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Chefs & Champagne

A Great Night for Food and Fun in the Hamptons

lauren is feelin’ the love at wofflers

Andrew Zimmern does not think Lauren is Weird.

Andrew Zimmern does not think Lauren is bizarre. All photos by Gemma Kahng.


Today I was so feelin’ the love on Long Island. I’m talking about the passion displayed at the James Beard Foundation Chefs and Champagne New York event at Wolffer estate in da Hamptons. The chefs so tenderly presented their creations. They were lovingly displayed and prepared with care. Many “hot” chefs were represented their from the tri state area including Masaharu Morimoto with his tuna trio, Eric Miller from Madison & Main with his grilled Montauk pearl oysters, and Stefan Karlsson from Sweden with his salmon tartare.  I had a hard time working because it was difficult not to spend all my time stuffing my face with all the goodies available. I also got to take a photo with the JBF award winner Andrew Zimmern star of the Travel Channel’s Bizarre Foods


Masaharu Morimoto lovingly created and served a Tuna Trio to appreciative guests at Chefs & Champagne.

Besides feeding me—and hundreds of others— the Foundation does stellar work giving students scholarships that honor and nurture America’s diverse culinary heritage.  They educate and inspire the young to be creative and learn their craft whether it’s food, wine, champagne, or whatever. They also had very cool items and travel opportunities to bid on both online and in person. All and all it was a fun time had by me —and all. I think everybody gained at least five pounds!  The only problem is I have to wait a whole year for such fine food grazing. In the meantime, I’ve just have to visit some of the restaurants that were represented there.


Wofflers in Sagaponnick was the scene for Chefs like Stefan Karlsson

Chef Stefan Karlsson from Fond restaurant in Sweden served Tuna Tartare.

B. Smith and her man enjoy the evening.

B. Smith and her man enjoy the evening.


Rosa Ross from Scrimshaw in Greenport.

Rosa Ross from Scrimshaw in Greenport.


It Is No Dream

The Life of Theodor Herzl

This is no dream

Theodor Herzl as he appears in the documentary, "This Is No Dream: The Life of Theodor Herzl"

Lauren Ezersky reviews a striking new documentary

The new  movie “Ii Is No Dream: The Life of Theodore Herzl” is a fascinating tale. Being  a devout Jew (not. I am Jewish by heritage, not by religion.), I was so captivated by the story of this man. Herzl was the father of Zionism, but started out as an assimilated Jew who rarely went to synagogue or believed in the tenants of Judaism.  He never even had a bar mitzvah but instead had a conformation. The movie, narrated by Sir Ben Kingsley, follows Herzl’s early years from an unsuccessful playwright to a successful journalist. Herzl covered the Dreyfus affair—a notorious scandal in France in which a very decorated French army captain was falsely accused of spying for Germany. He witnessed mass rallies in Paris where people chanted “Death to the Jews!” It was this incident that spurred his desire to create a Jewish state where there would be  no anti Semitism and Jews could feel free to pray and be themselves.For all you history buffs this one is not to be missed! It also has some great old footage of Europe in the !800′s.

The film contains some great old photos and footage, which shows you the European cities as they used to look. He met with the top leaders of the day including some of the wealthiest Jews of that time—most of whom thought he was nuts. This may be the movie’s main lesson: persistence pays off.  For all you history buffs out there, this one is not to be missed.

It Is No Dream: The Life of Theodor Herzl
Directed by Richard Trank
Moriah Films
Quad Cinema

Rites of Spring at Longhouse Gardens of East Hampton

Accumulation: Now at Longwood

The Arts at East Hampton’s Longhouse Reserve Gardens

Saturday, the Rites of Spring at Longhouse included the premier of an exhibit of 500 works in craft media from the last 100 years from the collection of Longhouse. And what an exhibit it was! The hall was filled with all manner of cutting edge art in what appeared to be all possible media, from fabric to wood, to stone, to ceramic. It was dazzling.

But that wasn’t all. The outdoor exhibits included:

Diversities of Sculpture/Derivations from NatureJene Highstein, Anne Chu,
Ronald Bladen, Judith Shea, Daniel Wiener (Sculpture Exhibition
curated by Bonnie Rychlak)

Art in the Gardens
– Isamu Noguchi, Study for the Sun
Roy Lichtenstein, Endless Drip

And of course, there was the garden There is always the garden. Always spectacular. Ever soothing. It always feels like Spring at the Longhouse Reserve in East Hampton.

Longhouse Garden

It's Spring! and Tulips Flourish at Longhouse in East Hampton












Endless Drip by Roy Lichtenstein

Dream of Africa (small totems) Shin Sang- Ho

It’s Norway or the Highway

Lauren Reviews a Movie from Norway: Headhunters

Ever since Stieg Larsson trilogy starting with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo came out people have been clamoring for more thrillers from those wacky Scandinavians. Headhunters is it: A suspenseful movie that also makes you laugh and gasp at the same time.

Aksel Henne stars as Roger, a charming badass who lives a life of glamor and luxury way beyond his pay grade as an accomplished headhunter in Norway. Unknown to all, he is an

The cast is led by Aksel Hennie, one of the most popular actors in Norway, as Roger Brown

art thief on the side. His wife, played by former model Synnøve Macody Lund is a stunning gallery owner who introduces him to gorgeous Clas Greve (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) who owns a Rubens painting that Roger risks everything to steal. In the process he becomes a hunted man.

Directed by Morten Tyldum from a book by Jo Nesbø, Headhunters is a crazy romp with thrills by the minute. Word is that it will be remade by some famous American director starring some famous American movie star. Heaven help us. Go see the original please.