In Bloom This August: Guild Hall’s Garden-to-Table Tour


Indoors, there is the kitchen. Outdoors, the garden. This is where people tend to congregate, and it’s no real mystery why. Both settings are synonymous with bounty — beauty, too — and nowhere is this more true than it is here. East End kitchens brim with the freshest produce and the most delicious locally sourced fish; gardens, with blooms of every color and herbs to enhance any (and every) home-cooked dish.

From August 21-22, Guild Hall in East Hampton will allow you to enjoy the pleasures of both simultaneously. Their Garden to Table Tour — part of their Garden As Art benefit — will appeal to food and flower-lovers.

The festivities begin with a cocktail reception for patrons, benefactors and co-chairs on August 21, from 6-8 p.m., at the home of Cheryl and Michael Minikes. Guests will enjoy their Georgica home, Forest Retreat, and its extraordinary garden designed by Edmund Hollander.

On Saturday, August 22, participants will gather at Guild Hall for a special breakfast from 9-10 a.m. Guest speaker chef Ann Cooper will create the menu, and Golden Pear Cafe will see to its preparation using all local, farm-fresh ingredients. Guests will also enjoy a farmers market during breakfast, featuring products by local producers such as Carissa’s Breads and Bonac Bees.

At 10 a.m., Edible’s own Brian Halweil will host a dynamic panel on “Edible Landscapes,” featuring Katie Baldwin, Ann Cooper, Tony Piazza and chef Joe Realmuto of Nick & Toni’s. Afterwards, from noon-5 p.m., participants will be invited to embark on the self-guided tour itself and savor six of the most magnificent gardens on the East End.

Attendees will also stop — and enjoy discounts at — the following local farms: Amber Waves Farm, Balsam Farms, Bhumi Farms, Quail Hill Farm, and Fireplace Farm.

There will also be a special luncheon for benefactors, co-chairs and sponsors from 12:30-2 p.m. Hosted by Jackie Mitchell, co-owner of Lucy’s Whey, this luncheon will take place at her historic village property, the former Osborne Farm, and will showcase her incredible vegetable garden. A savory farm-to-table menu of seasonal foods and desserts will be served.

Tickets start at $100 and each includes admission for one to the breakfast, lecture and tour. Ticket prices and levels are as follows:

  • Garden Lover Member – $100
  • Garden Lover – $125
  • Patron – $300
  • Benefactor – $500
  • Co-Chair – $1,200

For more information, please contact Laura Perrotti at 631.324.0806 x22, or by e mailing her here.