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The countdown is on.  Tonight’s my first clambake of the season, so in essence, this is the official start of summer.  It’s looking like the perfect night to be out at Gurney’s, digging into some clams and corn, savoring rosé.  Tonight’s hosts are Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian and his wife Margaret Zakarian.  Come and taste surf and turf from the best restaurants from Montauk to Manhattan.

Here’s an excerpt from the hosts’ recent sit down with my friends at Dan’s.

What’s your favorite thing about Montauk?

Geoffrey: Its rough-around-the-edge nature.  Nothing is overly manicured and you can feel and smell how the sea air has shaped the landscape.

What seafood dishes do you like to prepare at home?

Margaret: The kids are going crazy for spaghetti with clams so we’re attempting to make it all together this week for dinner one night.

Geoffrey, you worked in France for a long time, what foods and wines transport you back there?

Geoffrey: Two things that bring it right back to me are Côte de Provence rosé and summer tomatoes.

Is there anything else you want to tell us about your enjoyment of the East End of Long Island this summer?

Margaret: Lobster rolls, local farm stands, beach days and big long homemade dinners with friends.


Couldn’t have said it better myself!

Geoffrey and Margaret Zakarian

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