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Regardless of the season, food and entertaining are always big in the Hamptons. From pricey fund-raising benefits and glittering bashes during the “season” to intimate gatherings of friends and family to community farm-to-table dinners held outdoors, the East End life celebrates with food, and celebrates the food itself. The region now plays host to some of America’s best chefs, many of whom have opened wonderful restaurants in the towns and along the highways of the South Fork. Many of these culinary notables found success first in big cities, but were charmed by the Twin Forks beauty and bounty, and have now set up can’t-miss eating establishments on the East End. My book lists two dozen of my favorites, though many more deserve mention and praise--and are worth the drive.

in 2007 The Stone Creek Inn went through a renovation, but the original, fifteen-foot handsome dark mahogany bar was left untouched. The large white country inn was built in the 1930s, and housed a restaurant with a checkered past, said to have been a speakeasy and possibly a bordello. Christian Mir and his wife, Elaine DiGiacomo, purchased the restaurant in 1995 and opened in 1996.

        When you enter the inn you have to walk past the wine cellar and down a long, narrow bar room to get to the lovely and spacious restaurant, which opens into two large dining rooms. Light pours through the attractive high-arched windows in the front room off to the right of the entry, and updated lighting lends a soft glow in the evening. The newly appointed large back room was revisited with acoustical panels and plantations shutters, creating a casual but elegant look.

    Christian and Elaine established a foothold in the Hamptons with the opening of Stone Creek Inn, a 150-seat restaurant on Old Montauk Highway in East Quoque. Christian was born in Toulouse, France, where along with his regular school curriculum, he chose to take a program in the culinary arts. His formal training began at age fourteen. Christian sought inspiration in Spain and Provence before coming to the United States to work at Tavern on the Green.


   

Featured restaurant: The Stone Creek Inn, East Quoque

MORE --- > Check out Stone Creek Inn’s “Asparagus Flan with Mushroom Ragout”,
exclusively in the cookbook Savoring the Hamptons

Elaine and Christian met at Tavern on the Green, falling in love over a steam table.

   Elaine DiGiacomo, who has a degree in English literature, dreamed of having her own restaurant, although she never had any intention of becoming a chef. She graduated from the French Culinary Institute (FCI) and worked in restaurant marketing and public relations. One of the principals at FCI suggested she take a job at Tavern on the Green. Elaine and Christian met at the restaurant, falling in love over a steam table.

       

    Their dream was realized when they came out to Quoque to look at the Ambassador Inn. they were instantly attracted to this stately, abandoned Victorian building. With early renovations they created a lovely country inn with lots of ambience. The food selections on the menu focus on French and Mediterranean cuisine, carefully planned by Elaine and Christian, who have adapted to use the best products the area has to offer.

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