UP YOUR RESTAURANT’S TAKEOUT GAME- YOUR LIVELIHOOD DEPENDS ON IT

Making your take out menu travel-proof boosts profits and diner loyalty Executing takeout can seem simple – until it isn’t. During a pandemic, when takeout and delivery are the best options for survival and repeat business is critical, to-go should get more love. “We weren’t sure if we were going to survive when this all started,” says Dash Harrison, co-owner of Curtis Park Deli in Denver. But heeding various measures while transitioning to takeout has allowed the company to thrive. When so much is at stake, it makes sense to take a harder look at how transport can affect the menu. • KEEP IT SIMPLE To Harrison, uncomplicating the menu has kept his sandwich shop going. A dish that has a long prep list or too much labor should be cut. “We want to give the customer options while still being mindful of food waste, food integrity and overall waste,” Harrison says.   • GET AS MUCH USE FROM ALL INGREDIENTS To cut one dish over another, consider all the ingredients. “We try to marry food items on dinner delivery and party boxes so we don’t have to keep too much inventory in-house,” says Andrea Correale, president of Elegant Affairs, a New York and Long Island-based caterer.Ingredients that do double or multiple duties also reduce labor, especially important when illness is more likely than ever to impact staffing. “Many composed pasta (dishes) all use some combination of four sauces,” says CEO Elliot Schiffer of Denver’s Mici Handcrafted Italian.   • FERRET OUT TAKEOUT DOWNERS Dine-in food that works for takeout is food that keeps, says Correale. “Items that hold well and don’t...

OUTDOOR “I DO’S”

Your Most Unique Hamptons Wedding   Whether you’ve dreamed of getting married your whole life or only since you finally met the partner of your dreams, this is one unusual year to plan a wedding. But despite all the departures from normal, it’s still possible to host the Hamptons wedding you’ve always wanted. Gone are the gatherings of 500+ of your closest friends and relatives – what a relief! – replaced with the absolute freedom to design and host an intimate, meaningful ceremony and reception that truly celebrates who you are as a couple and illuminates your bright future together. So, forget that lavish buffet that your judge-y aunt would have nitpicked. Say “buh-bye!” to pesky toddlers interrupting your adult affair with sticky fingerprints and ill-timed tantrums. Stop trying to remember your college roommate’s married name. (If you don’t know by memory, you’re not close enough to celebrate together!) Instead, lean into the unexpected and plan a wedding that brings all of your wildest dreams to life, with none of the baggage that comes from a sprawling guest list or facility large enough to hold all those people. FIRST THINGS FIRST: PICK THE PLACE And speaking of “facilities”: has there ever been a less romantic word? You don’t want your wedding hosted in a “facility.” You want it hosted somewhere that means something to you. Somewhere that tells the story of your love – or gives it room to keep on growing and thriving. And lucky you: there are a wealth of moving, meaningful places right here on the East End, from utterly private courtyards to sprawling ocean vistas....

News Briefs for August 7, 2020

•Woodford Reserve is paying homage to Diane Crump, the first woman to ride in the Kentucky Derby, with its 2020 $1,000 Mint Julep. Created every year as a fundraiser for racing-related nonprofits, the elaborate gold- and silver-plated cups this year honor the 50th anniversary of Crump’s groundbreaking race at the 1970 Derby, where the jockey, then 21, rode the chestnut colt Fathom to a 15th-place finish. And while in years past those who purchased the $1,000 Mint Julep would have to collect it in person on race day, because of the Covid-19 pandemic, Woodford Reserve is shipping the 2020 cups directly to their recipients. Whisky Advocate has the full story. •Napa Valley-based Crimson Wine Group has extended its partnership with RNDC-Young’s. The new agreement makes RNDC-Young’s the exclusive distributor of Crimson’s portfolio in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, and Oregon, in addition to the nine states that predate this development. Effective September 1, RNDC will distribute Crimson’s portfolio in 15 states nationwide. Crimson’s brands include Pine Ridge Vineyards, Archery Summit, Double Canyon, and Seghesio Family Vineyards. •Château d’Esclans has partnered with celebrity caterer Andrea Correale of Elegant Affairs Caterers, supplying the wine for white glove, at-home wine tasting dinners. The dinner package includes a four course, four hour dinner with wait staff for up to 10 guests and nine bottles of various Château d’Esclans wines including Whispering Angel and Rock Angel. The menu features a grilled peach arugula salad, asparagus risotto and sea bass, along with appetizers and dessert. Pricing for 10 guests starts at $3,200. •Fetzer Vineyards’ Bonterra brand has debuted a new advertising campaign, “Tastes Like Saving the Planet.” The new...

