When well-known Chefs and owners Sybille and Gerrit Van Kempen invited me to do an event with them at their beloved Bridgehampton store, Loaves & Fishes, I kind of had to pinch myself. I have been a HUGE fan of this store ever since I first started coming out to the Hamptons many moons ago. The Van Kempens exquisite taste and curation of the space features high-quality American and European cooking accessories from chic "wine purses" to a luxurious linen selection--not to mention, a Foodie's dream bookcase.
Sybille and Gerrit Van Kempen with me behind the "kitchen for guests." We had a lot of fun serving little bites and creating a signature "Pumpkin Prosecco" cocktail.
I dare you to step inside Loaves & Fishes and walk out empty handed. Everything from classic salt & pepper shakers, colorful Le Creuset pots to beautiful hand-crafted dishes from Cyprus! And, the Loaves & Fishes signature spice collection.
Pretty ways to dress up your bar are easy with a little help from L&F. Hollow out pumpkins, squashes or gourds and fill them with dips, chips, hummus and nuts. Small bowls of garnishes for your drink tray can include cinnamon sticks, cranberries and caramels.
Our signature cocktail was created in 4 simple steps: 1.) Rub a lemon wedge on the glass rim. 2.) Dip the rim in a mixture of brown sugar and cinnamon. 3.) Drop a teaspoon of pumpkin syrup followed by Prosecco into the glass. 4.) Float a cranberry garnish.
Guests ranged from resident Hamptons locals, weekend visitors from New York City, couples, families and of course, the lovely Van Kempen dogs! Talk about three of the most beautiful, well-behaved "Bulls in a China Shop!"
Now, my book is sold at Loaves & Fishes! Look for it this Summer on your weekends in the Hamps! I'll be seeing you there...
PHOTO CREDITS: Daniel Movitz, dmographics.com.