Baroness Sheri de Borchgrave
and HRH owner
Tony Vargas and
Dan’s editor Maria Tennariello
Celebs Turn Out For
The Hamptons Bible
Story by Edward T. Callaghan
OUT LES HAMPTONS turned out for legendary publisher Dan Rattiner as his eponymous weekly Dan’s Papers turned 45 this year.
Dan, famed for chronicling the goings and comings of the rich, famous, infamous as well as local heroes and villains has carved an extraordinary niche, earning his weekly the title, Bible of the Hamptons.
Over 600 folk – from tiny tots to nifty nonagenarians – came to pay tribute to one of the area’s most incisive journalists and a marvelous spinner of yarns, such as the enormous Ecuadorian eel sighting in a local pond!
For this special occasion, David Waksman of Hampton Resorts and Hospitality, threw open the doors to the historic Hampton Hall.
The dynamic duo of Frank Tramontano and Mary Spellman transformed the massive hall into a sapphire blue and white seaside fantasy shimmering from the torch lit gardens outside.
Despite the glittering crowd, the food was the star attraction. Spellman, who came back after serving as Barbra Streisand’s private chef, and Tramontano, who has worn the toque at numerous posh hostelries, demonstrated their culinary wizardry with an epicurean’s delight: The most succulent filet mignon with five different sauces, sesame encrusted tuna fresh from the Montauk docks, a pasta station whipping up a half dozen styles – the Carbonara being the hands-down fave – treats from Tuscany, a raw bar and the most bountiful dessert buffet that could send you into sugar shock just looking it over!
Dan’s fans thronged the floor, including Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson, Elissa and Joe Stein, luxuries editor Maria Tennariello and her gorgeous daughter Michelle, Jamie de Roy, Steve Ernst, Hamptonstyle editor Josh May, Anne de Brigard, Tony Vargas, Randie-Levine and Ted Miller.
An additional treat at the celebration was the stunning display of landscape and underwater photography by noted artist David Nadal who, as a television producer, has been covering the Hampton scene for WVVH for decades.