The Purist July 2022 Issue

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LIEV SCHREIBER WANTS YOU TO JOIN THE FIGHT! “There is strength in all of us, and there are values and principles that are worth standing up for.”



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92 Little Plains Road, Southampton Village | $7,495,000 If location and charm are what you are looking for in a home, look no further. This 5-bedroom, 6.5-bath home was gut renovated and updated in 2008. The renovations brought the approx. 6,000sf house up to date while still respecting and highlighting its original 1890 authenticity. Fine details and artistry is showcased throughout with stained glass windows, original wood details, and antique doors. The first floor features the living room, parlor, formal dining room, laundry, and kitchen. The expansive eat-in kitchen overflows into the spacious den. The French doors create plenty of natural light while adding an indoor-outdoor element to both rooms to the patio. Behind the rose bushes and lush greenery is a one-bedroom, one and a half bath guest house with its own kitchen, living room, laundry, and private direct access to Little Plains Road. This private cottage is fully equipped with its own washer dryer, 2 heat/ac zones, and fully updated septic system. Situated on .5 acres, the large pool and mature landscaping make the backyard feel like the perfect oasis. Web# H360438

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127 Head of Pond Road, Water Mill | $9,995,000 Be the first to experience this brand new modern twist to a classic Hamptons home. This high-end construction flawlessly combines modern and sophisticated interior finishes with a classic exterior design. This 7-bedroom, 8-bathroom home situated on 1.6 acres, designed by Duncan White of BLD Architecture and executed by ADG Development LLC , features over 9,000sf of immaculately finished living space. Experience elegant European living with cathedral style ceilings and open layout throughout the ground level, while the hidden pocket doors still make each room feel private. Each of the living spaces has direct access to the bluestone terrace with a pergola and retractable awning. The lower level has a gym/spa, home theater, wine cellar, Laundry and ample natural light with a generous walk out lounge area. The beautifully landscaped property features sunken tennis court, oversized gunite pool, pool house, and the option to add an additional pavilion, plus a two-car garage. Web# H356002 CHANGES OR WITHDRAWAL WITHOUT NOTICE. ALL PROPERTY INFORMATION, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO SQUARE FOOTAGE, ROOM COUNT, NUMBER OF BEDROOMS AND THE SCHOOL DISTRICT IN PROPERTY LISTINGS SHOULD BE VERIFIED BY YOUR OWN ATTORNEY, ARCHITECT OR ZONING EXPERT. EQUAL HOUSING OPPORTUNITY.

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This oceanfront estate is located on the pre-eminent lane in the village of East Hampton, minutes from world class dining and shopping. With double revetments built by the Army Corp of Engineers, the beach and dunes are protected from environmental beach erosion as well as large storms of significance. Only residential tennis court with regulation lights designed and approved by Forest Hills U.S. Tennis Association for nighttime play in the Village which can be found next to the guest house and pool. This beautiful estate is just waiting for someone to make it their own.


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$18,000,000 FURNISHED • 5 BEDS, 5 FULL & 1 HALF BATH ASPEN One look at N. Maroon Peak from the floor-to-ceiling windows of this five-bedroom mountain retreat, and you’ll find a view worth waking up to. Take it in from the flowing, open floor plan, as you enjoy ample privacy and modern amenities like an indoor pool and sauna and private primary suite - tucked away on two acres of wildflower-filled paradise.



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E D I TO R ’S L E T T E R GREAT BOOKS the protagonist toward child-girls, the same sexual deviation found in the mythology or poetry books that came before it. While writing this and other literary masterpieces at Cornell as a professor, Nabokov taught Russian literature rich in war and tyranny. In one of his inspiring lectures, he warned students against the enemies of art— banality, cliché and conformity: “I have tried to teach you to read books for the sake of their form, their visions, their art. I have tried to High above Cayuga’s teach you to feel a shiver of artistic waters—me and Bella on campus at satisfaction.” This reading list will Cornell. Below: Our not only make one shudder at the summer reading list artistic genius of the authors, but it will also inspire and ignite an understanding of where we are heading as a generation, rooted in rich history. For more great book ideas, check out the East Hampton Library’s 18th annual Authors Night, of which Purist is a proud sponsor, on August 13. My conversation with our inspiring PURIST cover subject sheds light on the direction in which we are headed. Liev Schreiber, of Ukrainian descent, has become a standardbearer for the devotion to human welfare. He reminds us that, as Americans, we are at our best when we galvanize to protect the freedom of others, especially those in need as Ukrainians continue to defend themselves against that tyrannical Russian history, even though the news cycle has moved on to other subjects. In Schreiber’s words: “Our grandparents fought for these freedoms and liberties… There is strength in all of us, and there are values and principles that are worth standing up for.”

When I attended college, I took a course called Great Books. The great literature then defined by the classics—American naturalists, German Romanticism, French philosophers and theorists— introduced me to the power of language and human identity. Thus began my thirst for analysis of literature, the relationship of words, their debate-worthy characteristics and their implications. What is considered literature today and how we study it is different than it was 30 years ago, and 30 years before that, and so on—but the collective impact of great books shapes our understanding of the world around us. Since my eldest daughter enrolled in my alma mater, Cornell University, I took a renewed interest in authors who graduated from and/or taught at our university and created a summer reading list of great books reflecting how history, culture, literature, politics and technology have evolved. Perhaps you might find this bestseller list interesting too: Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s My Own Words, Toni Morrison’s Beloved and The Bluest Eye, Thomas Pynchon’s The Crying of Lot 49 and Slow Learner, Kurt Vonnegut’s Novels & Stories from 1963-1973, Essays of E.B. White (and for good measure, his Charlotte’s Web for my youngest), Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita and Bill Nye the Science Guy’s Undeniable—Evolution and the Science of Creation. Some of these deserve a second read. Lolita, for one, 30 years after I first read it, remains in a special class of satire, one that New Yorker critic Donald Malcolm described in 1958 as a “conjunction of a sense of humor with a sense of horror…It is the horrific rather than the comic aspect of the novel that has captured critical attention. This is not surprising, since Mr. Nabokov has coolly prodded one of the few remaining raw nerves of the 20th century”—referring to the monstrous affection of

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FEATURES 132 NATIVE SON Ray Donovan star Liev Schreiber calls on the world to unite in support of Ukraine.

138 SUMMER BOUNTY Inside the minds of the Hamptons’ top culinary tastemakers, plus the lowdown on the region’s most anticipated new cuisine.



EDIBLE HEAVEN Elevating the typical American landscape design with an oasis of fresh food

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“We may not have been tending to our democracy as well as we should have, and hopefully we’re waking up to that. That’s what makes us who we are.” —Liev Schreiber



EXPLORING KETAMINE THERAPY A candid look at the mind-expanding experience of ketamine for mental health


CONCIERGE MEDICINE Comprehensive care on demand in the Hamptons and NYC


MEDITERRANEAN MAKEOVER Elevating gut health through Mediterranean cuisine



Highway Restaurant head chef Justin Finney curates a menu that blends flavors from a variety of cultures.


CULTURAL LEAP Thought-provoking art on display across the East End


IN THE SWIRL Rudolph Serra’s ethereal ocean-inspired works


EYES ON ART A tour of Aspen’s most innovative gallery spaces


EAST END ADVOCATE Meet EMT turned real estate lawyer Denise R. Schoen.


SINGULAR SANCTUARY Welcome to Aspen Meadows, a slice of heaven in the Rocky Mountains.


PURE PROPERTY Real estate news


THE STATE OF ASPEN’S SHORT-TERM STAYS The implications of Aspen’s moratorium on short-term rentals


THE POWER OF ACCEPTANCE Donna D’Cruz on the art of making peace


GUIDED BY BIET Reader advice from meditation teacher Biet Simkin


FACE FORWARD Cutting-edge beauty from Dr. Paul Jarrod Frank


SAVING THE SEAS The Surfrider Foundation’s conservation movement


THE CHILL ZONE Alina Mehrle’s rising skin care brand, Ameon


CLEAR THE WAY The possibilities of equitable workplace culture, as outlined in Tara Jaye Frank’s The Waymaker


SKIN TIGHT JECT unveils a noninvasive way to sculpt and brighten skin.


ALL HAIL THE HAIR GURU A toast to salon legend Valery Joseph’s 20th anniversary


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128 A PERFECT PAIR Tequila Casa Dragones is the perfect accompaniment to ultra-fresh oysters.


152 MOUNTAIN HIGH The Little Nell’s five-star lineup of unforgettable excursions


THE SKIN WHISPERER Meet Mzia Shiman, aesthetician to the bombshells of fashion.


DUNE WELL The Well hits Dune Deck Beach Club this season.


PURE PICKS Revolve Hair founder Alicia M. Cook’s top shopping destinations of the East End


SEX AND THE BEACH Sex and the City author Candace Bushnell takes the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center by storm.

100 CHANEL GOES COASTAL A first look at Chanel’s beachy East Hampton outpost

106 PURE PICKS Via Coquina’s Cara Polites Ferro curates an elegant Hamptons lifestyle guide. 108 EDITOR’S PICKS Must-haves for a stylish July


ECO THERAPY Dr. Stacie J. Stephenson invites us to get out into nature.


VIBRANT EATING A hearty salmon salad recipe that enhances inner glow


GLOBAL TABLE Peter Som’s international take on summer eats

102 NEW ATTITUDE The buzziest destinations in Shelter Island

122 WELLNESS ON DEMAND Sakara co-founder Whitney Tingle on the health benefits of the brand’s organic ready-toeat nutrition programs

104 SOUL PROVIDER Leon Bridges comes to Jazz Aspen Snowmass.

126 A COOL, COOL SUMMER Embrace Ayurvedic eating with these plant-based recipes. 28

154 SAG HARBOR SHAPES UP Working up a sweat in Sag Harbor 156 HAMPTONS AT A GLANCE Where to give back, score vintage treasures and catch a movie this summer 158 ASPEN AT A GLANCE Nine unique Aspen events guaranteed to spark intrigue 160 NUMEROLOGY A by-the-numbers look at legendary TV chef Julia Child


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Thomas Jackson’s “Flags no. 1, Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, Oregon,” is among the works of a diverse group of artists showcased at Intersect Aspen.

153 WHAT WELLNESS MEANS TO ME Singer Melissa Errico finds her true voice.

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WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF PERFORMING LIVE? “My favorite part of doing a live performance is when I see someone grab their husband’s hand or lean on the person next to them, or hug their kid.”

WHAT ARE YOUR TOP SEASONINGS FOR SUMMER RECIPES? “With peak summer produce, simple is best. Flaky sea salt and a glug of good olive oil are my go-tos, as well as a mix of fresh soft herbs like basil, mint and chives.”

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT ASPEN SUMMERS? “Mountain rainbows and Aspen’s prolific wine scene. I love running with my chocolate Lab Cruton on a daily basis on the high country trails and backroads.”

WHAT’S THE BEST ADVICE YOU’VE EVER BEEN GIVEN? “‘Don’t dream it, be it,’ from The Rocky Horror Picture Show. To live authentically, especially during hard times, you have to dare to dream out loud.”

HOW CAN AYURVEDA BE PART OF ONE’S DAILY DIET? “The simplest way is through taste and natural flavor. When all six tastes that the tongue can perceive are present in every meal, each bite tends to the digestive organs.”

Melissa Errico, actress, singer and author, will be appearing in Southampton on July 27 for a free concert in Agawam Park, sponsored by the Southampton Cultural Institute. Melissa recently released a new album, Out of the Dark (Warner Music/ Ghostlight) and makes her Carnegie Hall debut on November 18, 2022, singing Sondheim with The New York Pops.

Purist’s contributing food editor, Peter Som is an award-winning fashion designer, culinary creator and lifestyle expert whose recipes have appeared in Bon Appétit and T magazine, and on Pinterest, where his 3 million followers tune in weekly to stream his cooking videos. He has dressed Michelle Obama and Beyoncé, and has an exclusive collection available at Rent the Runway.

A regular contributor to Purist, Kelly J. Hayes lives in the wilds of Old Snowmass, where he indulges his passion for sports and wine. In the fall he can be found following the NFL season as a spotter for NBC Sports.

Marisa Fox is a New York-based freelance writer, editor and producer whose features, editorials and cover stories have appeared on CNN and in The New York Times, The Daily Beast, Health, Elle, InStyle, the Huffington Post and Haaretz, among others. She is currently directing her first documentary, My Underground Mother, about her global search for her late mother’s hidden Holocaust past.

In 2006, Corey De Rosa created and opened Tapovana Healing Center, based on the ancient Indian principles of self-realization, in Sag Harbor. In 2021, De Rosa launched Lunch Box as a proud offspring of Tapovana Healing Center. The center uses Ayurveda to focus on balancing mind and body through food, while incorporating yoga, meditation and philosophy to take the experience beyond healthy food.








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THE POWER OF ACCEPTANCE Embracing the compassionate realist within. BY DONNA D’CRUZ

this beautiful thing, life, it’s about staying in a flow state, knowing when to hit, stick or fold. Acceptance is the opposite of meek resignation. Acceptance is about making an active choice and a clarion call of self-worth. It is empowering to say, “This I choose to accept—this I choose not to accept.” And here’s why. From toxic friendships that no longer sustain us and have run their course… From family members whose negativity affects all around them… From great love that has dimmed and turned to dust… It’s separating the wheat from the chaff that takes judgment, discernment and endless amounts of selfcompassion. To all of that, add the ability to listen to your heart and gut and follow those infallible guides. It is the gift of having the wisdom to know the difference. Ultimately, all acceptance begins with the face looking back at you in the mirror.; IG @donnadcruz1; Thursdays 5PM EST with @cristinacuomo on IG LIVE

“God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.” There is great power in acceptance. It takes tremendous courage to accept. What is it to accept? In any relationship—with your family, with your friends, with your workmates and the most vital of all, the relationship with self—we must have a willingness to tolerate a challenging or unpleasant situation. We can choose to ascend or descend in the reality of the situation, recognizing its process, condition or circumstance. Acceptance is a willful act, a choice. It is the ego—that slippery, devilish, impish, naughty, shameless part of us that is the ultimate seductress. We have an idea of what we want things to be and how we want things to be, versus coming to terms with what they simply are. Embracing the joy of acceptance is being at one with it. It doesn’t mean you are a failure or a slacker or weak. What you are is a compassionate realist. Sometimes acceptance may mean knowing when to stay or when to leave. Whatever it is that pains you, drains you or becomes intolerable instead of uplifting your spirit. In the game of


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GUIDED BY BIET Meditation teacher Biet Simkin answers Purist readers’ questions. Katie, That’s strange, isn’t it, how sometimes we want things so bad and life doesn’t give them to us. In those occurrences, I always like to ask, “How is this working in my favor?” If you come at it from this angle I know you’ll see the truth! Two main points. One, keep remembering he is coming! Don’t fall prey to doubt, ever. Two, do everything—anything—to grow and evolve yourself like a garden while you prepare for your perfect future. Get a spiritual teacher, do courses, expand, change! If you are open and grateful, it has no choice but to occur. Excited to get a wedding invite one day soon! Love, Biet

Dear Biet, My husband has been cheating on me since we got married. Like he literally cheated on me while we were on our honeymoon. I found out later. It’s been years and I hate it. How do I leave him? I am scared to leave. Completely Confused, Susan, Miami Dear Susan, It’s really up to you in terms of what kind of marriage you want. There is no one right answer, but you have to ask yourself: “What’s my ideal marriage?” and “Is what this man gives me so valuable that I am willing to pay the price of his infidelity?” You may decide that he is so wonderful that you are willing to pay that price with him. You may decide that he kind of sucks and you would honestly be happier moving on. My suggestion is to keep asking yourself those questions. Journal the answers. You might consider seeking out a marriage and family therapist who might help you solve the riddle of your husband’s infidelity (you can find a therapist in your area with the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy therapist locator, aamft. org). Meditate and pray; if you don’t know how, use my book or my online course! Just slow down and find the time to truly hear the answer, because the answer is inside you and I promise that answer is everything! Love, Biet

Lauren, This doesn’t sound like a match. If it was just the sex I would say OK, we can work with that and find alternatives—but you say that “there is abuse” as well! No one deserves to be abused. Can you lean into trust and faith to believe that you will be taken care of if you fly? Again, I’ll always say, I am not the final word here. I am just here to whisper ideas to you. I think you know the truth and you just need the courage. Everyone needs to feel safe. If you feel the need to talk, you can always try calling 800-799-SAFE (7233), the National Domestic Violence Hotline. Love, Biet

Dear Biet, I can’t find my “right” guy. I keep putting myself out there and going on dates and everything, but it’s all always off! I am almost 40, and even though I have frozen my eggs, I feel like I may not find love and have babies. What do you say to someone who is lost like me? Do I have a chance? Thanks Biet, I always find your advice here in Purist and on IG so helpful. Warmly, Katie, NYC


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Dear Biet, My husband and I have not had sex for nine years. I am a deeply sexual person and it’s killing me. I feel as though I need to move on and there are other problems too, like abuse in many forms, but I am scared because of money and children. I am so deeply unhappy; what do I do? Thanks, Lauren, Palo Alto, California


PURE GOOD science effort that provides year-round water quality information for more than 60 locations. The efforts of this chapter and local partners have been highly impactful, thanks to our dedicated volunteers and the Surfrider network. AR: You also do work in Los Angeles, Palm Beach County, Miami and New York City. How does that work differ from what you do in the Hamptons? CN: While the efforts of our network are similar across the nation, each chapter focuses on local coastal protection issues that are unique to their environment. We do that through stewardship activities like beach cleanups, and campaigns and programs, like our Ocean Friendly Gardens and Blue Water Task Force programs. AR: What’s your biggest challenge right now? CN: Over the past 37 years, Surfrider has proven effective at defending and protecting our coasts and ocean. While our capacity, skills and impacts have increased significantly over the past five years, so have the challenges. Our ocean is still plagued with plastic pollution, and advances in clean water are backsliding as infrastructure fails or isn’t built to withstand a stormier climate. At the same time, climate change is bringing new threats to our coasts through increased sea level rise, more powerful storms and acidification. AR: Can you share a success story? CN: One of our many victories is a marathon campaign of more than 15 years that led to the protection of San Onofre State Beach and Trestles from a toll road that would have decimated the last remaining undeveloped watershed in Southern California, the world-famous surf break at Trestles Beach, multiple endangered species and sacred Indigenous sites. That major win was made possible by thousands of passionate and motivated advocates who stood our ground to protect what we love. It also demonstrated that when we combine our efforts, we can effect change, even in the face of major challenges. AR: Why is it important to use your life to be of service? CN: Growing up surfing, swimming, lifeguarding and fishing at the beach, I saw the coast being destroyed by overdevelopment and other threats. I realized that if we didn’t take action, those impacts would continue. That inspired me to get involved with ocean and coastal protection. At the Surfrider Foundation, we work to protect the places we love: the ocean, waves and beaches. AR: How can someone get involved with Surfrider? CN: Anyone interested in the protection of clean water and healthy beaches can join Surfrider as a member and get involved with their local chapter at

ADAM ROSANTE: For anyone who’s not familiar, what is Surfrider Foundation? DR. CHAD NELSON: The Surfrider Foundation is a nonprofit grassroots organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of our world’s oceans, waves and beaches for all people. Our activist network of 200 volunteer-led chapters and student clubs across the U.S. tackles coastal protection issues every day to protect clean water and healthy beaches. Founded in 1984 by a handful of visionary surfers in Malibu, California, Surfrider now maintains more than 1 million supporters, activists and members, and we have achieved more than 800 victories for the protection of our coasts. AR: What would someone who already knows about the organization be surprised to learn? CN: While we have local chapters in the backyards of most coastal states, we are also working to address ocean protection issues at statewide and federal levels. We fight threats to our ocean and coasts, including poorly planned development, fossil fuel infrastructure and attempts to limit access. We also proactively take action to advance forward-looking protective policies to solve issues at their source, such as plastic reduction legislation, coastal adaptation plans and policies, and the establishment of marine protected areas. Through our collective work, we have protected hundreds of surfing and beach areas, eliminated sources of ocean pollution, stopped threats of development and offshore drilling, and established effective marine protection. AR: Tell us about your work in the Hamptons. CN: Through our Eastern Long Island Chapter’s Blue Water Task Force program, which was launched nearly 10 years ago, Surfrider volunteers test popular ocean and bay beaches, ponds and streams to fill in the gaps of Suffolk County’s beach water testing program. The chapter’s program has grown into a massive and collaborative citizen 40

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CLEAR THE WAY Tara Jaye Frank, author of the recently published The Waymakers: Clearing the Path to Workplace Equity With Competence and Confidence, has educated thousands of Fortune 500 companies and executives on how to create an equitable workplace. Purist founder Cristina Cuomo speaks with Frank about her belief in the power and potential of all people.

