Hamptons Magazine's Annual Memorial Day Celebration
with cover star Chelsea Handler at Southampton Social Club


Chelsea Handler And hotelier Andre Balazs

Kyle MacLachlan

The Real Housewives of New York City Kelly Bensimon

Model Beth Stern

This 2011 summer season started with Hamptons Magazine hosting their Annual Memorial Day Celebration with cover star Chelsea Handler at new hotspot Southampton Social Club—a restaurant and lounge that resembles a late prohibition speakeasy mixed with Hamptons style flair— presented by Niche Media Chairman Jason Binn and wife Haley, Publisher Debra Halpert and Editor-in-Chief Samantha Yanks. Many came out to celebrate the magazine as guests were treated to hors d’oeuvres crafted by the restaurant and lounge owners Ian Duke and David Hilty, specialty cocktails from Belvedere Vodka and musical entertainment by Steel Entertainment Group’s DJ Issy, who was specially flown in from Amsterdam. Guests were also provided with swag from event sponsors including Lacoste watches, hats, mints and gift cards. The event was also sponsored by web search engine Bing, with special thanks to William Hill Estate Winer and Lamarca Prosecco.


Publisher Debra Halpert With Niche Media Chairman
Jason Binn
And Editor-In-Chief Samantha Yanks

Jean Shafiroff, Chair of this summer’s 53rd Annual
Southampton Hospital Summer Party

Ian Duke With Celebrity Chef And author Katie Lee

Those who came out to support the cover girl included model Beth Ostrosky-Stern and celebrity chef & author Katie Lee, who were among the first to arrive on the step-n-repeat. Southampton Social Club owner Ian Duke was seen chatting with Real Housewives of New York City Kelly Bensimon, as well as posing for pictures with R&B Singer Estelle, Gossip Girl Tika Sumpter and Actor Kyle MacLachlan. Models Jessica White and Lisalla Montenegro sipped cocktails while The Spin Crowd’s Jonathan Cheban and Simon Huck greeted friends, as a limousine pulled in front of the restaurant; transporting best-selling author and TV talk host Chelsea Handler. Stepping out with a small entourage of family, including hotelier beau Andre Balazs, the cover star greeted Niche Media Chairman Jason Binn with a hug. Others celebrities that attended the soirée included: The Real Housewives of New York City Ramona and Mario Singer, Inside the Actors Studio James Lipton, Producer Desiree Gruber, Musician Matt White and New York Philanthropist Jean Shafiroff, Chair of the 53rd Annual Southampton Hospital Summer Party to be held on Saturday, August 6, 2011. The celebration continued into the night as many guests stayed for dinner and cocktails at Southampton Social Club, which features an innovative American menu from Executive Chef Matt Creason.


Bringing an eclectic flair to the 2011 Hamptons scene, Southampton Social Club | Restaurant and Lounge provides Southampton foodies and nightlife lovers an innovative American menu. Executive Chef Matt Creason ensures his diners that every dish is made in-house and prepared daily, as the eatery supports local purveyors. In addition to a roster of the music industry’s hottest DJs, Southampton Social Club is set to bring live music to the Hamptons nightlife scene with local and renowned performers. Guests can also indulge in an original, mixologist-crafted cocktail menu which includes infusion-based and frozen cocktails. Open Tuesday thru Sunday for dinner, Saturday and Sunday for brunch, plus Monday’s during holiday weekends, Southampton Social Club is available to cater any soirée—either in-house, at the office or at your desired venue.


For more than 30 years, Hamptons Magazine has dominated the popular Hamptons scene, distributing 40,000 copies per issue from Memorial Day through Labor Day. From the North Fork to Montauk, beachside society invites Hamptons into their homes and parties as the magazine focuses on the finest in the world of art, beauty, business, culture, dining, entertainment, fashion, interior design, jewelry and watches, nightlife and parties, philanthropy, politics, real estate and the latest society buzz. Available at some of the most prestigious luxury accommodations in the Hamptons, such as Distinctive Resorts & Residences and Southampton Inn, the magazine chronicles one of the world’s hottest resort communities, featuring an inside scoop on the finest events in the Hamptons.
Southampton Social Club is located at 256 Elm Street in Southampton, NY.

Photos By Liam McMullan/Patrick