The end of summer always summons a mix of emotions – including a yearning to soak up each and every last sun-filled moment with friends. It’s a time to recognize and honor the beautiful friendships and creative collaborations that have been born in this beach-y environment. And more than anything, these languid days are about sipping wine, nibbling on Mediterranean bites and seeking inspiration from friends at my favorite Montauk location…The Crow’s Nest.
I really consider The Crow’s Nest to be perfection; it captures the ease of summer entertaining with a truly magical atmosphere. From the stunning property – where the sunsets over Lake Montauk are always incredible and the tall grasses are always dreamy – to the worldly décor of vintage Kuba cloth interspersed with whale bones – it’s easy to feel transported to a far away place, while still being able to dip your toes in a thriving social atmosphere. The perfect balance!
In fact…. I have a standing 7 PM reservation every Friday night with my family and it’s over these nights that I’ve gotten to know and connect with owner Sean MacPherson, his awe-inspiring wife Rachelle Hruska and their son Maxwell. Rachelle (who is expecting baby #2) is the beauty behind the brilliant site Guest of a Guest and we have so much in common – from motherhood to blogging, to a love of entertaining in a low-key way, that I had to ask to her share some tips for hosting guests with simplicity and ease.
She’s a truly inspiring woman, smart, savvy and incredibly capable at balancing work, parenthood and the push and pull of social engagements with grace. While we feasted on our favorite summer-y Crow’s Nest snacks, Rachelle shared Chef Jeremy Blustein’s perfect, easy-to-create-at-home recipes, for long August lunches with friends.
All Photography by Winnie Au