In the last decade, the East End has emerged as a national leader in getting school kids to eat better. But no school has done as much to get kids into the kitchen than the Hayground School in Bridgehampton. The school’s annual Chefs Dinner, the main fundraiser for its innovative cooking curriculum, is July 28, and shaping up to be the tastiest event of the summer. (Grab your ticket here.)
Part of what makes this annual event so fun is the creative mashup of local chefs and top New York City talent, who serve up the local bounty alongside local beer and wine, and mingle during the “Meet the Chefs” cocktails and tastings party, and features locals like Bryan Futerman of Foody’s, and Tom Colicchio and Ty Kotz of Topping Rose House, as well as newcomers Jacques Gautier from Palo Santo and Fort Reno in Brooklyn, and Joel Hough of Il Buco Alimentaria.
The event, now in its 9th year, is held on the Hayground School’s bucolic grounds and will include tours of the newly expanded Jeff’s Kitchen, named after founding parent Jeff Salaway who helped birth the idea of a teaching kitchen as part of the school’s daily curriculum. Today, a rotating group of students—ages 5-13—takes biweekly shifts planning, preparing and serving the lunch to the entire student and teacher body. Jeff’s Kitchen will be open during the event for tours and demos.
Stay tuned for an Edible-exclusive ticket giveaway later this week, as well as complete food and drink list, and deets on the VIP 4-course meal in honor of Eric Ripert. For now, go out and grab your space at www.greatchefsdinner.com or call 631.537-7068 x113.
(NOTE FOR READERS WITH CHILDREN: In an innovative twist for this year, kids tickets are available, plus childcare during the event, available for just $40. For a two hour event, with babysitting rates what they are today, this is a great date-night option.)