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Mark Your Calendars for a Taste of Summer, Dan's Style

Yes, summer is still a month or so away, but social calendars fill up fast. Dan's Taste of Summer is easily one of our favorite events: fabulous food, drinking, dancing, and intense competition—what's not to like? Throw in celebrity guests and it's an affair that's not to be missed! We've got the skinny on what you need to know.

Up first is GrillHampton, which this year takes place on Friday, July 17, from 8:00 to 11:00PM at Sayre Park in Bridgehampton. At this event, Team Hamptons throws down against Team NYC. All attendees get a vote (yes, that means you!), and Food Network's Robert Irvine will be hosting again along his restaurateur pal Marc Murphy. (Will Robert task the chefs with any impossible missions?) From the Hamptons, Tim Burke of Backbar Grille & Lobster Grille, Arthur Wolf of Smokin' Wolf, and Colette Connor from The Inn Spot on the Bay and more will face off against NYC's Charles Grund Jr. from Hill Country, Harold Moore of Commerce and Paul Denamiel from Le Rivage, among others. Tickets are $125 for this event.

Dan's Taste of Two Forks takes place at the same venue on Saturday, July 18, with VIP admission starting at 6:30PM and general admission beginning at 7:30PM. The event lasts until 10PM. This year's event will honor restaurateur, author and lifestyle maven B. Smith. The best restaurants and winemakers team up for this party which features food from so many of our favorite Hamptons hotspots: Muse in the Harbor, Navy Beach, Noah's, Smokin' Wolf, Topping Rose, and so many more. Katie Lee is back hosting the event, along with another to be announced. Tickets are $170 for general admission and $250 for VIP admission, which includes early entry, access to a private oyster lounge, and a gift bag. Weekend tickets are $275 for general admission to both events; $355 includes VIP entrance to a Taste of Two Forks and a GrillHampton ticket.

Also part of Taste of Summer is Harvest East End, which is August 22 this year. We'll run a separate post about that as we get closer to the event.
· Dan's Taste of Summer [Official]