CC: What is true workplace equity and inclusion, and how does it differ from diversity? TJF: In order to understand what consumers want, you have to have a good sense of how they’re changing. That’s hard to do if you don’t have those perspectives represented on the inside of your company. Diversity is essentially ensuring that you have multiple points of lived experiences, backgrounds, represented in any given space. Inclusion is really about ensuring that every single one of those people and those voices can be heard and leveraged for the good of the outcome. And then equity is about access. Equal pay,

CC: As an executive at Hallmark, you worked in a partnership with Maya Angelou. TJF: I was 25 years old when we first started working together. We did a product line, greeting cards and gifts. I was the editorial director at the time, so I ended up serving as her editorial liaison and sometimes even her editor. It was probably the scariest thing I’ve ever done, to that point. She was gracious. I learned so much not only about work, but also about being a Black woman in the world, claiming my space, using my voice and trusting myself. 42

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for sure, but also equal access to opportunity, to promotion. Any time you go through any major change, you’re always going to have 20 percent on the front end saying let’s go, 20 percent on the back end saying don’t touch my stuff, and 60 percent is in the middle sitting on the fence, trying to figure out if they have a role to play. If so, what is that role? The Waymakers is an invitation to that 60 percent. If they were to get off the fence and into the equity arena feeling equipped and inspired, we could turn 20 percent of the people leading the change to 80 percent, and tip the scales.

CRISTINA CUOMO: Let’s get started. What is a waymaker? TARA JAYE FRANK: Anyone with a heart to lead who is willing to open doors for people who have experienced doors that have been shut, to remove barriers to progress and usher others through to greater levels of contribution. Some people call folks like that sponsors. I think of them as people who are consciously and actively, every single day, making a way for other people, especially those who have been left behind.

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free radicals and help keep us healthy over the long haul. WHY ARE PLANTS DOING US SO MANY FAVORS? Actually, plants evolved with all these great chemicals to save their own skins. After all, they can’t run away from danger; they are stuck in the ground. And, plants, like us, are vulnerable to being damaged by the basic elements of life, like oxygen, sunlight and predators, and over the eons they ramped up their internal chemical factories to produce the polyphenolic compounds to protect them. And not just that: Some of the chemicals that the vegetables produce have a sharp, bitter taste that keeps animals and insects away who would otherwise feast on them. And some of the chemicals give fruits their vibrant colors for the opposite reason—so that animals will eat them! That way, the seeds get distributed as they pass through the animals’ digestive systems. Luckily for us, most of these “phytochemicals” (a fancy word for plant chemicals) work for us. We appreciate the bright color and pungent taste of a raspberry, or the mouth-puckering bitterness of a high-grade extra-virgin olive oil. We’re just beginning to unravel health benefits associated with, for instance, the eyesight-protecting lutein in orange bell peppers or the anti-cancer properties of lycopene in tomatoes. DIVERSITY, DIVERSITY, DIVERSITY The secret of polyphenols’ success in keeping our bodies on track is their sheer variety. We’ve identified more than 8,000 compounds, roughly spread across four major families. You may have heard of the flavonoids, which are found in everything from fruits to herbs to legumes like lentils. Or the anthocyanins, which give plants their distinctive color.

By now, everybody knows that eating veggies and lowsugar fruits is a health no-brainer for many reasons. But you may not appreciate one of the most important—getting your daily dose of mission-critical polyphenols. These extraspecial compounds can supercharge just about every aspect of your health, and missing out on them can have serious consequences. And while I always recommend eating the good stuff—as in whole, unprocessed, organic or farmers market versions—as we begin a new summer season, I encourage everyone to redouble their efforts to fill up on foods, particularly those rich in polyphenols, to fortify and protect your body at every meal. What can polyphenols do for you? Here’s the polyphenol 411: SO WHAT ARE POLYPHENOLS, ANYWAY? Polyphenols just happen to be the largest and most healthboosting family of compounds found in the plants we eat. They’re in our fruits and veggies, sure, but they’re also in tea (especially green tea) and coffee, dark chocolate, red wine and many spices. And no matter what form they come in, they’re all packed with a ton of antioxidant power. And that’s a good thing. WHY DO WE NEED THEM? It so happens that the basic acts of eating and breathing generate molecules called “free radicals.” The right level of them in our system helps drive our immune system. But when our bodies accumulate too many of them, they drive inflammation and damage the DNA in our cells. The result, all too often, are the inflammation-driven diseases of aging: heart disease, dementia and cancer. The good news? The antioxidants we eat in our food bolster our bodies’ antioxidant enzymes, which neutralize the excess


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You’ve probably heard the wise advice when it comes to produce, to “eat the rainbow.” If you wanted to sound a little more scientific, you could say “eat the polyphenol palette”! The point is, all that diversity works to our advantage. Each one of those 8,000 polyphenol compounds has a slightly different chemical structure than its neighbor, which means it interacts with the human body in a slightly different way. The cumulative effect is breathtaking! When you’re consuming as many different kinds of veggies and fruits (and tea and spices and all the rest) as you can, you’re covering as many health bases as possible. One of the major drags on our health is that modern industrial agriculture has made us such unadventurous eaters compared to our hunter-gatherer ancestors. When you consider that roughly two-thirds of the calories that Americans eat come from four crops—wheat, corn soybeans and rice—it’s no surprise that we’ve got some major nutritional gaps that leave us vulnerable to the socalled “diseases of aging.” Let the solution be on the plate! WHEN IT COMES TO THE “POLYPHENOL HEALTH REPORT CARD,” WE’RE TALKING STRAIGHT A’S! Polyphenols do so much for your health, I can’t help but sing their praises—and I hope these benefits are one more way to inspire your food choices. Eating is, after all, one of

METABOLIC HEALTH Evidence suggests that polyphenol-rich diets may lower blood sugar and improve insulin sensitivity, thereby reducing the risk of diabetes. GUT HEALTH Exciting new research is looking at polyphenols as a supercharged prebiotic, feeding the good bacteria in the gut. One study showed that microbiomes with plenty of polyphenol from green tea and cocoa produced more butyrate, which builds up the gut wall and guards against leaky gut. CANCER PROTECTION We know that a plant-rich diet is powerful insurance against cancer. Some researchers believe polyphenols may be responsible for much of the benefit. BRAIN HEALTH There’s been interesting preliminary research showing that both grape juice and cocoa polyphenols can boost memory performance. GET YOUR PIECE OF THE POLYPHENOL PIE What’s cool about polyphenols is that so many of them are delicious—and if you’re paying attention to eating right, you’re likely eating a few of them already. My advice: Go wide! Expand your repertoire and don’t get stuck eating the

“One of the most powerful polyphenolic compounds is curcumin, the active ingredient in the spice turmeric. It’s been looked at as a helper therapy for everything from joint pain to heart disease to cancer.” same five things and expect a giant payoff. Though eating some of them is certainly better than none, branch out to get the widest variety of polys on your plate. Here are a few of my favorites, in addition to the good-for-you staples, including extra-virgin olive oil (stored in dark-glass bottles, wine and dark chocolate (75% or more cacao versions): 1 FRUITS: Tart Granny Smith apples are lower in sugar than most others; berries: think raspberries, blueberries, blackberries and strawberries; pomegranates; citrus, like grapefruit and lemons 2 VEGETABLES: Artichokes; asparagus; broccoli; olives; scallions; shallots; spinach; endive 3 NUTS AND SEEDS: Almonds (raw are best); pecans; walnuts; flaxseed (ground flaxseeds are great to sprinkle on everything) 4 BEANS: Black beans; white beans 5 SEASONINGS AND SPICES: Ginger; cinnamon; turmeric; basil; parsley; peppermint; rosemary; thyme 6 BEVERAGES: Coffee; tea (especially green tea) Read more health tips on

life’s great pleasures, so with every plate of plants you tuck into, remember, that when done right, ideally with fresh organic and/or farmers market options, seeking out all those polyphenols pays off big-time, in the following ways: WHOLE-BODY HEALTH Polyphenols can work their anti-inflammatory magic throughout the body. Researchers from the University of Ottawa have found that polyphenols are associated with tamping down the activity of cytokine molecules, which can drive out-of-control inflammation. One of the best studied, and most powerful, polyphenolic compounds is curcumin, the active ingredient in the spice turmeric. It’s been looked at as a helper therapy for everything from joint pain to heart disease to cancer. HEART HEALTH Polyphenol consumption has been linked with lower LDL (“bad” cholesterol) and higher HDL (the “good” kind). Research suggests it may lower blood pressure by promoting the body’s production of nitric oxide, which relaxes the blood vessels. 48

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EXPLORING KETAMINE THERAPY What does it feel like to take ketamine for mental health reasons? Purist tried it out.

latest, Nushama (, whose flagship is on Madison Avenue and 53rd Street, offers IV drips of ketamine in a protocol that calls for six doses administered in quick succession (either two to three times per week over a course of two or three weeks, or a more leisurely pace of six doses over six weeks). Co-founder Jay Godfrey, a former fashion designer, started the legal psychedelic wellness center after experiencing the positive effects of psychedelic treatments firsthand. “It’s about breaking down the ego. Psychedelics break down that wall, and open the doors of perception, as Aldous Huxley called it, so you can experience yourself as more of who you really are—so you can experience your own divinity,” he says. “You can access the unconditioned self, rather than the conditioned self.” It’s not all just woo-woo speak. There is science behind it as well. Ketamine, according to John Krystal, M.D., chief of psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine, “triggers reactions in your cortex that enable brain connections to regrow.” The compound can literally reshape the brain, by reactivating synapses (and glutamate receptors), which may help it shift out of depression. The name Nushama is a Hebrew word roughly meaning “spirit” or “soul” and it has the added benefit of sounding like “new shaman,” which is apt for the founder’s intentions. “As a Parsons-trained womenswear designer, I felt my job was to make women feel confident,” he recalls. “On this side of things, it’s a similar goal, just a different way in. It’s not about buying or acquiring something that’s going to make you feel better. Here, it’s about looking under all those layers of justification, validation, explanation and righteousness to see who you truly are.” Staff and clients alike have noticed immediate effects,

Widely known as a tranquilizer for horses or elephants and a dance-club drug (Special K), ketamine, first discovered in 1962, is experiencing a revival as a tool for mental health. Used to treat anxiety, depression, PTSD, OCD, eating disorders and addiction, ketamine therapy is a hot topic in mental health circles, with several new clinics offering inhouse and at-home treatment through a variety of delivery modes: IV drips, pills, nasal sprays and shots in the skin and muscles. Psychedelics such as psilocybin (from mushrooms), LSD, MDMA and DMT (the main psychoactive ingredient in ayahuasca) continue to be studied and employed for a variety of health reasons. Volumes could be written about each, and the history of their use, dating back to the 1950s (and centuries prior, for the plant-based medicines). What separates the use from a recreational psychedelic trip to a clinical, mental health tool? It all comes down to what’s referred to as “set and setting”: what the intention is and where it is being administered. In Southampton, Dr. Lea Lis is offering ketamine therapy at her new Hampton Insight Institute (61 Main St., second floor; in an office that she describes as “nature-based, with dried and natural plants.” Sound is a key component to the “journey” as well. Clients work with a trained therapist to set treatment goals and when the ketamine is administered, with noise-canceling music in headphones and eyes covered—all the better to go inward—they have a hallucinatory experience. After the fact, they work with a therapist or integration specialist, to discuss what happened and glean insights. In Manhattan, there are a handful of places offering ketamine therapy (Mind Medical, Mindbloom, MindBody Therapeutics, NY Ketamine Infusions among them). The 50

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join Bo and Peep?” No one was in the room to hear my jokes, but I couldn’t resist the urge to make them anyway. The feeling itself was a bit like being in the dentist chair, high on laughing gas (and then, as it ended, like Novocain wearing off). Once fully in the trip—at a dose of 1 mg per kilogram of body weight—I was no longer scared, but in a state of awe as healthy skepticism gave way to a kind of wonder. You’re not fully in another realm, but somewhere in the in-between. Though I was still aware of my physical being in a Midtown Manhattan office festooned with trippy blooms and rooms named after psychedelic pioneers throughout its corridors, it actually felt like being hooked up to the Matrix, flying through space with bright beams of neon green and blue guiding me upward. It took me to all kinds of places from my past, revisiting pleasurable memories—a night under the stars in the Maldives; a treasured sunken tub on First Avenue in the ’90s—as a cavalcade of beloved pets from throughout my life

one participant weaning off SSRIs completely after the full six-dose ketamine regimen, another ending a serious romantic partnership that was no longer serving them after just one dose. Intrigued, I signed up for a ketamine “journey.” I had some recent traumatic pandemic-related events I was still processing and figured, beyond just research for the story, maybe this would help me personally as well. In addition to my time on the couch—or FaceTime, these days—for traditional talk therapy, could this be another tool in the arsenal to help me move forward in a healthy way? An hourlong Zoom consultation with Medical Director Dr. Steven Radowitz, perhaps the most compassionate and emotionally intelligent doctor I’d ever been to, assured me this was a reasonable undertaking. Here’s what happened. My trip started before I even got to the office. I had a fitful night of sleep, worried that I wouldn’t be up in enough time to have a shot of espresso before my morning

“It felt like being hooked up to the Matrix, flying through space with bright beams of neon green and blue guiding me upward.” popped in to offer comfort along the way. What was this experience trying to tell me? Perhaps, simply, to remember the good and let go of the bad. And what were my main takeaways from the experience? I couldn’t immediately say, to the chagrin of the integrationist who wanted results. It was more amorphous for me, a feeling of lightness and a bit of disbelief accompanied by self-lacerating questions like, ‘Why did I put myself through that?’ and ‘Is this what I need to do to feel OK in the world?’ which had to be reframed: I am a seeker, and I long to know myself as deeply as possible. Ketamine therapy provided a fascinating glimpse into another realm, and yes, I would try it again, even if I remain a bit of a skeptic. When the lovely nurse who had inserted the needle into my vein called to see how I was doing in the days after, I told her: “Well, I quit my job, shaved off all my hair and joined a commune.” She cracked up, and so did I. But in truth, it did have some positive, tangible effects. One unexpected result was that I didn’t crave a drop of alcohol for six weeks after, and although I didn’t have a big problem with booze going in, it did change my relationship to it. I no longer needed it as a salve to help ease some social anxiety at events or gatherings—and I would rather skip it altogether when on my own relaxing at home, even after stressful days. The treatment is said to be very beneficial for addictive behaviors, and I can see why now. That alone was worth the trip.

appointment. (They recommend coming in on an empty stomach to get the full effect of the ketamine.) My father, who died several years ago, appeared in a dream, ready to drive me to the appointment. “I’ll do the driving,” I told him, and we both got in the car. It was a comfort, and an empowering notion: We’d go together, and I would steer. (We all have childhood baggage to process, and I wasn’t surprised this was part of my journey.) Nevertheless, when I awoke that morning, I was still frightened by what lay ahead. If you have a fear of needles, the prospect of an IV can be a terrifying notion. Once in the zero-gravity chair I began my yogic Ujjayi breathing as I heeded the words of the integrationist therapist: “You can choose to go into this with clenched fists and fear or take a deep breath, relax and set forth with an open mind.” Once I put on the noise-canceling headphones and eye mask—to immerse in the experience more fully—I was instructed to imagine a stage to my right and invite various versions of myself onto that stage: me as an infant, toddler, preschooler and so on, up until the present me. I chose the me that had been recently floating in the warm surf of Playa Guiones in Costa Rica, my happy place. As the ketamine began to take effect, and the mysticalsounding recorded instructions in the headphones started, the new age-y vibe was a bit of an eye roll for me. “Is this the part where I am indoctrinated into the cult?” I cracked, laughing to myself. “Is it time to put on the blue Nikes and 52


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Specialties: We are a multi-specialty team of board certified physicians offering primary care, urgent care, infectious disease, general surgery and critical care trauma, OB-GYN and pediatrics. Mission: To bring the highest level of medical care, with emphasis on personalized health management. What services do you anticipate will be in highest demand this summer? I’m anticipating dehydration, and trauma care from active lifestyles. A huge emphasis on general well-being—people want to address weight gain from COVID, get routine medical exams, manage physical and mental health. Our weight management and vitamins/ hormone supplement programs have been a paradigm shift for much-needed health focus since the pandemic. Advice for staying healthy: Hydrate, and make sure you’re eating healthy meals and staying active, so you have the energy to live it up. After two years of COVID, we’ve been waiting for this. Have fun! Dr. Roxanna Namavar Services: In-home customized infusion therapies (vitamins, exosomes, NAD (nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide), glutathione, ketamine, etc.), aesthetic services (Botox, filler, micro-needling facials with stem cells, eyelash extensions), psychotherapy with ketamine, medication management. Mission: To optimize quality of life, utilizing a personalized approach tailored to genetics, goals and lifestyle to optimize wellness, function and mood. What services do you anticipate will be in highest demand this summer? Health optimization and wellness, particularly postpandemic, which prioritizes decreasing overall inflammation. This can be achieved with customized IV vitamins, glutathione and NAD, which can also boost your immune system and cognitive function for patients beginning to travel again and help you feel protected and beautiful. These infusions not only boost immunity and detoxify the body, but they also produce healthy, glowing

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risk of heart disease. Researchers have shown that changing your diet to eliminate red meat can significantly reduce the level of TMAO in your blood—and reduce your risk of atherosclerosis, hypertension and heart failure. The Mediterranean approach has also been shown to improve the overall health of older people. An important study in 2020 looked at how eating a Mediterranean-style diet for a year affected the health of 612 older adults who were at risk of frailty—which is age-related loss of strength and normal function, along with inflammation and cognitive decline. Frailty leads Moving to a more plant-based diet to a significant reduction brings quick, positive in your quality of life and results to gut health. your life expectancy. At the end of a year of eating the Mediterranean way, the lucky participants had higher numbers of bacteria families that are positively associated with lower frailty and less cognitive decline, and lower numbers of bacteria associated with inflammation. In other words, after a year of eating a delicious, varied diet, they were healthier overall and better able to avoid frailty in the future. When you move to a plant-forward, Mediterranean-style diet, you toss the sugar, the junk food, the processed foods, and most of the meat. That means tossing inflammaging (longterm inflammation that develops as we age) and poor gut health. But what you eat instead matters even more. From the book Gut Renovation by Roshini Raj, MD. Copyright © 2022 by Roshini Raj. Reprinted by permission of William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.

The composition of your gut microbiome is shaped by what you eat. Sure, other factors like stress and genetics play a role, but study after study shows that diet is key. By eating a varied, nutrient-dense diet with plenty of whole foods, you develop a healthy microbiome full of the bacteria associated with good health in every dimension. Feed your microbiome junk— processed or fried foods, refined grains, sugar, salt, food additives—and your bacteria shift to the ones that are associated with poorer overall health, including heart disease and diabetes. That’s what makes the basic Mediterranean eating pattern such a good dietary foundation. When you switch from the standard American diet—rich in meat, cheese and other dairy products—to a diet with much less meat and much more fiber, your gut bacteria change for the better. A meat-heavy diet promotes the growth of unhealthy bacteria that are implicated in causing inflammation, including in the colon (colitis). When you move to a more plant-based diet with less red meat, your gut bacteria respond by increasing the number of bacteria that help break down fiber and reducing the number of potentially harmful bacteria. The change happens within a few days, which means quick results. By reducing the amount of red meat in your diet, your bacteria will also be doing your heart a favor. When you digest red meat, one of the byproducts formed by your gut bacteria is something called TMAO (trimethylamine N-oxide), which is known to increase your 58

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In her new book, Gut Renovation, gastroenterologist and founder of Tula skin care, Roshini Raj, MD, explains why the microbiome thrives on fresh, plant-based fare. Come meet 100 writers, including Raj, at the 18th annual East Hampton Library’s Authors Night event at Herrick Park on August 13, from 5-7:30PM.

