Business Briefs: New Website at Saunders, Holiday Happenings

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Saunders & Associates Launches New Website

Saunders & Associates has announced the global launch of a completely new website, HamptonsRealEstate.com.

This site has been designed to provide an immersive experience for luxury buyers and renters with cinematic video and property photography that engages viewers and allows them to explore all types of homes for sale and rent and discover aspects of the surrounding neighborhoods.

“Over 90% of buyers start their search online. We re-imagined, re-engineered and re-designed our site to reach and further engage users with our brand promise which is to provide a higher form of realty for sellers, buyers and agents. With 60% of our customers visiting our site using mobile devices, we made sure their experience is as easy to use and as visually impactful as our desktop version,” Andrew Saunders, Founder and President said.

The Hamptons Guide features local imagery and commentary from Saunders agents about local communities and Saunders’ social media is in full force on the homepage of the website so visitors can easily interact with live feeds from Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, or save and share listings on their own social media.

For more information, contact Gary Nolan, SVP of Business Development at GNolan@Saunders.com, (631) 458-4912 or visit HamptonsRealEstate.com.The Chamber Celebrates the Holiday Season

Chamber of Commerce Celebrates Holiday Season

The Sag Harbor Chamber of Commerce held its annual holiday party at Baron’s Cove on December 8, which brought out a number of Sag Harbor business owners including Chamber President, Lisa Field — the owner of the Variety Store — and Sag Harbor Garden Center owners, Phil and Diane Bucking.

Holiday Entertaining Made Easy by Art of Eating

The Art of Eating has prepared a special catering menu for upcoming holiday social gatherings to help entertaining go smoothly. Christmas Eve orders must be placed by December 17 and New Year’s Eve orders must be placed by December 23. All orders must be picked up by noon on the day-of and all other holiday orders must be placed five days in advance.

Some appetizers include sugar and spiced mixed nuts and Bill’s back deck smoked almonds, both $7.95 for a half-pint, antipasto with prosciutto, granmarinated Pecorino, house-made Caponata and cured olives, and baked brie en croute with Armagnac apricot, almonds and crackers. Dips and spreads include herb crostini with dips of white miso hummus, ricotta, poppy seed, orange and roasted carrot, pine nuts, pomegranate and Harrisa spread, and smoked salmon terrine with fennel jam and black pepper brioche.

Some “one bite wonders” include goat cheese, apricot and pistachio truffles or goat cheese, grape and pistachio truffles, lump crab puff tartlets, roasted garlic and goat cheese tartlets, a foie gras, grape and prosciutto 6 piece roll and bite sized bacon Clafoutis.

Warm up with a creamy woodland vegetarian mushroom soup. A winter greens salad with house-smoked bacon or salad of arugula and frisee with marinated black-eyed peas, maple syrup, roasted tomatoes, feta and sherry vinaigrette is also on the Art of Eating menu.

For a main course, choose from Paella, a boneless stuffed loin of pork with apples, prunes and Armagnac Sauce, or pork belly wrapped around pork loin scented with coriander, fennel, lemon and garlic with salsa verde, Montauk fluke en Papillote with roasted Sang Lee tomatoes, winter fennel and baby turnips or a whole roasted goose with cranberry port sauce.

The Art of Eating is located at 74 Montauk Highway in Amagansett. For more information and to see the full menu or place an order, please visit hamptonsartofeating.com/hamptonsholidaymenu or call (631) 267-2411.

Ring in the New Year at Gurney’s  

As the only four-season resort in Montauk, Gurney’s Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa is ringing in 2017 with a four-course prix-fixe dinner at Scarpetta Beach, a decades-themed party on New Year’s Eve, the annual Polar Bear Plunge the morning of January 1, followed by brunch at Tillie’s.

Grab your bellbottoms and miniskirts for a decades-themed party in honor of the hotel’s 90th anniversary. Bid 2016 farewell and ring in the New Year with live music by Kim Sozzi Creations Music, Gurney’s Beach Club DJ Nicole Leone, a 4-hour open bar, hors d’oeuvres and complimentary midnight champagne toast.

Those with the best costumes will win prizes including complimentary stays at Gurney’s at any time, dinner at Scarpetta Beach and credit to the Seawater Spa. This event starts at $150 per person.

Enjoy a prix-fixe dinner at Italian hotspot Scarpetta Beach at 5 or 8 p.m. Some menu items include seared scallops with chestnut black trumpet mushrooms, apple and celeriac, duck and foie gras ravioli with marsala reduction, black cod with cartelized fennel and concentrated tomatoes and espresso budono with salted caramel, chocolate biscotti and hazelnut gelato. Dinner starts at $105 person with a wine pairing for an additional $45.

Take part in a yearly tradition with the New Year’s Day Polar Bear Plunge. Plungers are asked to make donations that go to The Retreat in East Hampton to support help for victims of domestic violence. After the plunge, enjoy brunch at Tillie’s with steak and eggs, lemon ricotta pancakes with blackberry compote or avocado tartine.

For more information, please visit gurneysmontauk.com or call (631) 668-2345.

Christmas Eve and Hanukkah Specials at Nick & Toni’s

Nick & Toni’s will offer a la carte specials for Christmas Eve and Hanukkah on Saturday, December 24 from 6 to 10 p.m., with reservations recommended.

The restaurant is closed on Christmas Day and Hanukkah specials will be offered through Saturday, December 31 based on availability.

A la carte specials, subject to change include an Amuse crispy baccala croquette with tomato aioli, an appetizer of grilled stuffed calamari with bitter greens and a creamy lemon dressing for $19, an entrée of wood roasted brisket with local sweet potato and carrot tzimmes for $38 and a dessert of Monte Bianco for $14 or dessert amuse of rainbow cookies.

Nick & Toni’s is located at 136 North Main Street in East Hampton and open Wednesday through Monday starting at 6 p.m.  For more information or reservations, call (631) 324-3550.

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