(Photo: Phil Gross.)
The annual Chefs & Champagne event in the Hamptons is one of the summer’s premier culinary events. (Photos: Phil Gross.)

There is not much that can rival a weekend sprawled out on the pristine beaches of the Hamptons. Add on a James Beard Foundation event featuring over 40 of the (mostly) tri-state area’s most well-known chefs, and you’ve surely got an event worthy of pre-coverage here at Food Republic.

The annual Chefs and Champagne celebration will take place on the evening of Saturday, July 23, at the Wölffer Estate Vineyard in Sagaponack. This year’s festivities will honor multiple James Beard Award–winning chef John Besh, acclaimed New Orleans native and owner of 12 of the city’s most traditional and popular restaurants. Besh has authored four cookbooks and is a noted philanthropist in his home city.

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Brad Farmerie’s olive oil–poached salmon with grilled leeks, lemon-horseradish yogurt and caviar, served at last year’s event

At this year’s event, guests will gather under a tent at the picturesque winery to taste dishes from New York City and Long Island hot spots including Piora, O Ya, the Musket Room, Annisa, High Street on Hudson, 15 East and Perry Street, among others. Proceeds from the annual summer tasting will benefit the philanthropic work of the Foundation. A silent auction consisting of fine-dining experiences, wines and spirits, cookware and culinary travel packages will also raise funds for the organization.

So what are you waiting for? General admission and VIP tickets to the East End’s premier culinary event are currently on sale through the James Beard Foundation’s website. Be sure to check out the website for a full list of confirmed participating chefs.

Chefs & Champagne
Saturday, July 23, 2016
6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. (VIP Experience: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.)

Wölffer Estate Vineyard
183 Sagg Road
Sagaponack, NY 11962