Hamptons party highlights: Love Heals, Talent Resources Polo Classic, more
Examiner.com was on the scene at some of the hottest parties in the Hamptons this past weekend. Check out some of our celebrity sightings:
Out east was the place to see and be seen on Saturday July 7th as Talent Resources' held their Third Annual Charity Polo Classic at a private estate in Watermill, NY. The event benefitted Rally for Kids with Cancer, whose philanthropic mission is to raise funds in support of children's cancer research, treatment and care. Mission complete, as the tickets available on Gilt City sold out within just 48 hours and many guests bought tickets upon arrival. Mike Heller and his Talent Resources team welcomed American polo star Nic Roldan, who hosted the event in the blazing heat. Excited to promote the charity, it’s mission and the first polo match of the Hampton’s season, Nic flew in just for the occasion.
Over 250 guests including Hampton's socialites, celebrities, tastemakers and influencers showed their support for this wonderful cause. Both new and old cast-mates of Bravo's hit reality show, The Real Housewives of New York, attended including,Ramona and Mario Singer, LuAnn de Lesseps with boyfriend Jacques Azoulay and Kelly Bensimon, who was having a girls day out with her youngest daughter Teddy in tow. Former Real Housewives of New Jersey star Dina Manzo, along with daughter Lexi, also made an appearance. Adding to the impressive list of celebrities enjoying themselves on the grounds were Bravo's Gold Coast Girls star Chanel Omari, celebrity style expert Lindsi Lane and plus sized model Andrea Horblitt. Looking to impress, all guest’s arrived in their Hampton’s best. As the event kicked off, New York City’s Mulberry Project treated guests to scrumptious lobster rolls, steak tartar and an array of fine foods that were hand passed. To wash down the popular bites, Mulberry Project’s Bespoke Cocktails were a huge hit. Whether guests preferred vodka, tequila or bourbon, there was a specialty cocktail for all.
The winos weren’t left out to dry as 14 Hands Winery provided their signature bottles of Hot to Trot, both white and red available. When it was too warm to drink alcohol, guests were encouraged to taste the three variations of The Teaologist’s home brewed iced tea. The White Pony Iced Tea, contents including white tea, peach, lemongrass and lemon, was the unanimous favorite amongst guests.
Drinks in hand, all attendees made their way to the polo field as the announcer, with a strong authentic accent, introduced lyricist/vocalist duo, Dean and Ravo. They sang the National Anthem to ignite the game, after which Kelly Bensimon threw the ball as an official start to the match. Upcoming reality star of The Catalina, Nathan Leiberman, played in the match alongside his father. The father/son duo wasn’t strong enough to beat out Nic Roldan and his team of hot horsemen in white. As the sweat dripped, FLUROwater came to the rescue, not only for the polo players but for all guests. Saturday was a scorcher, and attendees drank through cases beyond cases of the delicious water. When the bar’s supply ran out, the owner of FLUROwater dabbled into his special reserve, located in the trunk of his car. Although he wasn’t driving an Aston Martin, guests were offered the chance to test drive a luxury DBS model in the front of the venue. Teddy Bensimon, Kelly Bensimon’s youngest daughter, begged her mom to test drive the car. The tween must wait until she’s approved for a driver’s license, but once she is - no one can stop her!
Away from all the action was a secluded relaxation area. Bio Supplements provided guests of the event with manicures, pedicures and mini massages. Rave reviews poured in as attendees appreciated the convenient and calming amenities. Risk takers stayed near the Silent Auction table and tried their luck at bidding on over 20 high value items. Those who didn’t win, or did, rewarded themselves with mini cupcakes from the ever delicious Baked By Melissa bakery.
To top off a successful day, Dean and Ravo headed back to center stage for a special performance, featuring songs from their new album, Life’s A Trip, as well as exclusive cuts from their most recent collaborations in the studio. Guests danced to the catchy beats with arms in the air, crowding around the duo. As Dean and Ravo closed the event, guests walked away with gift bags full of goodies. Included in the bags were FLUROwater tank tops, Bio Suppliment hair products, gift certificate for teeth whitening services from Dr. Lee Gause, a Soria Z bracelet and a Talent Resources newly branded baseball cap.
