When an invitation arrives from Goop, Gwyneth Paltrow’s “modern lifestyle brand,” offering a trip to the Hamptons with an intimate dinner prepared by a three-starred Michelin chef — all for a good cause — well, it’s tempting to say, “Yes, please.”
We needed no more convincing after learning that the exclusive Road to Table event, part of a series put together with Cadillac, would feature a handcrafted menu by Christopher Kostow, the renowned executive chef at the Andrew Harper-recommended Meadowood Napa Valley. We RSVP’d and looked forward to how a day at an organic farm followed by a private dinner would unfold — especially after they asked for our shoe size.
The Day Begins
At 9:30 a.m., a 2017 Cadillac CT6 Plug-in was delivered to our downtown Manhattan hotel, The Beekman, and after a brief orientation where we learned the car has its own Wi-Fi hotspot and touchscreen navigation system, we enjoyed a pleasant two-and-a-half-hour drive to Amber Waves Farm on the far eastern end of Long Island. (The driver’s seat suddenly vibrates anytime the car gets too close to another vehicle. That part wasn’t in the orientation and was initially quite alarming!)
On the backseat was a boxed lunch and a swag bag from co-sponsor FEED, an organization founded by Lauren Bush Lauren (niece of George W. Bush) that helps feed the hungry.
Navigating the South Fork
While the Hamptons is known for its party atmosphere in the summer, the crowds thin after Labor Day and one can see beyond the traffic to appreciate what really draws visitors from beyond the New York metro area: chic boutiques and restaurants along East Hampton's main street, vineyards off Montauk Highway, myriad roadside farms and fields upon fields of pumpkin patches and corn mazes.
Upon arriving at the eight-acre organic farm, we were given Hunter boots (shoe mystery solved!), sun hats and gardening tools and urged to head to the fields to gather flowers, herbs and vegetables and collect eggs from the henhouse. Along with about 30 other people, we picked sweet yellow cherry tomatoes, tried spicy edible flowers and enjoyed homemade sodas under the afternoon sun. With fashionable women in long, flowing dresses and flouncy hats, it looked right out of a painting — and was perfectly Goop. As the day’s harvest was bundled for us to take home, Lauren and chef Kostow welcomed us.