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CULTURAL LEAP East End art happenings. BY JULIA SZABO

As culture institutions around the world begin to get the IDEA (for Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access), redressing the historical primacy of white male artists, the Parrish Art Museum earns special kudos for proudly presenting the explosively eye-opening Set It Off (through July 24). With works in various media by an international roster of female artists of color (Leilah Babirye, Torkwase Dyson, February James, Karyn Olivier, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, Kennedy Yanko), Set It Off is the brainchild of a dynamic curatorial duo: Deux Femmes Noires, aka Racquel Chevremont and Mickalene Thomas, partners in art and life, together rewriting art history from a future-is-female POV. “Our hope, going forward, is that institutions will take greater risks—and stop viewing women artists of color as risks,” says Chevremont. Adds Thomas, “Instead of ‘risks’ they can take a leap, take

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the lead—as we and The Parrish have done.” Taking a page from the IDEA movement, the year-old Peter Marino Art Foundation reimagines the landmark Rogers Memorial Library on Jobs Lane, with works from the renowned architect’s own splendid art collection, spanning antiquity to the present. Beginning July 16, the Foundation hosts a solo show of marble sculpture and paintings (including quilt/ mixed media canvases) by Sanford Biggers, whose exaltation of Africana heritage is perfectly at home among Marino’s many other treasures. “What I admire in Sanford’s marble sculptures is the conjunction of African art with Western art,” Marino says. “I’ve commissioned four of them already, and purchased two others.” July 16-August 13. Over in Springs, the Arts Center at 62

Duck Creek presents two exhibitions running from July 23-August 21: As Above, So Below, curated by poet and The Nation art critic Barry Schwabsky, juxtaposes paintings by Hannah Beerman and Rafael Vega, both New York-based; and Eric Brown: The Particulars of Rapture. A selection of Brown’s magical “textile paintings” created during lockdown in Amagansett, they are handloomed onto canvas with echoes of Agnes Martin’s lines: airy, shroudlike grids that weave a sacred spell. Beautifying the walls at The Drawing Room in East Hampton are paintings and drawings by another grid master, Jennifer Bartlett; these, too, conjure sheer, summery fabric, specifically madras; through August 8 ( A sixminute walk brings you to Harper’s Books, and paintings by Deborah Brown—whose recent work explores

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“Horizon,” 2020, by Eric Brown, oil on canvas, 24 x 20 inches

“Homan-ji III, 73-D, (Red Dots),” 1995, by Jennifer Bartlett, Japanese mineral color on handmade Kozo paper, silver leaf, 24 x 24 inches


“Dancing” by Kelly Carmody, 22 x 28 inches

“Aurora” by Sanford Biggers, displayed at the Peter Marino Art Foundation

“Fire Bloom,” 2022, by Sally Egbert, acrylic and oil on canvas, 12 x 16 inches

the long shadows cast by her dog and herself while out walking in Brooklyn—plus the Los Angeles-based Max Jansons’ “Paradise”; through July 20. AARP-eligible artists routinely encounter art-world ageism, so championing 90-years-young Nelson H. White, and including the esteemed third-generation impressionist in a group show alongside a diverse trio of younger painters (Kelly Carmody among them), was a master stroke for Sag Harbor’s Laura Grenning. At his Wainscott gallery, Tripoli Patterson presents Sky Years, a solo show of paintings—soothing visual ports in a stormy sea—by collage connoisseur Sally Egbert, whose lyrical work has been described by poet Eileen Myles as “hypnotic

as aquariums.” Says Egbert: “My work, while primarily abstract, also references landscapes, light, sky, trees and flowers.” Very different nature imagery appears in the surrealist paintings of Lori Campbell, on view at The Lucore Art, the Montauk studio/gallery of artist Christopher Lucore, whose motto is: “Come in, look at art, have fun!” At the intersection of Lucian Freud and Francis Bacon is where Colm Rowan positions Angela China, who wields a mighty brush (as wide as 12 inches) with exquisite control; opening July 23 at East Hampton’s Colm Rowan Fine Art (through August 14). “I will be featuring her also at the Hamptons Fine Art Fair in Southampton,” Rowan promises. A beloved annual 64

event showcasing the East End’s widest and deepest selection of important art ever, the Fair ( dedicates its opening date (July 14) to The Bastille Day Vernissage, a benefit for another much-loved Hamptons cultural institution: East Hampton’s Guild Hall, currently still closed to visitors. In addition to viral anxiety, the pandemic produced an international movement marrying art and technology. “Each age finds its own technique,” Jackson Pollock once said—and those words welcome visitors to “Techspressionism—Digital and Beyond” at the Southampton Arts Center. A high-tech highlight: inkblot Rorschach tests rendered in 3D by Suzanne Anker.

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Leilah Babirye, from left: “Nagawa from the Kuchu Monkey Clan,” 2020; “Tuli Mukwano (We Are in Love),” 2018; “Omumbejja Nkinzi from the Kuchu Royal Family of Buganda,” 2020. Featured at Parrish Art Museum

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One of Serra’s ocean-inspired sculptures.

IN THE SWIRL Then necessity mothered a new invention: “COVID hit, and I couldn’t get clay.” So he rode a wave of inspiration, exploring surfboard foam material, finished with waterbased fiberglass. The resulting works are as white as a watery wake, calling to mind Eastern calligraphy. His sinuous characters add up to asemic writing— “writing that has no specific content,” Serra explains, “like a gesture. I just want the pure shapes: the perfect rock, the nice seashell. When you’re looking at it, asemic writing lets you get lost in your imagination, and I hope you have a nice journey there.” Hence his decision to leave the work beautifully blank: a meditative launchpad. “I’m not giving directions; I’m providing a place to ponder, to find enjoyment,” he says. “When we choose to be an artist, we take the power to put something into the world: I want to put beauty there.” 34 Main St., Sag Harbor;

The sea has been speaking to Rudolph Serra for as long as he can remember. Now, Curling, Swirling Contours in Space, a solo show of sculptures and works on paper (at Mark Borghi, Sag Harbor, through July 14) lets us in on the conversation. “Almost all of my life, I’ve been near the ocean,” Serra says. “Growing up in San Francisco, I could see the ocean out my back window; I watched sunsets, saw waves breaking, fished on the ocean with my father. I became a surfer in college, and studied at Berkeley with Peter Voulkos, the Jackson Pollock of ceramics.” Today, the polymath artist and lifelong wave rider, known to friends as Rudy, divides his time between Montauk, Sag Harbor and the downtown Manhattan location of his studio. Renowned for sculptures that achieve what few before or since could—dynamic drawing with high-fired terra-cotta—Serra says that clay let him “draw threedimensionally, which I couldn’t do with other materials.” 66

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EYES ON ART Where to look and what to see at top galleries in Aspen this summer. BY LINDA HAYES

“Woody Creek Tavern,” 2022, David Yarrow

THE ART BASE In historic downtown Basalt, The Art Base fosters creative expression for all ages and abilities. A lower gallery level exhibits the works of established and emerging Colorado artists, as well as local students. Upper floors house classrooms for everything from painting to sculpture to photography, all under the mindful direction of Executive Director Skye Skinner. Upcoming exhibitions include Andrea Wendel’s Purposeful Objects (5/276/24), and an exhibit by local artists Wally Graham and Teal Wilson (7/17/30). 68

174 Midland Ave., Basalt, 970.927.4123; TANIA DIBBS STUDIO & GALLERY “Urgent” and “relevant” are the words artist Tania Dibbs uses to describe the intriguing work she turns out in her serene Basalt gallery. Painting over her modern land- and skyscapes, screens and wet-on-wet overlays, the oil on canvas beneath is both highlighted and obscured, speaking to the beauty of nature and the conflicting, fantastic constructs of man. 280 Roaring Fork Court, Basalt, 970.948.4075;

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HEXTON GALLERY Modern and contemporary gallery owner and founder Bob Chase’s affinity for environmentally based work will be displayed this summer, with the August 1 opening of Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Ephemeral Nature. The show, which marks the 50th anniversary of the “Valley Curtain” installation the couple installed in Colorado’s Rifle Gap, features works that have never been shown to the public, along with Christo’s collection of original drawings, collages and wrapped objects. 447 E. Cooper Ave., Aspen, 970.925.1616;

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ONE HOUR AHEAD Ashley Wein, founder and CEO of Atlas Fine, a luxury jewelry brand, and premium art adviser Sarah Calodney are the force behind One Hour Ahead, which partners with select blue-chip galleries and luxury fashion brands to curate unique design spaces in Aspen. A collaboration with New York City owner-gallerist Marianne Boesky and international Carpenters Workshop Gallery is slated to run June 30 through September 7. 601 E. Hyman Ave., 2nd Floor, Aspen; RICHARD CARTER One of the original members of the Aspen Center for the Visual Arts, which evolved into the Aspen Art Museum, Richard Carter will be part of a five-person show at the Hexton Gallery, July 15-30, with paintings from his current series Anomalies, Unconformities, & Variations. Carter pairs with pedestal sculptor Chris Cox for a two-person show on August 26 at Basalt’s The Art Base, where he will display new paintings based on his study of geology, along with his dialogue with the author John McPhee. Carter works out of his riverside studio in Basalt. Visits by appointment only: 310.344.4750,; MCHUGH GALLERY Expanding in reach and creativity for over 30 years, Ricki and John McHugh’s intimate gallery is well known for an ever-evolving collection of 16th-century to 18th-century antiques, found objects, paintings, sculpture and more, sourced from travels to France, New Zealand, Belgium and Italy. This summer, find works by Hunt Slonem, Helmut Koller, Lloyd Martin and Rob Tucker. New this season is local artist Suzan Lotus Obermeyer. 607 E. Cooper

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“Wildflowers” by Tania Dibbs, mixed media

“Tertiary” by Richard Carter, on view at The Art Base

SYBIL GALLERY 101 In June 2021, artists Sybil Hill Carter and Ingrid Dee Magidson opened the doors to Gallery 101 along the Fryingpan River in Basalt. Carter is now creating abstracts using inks and resin reminiscent of nature. Magidson, known for her layered images of Renaissance and baroque figures, has exhibited her work in museums and galleries from New York to Gstaad. 231 Midland Ave., Suite No. 101, Basalt, 970.279.5184; BALDWIN GALLERY Founded in 1994 by Richard Edwards, this is a must-stop for gallery hoppers. Summer shows include: Andres Serrano, The Robots, June 24 to July 24; Laurie Simmons, Clothes Make The Man II, 1991–2021; and Ryan McGinness, kraftworks, July 29 to September 5. 209 S. Galena St., 970.920.9797;

“Chinensis,” 2022, by Hunt Slonem, oil on canvas, on display at McHugh Gallery

“Christo and Jeanne-Claude/The Umbrellas, Japan—USA, 1984-91 (1)” by Wolfgang Volz © Christo and Jeanne-Claude Foundation

“Timeless Royalty” by Ingrid Dee Magidson


CASTERLINE GOODMAN Gallerists and consultants Robert Casterline and Jordan Goodman and their team have an extensive understanding of the global art market, regularly traveling to gallery shows, museum exhibitions and auctions around the world. This summer, the gallery is honored to release photographer David Yarrow’s newest work, which was captured in Aspen this past spring, and embodies Aspen’s history, glamour and grit; 24-year-old Alexander Höller’s exclusive new work, created this spring while Höller was an artistin-residence at the gallery; and the powerful paintings of Alison Van Pelt, who is newly signed with the gallery as a primary artist. 611 E. Cooper Ave. and 631 E. Durant Ave., 970.925.1339;

S PAC E Denise R. Schoen is a board member and pro bono lawyer for the Sag Harbor Community Housing Trust.

EAST END ADVOCATE had a wonderful husband, a great little house and two kids, and I wanted to share my good fortune.” She became a host for the Fresh Air Fund, the nonprofit that provides summer adventures for kids from low-income communities. “We had an 11-year-old come out, and she became part of the family. She’s 25 now, and becoming a Korean translator.” Schoen studied to be a critical care emergency medical technician and served with the Sag Harbor Volunteer Ambulance Corps for 15 years. In 2015, as tens of thousands of Syrians fled from their war-ravaged country, she reached out to a doctor tending to the refugees on the Greek isle of Lesvos [also known as Lesbos] and offered to put her EMT skills to work. “I raised $20,000 in a week on GoFundMe, and brought six huge duffel bags of medical equipment that I had bought on Amazon,” she says. She returned to Greece six times to lend a hand. “At refugee camps, I worked with mothers, and children who were so malnourished that I’d see a 3-year-old and think it was a 7-month-old. I dealt with a lot of frostbite, injuries from war crimes—missing fingers and limbs—and because nobody had shoes, their soles were torn up.” In 2016, she traveled to Puerto Rico in the aftermath of a hurricane to provide medical care to stranded residents. She is also putting her real estate knowledge to use for a good cause as a board member and pro bono lawyer for the Sag Harbor Community Housing Trust, a group that seeks to develop affordable housing. “I love my community,” she says, “so I’m fiercely protective of it.”

The pandemic-era real estate boom continues to reverberate through the East End, and even those who work in the industry are surprised by the vigor of the market. “I thought by now the bubble would have burst,” says Denise R. Schoen, an attorney and partner with the Adam Miller Group, one of the region’s premier real estate law firms. “To some degree it has, because most of the deals we have now are in the multi-multimillion dollar range, and only two or three are priced from $1.5 million to $2 million.” Those high-end transactions are “exactly what Adam does,” she says of the firm’s founder, “so he’s been crazy busy.” Schoen’s expertise is in identifying a parcel’s development potential. “I research the zoning and planning laws so people can go into contract with some degree of comfort about what’s possible.” An East Hampton native, Schoen gets why people clamor to live in the area. “I loved growing up here,” she says. “It’s one of those places that on Saturdays your mom would just open the door and say, ‘Go have fun.’” After law school, she worked at the Dewey & LeBoeuf law firm in New York City for four years, but returned to the East End to start a family with her husband, Jon, a retired Sag Harbor police officer. She has worked as a lawyer for East Hampton Town and Sag Harbor Village, and previously spent five years practicing real estate law at the Twomey, Latham, Shea, Kelley, Dubin & Quartararo firm. It was during one of her stints with East Hampton Town “that the philanthropic part of me started coming out hard-core,” says Ms. Schoen. “I was living in Sag Harbor,


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“Salamander has great respect for the foundation laid many years ago, not only of design of the resort, but of the inspiration brought on by all of the incredible events that happen on the (Aspen) Institute campus through summer and the entire year,” says Todd. “We are geared to pay homage to that, and also to incorporating more programming on the Aspen Meadows side of campus, so that people and visitors understand that this is a place they can visit and enjoy.” A sensitive renovation of the guest suites is underway by architect Michael Suomi, of Manhattan- and Floridabased hotel design studio Suomi Design Works, to be completed next fall. “Our design reimagines what the guest suites would have looked like coming out of the Bauhaus movement,” he says. “It’s a true honor to design in the Bauhaus language of Herbert Bayer and extend the legacy of design for which the Aspen Institute is known.” A new type of programming intended to engage the local community was showcased in June, when the Aspen Meadows Resort hosted a Juneteenth Celebration on campus as a closing out of the annual Food & Wine Classic, featuring food by entrepreneurial chef and author Kwame Onwuachi. “It was the start of what we are trying to do,” says Todd, “and will continue to build on as we get further into our management of Aspen Meadows.”

Set within the 40 verdant acres that make up the Aspen Institute campus—at the edge of Aspen’s exclusive West End neighborhood and bordered by the Roaring Fork River below—Aspen Meadows Resort, or “the Meadows,” as it’s locally known, embodies the Bauhaus influence so vital to local character and history. Home to the Resort’s lovely Plato’s restaurant, the Walter Isaacson Center (named in honor of the former Aspen Institute president and CEO) is an architectural wonder, as are the series of low-slung buildings that house 98 serene guest suites. Reflecting Bauhaus architect Herbert Bayer’s belief in designing the total human environment, the Aspen Meadows Resort epitomizes his crisp, minimalist aesthetic—simple geometric shapes, flat roofs, expanses of glass, cantilevered balconies, industrial materials, and the use of primary colors, whites and grays. This past May, management of Aspen Meadows Resort was taken over by Salamander Hotels & Resorts, a privately owned and operated luxury resort management company based out of Middleburg, Virginia. And while there may certainly be change afoot, it’s tempered by the fact that two key players have local pedigrees— Salamander Vice President of Operations John Speers is a former managing director of The Little Nell in Aspen; General Manager Justin Todd comes from a similar position at W Aspen. 72

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there is yet another spa on the roof, with a kitchenette for easy outdoor living. Best of all, the home is eco-friendly with solar panels, geothermal heat, radiant floor heating throughout and a generator. Asking $18,000,000. Two extraordinary residences on Gin Lane, listed with Sotheby’s International Realty’s associate Realtor Harald Grant, come with 400 feet of stunning bulkhead beachfront, manicured hedges and lawns, gunite pools

Close your eyes and dream of a Hamptons estate, and this listing from associate brokers Ann Ciardullo and Keith Green of Sotheby’s International Realty may just come to mind. In East Hampton, The Grace Estate is a dramatic Tudor mansion that transports a visitor to another place and time. Manicured gardens and a three-tiered central fountain greet you upon arrival. Out back, find a pool house, pool, deck, hot tub and spa. You’ll feel like you’re in a fairy tale in castlelike rooms such as the center hall, with its 25-foot beamed cathedral ceiling. There are nine fireplaces throughout the 4-bedroom home, including in the primary bedroom, which fills the entire second floor. The property also features a 4-car garage and privacy galore on a charming street, North Bay Lane. Asking $4,995,000. If a modern home is more your style, look no further than Sotheby’s International Realty’s associate broker Beate V. Moore’s first-time-to-market residence on Town Line Road in Sagaponack. Designed by architect Steven Harris, this stunner sits on 1.3 acres, with eight en suite bedrooms, 10 full baths and floor-to-ceiling glass walls that celebrate indoor/ outdoor living with panoramic views of the Atlantic and more. A media room and gym, a heated gunite pool, a spa and a pool house almost complete the picture, but wait—

asking $15,995,000, features a main house with 8 bedrooms, 9.5 baths, wide-plank wood flooring, a custommilled grand staircase, leaded glass windows, coffered ceilings, all Carrara marble baths and Turkish limestone terraces. Entertainment and living spaces include a media room, game room, gym, sauna and two laundry rooms, while outside on the landscaped grounds sits a pool house and heated gunite pool, as well as a 1760 antique home with landmark status. Known as the oldest home in Water Mill, it’s waiting to become a writer’s retreat, a yoga room, or simply remain as a step back in time.

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Known as the Grace Estate, 24 North Bay Lane features quintessential Tudor architecture.

The tranquil pool in the garden of 206 Town Line Road can be seen from the home’s rooftop spa.


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BROKER SPOTLIGHT Redefining house-proud, Brittanie Rockhill lives, breathes, even travels her job, literally inspired by the high-altitude oxygen of her home base, and eager to make meaningful, lasting connections among the homebuyers she feels proud to serve as a broker with Douglas Elliman. In Aspen, she explains, “We live in a more intimate community experience than you find in a lot of other markets. After the deal is closed, you are going to see one another at the farmers market, on the hiking trails, in the restaurants, on the slopes. I may be the one that introduces my clients to their new specialist in town to hone a skill (cycling, yoga, hiking, tennis, skiing).” She’s also proud to be philanthropically active on behalf of her Rocky Mountain home: as a member of the Society of Fellows at the nonprofit Aspen Institute, one of the trustees of the Aspen Historical Society and one of five members of the City of Aspen Planning and Zoning Commission. And while she loves Aspen, she’s not ashamed to admit she enjoys wintering in warmer climes. “For a fast getaway, Mexico is my go-to,” says Rockhill, fluent in Spanish since her college days, when she spent her junior year abroad in Mexico. “Most recently, I did a sales trip to Costa Palmas on the east cape of Los Cabos. And my spring off-season trip this year was a very special retreat to Sensei Lana’i in Hawaii.” —Julia Szabo


and sunken tennis courts. The main four-story early-1900s, classic shinglesided home features a second level that opens across decks and patios to take in ocean breezes. The second, separate home is similarly designed— from the dark polished-wood floors to the white interiors with detailed moldings, French doors and coffered ceilings. Both homes are outfitted with gyms and saunas, and the second residence has a home theater and billiards room. Price upon request. Farms, fields and vistas are yours, south of the Highway and steps away from beautiful Mecox Bay. Sotheby’s International Realty’s Associate Broker Doreen Atkins’ rare home,

S PAC E Aspen currently wants to cut short-term rental homes by 25 percent.

THE STATE OF ASPEN’S SHORT-TERM SH HOR RT-TERM M STAYS for only 11 percent of the Aspen market, per the city, whereas most destination resorts consider 15 percent to be an acceptable percentage. I suspect that many of the issues arise from the lessmonitored entities like Airbnb and VRBO. I agree with permitting, and requiring a property manager’s name on file, but this is already in place at independent brokerages across Aspen. Most of the brokerages here in town have very strict contracts that limit the number of renters; they have to have a minimum stay of seven days, make sure the trash is taken care of and be mindful of where they park. Clients sign contracts that are specifically designed to safeguard the community from potential vacation rental impacts. Is the city council being hasty and jumping on the short-term rental regulation bandwagon sweeping the country? Each market is unique and other resort destinations do not represent the high-end market of Aspen. I believe the moratorium should be lifted, and more data should be compiled, before jumping to conclusions. I would like to see an economic impact study. I don’t think the city should take away personal property rights of homeowners who rely upon rental income. I am working closely with entities across Aspen in an effort to make short-term rentals a more equitable ecosystem for brokerages, homeowners, tourists and the community.

