Welcome to the first-ever Edible Eat of the Week! A recurring series, Edible Eat of the Week celebrates the bounty of the East End by showcasing special, seasonal eats and the people who make them.
The Eat: The hardest table to score in the Hamptons.
The Place: East Hampton’s Mill House Inn.
The Story: The Mill House Inn, in East Hampton, receives over 100 calls a week for reservations. The thing is, they don’t take reservations. The three-course breakfast, which has no actual price, is offered only to guests of the inn. That has been the standard for years. Until now, that is.
Beginning this summer, the Mill House Inn will be opening reservations for a single table per day, the proceeds from which will go to charity. The new program, called One Table, will offer tables for $500—a single reservation per day—and will accommodate up to 4 people. One hundred percent of the profits from the sale of the table will go to charity, and the boutique hotel is even allowing the purchaser to choose from a list of charities to which they can donate.
Read more about Mill House Inn’s chef Carolyn Stec here.
Some of the charities represented by the Mill House Inn’s new reservation program One Table include: Hoops 4 Hope, the Peconic Land Trust (through which Quail Hill Farm is operated), Amber Waves Farm, ARF, Share the Harvest, Project Most, The Children’s Museum of the East End, The Ladies Village Improvement Society of East Hampton, and Katy’s Courage. Advanced reservations are required for breakfast at the Mill House Inn for those using the charity table buy-in. To purchase a reservation, please call and ask to make a reservation for One Table.
Diners will be treated to chef Carolyn Stec’s three-course menu (learn more about this in an upcoming post), including a host of local specialties: grains, meats, eggs, dairy, and vegetables. Manager J Silhan has developed a comprehensive coffee program that is not for the faint of heart. Enjoy the 1700s-era dining room, with its hand-hewn beams and paneled windows facing the East Hampton windmill. Know this: This reservation is harder to get than Le Bilboquet on a Saturday night.