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Behind the Bash with Two Hamptons Chefs

Originally Posted: November 21, 2005

Frank Tramantano gets multo bene with Giada DeLaurentis
during a taping of "Behind the Bash" for Food Network. (Photo
by Ripp Bowman courtesy of John Wegrowezski)

Two of the East Ends top chef/caterers, natives Frank Tramontano and Mary Spellman will be featured in special episodes of The Food Network TV's hot new series "Behind The Bash", hosted by Giada DeLaurentis, daughter of famed filmmaker Dino DeLaurentis, throughout Thanksgiving weekend.

The new series, which goes behind the scenes and into the kitchen, gives viewers a unique perspective on how the experts put together a big over the top soirees. In this case, FNTV follows Frank and Mary from planning menus, creating designs, carving ice sculpture and rolling out dinner for over 1,000 guests.

Frank Tramantano and Mary Spellman. (Photo by Ripp Bowman
courtesy of John Wegrowezski)

The occasion, the 45th Anniversary of publisher Dan Rattiner's eponymously named weekly, Dan's Papers, took place at Hampton Hall, Southampton and in true East End style was a wonderful mix of celebrities and local folks.

Since taping the show this summer, the pair who dub themselves simply as "Two Hampton Chefs" went on to produce many of the season's most elegant parties from clambakes to high society weddings and fashion launches.

Both from the East End, Frank from East Hampton and Mary from Sagaponack, they are already well known within the community for their culinary skills, Frank who ran the Montauk Yacht Club and owned the Church Street House in East Hampton and Mary, founder of the legendary Sagaponack General Store.

Ann Colley and Fred Krupp at the Enviornmental Defense party.

Back in Manhattan, New York's chic department store, Barney's on Madison Avenue, was the place to be as the Environmental Defense rallied over 200 conservationists for a benefit to raise $50,000 for the restoration and protection of North Carolina and the Southeast's coastline and waterways.

The Host Committee included Somers Farkas, Ann Colley, Frederick Anderson, Zack Bacon, Peggy and Paul Bitler, Heather Henriksen, Corinne and Jeff Buckalew, Kim and John Church, Munroe and Becky Cobey, Campbell Gibson, Bill and Betsy Goodell, Katherine and Jim Hill, Elizabeth and Parker Johnson, Fran and Ashton Poole, Edwin Rasberry, Jose and Julian Robertson, Frances Schultz, Landon Slane, William M. Smith, Parker Gentry Thorne, Charlotte and John Wickham, and Caroline and Robert Williamson. The junior committee included Charles Anderson, Oliver Carter, Ted Crawford, Jon Dixon, Penn Holderness, Claiborne Hancock, Kendall Scully, Robbie Shaw, and Elizabeth Wicker. Many that hailed from North Carolina came to support the cause including Bill Bateman, David Snider, Parker Bell, Will Henderson, Parker and Elizabeth Johnson, Brad Hyler, Bobby Holmes, John Holmes, Kasey Gore, Georgia Hanford, Jennifer Marsico and Penn Holderness. Others in attendance included President Fred Krupp and Major Gifts Officer Beth Sturkey.

Jimmy Mack, Lauren Chu, Ann Colley, Melissa DeMouche, and
Bill Bateman at the Enviornmental Defense party.

The dinner was held at Fred's, the store's famous restaurant on the top floor for sponsors and supporters, followed by cocktails and dancing to the hot sounds of Saint James Syndrome, the 12-piece band that belted out top 40 hits, while many kicked up their heels into the fabulous evening. Jane Preyer, the ED's Director welcomed everyone. "North Carolina is the most important fishery in the country," she said. "Their waters are the nursery habitat for all the fish we love to eat including Flounder, Grouper and Snapper. There is a real threat. Seventy-five percent of the fish on the East Coast have to live in North Carolina to survive." The organization is working to establish a network of no-fishing areas in the sea to protect key habitats and improve fishery productivity.

Environmental Defense is dedicated to protecting the environmental rights of all people, including the right to clean air, clean water, healthy food and flourishing ecosystems. They work to create practical solutions that win lasting political, economic and social support because they are nonpartisan, cost-effective and fair. Since 1988, the ED has dedicated itself to meeting the environmental challenges of North Carolina and the Southeast.

David Burnham, Kelli O'Hara, Jonathan Schwartz, Victoria Clark,
and Adam Guettel at WNYC Gala 2005.