This year, those without a stake in Aspen’s luxury real estate may need to make alternate travel plans. The City of Aspen has implemented a temporary moratorium on short-term rentals until September 30, which puts the vacation rental industry in flux. This moratorium directly affects the luxury vacation rental niche. As the owner of Aspen Signature Vacation Rentals since 2004, I am aware that some residents in Aspen have become increasingly concerned about shortterm rentals adding to traffic congestion, noise pollution and carbon footprint. I recognize that these are valid concerns regarding the general well-being of the city, but I don’t understand how short-term rentals are to blame for all of it. I believe last year saw an unprecedented increase in short-term rentals due to the freedom of travel after the major flux of the pandemic, but to think that this trend is continuing is unsubstantiated. This summer seems to be more in line with previous years. The city would like to stop the short-term rental proliferation by not issuing new licenses. They are going to try to cut short-term rental homes by 25 percent, and that will be done through attrition—if you currently have a permit, you’re fine, but if you sell your house or if you do not do a short-term rental in a year, then the city will take your permit and give it to the next person in line on a waiting list. I find this baffling, as short-term rentals account 76

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Dr. Frank. He also looks forward to eventually using it on the body. “Ellacor is FDA-approved for the mid and lower face, but I foresee it being used on the arms, thighs and décolletage. Crepey skin on the body is one of the biggest complaints patients have. With this, you are cutting out skin without having to do surgery.” Another new tool Dr. Frank is eager to introduce is the Emface, which, like the original Emsculpt, uses electromagnetic energy to contract and tone muscles. “We are seeing new devices that work directly on the structural weakness of the face that Dr. Paul Jarrod Frank develops with age,” he plans to expand the explains. “We can expect use of fractional a similar groundbreaking microcoring to the body as well as the face. technology for improving the muscular support of the face that Emsculpt delivered for the body.” The technologies have come along at just the right time, says Dr. Frank, because people have relied too heavily on Botox and fillers. “Botox, when overused, can exacerbate the droop of a forehead, and filler can make the face look fat rather than defined,” he explains. “Although injectables will never be abandoned, we are finally on the precipice of technologies that can complement these treatments, and target the aging processes at their root cause.” Dr. Paul Jarrod Frank is a celebrity cosmetic dermatologist with locations in the Upper East Side and the West Village.

Despite the multitude of treatments, new machines and injectables that pop up in aesthetic doctors’ offices, advances are few and far between, so when they appear, we take note. Dr. Paul Jarrod Frank is on the trail of two such breakthroughs, to be introduced this fall. “We have been living in a world of redundancy, a new filler or a new neurotoxin, but they basically all do the same thing,” he says. “What I am most excited about are new technologies that have categorical shifts. There has been a COVID bottleneck—things that were supposed to come out were slowed down—but now a lot is happening.” One system he is focused on is Ellacor, which employs a new skinextracting method called fractional microcoring. “This machine has been in the making for three to five years, and it’s almost like a sewing machine,” he says. Small needles core out and quickly remove little pieces of skin, and those holes close up in 24 to 48 hours, tightening the area and reducing wrinkles. Approximately 8 percent of surface area is removed in each treatment, with three or four sessions suggested at monthly intervals. There are only about three days of downtime, so you can have the procedure on a Thursday and return to work Monday. “It’s great for moderate laxity and lines, and it’s much closer to a face-lift than any device on the market,” says 82

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THE CHILL ZONE A story of triumph from design maven turned beauty industry trailblazer, Alina Mehrle.

Alina Mehrle, founder of rising skin care brand Ameōn and a partner of global award-winning interior design studio Asthetique, is the quintessential wellness warrior. Mehrle’s world radically changed after a breast cancer diagnosis at age of 30. After fighting for her life through eight intensive chemotherapy sessions and a double mastectomy, Mehrle went into remission but suffered profound changes to her appearance along the way. To heal her fragile skin, an oncologist recommended cryotherapy, a sacred practice used for centuries to heal and rejuvenate. After Mehrle experienced the profound effects of cryotherapy, she created Ameōn. “It was not just about beauty for me; it was about healing and love,” says Mehrle. “I’m a spiritual person and a tech geek at the same time. I’m hopeful for the future, and I believe in the power of modern science. It saved my life.” This is why Ameōn, a combination of the French word “âme” meaning soul, and the philosophy of turning “on” skin’s potential, merges the worlds of scientific advancement and mother nature.

Mehrle spent two years meticulously crafting a line of five products for Ameōn. This icy-cold cryo-ritual consists of Glow Manifesto and Supreme Energy Ice Cubes, which awaken tired and irritated skin while creating a smooth foundation for makeup application. These unique frozen remedies can be paired with the Aurora Glow Serum or the Baby Buddha Calming Serum, along with the lightweight, ultra-absorbent Holy Cream Diamond Moisturizer. Take this novel beauty regimen up a notch at the Ameōn retreat within the Equinox fitness space at Rockefeller Center, a tranquil respite from the hectic streets of Midtown. Surrounded by chic art and vintage design motifs, guests can tune into inner bliss with an ice sculpting facial, intended to tighten and brighten skin while accentuating the natural contours of the face. “Ameōn is a movement,” Mehrle says. “Our brand philosophy marries inner spirituality with novel technological innovation through thoughtful skin care remedies and self expression.” Visit Ameōn at 45 Rockefeller Plaza inside the Salon Project at Equinox. 84

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SKIN TIGHT Get summer-season ready at JECT. BY RAY ROGERS

area, is also effective under the chin, and on the cheeks and jowls, particularly for those who do not want filler, smoothing out laugh lines and leaving you contoured. She likens the process to summer grilling. “It’s like you’re cooking a steak—or tofu, for our plant-based clients—so as you heat up the skin, it gets a little bit tighter, a little bit firmer, just like when cooking a steak. When we heat up that tissue, you get a nice boost of collagen, which gives you a little lift, a little smoothness, reducing fine lines and wrinkles.” You’ll immediately notice improved definition of facial features and tighter, firmer skin. The effects, says JECT founder and CEO Gabby Garritano, will only become more noticeable as the weeks go on. And best of all, there is zero downtime, so you can head right out into a day in the Hamptons sun (with SPF on, of course) or directly off to a summer soirée. Go turn some heads. 2414 Main St., Bridgehampton;

It’s not all about injectables at JECT. For those who prefer a noninvasive glow up, or just between-Botox maintenance, meet the TempSure Envi radiofrequency machine from Cynosure, employed during JECT’s Skin Tightening treatment. “It’s like a hot stone massage for the face,” says aesthetician Georgia Slayton as she applies the machine’s wand in circular motions around the eye sockets. She’s not wrong: The smooth surfaces of the wand, and the heat emanating from it, feel comforting and relaxing. But it does more than soothe—it promotes collagen production and helps improve skin elasticity. That’s what we call a win-win. “As I move along the area, it creates that arch to the brow. It will make you look well rested. When we do the forehead after, it’s going to lift the area, giving you a really ‘awake’ look,” promises Slayton. The treatment, which takes roughly seven minutes per 86

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AMAGANSETT I 7 BEDROOMS | 8 FULL, 2 HALF BATHROOMS | 10,000 SQ.FT. | 2.44 ACRES I $14,250,000 Architect-designed home in the heart of Amagansett on 2.44 acres overlooking a horse farm and the South Fork Golf Course with views to the ocean. This under construction offering includes a 7-bedroom house, which is ideally situated on an elevated flag lot, with complete privacy, bounded by reserves. Approximately 10,000sf of open living with luxurious finishes, and smart home technology on 3 levels. Using a contemporary combination of wood, stucco, concrete, and metal, the architect has taken advantage of the sloping site to provide a generous interior program while keeping the scale of the exterior within domestic proportions. South-facing sweeping, interconnected exterior terraces overlook the oversized pool complete with bench seating and an integrated spa, gas firepit, shaded dining and an outdoor cook station. On the 3,563sf main floor, the entry foyer makes way to the expansive living room with full wall of windows that bring in natural sunlight and showcases and features 2 seating zones, a massive fireplace, and 15-foot ceilings. There is an adjacent formal dining room, a large eat-in kitchen with dedicated pantry room and a family room with a fireplace and balcony overlooking the 20’ x 50’ gunite pool and spa. The 2.5-bay garage is directly accessible from the living area through a utility zone that includes a mudroom, powder room, laundry room and study. Guests have their own 680 sf wing and each of 2 junior suites has its own private deck. The 2,051sf upper level has a huge primary bedroom with cathedral ceilings, fireplace, secluded/private rooftop deck with outdoor shower and balcony looking out to the ocean and unobstructed views of the golf course and horse stable. Additional amenities include an entry vestibule with a beverage center for morning coffee, generous walk-in closets, and a private deck with shower for sunbathing or massages. The 3,320sf lower level with 10’ clear ceiling heights is dedicated to fitness and fun featuring a gym, playroom, media room, wine cellar, and multiple storage rooms in addition to two ensuite bedrooms each with private exterior entrances. A cabana with laundry, shower and steam room and lounge room with fireplace and wet bar are directly off the poolside terrace. web# 879906. EXCLUSIVE.

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ALL HAIL THE HAIR GURU Celebrating Valery Joseph’s 20th anniversary. BY CRISTINA CUOMO

VJ: Extremely rewarding. I love the challenge of the “live” performance. Every haircut is a new performance, and each time I look at how I can improve my next one. My experience over the last 26 years has allowed me to perform in a more precise and targeted method. CC: You have a face no one forgets—how do you like getting recognized everywhere you go in NYC? VJ: My kids get a kick out of how much I am recognized— in New York and worldwide in my travels. It makes me feel like a celebrity, and who doesn’t like that? Funny enough, when I run into my female clients and their husbands, the husbands always joke that they have finally met the Valery who appears on all their credit card bills. CC: You have two salons in NYC, one in Bridgehampton, and one in Miami where you have created a community of all nationalities and personalities—a big family. What is your guiding principle to keeping it all together? VJ: Our clients and my team have created a mutual community of loyalty. We like to be where our clients are—NYC year round, Bridgehampton in the summer, and Miami in the fall and winter. We are there for our clients to make them feel beautiful at every moment, 365 days a year. We open early, close late, whatever it takes to be available to my clients. Our clients have also created their own social community within the salon—meeting one another to get their hair and makeup done before every event and party. I feel truly fortunate and humbled to have the opportunity to service my clients over the past 20 years. CC: What inspires you? VJ: Beauty inspires me. The beauty of nature. The beauty in art. The beauty in fashion. The past and present. From street to runway. Food and travel. Architecture in every form. Hair inspires me—the free movement of our signature beachy waves. My team inspires me. CC: What’s the most popular hair style your clients are always asking for?

Cristina Cuomo: Tell us about coming to America in 1995. Valery Joseph: It was my first independent trip from Israel. I spoke very little English, and I had a few friends who lived in New York. I chose to come to New York, as I had a vision of what it would be like from the movies I watched growing up. The vibrancy and the architecture of the city fascinated me—the street fashion, the hair fashion, the tall buildings nestled into a small island. CC: You were an architect by trade back home in Israel. What made you become a hairdresser when you came to New York? VJ: Architecture is what I chose to study as my profession in the ninth grade while in Israel. Growing up, I had a neighbor who owned a salon. In the summer of age 15, I asked my neighbor if he would help me to learn how to cut my friend’s hair. He agreed only if I would help him in the shop during the day with shampoo, cleaning, whatever was needed. At night after the shop closed, he taught me how to cut men’s hair. After I went into the Israeli army and was part of the tank division, I unfortunately became injured and could not rejoin my unit. The base sergeant asked what other skills I had, and I told him I had studied architecture and worked in a firm before joining the army, and that I could also cut men’s hair. I was placed into the base salon and began cutting the hair of all the men. However, I was really interested in learning about women’s hair, so I observed on Mondays, when the salon was dedicated to female soldiers. From there, I attended a prestigious hair academy in Tel Aviv on weeknights, and learned how to cut women’s hair. I loved the challenge and satisfaction each time a female soldier left my chair happy with their look. I realized the impact I had in transforming how someone felt about themselves. I knew from that point on that hair is what I was meant to do. CC: You make people feel good about how they look all day long. What’s that feel like? 88

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Long, soft bohemian hair is in this summer, says Valery Joseph.

VJ: Hair depends on the current trend. Right now, clients are looking for long, soft bohemian hair framing the face. They are also looking for mid-length bobs with a soft wave. Our signature beach waves are always in demand. We are one of the few, if not the only one, who creates the waves with a blow-dryer and not a curling iron. Since COVID, many clients have lost some density to their hair, and look to us to provide extensions to fill in the empty spots, as well as keratin treatments to provide the smoothness and hydration. CC: Your wife, Revi, was an instrumental part of your success. What advice from her do you keep with you, since her passing a few years ago? VJ: Revi continues to be our orchestra conductor. Even though she may not be here in physical form, she is all around everyday. I can hear Revi in those moments of immense success and in those times of need where she points me in the direction of what I need to do. My clients comment on how they can feel her spirit, and how proud she is of the continued success of myself and the team she created. Revi did not hire people on talent. Revi hired people on their hearts—she just knew who needed that chance to prove themselves, and they have become the most loyal team members.

CC: What’s the first thing you teach your staff about client services? VJ: We are in the people business. Listen to your clients. Have a great consultation, so that you can create the best recipe with all the necessary ingredients. CC: What are some of your favorite restaurants in the Hamptons? VJ: I have many restaurants I frequent in the Hamptons; however, my ultimate favorite is the barbecue in my backyard. I have Shabbat dinner every Friday with my staff. It’s something that Revi and I created for our extended family. CC: What are some of your favorite things to do after work in the Hamptons? VJ: I love seeing my clients outside of the salon and going to their homes for dinner and parties. I also love my morning walks at the beach with my two dogs—Sparky and Cash. I love to surf, hike, fish and enjoy nature. CC: Your salon has a special spot in an outdoor back lot on Main Street in Bridgehampton. What do you love most about your location? VJ: The indoor/outdoor flexibility of the shack—like dining alfresco. 2454 Main St., Bridgehampton; 25 Central Park West, NYC; 1044 Madison Ave., NYC; 89



LED light treatments for so many years before people even believed in it, and now it’s super big. I love to activate the collagen of the skin Shiman accompanies as much as possible, high-profile clients across the world to including collagen provide rejuvenating infusions.” skin remedies. This summer, Shiman brings her beauty prowess out east with an all-new Bridgehampton skin care sanctuary, offering a selection of treatments including microdermabrasion exfoliation and hydration, LED light therapy, oxygen infusion, sun-damage hydration treatment, eyebrow sculpting, event glam and more. For fatigued skin that’s looking and feeling dehydrated after repeated sun exposure on beach days, Shiman recommends a deeply nourishing LED and oxygen combination treatment weekly to rejuvenate the complexion. Operating out of her chic yet cozy Upper East Side treatment space Tuesday through Thursday, Shiman will see patients on Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays in a bright, tranquil setting on Montauk Highway through September 5. 35 E. 67th St., Suite 1A; 2228 W. Montauk Hwy., Bridgehampton;

Veteran aesthetician Mzia Shiman is the woman behind the Victoria’s Secret Angels’ signature glow. After relocating to the U.S. from Georgia at age 21 to follow her dreams in the skin care space, Shiman studied aesthetic dermatology and became fluent in English to establish a career in the dynamic NYC beauty scene. Over the past 35 years, Shiman has amassed a cult following of elite clients in New York City as well as high-profile clientele like Mariah Carey, Ashley Graham, Hayden Panettiere and a fleet of It Girls strutting at Paris Fashion Week, the Met Gala and beyond. The skin maven’s famed 30-minute facial is unlike anything found at an average day spa, predominantly because of Shiman’s ultra-customized approach, implementation of synergistic skin technologies and instant results with virtually no downtime. “Nobody leaves this room red or blotchy,” says Shiman. “My philosophy is minimal, healthy treatments to help clients look and feel the best. I’m all about utilizing natural ingredients in my treatments, like oxygen and vitamin C. I’ve been using 90

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DUNE WELL A wellness pop-up brings an exceptional range of spa treatments to the beach. BY NANCY KANE

property, a brand well known for world-class golf courses and its array of amenities for its members and guests. This summer, Dune Deck adds a brand-new basketball court and three courts for pickleball, a fast-growing trend. In addition to The Well, Dune Deck offers barre, Pilates and yoga classes in a state-of-the-art fitness center, a beach boot camp, HIIT classes (both strength and toning, and core-blasting) as well as nutritional guidance, physical therapy, personal coaching and golf-specific conditioning. Post-treatment or workout, lounge by a resort-style pool and hot tub or take in the ocean breezes while relaxing in a pink-and-green cabana.

Dune Deck Beach Club is The Hamptons’ epicenter for members-only, luxury waterfront lodging, fine dining and outdoor pursuits such as surfing, sailing and fishing. This summer, it’s upped the ante in a partnership with NYC’s popular wellness center, The Well. The Well’s pop-up at Dune Deck will feature a variety of treatments including Swedish, lymph-drainage and deep-tissue massage, salt stone baths, IV vitamin therapy drips (collagen boosting, brain fuel, anti-aging and muscle repair) and skin care by leading facialist Dr. Barbara Sturm. Situated on a pristine beachfront in Westhampton, the Dune Deck Beach Club is a Discovery Land Company 92

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A tour of The Hamptons’ best boutiques, from Alicia M. Cook, founder of Revolve Hair.

“I adore all of Satori’s eyewear, accessories and apparel. A beautifully curated shopping experience in Sag Harbor by owner Lee Ann Bulgin, and my go-to destination for sunglasses.” Austen black grey lens polarized, $105; available at, 95 Main St., Sag Harbor

“The best natural bristle brush. Great for putting a polish on the hair while blow-drying, and prevents damage since it doesn’t have any harsh metal components.” Straight shine styler round hair brush, $100, Y.S. Park; available at and Revolve Hair, 34 Hill St., Southampton

“One of my favorite products of all time, especially for the summer. It’s perfect to throw in my beach bag to provide moisture on skin and salty hair.” Côte d’Azur luminous hair & body oil, $75; Oribe, available at Revolve Hair, 34 Hill St., Southampton

“As a small-business owner, I love when people make a conscious effort to shop local and see the unique boutiques of the East End. Here are my beauty and fashion favorites from the region’s most chic retail destinations.”

“Fancy Peasant olive oil was created as an ode to the founder’s father. I bonded with Anastasia Ganais after learning we both experienced the loss of our fathers, and she started her company to honor his memory. I love this beautiful company and its roots in family.” The everything oil, $45; available at 94

“I love the rich, masculine notes of D.S. & Durga scents. The scent is long-lasting and I get so many compliments when I wear it.” Notorious Oud, $175; D.S. & Durga, available at Love Adorned, 156 Main St., Amagansett

“This nourishing shampoo contains hyaluronic acid which holds 20,000 times its weight in moisture. Great for helping hair bounce back after color and heat damage and prevents breakage.” Hair alchemy resilience shampoo, $49, Oribe, available at available at Revolve Hair; 34 Hill St., Southampton

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“This plate is by far the least edgy of what Aloof Icon has to offer. The store has the most diverse, unexpected and fun finds. I love to stop in and hang out with owner Megan Ruddy and her dog Stanley.” Let that shit go ceramic plate, $75; available at alooficon .com, 87 Jobs Lane, Southampton @sabelle_atelier Sabelle Atelier’s unique and modern Italian fur vests are made in our artisanal workshop in Florence with beautiful high quality fabrics and detailing that is sourced from around the world. We will be participating in the Purist pop-up in Southampton at the Ornare showroom on August 25th, 26 and 27th.


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“Your graciousness is what carries you. It isn’t how old you are, how young you are, how beautiful you are, or how short your skirt is. What it is, is what comes out of your heart. If you’re gracious, you have won the game.” —Stevie Nicks Stevie Nicks brings her powerhouse pipes and special magic to Jazz Aspen Snowmass on September 4. 97


SEX AND THE BEACH Candace Bushnell brings her signature wit and wisdom to Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center. BY MARISA FOX

or some other modelizer. But you’d be wrong. It’s her new creative partner, Marc Johnston, who’s producing her new live show, “Is There Still Sex in the City?” “He said, ‘I think you can do a one-woman show,’” she says. Ever fearless at 63, Bushnell was undaunted by the challenge. “I’ve been doing lectures forever, so it wasn’t completely new.”

“It actually happened because I met this guy,” says bestselling author Candace Bushnell, speaking by phone from her Sag Harbor home. “That’s the way it always starts.” That certainly seems to be the case for the creator of Sex and the City, a witty, female, ’90s chronicle of New York’s dating scene that put Manolos and cosmos on the map. You’d think the “guy” Bushnell is referring to is Mr. Big 98

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paramour in her ’90s New York Observer column, HBO series, starring Sarah Jessica Parker, two rom-com feature films and the recent HBO Max series And Just Like That, think again. “It has a feminist message: Be your own Mr. Big,” she says, something else that resonates with her 20-to80-year-old audience. That broad of an age span is also how she’d describe her recent dating prospects. This spring, she turned heads and made gossip headlines after she was spotted with a 21-year-old model whom she’d met at New York Fashion Week. But her affair with the “young buck” is over, as is her dalliance with a 91-year-old. “Twenty-one and 91—what’s wrong with that picture?!” she asks. “That’s sex post-menopause, but life goes round and round like a Hula-Hoop. It doesn’t go in one direction; it keeps spinning you around.” The hard part, she adds, is keeping up with your body. Not that she’s lost her impossibly thin build and her lust for, well, lust. “People don’t lose their ability to love or lose interest. Illness is going to strike you down; that’s why people of a certain age work so hard on their health.”

