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The Second Iteration of EMP Summer House Is Even Better Than the First

In partnership with American Express, chef Daniel Humm and Eleven Madison Park have returned for another season in East Hampton. Here, four highlights of this year’s pop-up.

Custom furnishings by Grain Surfboards

Brain Schopfer of local Amagansett maker Grain Surfboards was introduced to EMPs Will Guidara by the CEO of Shake Shack after he shaped a board in Schopfers shop. In tandem with his furniture fabrication arm, Stick and Stone, Schopfer fashioned two surfboards that hang on the walls, four swings, a walnut banquette table, and mirrors made out of wine barrels.

Large-format dishes and cocktails

In true summer form, shareable picnic-style meals are served on the patio. Two options: the lobster boil, cooked in a tomato-herb broth with clams, shrimp, spicy sausage, potatoes, corn and seasonal vegetables; and, new this year, DIY tacos with grilled black bass or braised short rib. Fans of the Humm-led NoMad Bar in Manhattan will recognize the arrival of its supersized Cocktail Explosions, communal tiki drinks presented in massive glass vessels and dispensed from a spigot.

Local art

Husband-and-wife duo Bastienne Schmidt and Philippe Cheng, whose studio is in nearby Bridgehampton, provided the interior artwork, including Schmidts abstract blue-and-cream paintings and Chengs photography of local landscapes. Pieces by Montauk illustrator Peter Spacek adorn the open-air patio, which opens up to….

Lawn games

New to the backyard this year: ladderball, Kan-jam, and tetherball, which will join the existing bocce courts and Ping-Pong tables.

Read more about chef Daniel Humm and how contemporary art informs his cooking.

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