On Monday, November 7th, WNYC, New York Public Radio hosted Gala 2005 at New York's Cipriani's 42nd Street. The evening featured WNYC Radio's American Standards music host Jonathan Schwartz, who presented Adam Guettel and the cast of "The Light in the Piazza". Excerpts from this Tony Award-winning musical were performed by Adam Guettel and cast members Victoria Clark, Aaron Lazar, and Kelli O'Hara. Guests including Nancy Blank, David Caplan, Bryn Cohen, Gwen Feder, Susan Freedman, Michael Huber, Honey Kurtz, Gene Lynch, Joanne Matthews, Tracey Riese, Elizabeth Rose, Laura Seikaly, Nicki Tanner, Billie Tisch, and Frank Yearyhad had the opportunity to mingle with WNYC's on-air hosts, including Leonard Lopate, Brian Lehrer, Kurt Anderson, Soterios Johnson, among others.

Lara Glazier and Melissa Berkelhammer at the Lenox Hill
Neighborhood House Holiday Bazaar. Photo by Chris London
courtesy of R. Couri Hay CPR

The Lenox Hill Neighborhood House hosted its 18th Annual Holiday Bazaar at Sotheby's on York Avenue at 72nd Street was open free all day Friday and Saturday, November 18th and 19th. Clo Cohen, Audrey Gruss, John Rosselli, Natan Wekselbaum, Lorie Adams, Wendy Cebula, Helena Lehane, and Nancy Baker chaired a benefit Preview Party on Thursday, Novembe 17th, with such expected guests and committee members as Gifford Miller, Eva Dillon, Mario Buatta, Diana Quasha, Robert Rufino, Elizabeth and Felix Rohatyn, Todd Romano, Sydney Shuman, Michael Witmer, Judith Zabar, Scott Stringer, Tobie Roosevelt, Stiles Colwill, Norma Dana, Robert Couturier, Helen O'Hagan, Elizabeth Peabody, Kathy and Bill Rayner, and Bunny Williams. These lovely guests sashayed down the Boulevard of Shops to the music of Alex Donner and bided on exclusive silent auction items, including one-on-a-kind evening bags created by top New York designers for the event, each an homage to a legendary woman, from donated Quadrille fabrics.

Designers Geoffrey Bradfield and Roric Tobin chose Marlene Dietrich; Albert Hadley and Harry Heissmann: Carmen Dell'Orefice; Charlotte Moss: Fleur Cowles; Jamie Drake: Baby Jane Holzer; Joel Allen: Betty Boop; Philip Gorrivan: Doris Day, and Miles Redd: Gloria Guinness in Acapulco. Other bags will be by Andrew Raquet, Alice Wainwright, Beth Martell, Carol Davis, Eric Cohler, Joan McGivern, Jonathan Rosen, Juan Montoya, Sheila Camera Kotur, Libby Cameron, Stewart Manger, Michael Whaley, Dennis Rolland, and Sara Bengur.

Lisa and Philip Gorrivan at the Lenox Hill Neighborhood House
Holiday Bazaar. Photo by Chris London courtesy of R. Couri

Their were more treasures in the bazaar's Flea Market than ever: silver, linens, fur coats, antique furniture and furnishings, and vintage clothing bearing such labels as Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Ferragamo, Versace, Oscar de la Renta, and Carolina Herrera. To provide delicious sustenance, there were cocktails and a buffet by Swifty's.

The whole shebang kicked off last week with a cocktail party at Quadrille's president John S. Knott and marketing director John Fondas' sultry and sensuously decorated Upper East Side apartment. Couture florist Helena Lehane created arrangements of Dutch coral peonies, orchids, persimmons, nerines and Rothschild lilies to enhance the living room with its stunning orange lacquered walls. Among those warming themselves by the fireplaces were John Loring, Barbara Cates, Jay Grimm, Joan Masket, Alex Hitz, Sherrill Pincus, sisters Lara Glazier and Melissa Berkelhammer, Michael Devine, Rebecca Silver, Mark Gilbertson, Mireya D'Angelo, Eric Javits, Blakely and Trey Griggs, Tony Ingrao and Randy Kemper, Isabel Rattazzi, Warren Scharf, Sherrill Canet, John Christiensen, Virginia Pitman, Tom Edelman, Lisa Gorrivan, Julia Wallace, Christina Danka, Jonathon Preece, and Anjelika Rijevers.

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