The evening is based on her 2019 memoir of the same title, which tracks her arrival in New York with $20 in her pocket through her salad days as a struggling writer, her various romantic relationships and female friendships, her picture-perfect wedding to New York City Ballet dancer Charles Askegard, 10 years her junior, whom she married weeks after they met, and its dissolution after a decade, and her shock at returning to single life in her 50s. “After my divorce in 2012, I moved into an old farmhouse in the Hamptons,” she says. “And I discovered long-lost friends living nearby. This one’s marriage didn’t last. Then another friend moved back to New York after living abroad for a decade and got a place down the street. And so I wasn’t the only one.” Once slaves to demanding careers and family schedules, they, too, were newly emancipated and dying to talk—what else?—sex. And, well, friends make for great copy. Is There Still Sex in the City? was the result of many of those late-night dish sessions. In case you’re wondering what the answer is, you can find out for yourself when the

“The set is a staged version of her living room, complete with her own velvet sofa, which the eternally svelte and blond scribe slinks on and off, as she recreates juicy phone calls and trips down memory lane live.” As for dating in the Hamptons versus the city, she remarks: “It’s the same guys!” But that’s OK. For now, she’s happy to be out again, people watching and writing, and of course, checking out who’s eligible. Instead of watching a fictionalized version of Bushnell write on a laptop in her cramped city apartment, audiences get to pretend they’re at Bushnell’s place. The set is a staged version of her living room, complete with her own velvet sofa, which the eternally svelte and blond scribe slinks on and off, as she recreates juicy phone calls and trips down memory lane live. Broadway director and choreographer Lorin Lattaro of Mrs. Doubtfire fame was brought on board, and after a test run at Bucks County Playhouse, the one woman show debuted off-Broadway at the Daryl Roth Theatre. Then she got COVID. Then lockdown struck. When theaters began to reopen, she had a sold-out run at Café Carlyle. Like her beloved city, Bushnell is resilient, and her stories seem more resonant in the pandemic’s wake. “The city is bigger than any of the people who live there,” she says. ”It has these rhythms, its own story…the story of the city is bigger than everybody; it will outlive us all.”

city’s most illustrious bachelorette brings her one-woman show to the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center on July 9. Expect Bushnell’s hilarious take on her girlfriends’ sex lives, dissected like the social anthropologist that she is, as well as her own sex confessionals and zingy one-liners, delivered in her signature stilettos, a cocktail within hand’s reach. “It’s about how I came to New York and going out,” she says, adding that the latter is something everyone is doing with abandon after two years of isolation. “They [audiences] come with their girlfriends, and they wear their great shoes, and it’s about that experience—that creative energy that is New York.” Creative is how you could describe Bushnell’s artful way of looking the part, before she landed it, as someone who dropped out of Rice University in Houston after three semesters and who arrived in New York with big dreams but no budget. She also addresses being depressed in her 20s, something she thinks her younger fans, many of whom got to know her through the SATC spinoff, the SW’s The Carrie Diaries, can relate to. In case you think Bushnell is still looking for Mr. Big, her 99


CHANEL GOES COASTAL East Hampton has become the newest home of the iconic fashion house. BY GABRIELLE ECHEVARRIETA

While Paris and the East End sit on opposite sides of the Atlantic, an air of effortless elegance unites the two destinations as epicenters of luxury fashion. East Hampton has become the newest home of iconic fashion house Chanel, which has transformed a charming gray-shingled East End storefront into a two-story shopping experience. Embodying a laid-back à la plage sensibility that runs deep in both French and Hamptons culture, the bright, summery boutique calls upon elements of both cool ocean tones and the iconic black, white and gold color palette of the Chanel brand. Matte black painted floors and white walls are complemented by understated design elements, with bold accent pieces inspired by Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel’s legendary Paris residence. The ground floor features a robust line of ready-to-wear accessories, jewels, eyewear and shoes, while the upper floor is dedicated to private appointments. Hamptonites planning to revamp their

summer fashion aesthetic can explore the boutique’s newest collection of daytime wardrobe essentials like diamante suits, casual denim and handbags, paired alongside sleek evening pieces from the Métiers d’Art 2021/2022 line. Step onto the beach and savor the sensation of sand beneath your feet for the first time this summer while outfitted in Chanel’s playful Coco Beach Collection, which offers pink and blue tweed sets, vibrant cover-ups and chic beach totes. A dedicated section of the retail space gives guests the opportunity to browse a selection of watches and jewelry, like the iconic J12, Première, Code Coco boyfriend watches and the Coco Crush fine jewelry collection. New renditions of highly coveted items like the 31 Rue Chambon bag—pictured here—are showcased alongside unique items like a Chanel signature leather roll-up checkerboard and silver yo-yo stamped with the double-C emblem. 26 Newtown Lane, East Hampton; 100

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The highly coveted 31 Rue Chambon bag, showcased at Chanel in East Hampton

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NEW ATTITUDE Renovations add 21st-century sophistication to Shelter Island’s beloved grande dame hotels. Plus, a new design hot spot. BY NANCY KANE

The 49-room Pridwin Hotel & Cottages has been given a playful, eclectic update.

Celebrating its 150th year, The Chequit Inn features three new restaurants.


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as well as three new restaurants. At Weakfish The classic Pridwin Hotel & Cottages are Alfredo Paredes, at Sushi & Noodle, sip sake and dine on “New ready to welcome the next generation. Ram Design Home Asian” cuisine (think fresh sashimi and ramen) Cape Resorts (Baron’s Cove in Sag Harbor) from a new back terrace with stunning partnered with the Petry family, who have water views. Grab a coffee and pastry in owned and operated the property since the morning from Heights Café & Wine Bar, 1961. The Pridwin itself is 95 years young, and return later in the afternoon to enjoy sits on 7 acres overlooking Crescent Beach rosé. The Tavern is a warm and welcoming and features a private beach and pool, a spot for New American fare, complete with host of water-centric amenities and a fullan antique billiard table from the hotel’s service spa with a hammam. The Terrace original dining room. Patrons can dine restaurant and adjacent horseshoe-shaped on the quintessential wraparound porch, Crescent Bar under the direction of executive showing off the Gothic Revival style of architecture that chef Drew Hiatt serve up locally sourced dishes with an defines the area. 23 Grand Ave., Shelter Island Heights; emphasis on seafood, and Pridwin’s famous homemade doughnuts make a triumphant return. A restoration of the 49-room hotel with 16 private cottages was conducted Ram Design Home is worth a stop when you’re on the under the direction of Colleen Bashaw, vice president island. The owner of Ram Design, an interior design firm of design for Cape Resorts, evoking a playful, yet classic based on Shelter Island, is launching a collection for the eclectic mix of old and new. The result is a timeless seaside former EVP/CCO of Retail and Home at Ralph Lauren, summer escape, complete with pieces from the original Alfredo Paredes, whose luxury line of furnishings will be hotel repurposed and proudly displayed, including three offered this season, as well as chic home accessories and dramatic chandeliers salvaged from the original 1927 vintage treasures curated by Ram Design owner Cristina dining room. 81 Shore Road; Peffer. Artwork by local artists will also be showcased. Peffer is planning talks about the arts, environment and The Chequit celebrates its 150th year (and is one of the history of Shelter Island in a summer series starting this oldest continuously occupied buildings on the island). Its month. 181 North Ferry Road, Shelter Island Heights; reopening includes renovations of 19 guest rooms (two more buildings house 16 more rooms) and public spaces,



A lot of people claim to be “old souls,” but Leon Bridges is something else: a man who makes old soul music feel new again. Bridges’ voice instantly transports you to an era of 45 records, jukeboxes, cars with big tail fins, an era before Auto-Tune and drum machines. While his love for the classic era of Stax/ Volt Records is eminently clear, he isn’t an acolyte who merely emulates the past. It’s not just the cut of his high-waisted Leon Bridges’ The Boundless Tour 1960s Wranglers or how his begins July 29 in honeyed falsetto-laden Las Vegas. and gentle lyrics evoke a bygone America. It’s how he inhabits and reanimates the atoms and molecules of the singers he so clearly studied (Sam Cooke and Otis Redding are huge inspirations) that has made him one of those rare artists who can wear his musical bibliography on his sleeve without ever seeming nostalgic. His rise to stardom was meteoric: In 2014, Bridges was washing dishes and earning pocket money by busking on the streets of Fort Worth, Texas. By the end of that year, he was signed to a major label deal, and in 2016, he performed at the Obama White House. The 33-year-old singer, who will perform at the Jazz Aspen Snowmass 2022 Labor Day Experience, can belt, he can croon, but most of all his voice can make you close your eyes and see the starry skies of summers long gone, when emotions like yearning or heartache were so vast and overwhelming you felt like you were the first person ever to feel the enormity of love. In Aspen, Bridges will share the bill with two of the

greatest singers of all time—Stevie Nicks and Chris Stapleton—but Bridges can hold his own alongside the best. The Grammy Awardwinning artist released his third studio album, Gold-Diggers Sound, last summer and the reverence for all things analog attitude is evident in every note. The album is a follow-up to an acclaimed EP Bridges made with Khruangbin, Texas Sun (2020); a second collaboration, Texas Moon, came out earlier this year. “I’ve never heard an instrumental band that’s soulful,” Bridges says of Khruangbin, who had never featured any vocals prior to working with him. “And as soon as [they] showed me the tunes, immediately, my reaction was to just start singing over it. I believe that this collaboration was inevitable. I’m happy we were able to make it happen. And also, all of us being from Texas—it just made sense.” Despite all his successes, Bridges admits to struggling with the self-doubt that everyone else has. “For a minute, I was having these feelings of inadequacy in ways of not being a good enough singer-songwriter or deserving of being in this position,” he told The Current. “But I’m grateful to have really close friends that helped me get through that. Other than that, I’m content. I have an awesome label, an awesome team, a dope body of work. I’m ready to get back on the road and perform these songs live.” JAS - Jazz Aspen Snowmass takes place September 2-4;


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Leon Bridges brings his mesmerizing talents to Jazz Aspen this year. BY DIMITRI EHRLICH

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PURE PICKS Decor, culinary, and fashion must-haves inspired by the beauty of the Mediterranean from Cara Polites Ferro, owner of Sag Harbor’s newest luxury emporium, Via Coquina.

“This classic Greek jewelry line is beloved around the world, and I’m so excited to be partnering with Ilias Lalaounis. This piece goes from day into evening. It’s mythical: You’ll never want to take it off.” Double lion head bracelet, price available upon request, Ilias Lalaounis, available at Via Coquina;

“Hand-stitched on the island of Capri, these shoes were made for walking along cobblestone streets and heading into new adventures.” Marina sandals, starting at $350, Canfora, available at Via Coquina; “The newest in a travel collection that has brought readers to St. Tropez, Ibiza and Tulum. Assouline’s travel series is perfect for whiling away breezy afternoons, setting you up for glorious daydreams.” Greek Islands, $95, Assouline, available at Via Coquina;

“This Sicilian brand’s dress is made from lightweight cotton fabric that is so easy to wear. The prints are bold and timeless. It’s a summer no-fuss, throw-on piece that can be dressed up or down.” Cotton mosaic kaftan, $570, Ortigia, available at Via Coquina;

“The natural dyes and block-printing ensure no two towels are alike. These linens are luxurious, yet unfussy. They’ve been produced in Italy since the 1920s.” Linen Tea Towels, $39, Bertozzi, available at Via Coquina;

“Liquid gold! It needs to be a staple in every Hamptons pantry. I love pouring this organic olive oil from the Laconia region of Greece over ripe farm stand tomatoes, crumbled feta and fresh oregano. The gorgeous bottle makes for a perfect hostess gift.” Olive oil, $40, Oracle, available at Via Coquina; 106 Via Coquina 26 Madison Street, Sag Harbor

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“Growing up in Greece, I developed a Mediterranean sensibility and an appreciation for authenticity and simple beauty. I love discovering master artisans, and sharing them with like-minded friends.”


EDITOR’S PICKS Stay cool this summer with Purist founder Cristina Cuomo’s fashion and wellness essentials.

“Make summer workouts less taxing using a high-quality antiinflammatory CBD.” 2400 mg CBD full-spectrum hemp extract, $150, Roman Empire Farms;

“Summer gardening is an opportunity for a meditative moment by convening with nature. Take advantage of the knowledge of landscape expert and my fellow Brazilian, Frederico Azevedo.” Bloom: The Luminous Gardens of Frederico Azevedo, $75, available at

“I am crazy about navy blue, and this watch is a beauty from Wempe—which has the best watch selection I’ve ever seen.” Complications Ladies’7121/200G, $42,580, Patek Philippe, available at

“The color blue represents both the sky and the sea and is associated with open spaces, freedom, intuition, imagination and sensitivity. Make sure you have lots of blue in your life!” “My favorite goldplated jewelry to travel with this summer— made in New York!” Assorted gold jewelry by Christina Caruso, available at Wyld Blue, 716 Montauk Hwy., Montauk;

“Anti-germ hypochlorous acid is the healing agent in this brand-new Foundational Face Mist—great for acne, wrinkles and aging.” Foundational Face Mist, $48, S’eau Prima, available at Botanica Bazaar, 14 Amagansett Square, Amagansett,


“Blue goes so brilliantly with a tan, and Shan makes highquality swimwear that can withstand the salt waters from the Mediterranean to the Pacific.” Bralette style bikini top in 500 jeans, $205, Shan,


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“Getting into nature improves mood, reduces depression, calms anxiety, and provides a space for meditation. You could combine exercise, meditation and eco-therapy into one 30-minute walk.” —Dr. Stacie J. Stephenson





Dr. Stacie J. Stephenson, founder of VibrantDoc, speaks with Purist Editor-in-Chief Cristina Cuomo about the health benefits of nature exposure. her book Vibrant, available on Amazon. Dr. Stephenson is on the board of the American Nutrition Association, and serves as ambassador for the American Heart Association. She is also vice-chair of Gateway for Cancer Research, which, at the Gateway Celebrity Fight Night fundraiser in March, raised $5 million for cancer research.

A recognized leader in functional medicine focused on integrative, regenerative, anti-aging and natural medicine modalities, Dr. Stephenson is the CEO of VibrantDoc, a new health and wellness media venture. Her website,, offers access to impactful data that she shares in

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Focus on care of the body and soul for greater glow, says Dr. Stacie J. Stephenson.


presence of the trees, and just trying to be in that moment, that oneness with the forest. There’s a rhythm going on there. It will reduce your stress. Green therapy, forest bathing, earthing and grounding, getting connected to the electromagnetic resonance that you share with Mother Earth—you can store it up. Any dose, in any amount, at any time is going to give you more peace, improve your mood, and help your heart rate. Maybe that’s your vacation this year—a little bit of beach, a little bit of forest.

CRISTINA CUOMO: As the weather warms up, we’re inclined to spend much more time outside. There’s quite a lot of research showing the physical and psychological benefits of nature exposure. Can you talk about ecotherapy? STACIE J. STEPHENSON: Eco-therapy is about getting into nature, getting outside. Get under those blue skies, get out in the sunshine. It sounds so ridiculously simple. I don’t think it is, in our world. I will work all day, and I’ll look outside—I can see the sky and trees. But the truth is, you need to really feel it, touch it, and experience it physically as well. Getting into nature improves mood, reduces depression, calms anxiety, and provides a space for meditation. You could combine exercise, meditation and eco-therapy into one 30-minute walk.

CC: How can we be our most vibrant selves? It’s a simple formula that you break down in your book. Glow is part of that. It’s not an external thing, it’s an internal thing. Can you talk a little bit about that? SJS: We are a culture chasing the external—not that I’m against any of that, but what’s going to make you glow is food and water, nourishment, sleep, your emotional world, your relationships. You have to focus internally. There are no shortcuts. Psychologists say there’s no way around pain; you have to go through it. Well, it’s kind of the same thing here. To get that wonderful feeling of looking glow-y and alive and alert and healthful and fit, you really have to go inside first and take care of your body. There are no shortcuts, but you’ll respond.

CC: Earthing is the practice of putting bare feet on the earth, the grass or sand on the beach, and connecting with nature. Research supports these benefits, and describes the electromagnetic quality of Earth, and how it can improve health. SJS: Notice the first time a child steps onto the beach. It’s like a light bulb moment, and the same goes for grass and dirt. There is an electromagnetic connection that our

“Ten or 15 minutes of sun exposure is very helpful. Most people should consume a vitamin D supplement, because getting enough vitamin D by going to the beach just once a week is not going to happen.” cells have with our earth, a resonance. My husband calls me the Barefoot Contessa because he says, “You have all these shoes, and you run around barefoot all the time.” I know I feel better getting those toes in the grass, in the sand, in the water.

CC: Speaking of glow, let’s talk about sun exposure and light therapy. Vitamin D is very beneficial to skin, and to health in general. SJS: We absolutely have to have sunlight. Ten or 15 minutes of sun exposure is very helpful. Sometimes we go too far—I don’t want people to be overly exposed. Most people should consume a vitamin D supplement, because getting enough vitamin D by going to the beach just once a week is not going to happen.

CC: Tell me a little bit about blue therapy, the benefits of being near water. SJS: Most human beings are drawn to water. Coasts tend to be a little more temperate, so we are able to be outside more when we’re on the coasts. Almost everyone can engage with water because it’s deeply ingrained in us, biophysiologically, to feel safe around it. At the ocean you’re breathing in salt, so that is wonderful. Mother Earth is really not earth, it’s water.

CC: Do you have recommendations for skin creams and SPFs? SJS: I like physical [mineral] barriers for sunblocks, such as zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. Those tend to hold an SPF of about 40. Remember, that’s only 40 minutes in the sun with full protection.

CC: What is forest bathing? Explain the benefits of being with trees. SJS: Forest bathing simply means being in the forest, engaging oneself in the rhythm and the energy and the

CC: Thanks for the tips on launching into summer. SJS: Yes. Be vibrant. Don’t get burned. 113


VIBRANT EATING Get glowing with a little help from what you put on your plate.

Garnish salmon fillets with sesame seeds and scallions to complement the rich flavor of this dressing.

PAN-SEARED SALMON SALAD WITH LEMON-TAHINI DRESSING Serves 4 INGREDIENTS: 4 (6-ounce) wild-caught salmon fillets, skin on (king or coho salmon recommended) Sea salt and ground black pepper, to season 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 2 bunches lacinato kale 1 ripe medium-sized avocado, peeled, pitted and sliced Lemon-Tahini Dressing ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil ¼ cup tahini

2 tablespoons water 2 tablespoons lemon juice 2 teaspoons maple syrup 1 garlic clove, minced ½ teaspoon sea salt Ground black pepper, to taste DIRECTIONS: 1. Pat salmon fillets dry and season with salt and pepper. 2. In a 12-inch stainless steel or nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, warm oil. 3. Place fillets in skillet skin-side up and cook for 4 to 6 minutes, then flip and cook for another 4 to 6 minutes. For the best sear, resist the urge to check the fillet before you flip it. 114

Remove fillets to a plate; set aside. 4. To make the dressing, in a blender, add oil, tahini, water, lemon juice, maple syrup, garlic, salt, and pepper and blend until emulsified. Add an additional tablespoon of water if dressing is too thick, and blend again until desired consistency. Set aside. 5. Using a sharp knife, remove the ribs of the kale. Wash, chop and dry the leaves, and place in a large bowl. Massage for 45 to 60 seconds with a small amount of dressing to soften the kale. 6. To serve, divide kale mixture between 4 plates. Top each with a salmon flllet and avocado slices. Drizzle remaining dressing evenly over each plate.

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deep leafy greens, the healthful fats in avocado and olive oil, and the vitamin C in the lemon juice. Make this a regular on your summer menu, and then sit back and wait for people to ask you what your secret is!

When it comes to glow, the omega-3 fatty acids in salmon are key. Salmon also contain astaxanthin, a carotenoid with exceptionally strong antioxidant effects. Carotenoids can add color and glow to the skin. On top of the great benefits from salmon, this salad boosts glow thanks to the


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Whether home-grown or bought fresh at one of the East End’s organic farm stands, seasonal berries are a sweet way to get a daily dose of anthocyanins, ellagic acid and resveratrol.



Celebrate the bounty of the East End with international flavors.


