- Roughly 295 people turned out for an evening of wine tastings, live jazz and artisanal foods to celebrate the fifth annual Two Forks and a Cork event on Friday. The event, which brought in nearly 100 more people than it did in the previous year, was supported in part by the Museum's Business Council chaired by Donald Sullivan
, proprietor of the Southampton Publick House
, and featured wines from vineyards on both the North and South Forks including Bedell Cellars
, Channing Daughters Winery
, Clovis Point Wines
, Jamesport Vineyards
, Laurel Lake Vineyards
, Palmer Vineyards
, Peconic Bay Winery
, Pugliese Vineyards
, Waters Crest Winery
, and Wölffer Estate Stables and Vineyard
As local business owners circled the room for a little networking and nosh, they were treated to the various vintages supplied by each of the different wineries, sampling matched dishes provided by Wildthyme
, Thyme & Again
and Cappelletti Italian Grill
, as well as artisanal cheeses served by Catapano Dairy
and Lucy's Whey
. The community-minded guests mingled about the finger food and artwork of the Parrish's main hall while being treated to the musical styling's of the Mike Ficco Jazz Quartet, which provided a subtle yet energetic ambiance to the evening.
Midway through the night, Parrish Museum Director Terrie Sultan took a moment to thank the participants for coming out to support the Museum's educational efforts before introducing the two co-chairs of the event, Holly Dunham
from The Corcoran
Group and Delaney Oser
, of Thyme & Again and Wildthyme Restaurant.
"Not only is this an important night for us here at the Parrish," Sultan commented, "but it's a special night for me as well because it marks the one-year anniversary of my tenure here at the museum and I'm looking forward to celebrating both for years to come."
Enjoying the festive evening: Daron Watson, Joane Watson, Joelle Musso and Lisa Ginsberg.
As to whether the event was a successful one, caterers often measure a turnout by the remainder of wine at the end of the evening. When the clock struck 8 p.m. only those reserved for the raffle remained. A raffle benefiting the Museum's educational outreach programs was also offered and, in an interesting twist of coincidence, the winner was none other that Donald Sullivan, which was fitting in consideration of the amount of work he was credited towards putting into the event.
As their first fundraising effort of the spring, Two Forks and a Cork was deemed a rousing success as testified not only by everyone in attendance, but by the sheer number of people packing the event space that night. If the turnouts continue in this vein for their upcoming Spring Fling event on May 2, the Parrish might have to consider pushing up their expansion plans just to be able to accommodate all of the local business owners, patrons and fans that are willing to come out in support of the Parrish.
Bob Zellner, Linda Miller-Zellner and raffle winner and Chairman of the Parrish's Business Council Donald Sullivan with one part of his prize: a signed copy of Zellner's latest book "The Wrong Side of Murder Creek: A White Southerner in the Freedom Movement."