|The Bridgehampton Florist’s Personal Table
under the tent at the Classic
|The Heirloom Tomato Soup from the Centerpiece|
|Even Horses show up for the Grand Prix|
The Hampton Classic is the season capper to what has been an extraordinary summer out here. The weather has been nothing short of spectacular. The sunny days far outnumbered any other kind and if anything we could use some rain. And the nights have been blissfully cool saving everyone a fortune on air-conditioning. The Classic seemed to come early this year. It’s always the last week of August leading into Labor Day but this year, Labor Day is the earliest it can be. Summer ending out here is a love it and hate it experience. We love it because it is now possible to drive the 6 miles to either Southampton to the west or Easthampton to the east in under an hour. The hate it part is, of course, back to the grindstone after quaffing the last bottle of Rosé. So the Classic and its Grand Prix Day marks the end of a wonderful season.
|The Incomparable Barbara “B” Smith, a beauty if there ever was one|
|Horticulturalist Paige Patterson in an enormous hat|
|One of my perennial favorites is Joy Marks, seen here with her husband Alan.
Ms. Marks changes outfits at the Classic. This year she showed off
|I love to catch Ms. Marks both coming and going.|
|Another work of art. Another table from
The Bridgehampton Florist
Then there are the tables set up just for this luncheon. The décor is simply glorious—especially the work of our dear friends at The Bridgehampton Florist. Michael and Jim must be completely exhausted having started the day readying the jumps, all of which are decorated by their sponsors. They then move on to the tabletop for which they win annual prizes. These lavish table settings are reason alone to make your way through the tents meeting and greeting. But I have to say ours was extraordinary in every way. Go to www.thebridgehamptonflorist.comand read Michael’s blog about how he pulled together this amazing display of heirloom tomatoes, grape leaves, farm stand flowers and
|Sorry to make you wait for this year’s
Hampton Classic Cookie recipe!
stunning tableware. The food—lobster salad, beef salad, pea and potato salads was prepared by Loaves and Fishes, the outstanding gourmet take-out shop in Sagaponack. Dessert was provided by the one and only Andrew. Now every year we’ve highlighted his “Classic Cookies”. This year he introduced a new almond cookie to the mix. I promise the recipe soon. But I had to give over this post to what the table was all about: Heirloom Tomatoes.