GLOBAL TABLE A culinary celebration of America’s diversity. BY PETER SOM This summer, I’m enjoying the sheer variety of food that celebrates and reflects what America looks like now. Food is often the first exposure one has to different cultures, and we are so lucky for the opportunity to have such a vast array available to us. From za’atar, to hoisin, to kimchi, to dukkah, the amount of choices we have is thrilling. Layered onto that is summer’s bounty of local fresh produce and ingredients—we have so much to enjoy and appreciate. Many don’t have that

opportunity, as food insecurity is a very real problem everywhere, and the Hamptons is no exception. There are some amazing local organizations that are actively helping the community (see the list on the following pages). So when grocery shopping, make thoughtful choices, support local farmers and purveyors, make healthy choices, and if you can, help out these local organizations by buying double— or extras—when you shop, to donate. Every little bit helps.

Grilled Corn With Hoisin Parmesan Butter and Togarashi g Hoisin and Parmesan bring sweet and salty notes to the butter, and lemon zest adds brightness.

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Fresh corn, simply grilled and eaten with butter, is a summer classic. While it’s clear that the corn is the star, I’ve given the accompaniments a flavor upgrade. I’ve added Parmesan and hoisin into the butter for a boost of umami—the Parmesan’s salty undertones play so well with hoisin, and that hit of lemon zest adds the touch of acid to cut through the richness of the butter. A final finish of togarashi adds that taste of sweet heat. Togarashi is a blend of dried chili peppers, sesame seeds and orange peel and other ingredients that originates from Japan, where it’s widely used as a versatile everyday table condiment. SERVES 6 INGREDIENTS: 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened ½ cup finely grated Parmesan cheese 1 teaspoon lemon zest 2 tablespoons hoisin 6 ears corn, shucked (Pike Farms) Togarashi, for finishing Flaky sea salt, for finishing (Amagansett Sea Salt Co.)

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INSTRUCTIONS: 1. In a small bowl, mix together butter, Parmesan and lemon zest until combined. Fold in hoisin. Transfer to a serving bowl and place in the refrigerator. 2. Heat grill to high. Add corn and cook, rotating often, until charred and tender, approximately 10-12 minutes. 3. Serve corn with hoisin Parmesan butter, togarashi and flaky sea salt. 119


Tofu takes the stage for this flavor-packed take on a summer staple. Marinating tofu in mirin and hoisin and then grilling it imparts great flavor, while the kimchi slaw is a powerhouse of crunch and spice. I’ve added a slice of cheddar to melt as the buns get toasted—that earthy touch of tang adds that melty richness that’s the perfect foil for the zingy slaw.

SERVES 6 INGREDIENTS: FOR THE KIMCHI SLAW: 1 small napa cabbage, thinly sliced (approximately 4 cups) (Amber Waves) 1 cup kimchi 4 scallions, thinly sliced, plus more for garnish (Serene Green) ¼ cup rice wine vinegar 2 tablespoons gochujang, plus more for serving ½ tablespoon honey (The Hamptons Honey Company) 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil 1 tablespoon grated ginger 1 tablespoon fish sauce 2 tablespoons sesame seeds FOR THE TOFU DOGS: 2 blocks extra-firm tofu 2 tablespoons mirin 1 tablespoon hoisin 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar ¼ cup olive oil 6 thin slices farmhouse cheddar cheese (Mecox Bay Dairy) 6 hot dog buns Kewpie mayonnaise Cilantro, for garnish (Serene Green)

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INSTRUCTIONS: 1. For the Kimchi Slaw, in a large bowl, add cabbage, kimchi, scallions, rice wine vinegar, gochujang, honey, sesame oil, ginger, fish sauce and sesame seeds and stir to combine. Slaw can be made a day in advance and kept in the fridge in a sealed container. 2. For the Tofu Dogs, to remove liquid in the tofu, place on a paper towel-lined plate and microwave for 2 minutes on high. Remove from microwave, top with a few more sheets of paper towel, then place a flat plate or small cutting board on top and let sit for 5-10 minutes. Remove and slice into long slabs approximately ¾ inch thick and place back on plate. 3. To make marinade, in a small bowl, whisk together mirin, hoisin, rice wine vinegar and olive oil. Pour over tofu, making sure all sides are coated, and let sit for 10-15 minutes. 4. Heat grill to medium-high. Place tofu on grill and cook for 5-6 minutes total. To serve, open up hot dog buns, spread with Kewpie mayo and layer with cheddar. Place on grill, cheese side up, and toast just until cheese is melted, approximately 1-2 minutes. 5. To serve, place tofu in buns, top with slaw, garnish with cilantro and serve with additional gochujang alongside.

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Grilled Tofu Dogs With Kimchi Slaw and Farmhouse Cheddar

MAKES 6 INGREDIENTS: FOR THE DUKKAH: ¾ cup pistachios 2 tablespoons sesame seeds 1 teaspoon coriander 1 teaspoon cumin ¼ teaspoon allspice ½ teaspoon kosher salt ½ teaspoon ground black pepper 2 tablespoons light brown sugar

Up your strawberry dessert game with goat milk cream and a touch of dukkah.

Local Strawberries With Cardamom Whipped Goat Milk Yogurt and Brown Sugar Pistachio Dukkah Peak-season strawberries are a treasure. Sweet, juicy with a touch of tartness—they are perfect fragrant jewels that beg to be eaten. I’ve kept things simple with this play on strawberries and cream. The fruit is macerated with honey and a touch of salt. The cream? Goat milk yogurt has a velvety tang that pairs beautifully with the fruit. And the final flourish is a spoonful of dukkah—an Egyptian traditional blend of nuts, seeds and warm spices that I’ve given a sweet spin with the addition of brown sugar. The beauty of this dessert is the simplicity of it, but feel free to add a biscuit for strawberry shortcake—I don’t think anybody will object!

2 pounds strawberries, hulled (Amber Waves) ¼ cup honey, divided (The Hamptons Honey Company) ½ cup heavy whipping cream ½ teaspoon vanilla extract ½ teaspoon cardamom Pinch of kosher salt 1 cup goat milk yogurt (Catapano Dairy Farm)

INSTRUCTIONS: 1. To make the dukkah, in a dry pan over medium heat, add pistachios and sesame seeds and toast, stirring often until fragrant, approximately 2 minutes. Add coriander, cumin and allspice and continue to toast until pistachios and sesame seeds are golden. Transfer to a food processor and add salt and pepper. Process until nuts are a sandy coarse texture, approximately 20 pulses. Add brown sugar and pulse 2-3 times to combine. Let cool. Can be made up to a week in advance. 2. In a large bowl, toss strawberries with half the honey and a pinch of kosher salt. Set aside. 3. In the bowl of a stand mixer with a whisk attachment, add whipping cream, remaining honey, vanilla and cardamom and whip for approximately 2 minutes— scraping down sides of bowl as needed— until peaks form. Add in yogurt and whisk until just combined and soft peaks form. Refrigerate until ready to use. 4. To serve, add strawberries to a serving bowl, top with whipped goat milk yogurt and sprinkle with dukkah. Visit for more inspired recipes.

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Sakara has transformed millions of lives through its organic, ready-to-eat nutrition programs. Founder Whitney Tingle shares with Purist editor in chief Cristina Cuomo the nutrition tools needed to transform your life.

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CRISTINA CUOMO: You have a loyal following, disciples as it were, who swear by your nutrition programs and can’t live without them. What inspired you to launch Sakara in 2012, at the age of 26, with your best friend Danielle DuBoise? WHITNEY TINGLE: Sakara didn’t start out as a business. It started out as a solution to our own needs. Danielle is my co-founder, my BFF and coCEO. She and I grew up together in Sedona, Arizona. We were raised with an understanding of the mindbody-food connection, and the power of the body to heal and cleanse itself. Fast-forward, we are both living crazy busy lives in New York City, and found ourselves both dealing with health conditions. I had terrible cystic acne. Danielle was a yo-yo dieter who was on the path to medical school. She was interning at a hospital in New York City and saw patients coming in with late-stage diseases, like Type 2 diabetes and heart disease. She asked herself, who is talking about lifestyle choices that can prevent those types of diseases later on in life? She decided to go to nutrition school and be on the preventative side of health. We came together to create this program for ourselves, and once it transformed our lives, other people started to catch on, and it just started to grow from there. Now we make millions of meals every year and deliver them all across the country, helping thousands and thousands of people transform their bodies and their health the same way that we transformed our own through the power of plants and food as medicine.

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WT: You’re getting upwards of 70 different plant species in your meals on a day of Sakara. The average American eats 15 different plant species in one week. You’re getting all of those different nutrient profiles that each food has— vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, all of the polyphenols—giving you support in different ways. By eating that diversity, eating that rainbow, you’re going to help give your body what it needs to feel at its best.

CC: Tell me a little bit about some of your rituals, now that we’re coming into summertime. WT: Hydration is absolutely key. When people ask me, “What’s the secret to the fountain of youth?” I say, “It’s water. That is the secret. What’s the difference between a nice, plump, smooth grape and a dry, wrinkly raisin? The only difference is water.” CC: What’s your favorite salad? WT: The Youth + Beauty Salad—I set out to create the most beautifying salad on the planet. Everything in it is high in water content. It starts with a bed of romaine lettuce, and then cucumber, carrots for beta-carotene, pomegranates—which are bursts of antioxidants for anti-aging benefits—beets, which support blood flow and give you that rosiness in your cheeks, and a super seed blend that helps the water barrier of the skin, keeping it moisturized longer. It’s delicious and refreshing during the summertime.

CC: What’s the best place to start when you’re embarking on a health food path with Sakara? WT: It depends on where you are on your own journey, but about 80 percent of our Sakaralites, as we call them, our Sakara clients, come in through doing either a three- or five-day signature nutrition program. If you’re not ready to dive into a signature nutrition program just yet, we have an amazing probiotic, which helps break down undigested food within the gut, reduces bloat, and also helps digestion. One of the keys to having better skin and better overall health is making sure your digestive system is functioning at its best. I also love our Foundation packets supplement. Have you tried these?

CC: Do you bring Sakara on your vacation? WT: I do. You can go to and check out programs for home delivery. You can get Sakara delivered to your hotel, to your Airbnb. We’re going to be out in the Hamptons this summer, so keep an eye out for us if you head out East.

CC: I have, and I’ve got to tell you it helped me get through COVID. My immune system got a veritable boost from them, so thank you. One can take supplements, but to be able to eat all that nutrition in your own food is everything. 124

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CC: How is that adorable 18-month-old son of yours? WT: He’s good. We have been through quite the journey together. He was actually recently diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, which is an autoimmune condition. I’m surprised by how common autoimmune conditions are with kids, and how common they’re becoming as part of our society. It’s just made me even more dedicated to our Sakara mission, to helping people live healthier lives and support that health through nutrition and plants as medicine. It’s been quite the journey, but we’re making it through.

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A COOL, COOL SUMMER Five easy ways to incorporate Ayurvedic principles into your daily life this season. BY COREY DE ROSA

1 Local Cucumber-Mint Water. Cut half of a cucumber into slices, gently smack 3 sprigs of mint, and add both to 1 gallon of spring water. Store in a

3 Super-Hydrating Electrolyte Drink. In a blender, add 4 cups of chopped watermelon, 2 cups of spring water, juice from half of 1 lime, 2 teaspoons


of natural sweetener, 1 teaspoon of grated fresh ginger and a pinch of Himalayan pink salt. Blend for 30 seconds, then strain before drinking. 4 Cooling Basmati Dill Rice. Rinse 1 cup of the finest long-grain basmati rice 3 times and drain. Bring 1½ cups of water to a boil with ½ teaspoon of pink salt and 1 tablespoon of ghee or coconut oil. Once boiling, add rice, bring to a boil, then cover and simmer on lowest flame for 8 minutes. Transfer to a bowl, fluff and toss well with 1 tablespoon of fresh, chopped dill. 5 Cucumber-Tomato Salad. In a large mixing bowl, add 2 cups of peeled, chopped cucumber, 2 cups of seeded and chopped fresh tomato, a few finely chopped mint and cilantro leaves, 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice, 1 tablespoon of olive oil, ½ teaspoon of pink salt and a pinch of black pepper. Mix well and serve chilled. Nature will always provide, so whenever in doubt, look to what is locally available during each season.

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Ayurveda means the “knowledge of living.” It teaches that we can live comfortably and contentedly based on ancient knowledge that has been shared with us, as well as learn from our experiences by putting that wisdom into practice. The most basic concept of Ayurveda is that we are most peaceful when balanced within, which can only happen when we are also in balance with what Get your daily dose of Ayurvedic we perceive to be goodness from De Rosa’s Tapovana Lunch Box, from Monday to Friday outside of ourselves. 11:30AM to 2PM, located at 2357 There is no distinction Montauk Highway in Bridgehampton. between internal and external; instead, a constant physical and energetic refrigerator and enjoy regularly to exchange takes place between us keep internal body heat levels down. and our environments, including with 2 Sunburn Poultice. With a mortar other people. Below are five ways for you to and pestle, grind 1 bunch of fresh bring balance during the hot, humid cilantro (including stems) and a little summer season by our beautiful water into a paste. Spread over slightly beaches and farms. We will begin with burned skin to restore balance from simplicity and ease and move to some the gentle trauma of the sun. (Do not more elaborate ideas. use on blistered or broken skin.)








A PERFECT PAIR This summer in the Hamptons, let Casa Dragones Joven bring out the delicate flavors of fresh oysters and other raw bar delicacies. BY ABBY TEGNELIA

minerality of the cold-water oysters served in summer. The master blend of 100% blue agave silver and extra-aged tequila has a complex yet subtle flavor (think hints of vanilla and spiced undertones balanced by delicate notes of pear), and offers a subtle sweetness that brings out the sweet, creamy notes in the oysters. Enjoy a clean, warm finish with hints of hazelnut and a bright, open aftertaste. To experience this sophisticated tequila and oyster pairing, head to Shelter Island’s Sunset Beach, which pairs its Casa Dragones Joven with Orient Pearl oysters. Of course, there are many options for trying this ultra-premium tequila with other seafood and raw bar delicacies, starting with East Hampton’s Sí Sí. It recommends sipping Joven with its hamachi crudo served with ponzu, ginger oil and smoked salt. Moby’s, also in East Hampton, pairs Joven with mussels and clams. If you’re trying your Joven out at home, don’t let the subtlety of this sophisticated tequila stop you from letting your creative juices flow. In Los Cabos, Mexico, at Crudo Bar inside the Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal, chef Gustavo Pinet has served guests a pairing of Joven and oysters with mignonettes that run the gamut from grilled pineapple pico de gallo, to spicy sesame oil and a mintponzu sauce.

Oysters are simply not meant to be overpowered by a beverage that lacks the smoothness required by the decadent all-season shellfish. The delicate flavors, whether sweet or briny, require a certain softness and even silkiness, and this summer, chefs in the Hamptons and in the city are looking at Casa Dragones Joven as the newest hot pairing for gastrophiles with an affinity for a good raw bar. “The marriage of Casa Dragones Joven and oysters is one of my favorite pairings, especially during the summer,” says Casa Dragones co-founder and CEO Bertha González Nieves of the incredibly fine, yet complex, small-batch tequila that’s best served in a flute. “The sweet roasted agave notes of Casa Dragones Joven balance perfectly with the creaminess and the sweetness of the oysters, without overpowering them.” Adds chef Bobby Flay: “It’s crisp; it’s clean. I like to drink it on its own, but I also enjoy pairing it with things from a raw bar, things that are really incredibly simple, one or two ingredients.” The tequila itself is fresh and inviting on the nose; expect a subtle floral and citrus aroma with notes of sweet roasted agave. The body is rich yet silky, boasting brilliant platinum hues and the long, pronounced legs that indicate a full body that retains a sleek texture on the palate. The taste is soft and smooth, which expertly complements the distinct 128

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NATIVE SON Following the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February, actor Liev Schreiber, whose grandfather emigrated to the U.S. from Ukraine nearly a century ago, became a man with a mission. BlueCheck Ukraine, the nongovernmental organization (NGO) he co-founded in March with humanitarian aid and entertainment professionals, has delivered wide-ranging help to thousands of refugees and Ukraine citizens. Here, the Tony Award-winning thespian talks philanthropy, performance and fatherhood with his longtime friend, Purist founder Cristina Cuomo.

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Cristina Cuomo: You’re of Ukrainian heritage. Your maternal grandfather emigrated to the U.S. from Ukraine. He escaped tyranny. How profoundly has that impacted you?

CC: I can’t believe that happened so late in life.

Liev Schreiber: My grandfather, for all intents and purposes, was my father. He raised me after my mother and father separated when I was very small, and she came home to New York. He supported us because my mom didn’t have any money, and he didn’t have a lot of money, either. He delivered meat from the meat market to diners and restaurants. He was the man in my life, somebody I admired very deeply, who I worked for as soon as I was strong enough to carry a salami. He never talked about the past, so I didn’t know where he was from. There was talk that he was from Poland. There was talk that he was from Ukraine. In many ways, most of the roles I played in my life have been some kind of exploration of his character, not my own, because I still to this day have very little sense of my own. When he died of cancer when I was about 26, it began a kind of strange relationship to memories. I was really shaken by his death. It occurred to me that I didn’t know anything about him, and ergo I really didn’t know anything about being a man. Suddenly, I was on my own doing this strange job. And so I tried to find out more about him. I began writing a story about an American who goes to Ukraine to discover what it is to be Ukrainian. I came up with a script that was pretty good. And then while I was trying to get that made, I read an extraordinary short story in The New Yorker by a young writer named Jonathan Safran Foer. It was called “The Very Rigid Search.” He had done what I had tried to do in eight pages of a short story, but he’d done it with humor and love. And I just fell for him as a writer and I fell for that story. I called Bill Buford, the guy who was reading fiction at The New Yorker and I said, “Is there any way I can meet this guy?” He introduced me to Jonathan, who was this incredible kid in his early 20s who showed up with a manuscript in a Duane Reade bag at the Bowery Bar and said well, it’s actually part of a novel. I read the novel very quickly, and was blown away that someone so young could write with such depth about love. And so I asked him if I could adapt the short story, and he said yes and that became the first movie I directed, Everything Is Illuminated. To promote that movie, the story got out that I had strong connections to Ukraine, that my grandfather was Ukrainian. I never thought much of it. It just became one of those flags in the road of one’s life where you go, “OK, well I’m Ukrainian.” I don’t feel particularly Ukrainian, but I am.

CC: I’ve known you for 20 some years, and you’re obviously a very funny, self-deprecating person with a deep appreciation for cultural pursuits like literature. I remember once we were talking about Yeats and Shakespeare, and you were interpreting and analyzing why they made certain choices in their particular time. Where does that stem from, your deep interest in intellectual pursuits?

LS: Yeah, I had a weird childhood.

LS: I think most artists are suffering from some form of identity crisis, and so you’re using whatever your tools are, or your skill is, to try to figure out who you are or where you’re from. For me, the tools that my mother gave me were language—literature and art. I fell for Shakespeare. I’ve always loved old things. Besides, as an actor I’d rather be a big fish in a small pond and nobody else seemed to want to do that work. So I did. CC: Thank god. LS: It was a good break. CC: Let’s go back to Ukraine, and BlueCheck Ukraine, a network that vets and funds grassroots organizations providing assistance for Ukrainians. How did you form this NGO? LS: I was pretty depressed, like a lot of people when this war broke out. I was watching it on my couch, bookended by my two kids. And I noticed these hulking, balding, middle-aged men with cigarettes and Kalashnikovs, hugging their kids and saying goodbye to their wives— guys who had never shot a gun in their lives—and then marching off to the front lines of a war in which they were incredibly outnumbered. People started calling me because of an assumption that I’m Ukrainian, asking where they can donate, and I didn’t have a good answer. Then I talked to some friends. Harris Fishman from Yale called, and he said he wanted to do a film project, and he introduced me to Jason Cone, who used to run Doctors Without Borders. We could feel a huge groundswell of support in America for Ukraine. CC: Are you still seeing conflict and polarization in 134

terrific law firm with offices all over the world, and Integrity Risk International, which is offering their services pro bono to vet and verify the NGOs that we identify.

America, and what efforts do you think we can make to help end this war? LS: I do think Americans care. The past 10 years of American history have been so polarizing and the conversation in this country has been so confused, with this kind of political bickering and partisan power grabbing. If there’s any silver lining to what Mr. Putin has done, it’s that he’s galvanized us as a nation. We may not have been tending to our democracy as well as we should have, and hopefully we’re all waking up to that. That’s what defines us. That’s what makes us who we are.

CC: You mentioned earlier all the different aspects of BlueCheck, from supplying emergency medical care and food and relief to mental health initiatives. What program has seemed to be the most effective? LS: Unfortunately, right now the biggest piece is medical aid. Obviously shelter, because those people have been displaced. Mental health. It shifts all the time. It’s really about keeping in touch with what the needs are.

CC: The silver lining. CC: You’ve had an incredibly prolific career, from playing Iago in Othello, to Ray Donovan on TV. W hat has been your favorite medium?

