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2011 Great Chefs Dinner

Originally Posted: July 20, 2011

A feast for the eyes and the stomach await at the Great Chefs Dinner. (Nicole B. Brewer)

Bridgehampton - Mark Forgione, Marc Meyer, Josh Capon, Jonathan Waxman, Harold Dieterle, Michael White, Gerry Hayden, Claudia Fleming and Special Guest "Chef" Isaac Mizrahi are among the world famous chefs featured at the 2011 Chefs Dinner this summer in the Hamptons.

The extraordinary line-up is still in formation. The much-anticipated event now in its seventh year in the ongoing series, will be held on Sunday, July 31 starting at 5 p.m. on Hayground School's campus (151 Mitchell Lane, Bridgehampton) as a benefit for Hayground School's Jeff's Kitchen and the Jeff Salaway Scholarship Fund.

The event will include a cocktail party from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. featuring notable Manhattan chefs as well as top local chefs preparing hors d'oeuvres using local bounty.

Confirmed chefs at this year's event include Miche Bacher (Sacred Sweets), Josh Capon (Lure FishBar), Harold Dieterle (Perilla Restaurant and winner "Top Chef"), Claudia Fleming (The North Fork Table & Inn), Marc Forgione (Restaurant Marc Forgione and winner "Iron Chef"), Bryan Futerman (Foody's), Gerry Hayden (The North Fork Table & Inn and James Beard nominee for best chef in North East), Marc Meyer (Five Points), Christian Mir (Stone Creek Inn), Isaac Mizrahi (Special Guest "Chef"), Kevin Penner (1770 House and The Grill on Pantigo), Joseph Realmuto (Nick & Toni's), Cheryl Stair (Art of Eating), Jonathan Waxman (Barbuto and winner "Top Chef Masters"), Jason Weiner (Almond) and Michael White (Mare), Osteria Morini and Al Fiori). Specialty drinks and wines will be featured at the cocktail party. A silent art auction will also be held during the cocktail party featuring renowned local artists.

Celebrity chefs Eric Ripert and Tom Colicchio of Bravo TV's "Top Chef" attended in 2010. (Nicole B. Brewer)

VIP Wine Dinner In Jeff's Kitchen Featuring Top Culinary Talent
The sit-down dinner to follow the cocktail party from 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. features a four-course meal paired with wines prepared by a select few of the participating chefs. A portion of the produce used in the sit down dinner will be sourced from Hayground School's Slow Foods Greenhouse. There will also be a live auction following the dinner featuring exclusive culinary and travel packages such as cooking sessions with celebrity chefs and five star travel packages.

Ticket Prices And VIP Wine Tables
The "Meet the Chefs" cocktail party will be held in a festive tent on the Hayground School beautiful grounds and will feature live music, a silent auction and a bounty of tastings from the great chefs and restaurants featured. Tickets for the cocktail party only are $175 per person. Tickets for the dinner and the cocktail party are $850. VIP wine tables are also available, limited availability, featuring fine wine selections and premium seating in Jeff's Kitchen with prices starting at $1,750. Tickets for children will be available for $35, which includes kids dinner and creative childcare by Hayground Camp counselors, plus a separate kids' dinner.

An Annual Tribute To The Late Jeff Salaway
The Chefs Dinner series is the primary fundraiser for Bridgehampton's own Hayground School and an annual tribute to the late Jeff Salaway, a widely respected and beloved restaurateur and one of the school's co-founders. The 2010 event raised $200,000 for Jeff's Kitchen and the Jeff Salaway Scholarship Fund. Says Nick & Toni's Toni Ross, who was also the late Salaway's wife, "Jeff believed that the growing, preparation and sharing of food is a primal human experience and the foundation of family and community." Jeff's Kitchen is a full service professional kitchen and classroom fitted with top-of-the-line Viking appliances and a new pizza oven. Classes in nutrition, food science and cooking are held there for both children and adults. Completing the facility, recently a professional Farmtek greenhouse was erected by Hayground students, staff and friends with funds provided by Slow Food.

To reserve pre-sale tickets contact Samantha Dettmer at 631-537-7068, ext. 113 or email at info@greatchefsdinner.org. For more information go to www.greatchefsdinner.com.

Specialty drinks and wines will be featured at the cocktail party. A silent art auction will also be held during the cocktail party featuring renowned local artists. (Nicole B. Brewer)

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