Delicious Delivered

Juicy burgers, cool drinks, and fresh produce. Start with these ingredients and mix in a few friends and you’ve got yourself a party. Skip the drive to the store and back by having it all delivered and now, you’re cooking! Back again to the Hamptons this summer is Fresh Direct with their computer to door service that makes mincemeat out of grocery shopping and preparation just in time for the endless rounds of summer parties.

As someone who loves to entertain, the trip to the market after a long day at the office with two children in tow and houseguests on the way is beyond stressful. Martha Stewart and Ina Garten make it look so easy on TV thanks to the team of production assistants who do all of the shopping, unpacking, set up, and clean up. Recently I had a chance to sample a few of the delicious offerings this season from Fresh Direct and in less than a half hour I had a mouthwatering meal on the table and a soiree in full swing.

To be clear I was hosting a simple barbeque for my parents who had spent nearly seven hours stuck on Belt Parkway and in L.I.E. traffic on a summer weekend. They were tired, hungry, and looking for a stiff drink.

Drinks first, Fresh Direct works in partnership with Union Square Wines & Spirits and top shelf choices are delivered right to your door. This small convenience helps you avoid yet another stop with the kiddies in tow and the curious stares of the people in the wine shop. We began the night of de-stressing with a St. Germain cocktail. The cool spritzer was sip after sip just what my mother needed. Dad stood nearby supervising my husband light the grill with a Corona in hand and a smile on his face.

As the grill came to temperature I preheated the oven as Mom and I unpacked the boxes. To our delight there were three varieties of Lat La Frieda burgers to munch – short rib, brisket, and original beef – along with macaroni and cheese that just needed 30 minutes in the oven. Large red tomatoes and thick slices of cheddar sat silently waiting to join the party. The promise of that first bite was minutes away. Next came the brioche rolls with carmalized onions on top, a toast on the grill added just the right touch.

Then it happened, the first bite quickly followed by a second and groans of “mmm-mmm” were heard round the table. Earning the title “King of the Grill” from Dad, my hubby did a tremendous job with the burgers. Granted he did start with high quality ingredients but I let him enjoy the praise. The juicy beef, the robust tomato, the melting cheese, and the warmth of the roll was a marriage made in heaven on that summer night.

As the meal progressed and conversation was possible again after hunger had been sated my children reminded everyone to “save room for dessert” as we had discovered a peach pie while we unpacked the boxes. Luckily I saved the day as I always have vanilla ice cream on hand, you see frozen is not part of the Fresh Direct credo and it hadn’t been delivered.

Bellies were patted and as the plates were put away my Mom, now very happy, wondered what I was ordering next week.

Celebs Tee Off At Hampton Hills

Giants, Bengals, and Housewives, oh my! The gorgeous Hampton Hills Golf Club opened its doors for Zev Norotsky's 7th annual Hamptons Golf Classic honoring Gary DePersia this week. With 36 foursomes and clear skies, not to mention massages on the links, pro ballers and corporate powerhouses enjoyed the greens as well as cocktails at the turn.

Bedecked in the most stylish golf attire New York Giants #1 draft-pick Prince Amukamara, Bengals linebacker and author Dhani Jones, ESPN's Jay Williams, and "The Real Housewives of New York City" star Ramona Singer and her husband Mario Singer all hit the greens to benefit the Southampton Day Care Center. Also spotted duffing around were Pacha owner Eddie Dean, Mark Selden, Dan Perna of Jet Demands, and Larry Marchini III who were vying for this year's trophy, watches from Frederique Constant and limited edition cashmere sweaters from Magaschoni.

For his tireless work in the business community DePersia, Senior Vice President of The Corcoran Group, was honored and remarked after the 18th hole, "It was a great day on a great course!" Echoing that sentiment was club member Ronnie Rothstein of Kleinfeld, and better known to many as one of the stars on TLC's "Say Yes to the Dress." With Frank Jedda, Director of Kleinfeld Men, keeping a watchful eye, Rothstein assisted in measuring participants for custom shirts and suits. Jedda was quick to point out with a laugh that men "have a lot to learn when it comes to finding the right fit" for their clothes unlike the ladies.

Throughout the course sponsors arranged ingulgent experiences for the golfers including Davidoff with representatives on hand to clip a few Zino Platinum cigars, Zico Coconut Water and Pernod Ricard USA who kept everyone "hydrated, Jet Demands, Evidens De Beaute, Hamptons Magazine, Brenda Waites Bolling Millinery Boutique, and Soft Serve Fruit Co. whose refreshing chilled confection was a delight in the heat of the day. Land Rover and Jaguar of Southampton sponsored this year's hole in one challenge where there were a few close calls but, alas, no winner.

Until next year, keep it on the fairways and aim for the green!

