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The Advisory Council of WHBPAC  Presents the
1st Annual "Be Our Guest"

The Seafield Estate

The Seafield Estate


                  The Advisory Council of WHBPAC Presents The                          

1st Annual “Be Our Guest”


An Extraordinary Evening of Cocktails & Dinners at
 Private Residences

To Benefit Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center

Friday August 20, 2010  at 6pm


The Advisory Council of the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center will launch the first “Be Our Guest”, a gala evening beginning with cocktails at a magnificent estate followed by elegant dinners at private homes in Westhampton, Westhampton Beach, Quogue, Quogue and Remsenburg on Friday August 20. The evening will benefit the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center (WHBPAC).


The culinary adventure will begin with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres catered by Star Boggs at the lovingly restored 1903 Seafield estate located at 66 Seafield Lane in  Westhampton Beach, NY hosted by WHBPAC Board Chairman Len Conway. The historic waterfront mansion is one of the grandest ever built on the East End exuding a sense of elegance and style rarely seen. It was originally designed in 1903, by Henry Bacon, best known for his design of the Lincoln Memorial. Sixty-four century-old Catalpa trees line the stately driveway and define the perimeters of this beautifully landscaped estate.


To make the evening a complete experience, following cocktails, you can choose to depart to one of ten private residences in Westhampton Beach, Westhampton, Quiogue, Quogue or Remsenburg for elegant dining in quintessential Hamptons’ style. Each of the guest hosts has created a special menu and/or theme for your dining experience. And, you get to choose, in advance, from superb menus and settings from “Taste of Land and Sea” at a historic home (the former Phipps-Tuttle House), the oldest home in Remsenburg to “A Piece of Tuscany in Quiogue” at an Italian style palazzo to a “Summer Feast” featuring local seafood and seasonal bounty fresh from the garden at a stunning oceanfront estate in Quogue


Among the guests attending the gala will be best-selling authors Helen Simonson who wrote “Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand” and Margaret M. Johnson who penned “The Irish Heritage Cook Book” and “Tea & Crumpets” and noted chef Andrea Glick of Le Bernardin fame.


Following cocktails, guests will depart to private residences for elegant dining in quintessential Hamptons style at 8pm. Each of the guest hostesses has created a special menu and/or theme for your dining experience. Attendees will choose in advance from a veritable smorgasbord offering superb menus and settings from an elegantly appointed contemporary eco-sensitive bay front home to the oldest house in Remsenburg circa 1757. Among the dining options are:



Event Co-Chair Patty Allen, widow of famed composer Robert Allen who wrote such memorable songs as “Chances Are”, “It’s Not For Me to Say”, “Moments to Remember” and scores more classics has invited top British singer and songwriter Nick Howard to perform on her late husband’s grand piano for her guests prior to sitting down to a French seafood dinner at her beautifully landscaped waterfront Quogue home. 

Co-chair Lorrie Gordon and her husband Harold Gordon plan to serve a “Taste of Land and Sea” at their historic home (the former Phipps-Tuttle House), the oldest home in Remsenburg. Lorrie has long studied cooking including for a brief time with acclaimed chef Eric Ripert


Jane and Bob Dell’s Quiogue waterfront traditional home will be the setting for another Italian feast. Their dinner, inspired by their many trips to Italy, will focus on Milan. Americana buffs will delight in the original ice house on the property. Cynthia and Neal Hochman are planning an evening to transport their guests to the Cote D’Azur with a “Taste of France”. With stunning views from their bay front home surrounded by roses, diners will truly feel they are on the fabled Riviera. For audiophiles, the Hochmans have an enviable collection of vintage Emerson radios on display. The Hochmans also live just a short walk from the Seafield estate. At there oceanfront property in Quogue, Marjorie and Jimmy Kuhn will be offering a summer feast of local seafood and seasonal bounty fresh from the garden


Popular radio & TV sports personality Ann Liguori is drawing from her roots to create a Sicilian feast paired with the lusty wines for which the island is famed. Also going Italian - style are Joan and Marvin Levan. Joan, an accomplished cook, specializes in creating traditional Northern Italian dishes using authentic ingredients and promises bountiful platters of pasta and other regional favorites at their “tasting party”.


Tara and Jeff Liddle will welcome guests to their Tuscan Villa for “A Piece of Tuscany in Quiogue”. Guests will enter through the gates into an Italian palazzo. The warm tones of the stone and stucco provide an inviting feeling both inside and out. Guests will feel as if they have stepped into another time. Built around an inner courtyard, most of the rooms embrace the pool and outdoor dining area. Dinner may be served inside or al fresco-weather permitting. The Liddles will serve a classic end of Summer Shore Dinner accompanied by great wines from their private cellar


Guests at the Phillips Creek side home of Pat and Robert Middleman will sip sangria and margaritas and tuck into a wonderful Mariscada (Spanish fish stew) to the strains of guitar music. Doctors Robin and David Nijankin invite guests to their Bayside Paradise for a heart healthy “Surf & Turf” repast in their exquisitely furnished eco-sensitive Remsenburg home. The Nijankins have transformed a one time summer home into an eco-friendly showcase utilizing “natures best” – bamboo floors and ceilings, parchment grass wall cloths and indigenous woods throughout.


The   Advisory Council is headed up by Mary Skillern who also serves on the WHBPAC Board. Be Our Guest Co-chairs are Patty Allen and Lorrie Gordon. The committee for the event includes Linda Kaye, Tara Liddle, Pat Middleman and Robin Nijankin.  

The Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center is a vibrant venue for theater, music, dance and film, serving patrons on the East End and across Long Island. From world class artists to supporting students through the participation of children in local school productions, the Center's stage serves as a year-round focal point for the area's diverse community. Its growing popularity among audiences and performers alike is evidence that the Center offers a broad selection of enriching programming.


The cocktail reception is from 6pm to 8pm.
The private dinners start at 8pm.

Tickets for the dinner and cocktails are $200 per person. Tickets for the cocktail reception only are $150. To select your dining option and purchase tickets please contact Logan Clevenger at The Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, 631-288-2350 ext 117. Fax 631-288-7898 or email

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