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MAX’D OUT IN NEW YORK

By • Jul 15th, 2003 •

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On Saturday, June 28th, FIR attended the 14th annual palate-pleasing “A Taste of the Hamptons”. The Family Services League of Long Island, for the third year in a row, hosted the gala at the beautiful Wolffer estate in Sagaponack, New York. After an exceedingly trying winter and spring, the weather for the event was perfect and healthy crowds turned out to sample the local wines and cuisine.

Participating this year were many of the old favorites such as ‘Alison By the Beach’, serving a creative cherry tomato, cucumber soup, ‘Almond’, represented by their potato leek soup, and ‘The Seafood Shop Catering’ which served an assortment of ceviches and toppings. It was nice to see some newcomers to the event such as ‘Oasis Waterfront Restaurant’ and’ Ene of Montauk’, the latter presenting a wonderful Asian lobster and papaya salad. There was also (eat your heart out, Editor-in-Chief!) a wide assortment of sumptuous desserts on hand. ‘Hamptons Chocolate’ provided organic truffles and the ‘Fantastique Sweet Boutique’ served great brownies.

This year Linda Cohen Wassong was Family Service League’s Honoree. Linda is working on building awareness and support for the National Center for Victims of Crime, and for the Family Services League. For more info on the FSL contact Gail Fass at 631 427 3700.

Saturday the 28th was also the Hamptons premiere of LEGALLY BLONDE 2: RED, WHITE & BLONDE. The after-party was held at the newly renovated Hampton Hilton Southampton. Among the celebs on hand was the lovely but very-pregnant Reese Witherspoon, Kelly Ripa and her husband Mark Consuelos, and Star Jones (“The View”).

Disney screened their theme park ride inspired PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN on Tuesday, July 8th, at the downstairs theater at Lighthouse for the Blind on 59th Street in Manhattan. Disney has a lovely screening room almost across the street, but wanted a larger venue and a larger crowd. No one knew what to expect, nor did we expect much, considering the origin of the idea. Weren’t we all surprised, then, to discover one of the best Summer spectaculars being unreeled before us. You can check Victoria Alexander’s review elsewhere in FIR for the blow-by-blow, but suffice it to say she is well-known to be a tough critic, and PIRATES won her over in Vegas, as it did all of us at the NY screening. A handsome press kit was distributed in the lobby, containing color stills, something rapidly disappearing in the film industry, being replaced by ‘electronic press kits.’ Also present was the by-now ubiquitous placard outside the auditorium proclaiming harsh penalties for anyone caught with a video camera. Most screenings in NYC are now monitored by studio security guards. Apparently even the critics are not above suspicion as regards piracy.

Pricey, but worthwhile, is the “Orchid Ball”, being held this coming Saturday, July 19th, on the lovely waterfront grounds of the Villa Maria Siena Spirituality Center, 615 Montauk Highway in Water Mill, NY. What does the Benefit benefit?: the CDCH (Child Development Center of the Hamptons Foundation for Special Children), not-for profit schools open to all children and specially equipped to meet the needs of those with disabilities and those at risk for academic failure. A worthy cause indeed. Call 631 267 2734, for more information, or to reserve tix.

Maxine Danowitz, roaming Manhattan Island, the outer boroughs, and beyond!

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