaurateur (Nick & Toni’s) who died in 2001. More than 60 percent of Hayground’s students receive financial aid, and this annual benefit is an important source of revenue. For foodies, it was a day in heaven with rock star chefs like Eric Ripert, Tom Colicchio, Marc Meyer and Laurent Tourondel working alongside the cream of the crop of East End food scene such as Miche Bacher (Sacred Sweets), Claudia Fleming (North Fork Table & Inn, Southold), Sam Talbot (Top Chef, Surf Lodge in Montauk), Kevin Penner (1770 House in East Hampton), Bryan Futerman (Foody’s, Water Mill), Tom Schaudel (A Mano in Mattituck), Christian Mir (Stone Creek Inn in East Quogue), Joseph Realmuto (Nick & Toni’s in East Hampton), Keith Luce (Luce & Hawkins in Jamesport), Steven Lewis (First Street Restaurant in Greenport) and Vittorio Assaf (Serafina East Hampton). An added bonus was real rock star Jon Bon Jovi who generously posed for photos with fans at the dinner. Richard Gere, Carey Lowell and Star Jones also lined up for tastings from the top toques.


Speaking of top chefs, we hear that Frank Tramontano will be soon hosting the ribbon cutting for his new venture Ever so Saucy Foods which will start churning out his line of basting systems called Tasty Tents available in six varieties from a rich port wine sauce to an October Fest lager version. Chef Tramontano will be prepping to entertain dignitaries and the culinary community on the day the assembly line starts rolling. Kudos to Chef Tramontano, who in the worst recession in recent memory, is adding new manufacturing jobs on Long Island.


Kelsey Grammer

While a raft of new eateries has popped up – as every season – the old mainstays continue to be celebrity magnets. What’s the secret behind their success – simple – great food using the highest quality ingredients and real old-fashioned hospitality.
At Almond in Bridgehampton, owner Eric Lemonides greets everyone at the door with the spirit of libert√©, egalit√© and fraternit√© and is sure to be by the table with wine bottle in hand while partner Jason Weiner is in the kitchen preparing the lusty peasant dishes for that night’s dinner. No wonder folks like Kelsey Grammer chose to dine there this weekend with a group of friends.


Bobby Flay

When an internationally known chef drops by that’s a sure sign things are going right in the kitchen. Master of the grill Bobby Flay put his vet on two local haunts.

Last week, he dined solo at Turtle Crossing and Saturday found him with his wife Stephanie March on the patio at Bostwick’s Chowder House enjoying a seafood feast of steamers, seared tuna taco and fluke Milanese. He obviously was pleased as he returned Sunday with his staff and the group took over the outside and noshed on several items from the menu including lobster roll, steamers, baked clams, coconut shrimp spring rolls, striped bass, stuffed flounder, crab cakes, lobster bisque and more.


More than two decades since first opening, Nick & Toni’s in East Hampton continues to be celebrity central welcoming this week alone Howard & Beth Stern, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz and his wife, Acclaimed musician Itzhak Perlman and his missus and Christie Brinkley with a few pals.

Photos By: RD/Leon/Sara De Boer/Kim/Dziekan/Kabik/Retna