LS: The idea behind BlueCheck was we saw that people wanted to help. We thought, how do we channel all of this support and resources into something that can be really effective on the ground in Ukraine? We decided early on that we were only going to do humanitarian aid, that we didn’t

LS: The most fun is theater. The best nights in my life were spent hanging out with 500 people in the dark, laughing

“How do we channel all of this support into something that can be effective on the ground in Ukraine? We decided early on that we were only going to do humanitarian aid.” want to become involved in operations politically, militarily or otherwise. Our idea was basically just to go to Ukraine, find out who’s doing the work on the ground, and cut out the middlemen so that the money goes directly to the people. We also figured out pretty quickly that need over there is a fluid thing. One day it’s going to be food, another day it’s going to be insulin, another day it’s going to be shelter, another day, mental health. We had to come home and seriously get into fundraising, which is where we are now.

about the same thing. There’s something truly exciting and fun about experiencing a moment with an audience. I miss that feeling of being on stage.

CC: That is very important, obviously. How do you make progress when you’re on the ground?

LS: Probably the surf break. The best thing about the house is the view—it’s pretty spectacular. After you’ve been in Montauk a while, you get a feel for the town. I have good friends there.

CC: You grew up on the Lower East Side, and you still live downtown in the apartment you’ve owned for over 20 years. You’ve been in Montauk for a decade. There’s a great surf break across the street, but what’s your favorite thing about being in that community?

LS: The biggest thing that’s happened to us is that we now have the endorsement of President Zelenskyy. We also have the health ministry there to let us know if there are NGOs that they believe we should check out. Everyone has to go through a vetting process with Ropes & Gray, a

CC: What project are you currently working on? LS: I did a movie for Wes Anderson called Asteroid City, 135

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which I think is going to be terrific. I am heading off to the Czech Republic next week to do a story about Anne Frank, told from the perspective of the woman who hid them, Miep Gies, who’s being played by Bel Powley, an amazing actress. I’m going to be playing Otto Frank, Anne Frank’s father. I thought the script was really well done, and Miep Gies is such an extraordinary character, someone who risked everything to help a family she didn’t have to help. She wasn’t Jewish. She wasn’t related to them. She risked her own family, her own safety, to hide the family for as long as she did. There is strength in all of us, and there are values and principles that are worth standing up for, and I think that’s in this story. CC: I have to ask you this, because we are a well-being publication. Do you have a favorite wellness ritual? LS: Sun and the salt water cure everything. I have to be careful and put sunblock on. I often have to be reminded to do that, because I forget, so my kids remind me. But I do feel like the vitamin D that I get from the sun and the sea is my cure-all.

“The best thing that we can do in this life is help somebody.” CC: You hit 50 and decided to help Stony Brook raise money to open a new hospital in East Hampton. You work with Feeding America, a nationwide network of food banks, and the Surfrider Foundation. How did you find these organizations that you’re passionate about? LS: Feeding America became a Thanksgiving tradition that we wanted to be a part of. Stony Brook took care of my grandmother when she had a heart attack. Surfrider came out of my love of the ocean, my gratitude for having that space, that environment, and wanting to preserve it.

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CC: You’re certainly living up to your name, which is related to the Yiddish word for heart. Kudos to you for taking your celebrity and applying it to something as important as BlueCheck Ukraine. LS: Probably the hardest part of it for me was that I had this memory of my grandfather, a very principled guy who would smack me on the back of the head if I didn’t open the door, or if I wasn’t polite. I haven’t been that guy. I’ve been the kind of goofy actor dad, who has an opportunity to show his children that the best thing that we can do in this life is to help somebody. If I can leave my kids with that, I’d be happy. Go to for information on how to donate. 137

R Y N O Breaking bread with some of the East End’s buzziest chefs and restaurateurs, from classics to newcomers.

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Signature dish on your menu: I am excited to simply grill whole fish caught that morning over our wood-burning grill with olive oil and herbs…I could eat that every day. Best served with: Organic greens with a light vinaigrette and crispy potatoes Your favorite item on the menu? Goat cheese ravioli with English pea puree How do you like to cook at home? Family style for my friends—happy food, good drinks and lots of laughter. 239 E. Montauk Hwy., Hampton Bays;

Name: Ülfet Ralph, Executive Chef Background/how did you get your start? I am from a family of fantastic home cooks and I wanted to make my family proud by taking that tradition to the next level. Along the way I have had wonderful mentors in great restaurants in the South and in the Relais & Châteaux network. What is your guiding principle for your restaurant? Simplicity, by allowing high-quality ingredients to take the lead What’s the vibe you foster at your restaurant? Casual elegance How would you describe your cuisine? Locally sourced, carefully crafted, soulful, Mediterranean-influenced How do you incorporate wellness into your menus? Featuring vegetable-forward dishes and organic ingredients without preservatives or over-seasoning promotes wellness What’s the best-tasting, healthiest dish you serve? Ratatouille, which is my mother’s family recipe and dear to my heart: zucchini, squash, tomatoes, garlic, lemon, olive oil and herbs What local provisions do you employ in your dishes? The rhythm of the seasons of our farmer partners’ products will always be the driving force behind our menu. What thrills your palate about the local, seasonal offerings? The East End’s fertile soil and bountiful waters have so much to offer that my mind races with endless possibilities. What best describes a Hamptons appetite? Simultaneously sophisticated and comforting

Name: Justin Smillie, Executive Chef Background/how did you get your start: I started working an afterschool job as a dishwasher (Chesapeake Bay Seafood Company). I fell in love with the energy instantly. After cooking in NYC for a few years, I went to work for Jonathan Waxman at Washington Park and later at Barbuto as the chef de cuisine. It was at Barbuto—superrustic, unfussy and fun—that I began my real journey as a cook and chef. What is your guiding principle for your restaurant? Simple plating: It should always look and feel like something that was just made...needs to feel like it was pan-plate-table. Work within the season, and always treat the ingredient in the moment (storage, production and service). What’s the vibe you foster at your restaurant? High/low unfussy elegance. Homey. Sincere. How would you describe your cuisine? Locally sourced, globally minded How do you incorporate wellness into your menus? With my cooking—seasonal, well sourced, trusted and ingredient forward—wellness is built in. What’s the best-tasting, healthiest dish you serve? Our spring bitter green salad with green almonds, fennel and parsley root—parsley root lends a super “green fresh” feel What local provisions do you employ in your dishes? Right now: fennel, peaches, bitter greens, herbs, parsley root, cherries, rhubarb, ramps, and chamomile What thrills your palate about the local, seasonal offerings? Big and bright flavors What best describes a Hamptons appetite and how do you feed it? Light, unfussy, well sourced. We do our best to work with local farms (Balsam Farms, Amber Waves, Quail Hill Farm and The Hoppy Acre) and always have an open dialogue with our fish purveyor. Signature dish on your menu: Seared and shaved octopus with favas and cilantro Best served with: Burrata with cherries and pistachio and

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Il Buco Al Mare’s roasted baby artichokes and black garlic skirt steak

yuzu pesto. Where do you go out to eat on a day off out East? Coche Comedor in Amagansett. How do you like to cook at home? Over charcoal whenever possible. 231 Main St., Amagansett;

do everything in-house we are in control of what goes on each dish. What local provisions do you employ in your dishes? We use all local farms (Balsam Farms, Sagaponack Farm, Quail Hill Farm) and we incorporate those ingredients wherever we can on the menu. We do not scream localism from the rooftops; we just do what is right and buy what we can when it is available. What thrills your palate about the local, seasonal offerings? I grew up in Ohio, where there isn’t an ocean, so I love all the local fish that are around in the summer. What best describes a Hampton’s appetite and how do you feed it? The Hamptons appetite leans toward clean and fresh flavors. Our menu features bright, flavorful dishes. Signature dish on your menu: Thai Chicken Stir-Fry. I feel

HIGHWAY RESTAURANT & BAR Name: Justin Finney, Head Chef What is your guiding principle? To use the very best ingredients, whether they are sourced from local farms or the oceans of Japan, and not overcomplicate food What’s the vibe you foster at your restaurant? A home away from home—we want everyone to feel welcome. We grow tomatoes and chiles on our patio in the summer and it feels just like your backyard garden. How would you describe your cuisine? Someone said the other day that our menu was like the United Nations. The restaurant would be described as New American cuisine if it was to fit into a category. We do a little bit of everything: We make homemade pasta, sushi and sashimi, Thai curry paste from scratch, we make the best hummus and falafel, and we also do American classics like spit-roasted chicken and cheeseburgers! How do you incorporate wellness into your menus? Our menu is very vegetable- and fish-forward; because we

like we would cause a riot on the East End if we were to take it off the menu. Best served with: A glass of vermentino or Cucumber Tini. Your favorite item on the menu? The Papaya and Crab Salad. It is perfect for the summer—full of texture and flavor! There is no other salad like this in the Hamptons. Where do you go out to eat on a day off out East? On my day off, I like to eat at The Dock in Montauk. How do you like to cook at home? I keep the same philosophy that I do in the restaurant—simple and clean flavors with lots of vegetables, taking advantage of all the farm stands and local fish. What’s the flavor of Summer ’22? Chiles! it’s gonna be a hot one! 290 Montauk Hwy., East Hampton;

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Name: Andrew Doran, Chef Background/how did you get your start: I learned how to cook from my grandmother and mother growing up in Brooklyn; I quickly discovered my passion for all types of cuisine. Starting at Pacific East in Manhattan to my move out to the Hamptons 20 years ago, I was able to develop my skill set to where I am today. What is your guiding principle for your restaurant? I look at a plate as a canvas. It’s my opportunity each day to provide guests with a work of art that is cuisine. What’s the vibe you foster at your restaurant? The vibe is sophisticated yet casual. How would you describe your cuisine? Coastal, freshcaught seafood, refined and nurturing How do you incorporate wellness into your menus? Dining at The Maidstone is an experience in itself. We 142

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to cook the majority of our fresh seafood. What’s the best-tasting, healthiest dish you serve? Our Hot Lobster Roll over a salad of fresh greens, or our marinated day-boat swordfish with grilled pineapple. What local provisions do you employ in your dishes? We utilize seasonal produce in our menu, and use local clammers and fishermen too. What thrills your palate about the local, seasonal offerings? Fresh local produce! The sweetness of the fruits, the crispness of the vegetables and the brilliant and vibrant colors Signature dish on your menu: Our Hot and Classic Cold Lobster Rolls. What’s most notable is that our restaurant in Amagansett was the first to offer lobster rolls on the East End and the New York metro area. Best served with: Montaukila-Rita or Paumanok Vineyard’s chenin blanc How do you like to cook at home? I like to smoke meats and cook fresh seasonal vegetables that I pick from my garden. What’s the flavor of Summer ’22? The flavor of Summer 2022 is finally enjoying what the East End has to offer. People are out, enjoying the beaches, the small towns, spending time with friends and family. 32 Montauk Hwy., Southampton;

Spaghetti al Nero di Seppia is a chef favorite at The Maidstone.

want our guests to feel more renewed as they depart than when they arrived. What’s the best-tasting, healthiest dish you serve? Fresh sushi rolled to perfection What local produce do you employ in your dishes? All of our produce is hand-picked from Balsam Farms here in East Hampton. What thrills your palate about the local, seasonal offerings? The fresh handpicked ripened produce is the only way to eat. It brings out the heart of the area. Signature dish on your menu: Branzino Puttanesca Best served with: Rose Mojito Your favorite item on the menu? Spaghetti al Nero di Seppia Where do you go out to eat on a day off out East? Harvest On Fort Pond in Montauk How do you like to cook at home? I like to host a barbecue on my deck and enjoy the sun and family. What’s the flavor of Summer ’22? Fresh produce, and fresh from the sea 207 Main St., East Hampton;

Chef Hal Udell

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LOBSTER ROLL SOUTHAMPTON Name: Hal Udell, Chef What is your guiding principle for your restaurant? To always provide our guests with the best-quality food, service and value on a consistent basis. What’s the vibe you foster at your restaurant? We shoot for a casual, fun vibe in a retro-nautical atmosphere. How would you describe your cuisine? We offer seafood and non-seafood options in addition to a full gluten-free menu, vegetarian choices and homemade desserts. How do you incorporate wellness into your menus? We use fresh seasonal produce and utilize our charbroil grill 143


Tomatoes, honeydew, fish, and the majority of our cheese and charcuterie is from New York. We try to support local purveyors that care about their farms. What thrills your palate about the local, seasonal offerings? Knowing that our farmers and purveyors are growing our food with care in the most sustainable way and it is at the peak of its flavor. Signature dish on your menu: Honeydew salad. When we started our private dinners that was a fan favorite. It’s a clean and different take on a summer salad. Best served with: A glass of pét-nat. Your favorite item on the menu? Lamb meatballs, another fan favorite. The whipped feta paired with the mint chutney is unique and satisfying. Where do you go out to eat on a day off out East? The Crow’s Nest in Montauk is a staple and their food is always so delicious. Whenever we can get out of Montauk, we love going to Lulu Kitchen & Bar in Sag Harbor and love to see our friends at KonTiki in Greenport. How do you like to cook at home? We constantly find ourselves hosting, and we love setting the table and preparing our food as if we are at our restaurant. We put so much love and attention to detail in the presentation of the food and ambience around us. What’s the flavor of Summer ’22? Florals and botanicals! We incorporate and infuse all edible flowers and herbs into our food and house-made drinks. 440 West Lake Drive, Montauk;

Name: Demi Gonzalez, Creative Director Background/how did you get your start: Rooted was born in our backyard, quite literally. After both of us being in hospitality for years, Stephanie Williams and I developed a love for hosting friends and family, but we wanted to do it our way. In the summer of 2020, we started throwing intimate dinner parties, and after that, a few of those friends started hiring us to cater their parties and events. What is your guiding principle for your restaurant? Welcoming people as if they were guests in our home What’s the vibe you foster at your restaurant? We found the hospitality industry in Montauk lacked intimacy, so creating a space where people can interact in an intimate setting was the biggest inspiration. How would you describe your cuisine? Simple and clean ingredients showcasing the natural flavors. How do you incorporate wellness into your menus? Local and seasonal everything! Being mindful of waste and conscious cooking. What’s the best-tasting, healthiest dish you serve? Ceviche—no milk, no butter, no dairy, no sugar What local provisions do you employ in your dishes? Rooted sources clean ingredients from local purveyors.

NAME: Goran Jokic, co-owner Serafina East Hampton What is your guiding principle for your restaurant? Service. Quality. Taste. We’re also really welcoming and community oriented. We buy all local seasonal ingredients from East End farmers as well as local meats and seafood. What’s the vibe you foster at your restaurant? Everyone is welcome at Serafina. We have bachelorette parties, fire department and police retirement parties. Eva Longoria was in the other night. Katie Couric, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jeff Gordon all come in. It’s a really lively, energetic vibe. We get a lot of instructors from SoulCycle and Barry’s Bootcamp too. There’s a lot of mingling at the bar. How do you describe your cuisine? Modern Italian, mostly from northern Italy How do you incorporate wellness into your menus? Think of our menu as lighter Italian food. So, our eggplant parm is baked, not fried, served on a bed of broccoli rabe with tomato sauce. Our pizza crust is so light and paper-thin, it’s really not filling. We served 16,000 pizzas in 2021. We use 144

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Thinly sliced carpaccio with peppery arugula salad at Serafina

challenging eaters. We’re up to it. Signature dish on your menu? Best served with?: Black truffle pizza (Tartufo Nero) with chilled Serafina sauvignon blanc. Your favorite item on the menu? Grilled Atlantic salmon from Gosman’s with braised lentils and steamed spinach. I have my second NYC marathon coming up, so I need to stay in shape! My first marathon last year I raised $12K for the Mount Sinai Children’s Hospital Autism Center. Where do you go out to eat on a day off out East? K Pasa in Sag Harbor. It’s my second-favorite restaurant out East. They have every kind of taco, the one thing we don’t serve. What’s the flavor of Summer ’22? Spicy, jalapeño margarita. Everyone is in the mood to get out. We have 70 seats outside for dinner and our bar is indoor/outdoor with open French doors, so it’s really welcoming. I love how everyone can just hang out here. 104 N. Main St., East Hampton;

double zero flour but also do gluten-free pizza and pastas. We have six or seven main course salads. Our dressings are homemade, like lemon vinaigrette and fig vinaigrette. What’s the best-tasting, healthiest dish you serve? Red quinoa with avocado, arugula and extra-virgin olive oil. But we can make anything healthy, like dairy-free pizza. What local produce/provisions do you use in your dishes? We get all our vegetables from a private farmer in Sagaponack. For seafood and fish, it’s Gosman’s. All our meats are from Cromer’s Market. We import all the Italian specialties from Italy—the ravioli, balsamic, truffle oil, truffle paste, truffles themselves, they’re all Serafina from Italy. What thrills your palate about the local, seasonal offerings? The East End is like nowhere else in the world. The soil, the climate, that combination of light, air and sun that makes it so special makes growing food here amazing too. What best describes a Hamptons appetite and how do you feed it? Picky. And we love that. We can accommodate even the pickiest eaters. We welcome any 145

Buttery, flaky croissants are a staple at Sant Ambroeus in East Hampton.

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The carpacio at Serafina,


perfectly with the amazing Surf Lodge. How would you describe your cuisine? Delicious food that you can feel good about eating. It’s packed with NAME: Iacopo Falai, Culinary Director nutrition, flavor and color. What’s the best-tasting, healthiest dish you serve? All of How do you incorporate wellness into your menus? our dishes are healthy, as they are made with produce We try to balance our meals, from the produce to the from the best purveyors. I especially enjoy our Piatto di proteins. That’s why a colorful plate is so important. Lenticchie made with warm beluga lentils and ratatouille. What’s the best-tasting, healthiest dish you serve? Our Signature dish on your menu: Our Insalata Centocolori— miso mushroom bowl is packed with flavor and goodness. which means “100 colors salad”—is one of our signature It is well balanced, with probiotics, proteins and fiber. dishes that has been on our menu for years. It is made What local provisions do you employ in your dishes? with farm chicory, sliced avocado, vine-ripened cherry Besides constantly trying to work with the most local tomatoes, mozzarella, and Castelvetrano olives. produce we can, the highlight has been raising our Best served with: The Insalata Centocolori is delicious own cattle and pigs for our menu. Back in 2017, my wife and can be a great starter; I would follow it with our Pollo and I bought an old farm in the Catskills and began the alla Mostarda in Casseruola: roasted chicken breast, journey of bringing the paddock to the plate. mustard, crispy potatoes, spring onion, fava beans, green What thrills your palate about the local, seasonal peas. offerings? I’m a sucker for a good pickling! Capturing Your favorite item on the menu: I can’t pass on the that seasonal high and preserving it in an absolute Spaghetti Strofinati al Pesto e Pomodoro Piccante sucker punch of flavor gets me very excited. Genovese—pesto and spicy tomato sauce. Signature dish on your menu: Our banana walnut bread 66 Newtown Lane, East Hampton; with espresso mascarpone Best served with: A pinch of sea salt Your favorite item on the menu? Our Salmon Quinoa Bowl, which is grilled salmon, a six-minute egg, turmeric quinoa, hummus, crunchy shaved veggies, avocado, NAME: Henry Roberts, founder and CEO of Two Hands, cucumber, seeds and puffed rice. which is handling Brunch at The Surf Lodge this season. Where do you go out to eat out East? How did you get your start? My start The Surf Lodge, obviously, I also love in the industry came in 2014 when we heading to the Hideaway. opened our first Two Hands location on How do you like to cook at home? Mott Street in Nolita. That was three years Simple and classic. I love slow cooking into my now 11-year-long residence in in the winter and grilling in the summer. New York City, having transplanted from With two young kids running around, it’s my hometown of Sydney. important to encourage their palates— What is your guiding principle for your easier said than done, I know! restaurant? Our focus has always been What’s the flavor of Summer ’22? to produce fresh and healthy brunch Passionfruit. Last year, we collaborated dishes that reflect the café culture of with our friends at Randolph Beer Australia. and developed our own Two Hands What’s the vibe you foster at your Passionfruit Hard Seltzer. We’re excited to restaurant and will be bringing to Surf Henry Roberts brings take that into this summer. Lodge brunches? We have always Aussie brunch faves 183 Edgemere St., Montauk; brought a fresh, light and bright coastal to The Surf Lodge. vibe to our restaurants, which marries Courtesy of The Surf Lodge


PLUS, DON’T MISS THESE NEWCOMERS The buzzy Bushwick pizza joint ROBERTA’S (240 Fort Pond Rd.) takes over the former Arbor digs by the train station in Montauk, serving up local seafood, house-made bread and legendary pies. ENCHANTÉ (210 Hampton Rd.) brings French bistro fare to the old Red Bar Brasserie spot in Southampton. CRASH CANTINA (32 Lighthouse Rd.) in Hampton Bays features water views and Latin American cuisine. LITTLE RUBY’S MONTAUK moves in to Ruschmeyers in Montauk, bringing bright, seasonal, Australian-influenced favorites with it. 147

Incorporating edible plants into your home’s landscaping promotes sustainable eating practices and a nutrient-rich diet.