Beaches And Bays: Toasting Conservation

Under a summer sky this past Saturday night nearly 350 preservation devotees gathered to celebrate conservation and the natural beauty found the world over while honoring one of their own at The Nature Conservancy's 2011 annual Beaches & Bays Gala.

Hosts Dorian and Gary Fuhrman were as gracious as ever and did their best to greet each guest personally. The expectant pair, their third child arriving later this summer, were one of many voices praising the merits of the work accomplished by the East Hampton group over the past year to protect and preserve the multiple species of indigenous animals and acres of land that are part of the fabric of this very special place, the Hamptons.

After a lovely cocktail party the sounds of the Peter Duchin Orchestra filled the air and guests including Patricia and Andrew Steffan, Virginia and Warren Schwerin, Missy Taylor, Eduardo and Gillian Mestre, Sally Van Erk, Denise Johnston, Joe McConnell, Barbara Sloan, Jeff Dell, Michael and Judy McDowell, Frank Roccanova, Hillary Hightower, and Peyton Carr to name but a few strolled through a rose trellised path and found their tables under the tent. Centerpieces filled to overflowing with glorious blossoms scented the air and the team from Glorious Food Catering served course after course of the East End's bounty ending with a scrumptious blueberry pie.

Chairman of the Long Island Board of Trustees, Jeff Hughes held the room's rapt attention as he praised the work of the evening's honoree, Katharine Rayner. With humor he then led the charge for the silent auction and further fundraising by way of sponsorship of a runner, Junior Committee Member Nate Woiwode, in the upcoming New York City Marathon, who surprised the crowd by doing a few laps throughout the spacious tent.

As the night grew deeper guests swarmed the dance floor never seeming to tire. Finally the end of the evening came and just as lovely as the night began it ended with delightful tote bags filled with goodies from Oscar de la Renta, Jonathan Adler, and Tate's.

The Scoop: Fabulous Fireworks



This weekend is about independence! Check out this edition of "The Scoop" on Hamptons.com for all the hot parties and clubs that you do not want to miss this July 4th weekend. We'll see you out and about! Nicole B. Brewer hosts

The Scoop: Stars On The Beach



Sometimes life's a beach and sometimes it's bananas. With at least a dozen scheduled star-studded events from Westhampton Beach to Montauk this summer weekend is jam-packed. Check out this edition of "The Scoop" on Hamptons.com to know where to find Alec Baldwin, Star Jones, Jamie Foxx, Mariska Hargitay, Ina Garten, and scores more.

The Scoop: Cool Drinks And Hot Nights



The summer is really heating up in the Hamptons. On this edition of "The Scoop" on Hamptons.com we cover the big events this weekend including the Shelter Island 10K Run, a cocktail party for God's Love We Deliver, and we remember Dad at the Strawberry Festival.

11th Annual Midsummer Night Drinks



God's Love We Deliver held the 11th Annual Midsummer Night Drinks at the sprawling home of board member, Jeff Pfeifle with guests Calvin Klein, Kyle MacLachlan and Desiree Gruber, and more toasting the truly great cause with a splash of Absolut.

Colin Quinn A Long Story Short On Hamptons.com Main Street Series



Comedian Colin Quinn brings his hysterically funny one-man show, "Long Story Short" to Guild Hall this summer. During a break between writing and performing he sat down with Hamptons.com to talk about history, his fear of cold water, and so much more.

Art And Culture At Guild Hall On Hamptons.com Main Street Series



Guests Ruth Appelhof and Christina Strassfield of Guild Hall of East Hampton kick off the 2011 Main Street Series on Hamptons.com. From Steve Martin and Colin Quinn to Alec Baldwin and "Jaws", Guild Hall has it all and more this season. Nicole B. Brewer hosts.

Decorators-Designers-Dealers 2011



The Southampton Fresh Air Home opened its doors to over 500 guests and supporters, including Aida Turturro, Chuck Scarborough, and Ramona Singer, for the 19th annual D-D-D fundraising event.

The Scoop: Stars Take Over The Hamptons



It was a hot weekend in the Hamptons as fabulous weather made for perfect beach days and even better nights. In this edition of “The Scoop” on Hamptons.com get a history lesson from Colin Quinn at Guild Hall, check out TRU at Bay Street, and don't forget Landscape Pleasures at the Parrish to name a few events you don't want to miss.

The Scoop: Movers And Shakers



As expected Memorial Day Weekend in the Hamptons was buzzing with fresh faces, celebrities like Russell Simmons and Jessica White, and parties, parties, parties. So much happened this weekend, here’s a recap in this edition of "The Scoop" on Hamptons.com. Nicole B. Brewer hosts.

The Scoop: Hamptons Summer 2011



Here it is, Memorial Day Weekend, the official start of summer here in the Hamptons. In this edition of "The Scoop" on Hamptons.com we take a look at the parties, night spots, and events that you don't want to miss this weekend. We'll see you out and about!