As a final hurrah after the end of the Third Annual Charity Polo Classic, Kitchit presented a private, intimate dinner, hosted by Nic Roldan under the stars. Chef Dave Martin, known for his appearance on Top Chef Season 1, cooked a beautiful meal for guests to enjoy. For starters, a fire roasted gazpacho, white bean & poblano hummus along with a large selection of Farm Cheeses and dried fruits were offered. Chef Martin prepared three salads for all taste buds; simple salad with cinnamon pecans, bleu cheese, dressed in a mango and walnut oil vinaigrette, summer watermelon, heirloom tomato and blueberry salad with goat cheese and extra virgin olive oil, and a grilled summer corn salad with green chile, red bell peppers, arugula dressed with an orange, roasted garlic and champagne vinaigrette. The main event included; marinated apple mango chicken with peach and plum sauce, chimichurri hanger steak and root beer braised pork shoulder. The rain held out all day, until the sun went down and the dinner began. As the rain poured, no guest seemed to mind because the delightful decor with perfectly lit lanterns and gorgeous flowers lined the tables, along with the impeccable food and drink relaxed all minds.
Kitchit was founded by Co-Founder and CEO Brendan Marshall with partners IanFerguson and George Tang. Launched in San Francisco in 2011, it has since expanded to Los Angeles and is making its New York debut on May 8, 2012. Kitchit’s website ispioneering the concept of “bespoke dining,” connecting consumers directly with top-tier professional chefs who create everything from world-class gastronomic adventures tocasual dinner parties. Its mission is to create experiences that are effortless, memorable,and customized—in other words, bespoke. Kitchit brings the quality and ease ofrestaurant fine-dining to private, in-home, events. In 2011, Forbes recognized founderand CEO Brendan as a business leader in the Forbes 30 Under 30.
Later that evening, we headed to Love Heals. The Alison Gertz Foundation for AIDS Education hosted the Ultimate Birthday Party at its 13th Annual Love Heals at Luna Farm event. A celebration of the organization’s 20th anniversary, the 650 person event raised over $300,000.
Throughout the evening, hosts Hilary Rhoda, Charlotte Ronson, Andrew Saffir and Daniel Benedict mingled with guests and friends under the stars. Everyone enjoyed real southern BBQ (brought to the Hamptons from South Carolina and cooked on-site for 24 hours prior to the event) and fresh summertime cocktails from Patron -- Patron Birthday Splash, Luna Farm Refresher, and Healing Touch. A sudden thunderstorm drove guests under the huge tent and DJ Kiss revved up the party with her dance tunes. The crowd boogied the night away, taking breaks to visit the Patron Mojito bar and popsicle stand.
Hilary Rhoda wore REBECCA MINKOFF Resort 2013 and carried a REBECCA MINKOFF COLLECTION "Mini Box Sammy" to the Love Heals Event.
Others in attendance included the organization’s co-founder, Dini von Mueffling, supermodel Nicole Trunfio, pianist Chloe Flower, designer Rebecca Minckoff, Rodale’s David Zincenko, news anchor Chris Wragge, Peter Davis, Kelly Delaney, Richard Farley, Stephanie Hirsch, Richard Johnson & Sessa von Richtofen, Scott Lipps, Avis Richards, Teresa Sorkin, Martin & Nina Varsavsky, Eric Villency, and Niche Media’s Samantha Yanks, among others. Alison Gertz’ parents Mr. and Mrs. Jerrold Gertz were also in attendance. Love Heals was founded in 1992 to carry on the memory of the late AIDS activist Alison Gertz, who contracted HIV from a single sexual encounter at the age of 16. Love Heals, the Alison Gertz Foundation for AIDS Education, empowers young people in the fight against HIV.
Other celebrity sightings:
- Mariska Hargitay, Kyle MacLachlan and Debra Messing attended the Theodora & Callum Shopping Event Benefitting The Joyful Heart Foundation on July 6, 2012 in Bridgehampton, New York.
- Hilaria Baldwin and Alec Baldwin attend the 'Searching For Sugar Man' Special Screening at Guild Hall on July 6, 2012 in East Hampton, New York.
- John Slattery, Nanette Lepore and Bob Savage attended the Everything But Water East Hampton Nanette Lepore Designer Event at Everything But Water East Hampton on July 7, 2012 in East Hampton, New York.
- Jeffrey Wright and Alexander Soros attend The Alexander Soros Foundation's Global Witness 'Unmasked' Gala on July 7, 2012 in Bridgehampton, New York.
- Mala Sander, Eric Ripert, Debra Halpert and Samantha Yanks attend Hamptons Magazine Celebrates With Cover Star, Eric Ripert At Intimate Culinary Dinner on July 7, 2012 in Sag Harbor, New York.