Turnpike Block Party Raises $50K for Cinema Project


Almond chefs Jason Weiner and Jeremy Blutstein joined Colin Ambrose, center, at his Estia’s Little Kitchen restaurant on Sunday for the Turnpike Block Party, which raised approximately $50,000 for the Sag Harbor Partnership.

Photos by Lori Hawkins

Artists, musicians, chefs and nearly 300 others came together at Estia’s Little Kitchen in Sag Harbor on Sunday night to raise funds for the Sag Harbor Partnership and its plan to purchase and rebuild the Sag Harbor Cinema. The event, which was presented and hosted by Estia’s Little Kitchen and The Sag Harbor Express, raised approximately $50,000 for the cinema project, according to Partnership President Nick Gazzolo, between ticket sales and an art auction organized by April Gornik, the group’s vice president.

Chef Colin Ambrose was joined by Almond chefs Jason Weiner and Jeremy Blustein, among others, and prepared an authentic Argentinian Asado grill of meats and vegetables. Live music was performed by Peter Clarke, Inda Eaton, Gene Casey and the Spaghetti Westerners.

The evening was made possible by a host of sponsors including Almond and Corcoran Group Real Estate, Hamptons Gym Corp, Bridgehampton National Bank, Douglas Elliman Real Estate, The Law Office of John Leonard, Preston T. Phillips Architects, Okey Plumbing, the Hampton Jitney, Norsic & Sons, Palmer Vineyard, Macari Vineyards, Montauk Brewing, Bermuda Party Rentals, Schiavoni’s Market, Cromer’s Market, West Robins Oysters and the Sag Harbor American Music Festival. A long list of individual donations also made the evening possible, as did the nearly 300 guests in attendance.

Guests enjoyed dancing to a full lineup of live music.

Gene Casey in front of Estia’s on Sunday night.

Outside the tent looking in.

It was a lively evening at the grill as chefs prepared an Asado of mixed meats and vegetables.

Artist Eric Fischl at the buffet.

Artist Eric Ernst, left, with other guests in Estia’s backyard.

Musician Inda Eaton, center, enjoying an empanada prior to her performance on Sunday

Artist Eric Fischl, left, and Sag Harbor Partnership President Nick Gazzolo with other guests on Sunday.

Gene Casey

Nick Gazzolo, Bryan Boyhan and Nate Josephs have a laugh.

The all-star crew from Estia’s Little Kitchen.

Sag Harbor Partnership President Nick Gazzolo and Vice President April Gornik.

Chef Colin Ambrose at the grill.

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