How YOU Can Hang With Chef Marcus Samuelsson This Saturday In The Hamptons (Get That Tix NOW!)By Delaina Dixon | July 24, 2017 | Gals On The Town
Hello Divas! Already thinking about your weekend plans? We’ve got the place you should be! This Saturday, July 29, chef extraordinaire and DivaGal pal Marcus Samuelsson is getting honored at the 2017 Chefs & Champagne fete in the Hamptons. Of course, we had to catch up with him to find out how he feels about this prestigious honor … and what should be on our dinner plates this summer!
The DivaGals will be hanging with Marcus at this year’s event – and you can too! For tickets, visit jamesbeard.org. Your donation benefits the James Beard philanthropic arm, so it’s a really good cause – and you’ll hang with Marcus and us! Read on for our exclusive interview.
How did you learn that you were this year’s 2017 honoree? How did you celebrate the announcement?
The President of James Beard Foundation, Susan Ungaro, was kind enough to reach out and share the exciting news. I’m thrilled be part of Chefs & Champagne, as it’s really one of the highlights of the summer among chefs and foodies.
What does it mean to be a James Beard winner?
Looking at the list of the previous recipients, I feel very humbled to be a part of such an inspiring, diverse group. The Beard Foundation plays an important role in the culinary industry, and to join the ranks with other esteemed chefs is very meaningful.
Are any of your chef pals participating in this year’s event? Which chefs’ table will you be hitting?
It’s very hard to narrow it down as there are so many exciting chefs that will be there. My good friend Alex Guarnaschelli is a can’t-miss for me, I’m also impressed by what Stephan Bogardus has done at the North Fork Table, and Greg Baxtrom from Olmsted is killing it…like I said there are too many to choose from!
What’s your go-to summer dish for 2017?
I’m from a fishing village in Sweden and grew up eating a lot of fish, especially in summer. I still tend to eat more fish than meat in the summer and go for seasonal vegetables. One of my gotos is grilled herring with roasted potatos, chives and shaved fresh horseradish.
Why should people attend this year’s Chefs & Champagne?
It’s one of the most exciting events of the year because everyone comes together at this beautiful property, with exceptional talent providing the food, and it’s all for a good cause to support culinary education for the next generation. If you love great food and great wine, this is the event for you — if you love supporting a good cause while having a great time, this event is for you.
Get your tickets for Chefs & Champagne 2017 at jamesbeard.org.