Artists & Writers Dinner Series Kicks Off with ‘Celebrate Julia Child’ Dinner

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Julia Child made cooking fun, and perhaps more importantly, she made it accessible — inspiring generations of foodies to take to the kitchen and experiment on their own.

A champion of French cuisine — and largely responsible for bringing it to the American public — the late pioneer will serve as the inspiration behind the first “Artists & Writers” dinner of the season. On Wednesday, September 11, producer Geoffrey Drummond and food critic Laura Donnelly will host a four-course “Celebrate Julia Child” dinner at Almond, located at 1 Ocean Road in Bridgehampton, in collaboration with The Food Lab at Stony Brook Southampton.

Complete with wine pairings, the meal will cost $75 per person, plus tax and tip. Reservations are required. For more information, call (631) 537-5665 or visit almondrestaurant.com.

Baker House 1650 Pairs Rooms with HIFF Packages

There is only one way to get the most out of the Hamptons International Film Festival — and that is to stay put on the East End.

For out-of-towners, The Baker House 1650 is offering two packages, fully loaded with film festival tickets and perks, from Thursday, October 10, to Monday, October 14, at the East Hampton inn, located at 181 Main Street.

The Founder Pass Package will include a four-night stay in a select room or suite — including all amenities and a bottle of Wölffer Rosé upon arrival — as well as the esteemed Founder’s Pass, which allows for ticketless entry to festival screenings, programs and the Opening Night Celebration. Preferred entry is available up until 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start time for all screenings, special presentations and signature programs.

The package starts at $4,319, or $5,819 to include two Founder’s Passes. For a less hefty price tag, the First Dibs Package includes the same amenities without the all-inclusive pass. Rather, advance ticket selection will begin on September 24 at 12 p.m.

Included are eight tickets to general film screenings, four tickets to any Spotlight film screenings, two tickets to the closing night film, two tickets to “A Conversation With…” discussion, and admission for two at the Saturday night Filmmaker Party.

Film screenings must be selected in the time frame indicated prior to the festival, or tickets will be converted to vouchers, which must be redeemed in person at the box office for actual tickets to all events and screenings.

The First Dibs Package starts at $3,369, or $3,919 for two First Dibs passes. For more information and reservations, call (631) 324-4081 or visit bakerhouse1650.com.

Southampton Chamber Networking Night: Mix and Mingle at Bridge Gardens

Bridge Gardens, the 5-acre horticultural gem in the heart of Bridgehampton, will be the next locale for the Southampton Chamber of Commerce Networking Night on Thursday, September 12, from 5 to 7 p.m., located at 36 Mitchell Lane.

“Be prepared to meet many colleagues old and new while enjoying appetizers, beer and wine, compliments of our sponsor,” a press release said. “Remember to bring plenty of business cards for our raffle drawing and to swap with your colleagues.”

The unique public and demonstration garden features mysterious hedgerows, a wide variety of perennial and annual flowers and shrubs, and a unique four-quadrant herb garden featuring culinary, medicinal, ornamental, and textile/dye plants.

Admission is $15 and RSVP for a printed nametag. Prepayment doubles the odds of winning the business card raffle. For more information, call (631) 283-0402 or visit southamptonchamber.com.

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