The Hamptons Parties + Events for Season 2020

The Hamptons has entered Phase III of reopening and that means summertime activities are back and it’s game on!! PLEASE wear masks for indoor dining + shopping though so we can keep moving forward! We’ve been counting our lucky stars that OUR beaches opened and remain open…and we’ve been doing outdoor bbqs first with family and then a sprinkling of friends too. Heck, we can even have micro weddings now! We’re blaming this all on Leap Year which seemed to ring in the new age of whatever we call this…so just wear your mask with your own style + play it cool + we’ll just make this a happening summer : ) Let’s be real…May didn’t really count much for parties…OR the past 3 months for that matter! So we’re picking up where summer was SUPPOSED to start…Memorial Day Weekend 2020!! Intead of the usual SUMMERTIME opener, this season has really been more of “a collective” celebration with a new kind of six degrees of separation measured in feet(?) or maybe “hollering” distance? Honey, CAN YOU HEAR ME NOWWWW? or that familiar demand of a child’s impatient voice seemingly ruling the roost on more than one occasion? ; ) Soooo, yup that would put us all in the same boat but thankfully we do see A LOT of warmth with smiles galore amidst the heartache of those who have suffered the most because of this pandemic. Some of us have actually had more time to be with our loved ones while others couldn’t but the sunshine always comes out after it rains so we’re thinking positively about our new kind of summer...

9 Creative Catering Ideas for Virtual Events and Small Gatherings

Enjoy event-worthy meals at home with these offerings from caterers in North America. From at-home pop-up experiences to backyard BBQ boxes, catering companies are getting creative when it comes to serving clients and customers. Here are some clever culinary ideas and meal delivery packages for graduations, virtual galas, corporate meetings, and more. Wolfgang Puck Catering’s ‘Just the Appetizers’   Photo: Sebastian Garcia eaturing Wolfgang Puck’s signature appetizers, this package includes a spicy tuna taco kit; smoked salmon lollipops with dill crème fraiche and caviar; a mini burger kit; margherita flatbread; an Asian salad kit; and mini white chocolate cherry cookies, brownie bites, and mini berry hand pies. It’s available for parties of four to 24 for $35 per person (plus a $10 fee for delivery), and is only available in the Los Angeles market. Wolfgang Puck Catering’s ‘Best of Awards Season’   Photo: Sebastian Garcia You don’t need to don a gown to indulge in some of Wolfgang’s most popular award season dishes, including his legendary chicken pot pie (pictured); cavatappi truffle mac ’n cheese; miso-glazed salmon with carrot ginger puree; and stone fruit and burrata salad, plus roasted nuts and jalapeño popcorn to share, as well as his signature bon-bons. Cocktails, wine, and beverages and extra dishes can be added on for an additional charge. The package is available for parties of four to 24 people for $45 per person (plus a $10 fee for delivery), and is only available in the Los Angeles market. 12th Street Catering’s Celebration Boxes   Photo: Courtesy of 12th Street Catering Philadelphia-based 12th Street Catering is now offering Celebration Boxes, individually packaged boxes featuring different...

Celebrate Dad With These 7 Unique Father’s Day Activities You Can Do at Home

Breakfast in bed is great, but why not get creative and try a new activity that’ll make this Father’s Day one to remember. Graduations, birthdays, and holiday celebrations look a little different this year due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. OK, a lot different. Virtual events have filled the gaps, of course, but it can be hard to muster joy when you’re forced to celebrate at home. Still, the dear old Dad in your life deserves to be celebrated on Father’s Day, which means you might want to try to up the ante this year. Sure, breakfast in bed is great, but why not get creative and try a new activity that’ll make it a day to remember? To celebrate this season, here are seven inventive ways to fete Pop on Father’s Day. 1. HAVE AN INFLATABLE POOL PARTY     Try this idea for dads who are missing out on a trip to the beach or a day at the community pool. Kick back and stay cool with a large, inflatable pool ($45, Target), some music blasting from the house, and a cooler of cold drinks. “Some pools are even small enough to fit on a balcony or the patio,” says Drew Henry of Design Dudes. 2. BRING THE BACKYARD BARBECUE TO YOU              Photo by Derviss Design   Burgers and brats on the grill are the classic go-to meal for Father’s Day, but you can take it to the next level by ordering an expertly cooked meal to go—and supporting a local restaurant. Do some research to see which local barbecue restaurants are open for pickup or delivery. Some restaurants...