On Saturday night, January 30th, the “LOVE BITES” event was in full swing, to say the least. Almost 400 guests attended to support Katy’s Courage, in memory of Katie Stewart and The Scarlett Fund, in Honor of Scarlett James, both charities benefiting Pediatric Cancer. Steve Long, President of Children’s Museum of the East End, Nina Landi, Sag Harbor kindergarten teacher and Dr. Diane, Reidy-Lagunes, Co-Director of the Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center were the evening’s honorees. Southampton Mayor Mark Epley and his wife Marianne served as Honorary Chairpersons. All honorees received plates especially designed by Scarlett James and Robert Stewart.
The Hamptons finest chefs, restaurateurs, caterers and private caterers hosted tables and served their signature dishes. Chef Peter Ambrose served as the Chef Coordinator and Linda B. Shapiro coordinated the event with the assistance of Marla Schwenk, Auction Chair, Mark Masone, Décor Chair and the assistance of Jason Bencivenga/Party Up.
Thank you’s go to Chef Joe Realmuto, Chef Sam McClelland, Chef Cheryl Stair, Smokin’ Wolf, Dina’s Delights, Silver Spoon Specialties, Hampton Coffee Company, Erica’s Rugelach and Baking Co., Golden Pear, Chef Joe Cipro, Saaz Indian Restaurant, Conca D’oro, Edgewater Restaurant, Hamptons Foodie, Ketchum Seafarm, La Superica, Cowfish and Rumba, Sea Bean Natural Foods, Old Stove Pub, Hampton’s Racquet Club, Warren Bobrow, “the cocktail whisperer”, Niche, Imperial Paper and Bag Company, At Your Service, Chopin Vodka, Martha Clara Vineyards, Society-in-Focus, The INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPER, The Sag Harbor Express, Press News Group, Ubon’s Bloody Mary Mix, Sarasota Water and Flowers by Topaz.
Although a final count is not in, the event has raised over $50,000.00! It was a bittersweet, yet joyful evening for all and everyone who attended had one word, over and over “INSPIRATIONAL” and when are tickets on sale for next year??!! In addition, literally, all of the participating chefs thanked “us” and told us to sign them up for next year, last night!!