James Carpenter, well-known on the Hamptons restaurant scene, is the new executive chef at Claude’s Restaurant at the Southampton Inn. The restaurant is re-opening full-time for the summer season.
Prior to joining Claude’s, Carpenter served as executive chef at Della Femina, The American Hotel, Page at 63 Main, The Living Room and East Hampton Point.
“I’m very excited to be back in Southampton where I started at Savana’s,” he said in a statement. “I am also looking forward to creating an amazing destination restaurant.”
Carpenter has worked with notable chefs such as Susan Spicer at Bayona in New Orleans, Louis Osteen at Charleston’s Louis’ and Gunther Seeger at Atlanta’s Ritz-Carlton Buckhead.
He brings the “slow food movement” and innovative energy to Claude’s, according to the Inn. His signature American fare includes seafood, salads, and seasonal features, as well as special dining events, wine pairing dinners and Restaurant Week offerings.
Carpenter also oversees the restaurant’s onsite catering events ranging in size from small meetings to large events of up to 400 people.
The restaurant, itself, has undergone an overhaul. Both the dining room and outside European courtyard and poolside patios, have been renovated.
“For the first time in ten years, Claude’s will not only be serving breakfast and outdoor lunch, but now a superb dinner inside or outside under the stars, featuring many of the foods and ingredients grown locally from our farmers and sourced from our fishermen,” said Inn owner Dede Gotthelf.
Carpenter is creating the lunch and dinner menu to showcase many local farms and farmers. Both menus are designed specifically using fresh, in-season ingredients.
Dishes include Peconic Pride Oysters with shallot cucumber mignonette; Rope Cultured Mussels Chimichurri style; Satur Farm Little Gem Salad; Pan Roasted Day Boat Halibut with wild mushroom ragu and truffle potato puree and Sheep Ricotta Gnudi with mini lamb meatballs.
“It is very easy to make excellent food when you are surrounded by the great farms and seafood. We support them and everyone wins,” Carpenter says.
New this summer, Claude’s will host music, theatrical and literary acts for summer. A newly constructed state-of-the-art performance stage will host rock star pianist, actor, and Juilliard School prodigy Konstantin Soukhovetski every Thursday evening from 9:00 pm to 10:00 pm.
Beginning June 21, Soukhovetski will play renditions of popular tunes on a one-of-a-kind all-glass baby grand piano, designed especially for his performances.
Claude’s Restaurant at Southampton Inn
91 Hill St, Southampton, NY 11968
Phone: (631) 283-6500
Web Site: Southampton Inn