I’ll be spinning and posting this morning… if you care?

In the meantime… here’s the info on a great event! I just hope there are no carbs!?

The culinary world’s finest gather again to keep the name and spirit alive of their friend and colleague Steven Scher, who passed away in December of 2008. On July 13, 2009, an impressive roster of the country’s most revered chefs roll up their sleeves to participate in a walk around tasting where guests will be able to sample signature delicacies and rub elbows with their favorite stars from the restaurant and food tv world.

All the participants have a special place in their hearts for the late restaurateur and are enthusiastic about raising funds to benefit the James Beard Foundation and the scholarship for aspiring restaurateurs that bears Steven Scher’s name.

The evening will be filled with surprises as celebrities and luminaries from the restaurant world–many of whom have graciously donated dinner and other packages to the silent auction–drop by to personally support this most worthwhile cause. A live auction with unique and exciting offerings will also take place. Travel packages to Las Vegas and a NYC Wine and Food Festival package generously donated by Lee Brian Schrager, promise to get the crowd bidding. Other hot-ticket items include dinner prepared by a top chef in the home of the highest bidder and a coveted, rarely available table at Raos. Chefs for Scher will be the number one food event this summer, and we know Steve wouldn’t have it any other way.

The event begins with a VIP hour at 6:30pm and general public from 7:30 to 10:30pm.

Live auction at 9pm; Silent Auction throughout the evening.

Per person ticket pricing is:
$225 for VIP
$150 for general admission
Any amount over $100 is 100% tax-deductible.

Tickets can be purchased at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/68111
or by phone at: 1.800.838.3006.

A list of participating chefs is below. Please check back for additions and changes:

Host Chef Laurent Tourondel of BLT Restaurants
Chef Franklin Becker of Abe & Arthur’s
Chef Ed Brown of Eighty-One
Chef Scott Conant of Scarpetta
Chef John DeLucie of The Waverly Inn
Chef Bobby Flay of Mesa Grill, Bar Americain, Bobby’s Burger Palace
Chef John Fraser of Dovetail
Chef Alex Garcia of Calle Ocho
Chef Michael Bao Huynh of BarBao
Chef Stephen Kalt of Epicurean Concepts
Chef Elizabeth Katz of B.R. Guests Restaurants
Chef Marc Murphy of Landmarc
Chef Paul Liebrandt of Corton
Chef Nancy Olson of Gramercy Tavern
Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten of Jean-Georges, Matsugen, Perry St, Spice Market…

with sommelier Jean-Luc Le Du of Le Du’s wines

Notes
The Bowery Hotel is located in downtown Manhattan at 335 Bowery between E. 2nd & E. 3rd Sts. Entry to this event is to the right of the hotel main entrance.

If you cannot attend Chefs for Scher but would like to make a tax-deductible donation to the Steven Scher Memorial Scholarship for Aspiring Restaurateurs please call the James Beard Foundation at 212.675.4984 and ask to be connected to Special Giving. Make sure to mention the scholarship name when making your donation.

For donations by mail, make your checks payable to the James Beard Foundation and write “Chefs for Scher” in the notes. Remember to include your telephone number and/or email address. Contributions and all correspondence can be mailed to:

Chefs for Scher
P.O. Box 21096
Brooklyn, NY 11202-1096

Tickets & Donations are non-refundable.

COOL WINE GLASSES

Who has the best burger in Sag Harbor??? Well, I just snapped this picture of Bay Burger in Sag Harbor and it appears to be another busy day at this hoppin little burger joint. Better yet go to the CORNER BAR in Sag Harbor, they have one amazing burger adn the price is right and the staff are cool and friendly. For something on the finer end… The New Paradise Cafe… sit at the bar and make sure you tell Howie I sent you! I’ll talk more about Howie in another post.. he runs the Cheers bar of Sag Harbor. I like to think of myself as the Cliff of town.
Since I often go to place where everybody knows my name… and no, I’m not talking about my group therapy sessions…. I’m often forced to entertain poolside at my humble little chapeau! But what am I to do when all of my friends are rude and clumsy!!! I serve them drinks in plastic cups! But all of you know I’m too elegant for simple Dixie Cup!!! If you go to http://www.simplysmartliving.com/, you can buy the most amazing polycarbonate stemless wine glasses. They’re $9 bucks a pop and look identical to the Reidel glass ones. They’re chic and very cool… for a cheaper version of these glasses go to http://www.govinowine.com/ ….
these are the ones I use. They retail for $2.99 band have a nifty little indentation for your thumb. No more slippery Soave Bolla. They’re not great in the dishwasher – – – handwash these puppies but heck these are so cool I don’t mind soaking my hands in dishwater… besides I use Pomolive!!! Anyway, my two cents for today. Have a great weekend and maybe I’ll check in tomorrow!!

SPIN, SPIN, SPIN…. BUT NOT TOO FAST! WE HAVE RULES AGAINST THAT IN THE HAMPTONS!!