EDIBLE HEAVEN An exciting new food movement is transforming how we experience our outdoor space.

in the environment and the radically unsustainable supply chains of our centralized food system (where food travels on average an estimated 1,500 miles from farm to fork, burning through a shockingly high amount of nonrenewable resources and delivering shockingly low nutrient levels), Food Forest Abundance’s founder Jim Gale pivoted to one big, all-encompassing solution: Empower regular people to turn parts of their properties (or unused land in their municipalities, schools, churches or declining Main Streets) into diverse “food forests”—regenerative edible landscapes in which plant species are stacked in artfully planned layers in order to feed people ultrahealthy, ultra-local, organic food; support a return to biodiversity and pollinator habitats; and resuscitate soil deadened from years of chemical application (or simply years of neglect). Food Forest Abundance aims to take the decades of wisdom behind permaculture design systems and regenerative food production—seen at larger scale in the movie The Biggest Little Farm as well as countless droolworthy YouTube videos—and translate it into smaller-scale projects that anyone can do at home or in their town, regardless of their expertise. In so doing, it may just make the image of endless, perfectly manicured—and tragically

magine opening your door on an ordinary summer morning and stepping into a Garden of Eden. Sunlight filters through a canopy of fruit trees laden with ripening peaches and plums, illuminating your skin with gold. A rainbow of colors—like purple-red figs, cherries and mulberries and deep-green vining spinach and moringa—enchants your eyes, the antithesis of a monochrome lawn. Your ears take in the gentle buzzing of bees feasting on pollen from fragrant almond blossoms, soon to bear nuts that you and your family can harvest, and flights of butterflies you haven’t witnessed in your garden for years. As your bare feet thrill to the coolness of moist ground underfoot, you relax into knowing that medicinal roots like turmeric and ginger and longevity-boosting mushrooms are growing here, tucked out of sight. A sensation of wellbeing expands through your body, and you smile before returning to the tasks and to-dos of the day. This vision of abundance proliferating on the properties of ordinary folks and families—not accomplished farmers or dedicated homesteaders—is at the heart of a new global movement called Food Forest Abundance that launched just over one year ago. Tired of wrangling with the infinite problems of ecological collapse, toxic chemical infiltration



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have to remember some things we forgot.” The shift in underused—lawns feel as obsolete as 8mpg Hummers: perspective is also about what wealth looks like. While there a pesticide-saturated vestige of an outdated American are upfront costs to make changes like these, creating a Dream we’re ready to reimagine. food forest is not an expense; it is an investment with longHere’s how it works: You, the homeowner (or community term ROI. (Getting a small strip of yard going—designed organizer), connect with Food Forest Abundance and buy a and installed—could cost about $5,000; installing a Food Forest Landscape Blueprint. Next, you collaborate with dense food forest, half an acre or more, might run up to their designers, sending pictures and orientations of the land $50,000 to $90,000.) Sure, it will save significant money in you have available—whether a small strip or plot, a sizable food purchases over time. Gale says demure food forest suburban yard or a more extensive estate. They assess its gardens—a 10th of an acre in some cases—are producing current health, light exposure, climate and more, discover volumes of food for a small family. Taking it further, a prolific your personal needs, wants and budget, and uncover its food forester may choose to sell their bounty, or barter it, untapped productive potential. A blueprint is then created something that’s not nearly as hippie as it sounds, especially that places multiple species of perennial plants (fruit when friends start getting in on the game. (I’ve got fresh and nut trees, berry-producing shrubs, vining fruits and raspberries, you’ve got organic eggs; let’s make a deal.) vegetables, and medicinal herbs and roots) in “layers” that But the returns are also so much support each other to thrive naturally, bigger than that—something I can while annual vegetables like greens, “It can take four to five personally attest to, four years into tomatoes, beans, squashes and tubers years for full perennial my own family reclaiming some get strategically mixed in to open spots very depleted land. The gifts from for quicker harvest. production to kick in. time, money and effort into Open lawn space isn’t banished, Meanwhile, the annuals investing one small corner of the world are necessarily; it just shares the spotlight keep you fed—so a hard to beat: greater connectedness with food- and medicine-producing to the present moment, as the only zones that can be tidy and organized food forest is in some to learn about your food forest or wild and unkempt, depending on ways a legacy project, way is to shut up and watch it; and to the whether your taste skews rational or a way to steward your soul-soothing intelligence of nature sensual. The range of possibilities of a personal or community food forest is corner of the world, and in a world pushing the artificial kind down our throats (and your own infinite—some of the most established use resources wisely.” natural intelligence, as realize you ones boast scores of edible and have the herb to treat your child’s medicinal plants, and poultry or ailment growing outside your kitchen window); and to small livestock can most definitely be added in—though food that tastes as good as nature intends it to taste (oh, starting small by transforming an unused area by a those raspberries!); and to an inner confidence that if swimming pool or guesthouse into a small permaculture supermarket shelves fall bare, you have a small, self- reliant garden is also more than OK. Blueprint in hand, you may system producing food for your loved ones. It ripples out potentially hire members of the group’s cooperative further, too: There’s greater connectedness within your business model to install the food forest, or do it yourself— family unit, as generations spend time outside being useful amending soil, landscaping areas to catch rainwater, together, and even within your immediate community, as and bringing in trees and shrubs at various stages of one permaculture pioneer on the block inspires the next maturity (the more mature, the more expensive, but the one, or the elder neighbor you barely spoke to before sooner they produce bounty). The resulting gardens do becomes your mentor, guiding you in the journey. not require endless maintenance, although, like any living Gale is a man with a big mission: to drive ordinary system, they won’t tolerate disinterest or detachment— people into inspired action at a time where it can feel they ask you to dirty your hands a little. It can take four paralyzing to know where and how to start building a to five years for full perennial production to really kick in better world. “The most radically beneficial thing we can outside of subtropical zones—meantime, the annuals do for ourselves, our families and our communities at keep you fed—so a food forest is in some ways a legacy this moment is to turn some of our lawns into pieces of project—a way to steward your small corner of the world, paradise,” he says. “Regenerative, edible landscapes are and use resources wisely and regeneratively for good. not only so much more beautiful to look upon, but can Taking the leap to start your own can involve pushing serve us on every single level that we can imagine—our past limiting beliefs, like that you don’t know enough physical and mental health, our ecology, our resources about plants, or are too time-pressed to give your land the and the freedom that comes from growing our own food.” attention required. Gale invites a mindset shift. “Mother Earth grows food for us for free when we let her; we just 149





SUMMER 2022 HIGHLIGHTS Hamptons Dance Project IV

Stirring The Pot




The Missing Element. Photo: Titus Ogilvie-Laing

Chef Eric Ripert. Photo: Nigel Parry

Hamptons Dance Project, 2021. Photo: Joe Brondo for Guild Hall






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Performances will take place on a stunning 20-acre farm overlooking Gardiner's Bay.


Music from the Sole comes to Guild Hall through an ongoing collaboration with Works & Process at the Guggenheim, and the company’s ongoing project, “I Didn’t Come to Stay." Stirring the Pot is sponsored by Citarella with Media Partner, The Purist. Guild Hall William P. Rayner Artist-in-Residence Program Principal Sponsor: Kathy Rayner in memory of her husband, Billy Rayner Theater Programming supported in part by The Schaffner Family Foundation, Straus Family Foundation, Michael Balmuth, Blythe Danner, and funding from The Ellen and James S. Marcus Endowment for Musical Programming and The Melville Straus Family Endowment.


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Take a tour of the East End’s most legendary surfing spots this summer, surf break permitting: East Hampton Main Beach, Southampton Road G, Bridgehampton Peter’s Pond, Ponquogue Beach in Hampton Bays and Montauk’s Camp Hero State Park.



P L AY Aspen’s mountains transform into a verdant oasis each summer.

MOUNTAIN HIGH Fun summer excursions, courtesy of The Little Nell’s concierge program.

the 11,212-foot summit of the iconic ski mountain in a luxury Audi e-tron SUV, or an open Jeep? The Nell is also like a base camp for bike riders. Enjoy an only-in-Aspen experience, by signing up for the monthly Ride + Dine dinner. Bikers journey from the Nell to the fabled Mad Dog Ranch in Old Snowmass, which features a refurbished riverside recording studio once owned and used by musicians Jimmy Buffett and Glenn Frey. Jam with a local band and enjoy an alfresco dinner paired with fine wines before getting a lift back to the hotel. On July 18, cyclists can take a ride with 17-time Tour de France competitor George Hincapie, followed by lunch on the sun-soaked patio of the Ajax Tavern. Even more immersive is the August 14-18 “Clip-In With Christian” cycling camp, with former Olympian and NBC Tour de France commentator Christian Vande Velde. Participants ride the roads during the day and enjoy the hospitality of the Nell at night, for a best-of-both-worlds experience. Just outside the back door of the Nell, hikers can head uphill on some of the most challenging—and breathtaking—trails in the Rockies. Make it to the top and you may just find a yoga class, a bluegrass session or a classical music concert in full swing.; adventures

The Little Nell hotel, Aspen’s only five-star/five-diamond, ski-in/ski-out property, is globally recognized for its awardwinning wine program and elevated guest experiences. But for those who long for summer adventure as much as poolside lounging, the Nell provides a perfect point of departure. “Guests come to The Little Nell during the summer for the beauty of the majestic mountains,” said Carol Hooper, the hotel’s Les Clefs d’Or Member, USA head concierge of 16 years. “What makes the Nell exceptional are the opportunities we provide for unique mountain adventures that enhance their Aspen visit.” The Adventure Center at The Little Nell offers outdoor activities to get guests into the wild. And unlike the hotel’s exclusive Winter Adventures, which are reserved for hotel guests, Summer Adventures can be booked by all. If flyfishing tops your bucket list, the Adventure Center can pair you with in-house, expert fishing guides to take you and your family to the private ponds of the T-Lazy-7 Ranch, which are available to all The Little Nell participants. Prefer to fish Gold Medal waters? The Nell team can put you in waders, tie your flies and take you to the banks of the Roaring Fork River, and some of America’s most renowned fishing holes. Never been to the top of Aspen Mountain? How about an off-road four-wheel-drive ride up Summer Road to 152

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Actress, singer and author Melissa Errico, who comes to Southampton on July 27, tells Purist about getting in the flow. Wellness, lately, has come to mean: connection. A kind of flow of energy, and a flow that happens with ease. I suppose the idea of “wellness” changes at different times in one’s life, but I have felt my most healthy and most joyful, especially during and after the pandemic, while making music. A flow between me and musicians, and a flow between me and an audience, small or large. Of course for a while there, I had no real people to sing to, only a Zoom screen. Somehow, though, the energy remained. Even when limited to livestreaming concerts, I learned how deeply people want to connect, and that creativity could still survive under the most isolated conditions. Now, I’m on the road again, traveling from San Francisco to London to Indianapolis to Florida and back to Palm Springs and back to Florida. (You get the idea!) The map of my concert tour has been like the veins of my own wellness, as blood would flow from a heart to the distances of fingers and toes. When I can sing, I am more myself. Everyone knows the song “Over the Rainbow.” The lyricist for that song, Yip Harburg, once said, “Words make you think thoughts, music makes you feel a feeling, but a song makes you feel a thought.” For me, that makes songs the one way we have to connect through heart and head at the same time; a singer’s voice becomes the intermediary between them. Melissa Errico will be appearing in Southampton on July 27 at 6:30PM at Agawam Park (51 Pond Lane) as part of Southampton Cultural Center’s Concerts in the Park series. Her special summer concert, Broadway Baby, features Errico setting her life to the Broadway songs that she has sung and owned.

Errico has just released an album, Out of the Dark: The Film Noir Project (Warner Music/ Ghostlight Records), and is making her Carnegie Hall debut on November 18.



SAG HARBOR SHAPES UP Tracy Anderson comes to town, and kundalini at Sage & Madison. BY RAY ROGERS

share that feeling with the people who move with me this summer, and to be a part of this vibrant local community.” By membership; 1 Bay St., Sag Harbor; Get your kundalini fix in the garden at Sage & Madison every Saturday morning at 9:30AM. Led by Ana Reis—who has trained at the RaMa Institute of Applied Yogic Science and Technology in LA, and studied under teachers who worked directly with Yogi Bhajan, responsible for bringing the kundalini yoga teachings to the Western world—the class offers a combination of movement, breath work, meditation, mudras and mantras. The intent is to create the foundation for a more balanced and mindful life by enhancing overall health, vitality, creative energy and radiance. “Sage & Madison is known for its tranquil, serene garden and historical nature. I couldn’t think of a better oasis to clear the mind and start the day,” says Sage & Madison proprietor Chris Coffee. Namaste! 31 Madison St., Sag Harbor:

Tracy Anderson

“Sag Harbor holds a special place in my family history, so there’s definitely a personal touch to this studio that I hope comes across to our dear clients,” says fitness pioneer Tracy Anderson, creator of the cult favorite Tracy Anderson Method, which has helped countless clients (Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Lopez and Robert Downey Jr. among them) transform their bodies, resulting in long, lean muscles. A fixture on the East End, Anderson moved from her East Hampton location to Sag Harbor this season to expand the business. “Now, with 2,000 square feet of light-filled space, we’re able to meet our demand and move more freely in a sweeping studio along the water,” she tells Purist. “I have always felt utterly at peace in Sag Harbor—I’m excited to 154

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The garden at Sage & Madison hosts a kundalini yoga class every Saturday morning at 9:30.


AT A GLANCE The Hamptons heat up with philanthropy, movies, books and art this summer.

JULY 6-AUGUST 24 Summer Screenings in Herrick Park Hamptons Film celebrates its 30th

Amy Schumer brings her edgy comedic talent to The Clubhouse in East Hampton on July 23.

JULY 8 & 9 Midsummer Dance & Dinner Presented by Louis Vuitton, this summer bash benefits Parrish Art Museum’s dynamic lineup of exhibitions and educational programs. Dance the night away with a DJ set on Friday, and enjoy alfresco sunset dining on Saturday. From $250. 279

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anniversary with a nostalgic series of movie screenings in East Hampton’s Herrick Park. The lineup features classics like A League of Their Own, Dirty Dancing, Aladdin, and Sister Act. Free. 67 Newtown Lane, East Hampton; register at

JULY 3 & 10 Hampton Flea Discover vintage treasures, unique home decor and gifts at this year’s Hampton Flea. Local vendors with a passion for sustainability come together to showcase a line of handcrafted and upcycled items. Free. July 3, August 7 and September 11 at Southampton History Museum, 17 Meeting House Lane, Southampton; July 10 and August 14 at 15 Montauk Hwy., Amagansett;

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Montauk Hwy., Water Mill; JULY 16 Hamptons Artists for Haiti Benefit Bash Support Wings Over Haiti’s mission to provide education to children in Haiti with this event held in East Hampton Airport. The work of over 40 local artists will be displayed, alongside a silent auction. $175, 200 Daniels Hole Rd., East Hampton; JULY 16 Wild Night for Wildlife Do your part to protect the diverse animal population of the East End at Quogue Wildlife Refuge’s 14th annual Summer Benefit Gala. From $200. 3 Old Country Rd., Quogue;

beaches • dunes • bluffs • re-vegetation

JULY 20 Holiday House Hamptons ‘Coming Together’ Table Top Event Holiday House Hamptons returns with a display of table setting concepts from 14 leading designers. Event proceeds benefit breast cancer research. $250. Topping Rose House, 1 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Tpke., Bridgehampton; JULY 23 Amy Schumer at The Clubhouse Experience the wit and raunch of this comedic powerhouse in person. Stay for the after-party with MGMT. 174 Daniels Hole Rd., East Hampton;

walkways • docks • revetments • bulkheads

JULY 22-24 Café Sakara Sakara Life’s The Reform Club pop-up is designed to “connect with food in an inspiring new way” through the brand’s signature morning ritual. Fuel up with a complimentary Metabolism Super Powder Latte and Goji Rose Donut, and participate in kid-friendly wellness activities. 23 Windmill Lane, Amagansett AUGUST 13 Author’s Night East Hampton Library’s 18th annual Author’s Night returns in person this year, featuring 100 authors including Katie Couric, Teresa Sorkin, Samantha Boardman and more. Mingle with authors, have books inscribed and enjoy hors d’oeuvres and wine during the outdoor reception. From $125. 67 Newtown Lane, East Hampton; 157

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AT A GLANCE Out-of-this-world cultural happenings this summer in Aspen. BY GABRIELLE ECHEVARRIETA

JULY 2-23 Movies Under the Stars Aspen Film teams up with The Collective to present summer film screenings each Saturday in July under the twinkling night sky at Snowmass Base Village. The familyfriendly lineup includes Up, Back to the Future, Trolls and Sing 2. The Great Lawn at Snowmass Village, Aspen; JULY 17-AUGUST 15 The Aspen Space Station Art and astronomy merge at the Aspen Space Program, an avantgarde multimedia experience that calls for action to save planet Earth rather than escaping to Mars. Returning for a second year, this exhibition will feature mind-bending programming, including “Are You Afraid of The Future: Scary Stories About the Future,” “Campfire Night” and “Through Fire and Fear, A BiologyBased Design Future Workshop.” Located in Ashcroft Ghost Town, Aspen; aspenspacestation

The Aspen Ice Garden heats up this August for the latest installment of the Intersect Aspen art fair, a showcase of galleries, collectors, curators and art professionals from the US, Singapore, London and beyond. 233 W. Hyman Ave., Aspen; AUGUST 2-6 ArtCrush ArtWeek & Gala The most influential figures in the contemporary art scene head up the mountains for Aspen Museum’s annual ArtWeek: a fleet of performances, educational talks and art viewings. This actionpacked series leads up to the elegant ArtCrush summer gala, which will feature a live auction of modern artworks. 637 E. Hyman Ave., Aspen;

One of many avantgarde art events presented at The Aspen Space Station

JULY 22 The Intersection of Climate, Democracy, and Geopolitics Pulitzer-winning environmental journalist Thomas L. Friedman leads an exploratory lecture discussing the ways global policies can and will influence the ongoing climate crisis. This public lecture co-sponsored by Aspen Journalism and Aspen Center for Environmental Studies aims to educate the local community on best strategies for implementing positive change. Hotel Jerome Ballroom: 330 E. Main St., Aspen; JULY 30 Heritage Fire This sustainable culinary experience celebrates food prepared by artisans, while honoring family and community farming, shining a spotlight on the dedicated individuals who mindfully raise heritage-breed animals, cultivate herbs and heirloom vegetables, and produce artisan cheeses. Snowmass Base Village, Aspen; aspen-snowmass JULY 31-AUGUST 4 Intersect Aspen 158

AUGUST 4 Stars Above Aspen Gaze into a sea of constellations from 11,212 feet at the Sundeck’s scenic terrace. Offerings include a STARLAB planetarium tent, guided telescope exhibitions, sunset yoga, kid-friendly celestial crafts and physics experiments, plus a dinner and drink menu by Sundeck. 675 E. Durant Ave., Aspen; AUGUST 4-5 Max Clothing Trunk Show Discover Extreme Cashmere, an artisan-produced cashmere line created by Saskia Dijkstra and available at Max Clothing’s Aspen trunk show. With a spectrum of colors and fits crafted with high-quality materials, this luxury collection is both unisex and unifit. 609 E. Cooper Ave., Aspen;

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JULY AND AUGUST Summer Lodge Wellness comes in many forms at the Summer Lodge, the seasonal offshoot of the Snow Lodge at St. Regis Mountain Plaza. Expect yoga, Pilates, barre and more on Saturday and Sunday mornings, then stay for healthy, delicious brunches helmed by chef Corey Becker, accompanied by a live band or DJ. Lounge in the Kelly Wearstler-designed garden space as you revive body and soul. 315 E. Dean St.;


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NUMEROLOGY A by-the-numbers look at the life and legacy of chef and author Julia Child, whose biographical series, Julia, is available to stream now on HBO Max.


1 Child was the first woman to be inducted into the Culinary Institute of America’s Hall of Fame, in 1993.

Child was nominated for eight Primetime and Daytime Emmy Awards and won three.


6’2 20 MILLION In 2014, the U.S. Postal Service issued 20 million copies of the “Celebrity Chefs Forever” stamp series, which featured Child’s portrait.

“Learn how to cook— try new recipes, learn from your mistakes, be fearless and above all have fun.”

2 Although she was rejected from the military, Child served as a research assistant for the Office of Strategic Services during World War II.

10 4 91 Her PBS cooking show, The French Chef, ran for 10 seasons, from 1963 to 1973.


Boeuf Bourguignon, Child’s most famous recipe, takes 4 hours (or more) to prepare.

Her last meal was homemade French onion soup, at the age of 91.

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She stood 6 feet, 2 inches tall, and was rejected by the military because of her height.

The year Julia Carolyn McWilliams was born in Pasadena, California.







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