I’m sweaty and I’m in pain… and that’s the good news. For those of you just coming out east for the first time since last year, Zone Hampton has undergone some changes. Gone are the old stationary spin cycles, and in are RealRyder Core Balance bikes. According to local legend (Sam who does the check in) these bikes help you burn up to 30% more calories than a normal spin class. I need to burn more calories too… my closet is starting to look like the “huskies” section from MEN’S WEARHOUSE. The manufacturers web site states that this bike “It tilts, turns, and banks like an outdoor bike–works out the core, upper body, legs, cardio, and improves balance the way other indoor cycling bikes can’t.” The first time I tried to get on I fell off the bike, which is better than falling off the wagon!

I went Sunday, Wed and this morning and I feel like Grandpa Walton. Zone Hampton is great, the instructors are fun and the occasional star watching is fun too; Matthew Broderick was in one of my classes and Renee Zellwegererereazzxer… you know the chick from “Jerry Maguire” has been spotted. This in spite of the fact she came skillfully disguised in hat and sunglasses (which must have caused even more sweating). If you happen to know Ms Renee, tell her shouting and squealing like a mouse caught in a glue trap can blow your cover! Anyway, more information about the classes? Go to… http://www.ridethezone.com/.
While going fast at spin class is good… going fast anywhere in the Hamptons is very bad. The Hamptons have always been a bad place for future Andretti’s but this year it seems worse! They’re are speed traps everywhere!!! I mean EVERYWHERE! If you don’t carry a fresh box of Krispe Creme donuts I advise you all to mind the speedometer. So… what are you to do… keep the following in mind:
-East Hampton… don’t go down Race Lane on weekend mornings if you have an expired inspection sticker. The town police are often there checking every car that goes by.
-Main St. Sag Harbor, East and Southampton… don’t speed… not only is it dangerous (pedestrians pop out of cars all of the time) but they’re there with radar guns… ALL OF THE TIME!
-Coming into Southampton where route 27 enters into Southampton by Mason Ole or as I call it Mason Ptomaine! Anyway, the nasty signs are gone.. but the speed traps are not!!!
-Finally on Scuttle Hole Rd. in Water Mill where it meets Head of Pond, don’t’ even think of speeding… not only will you get a ticket but you may very well be eating venison for dinner and have a hefty hefty repair bill for the new cracked grill! Personally, I find venison too gamy so I drive the speed limit!
If you don’t want to take my advice and you get busted… I found this website… I’ve never had to use them but i love the address; http://southamptontraffictickets.com/
Finally we’re almost done our sample unit at 21 W. Water St. http://www.21wwater.com/. If you’re on my mailing list don’t worry you’ll be invited to our sunset cocktail soiree in the next week or so! It’s going to be awesome, AWESOME, AWESOME, so make sure you’re on my list and e mail me!! Ciao!

I LOVE LUCY’S… ONE OF THE CHEESIEST POSTS I’LL EVER WRITE.

Located on North Main St., just west of the IGA is the amazing LUCY’S WHEY. You’ll love every aisle of Lucy’s!! (heheh) As you can tell from the picture to the left here, it’s a purveyor of “American artisan cheese.” I’m not sure exactly what that means but the stuff is good. I’m not a cheese snob, in fact I’m from the Philly area and up until very recently my very favorite cheese came out of a can! The staff at Lucy’s is friendly and really helpful, without being snobs and making you feel like an idiot for not knowing the difference between a Roth Kase Grand Cru Gruyere Surchoix and a Manchego. I love cheese and despite what a certain broker told me once “A fondue in June!?!?.. I say who cares.. do you eat grilled cheese in the summer?! The Swiss and French eat fondue year round!! I’m sailing now to the Isle of LUCY’S ..NOW OUT OF MY FACE!

You know there are other other cheese shops around… but Lucy’s is by far the friendliest and the most reasonably priced. GO… it’s good stuff.
Hermes has hit the Hamptons. PERFECT!! WE REALLY NEEDED AN HERMES IN EAST HAMPTON… it felt like we were all hicks
without one!! So what’s better to take to the beach than a $500 terry cloth beach towel!?!? I kid you not!! For $500, you can sun and swim with the fishes (not since Luca Brasi has it been so expensive to do that!) But before you trade in that Martha Stewart Living towel for something more glamorous, I’ll make you this offer. I’ll personally bring you a fluffy Martha towel and shake martinis for you all afternoon long. And no I won’t be wearing a bathing suit!! Don’t even go there!!
REAL REAL ESTATE DEAL!! OK, I have a really great one for my deal of the day… 2+ wooded acres built about 10 years ago.. the 4 bedroom, 3.5 baths modern home also has extra bonus rooms. It’s close to town and and asking under $1,500,000. Call me for the details or e mail me. patrick.mclaughin@elliman.com