Weekend Bee: Salt, Glorious Salt! Plus, Apps For Drunks. And Designer Hotels.

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#TGIF! Ah, the weekend…when the salty breezes flow o’er the fertile fields. Speaking of salt, the former city laywers who make Amagansett Sea Salt (pictured above), who painstakingly harvest actual salt from the ocean, then turn it into artisanal flakes through a solar evaporation process, have good news: They’re expanding! “To keep up with demand, we’re now putting another twelve salt pans in place,” says Steven Judelson, chief saltmaker, who runs the Amagansett company with wife Natalie. The FDA’s new recommendations about salt (released this week) be damned. Meh. We’re sure other things are causing our high blood pressure anyhow.

Can someone call me a designated driver, please?

Apparently, Driver on Tap, the app that will drive you and your car home from the bars, is this season’s replacement for Uber. CNBC reports that drunk Wall Streeters are loving it. “It’s the best $50 I’ve ever spent,” says Doug, a hedge-fund trader who used the app over Memorial Day Weekend to order a designated driver. No word yet on whether East Hampton Town (which famously banned Uber a year ago) knows about this.

There better be Frette linens, dammit…

Architectural Digest, the tome of good taste and design, has shared its picks for “new or refreshed properties that are perfect for a summer trip out East.” (We add “if money were no object” — we don’t think any of the modest nightly rates that AD includes are quite accurate for summer…) But we digress. On the list: White Fences Inn in Water Mill; the Chequit on Shelter Island; Hedges Inn in East Hampton; Gurney’s in Montauk; and Baron’s Cove in Sag Harbor, also the only property on the list hosting a whole pig roast this summer…

On tap for the weekend

Ashawagh Hall in Springs will host an opening reception Saturday for the East End Photographers Group Spring Exhibition, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Did someone say wine and cheese?

Clam and Chowder House in Montauk, which is “home of the Great White Shark” (hopefully not Mary Lee), will feature the live music of the 3Bs on Saturday, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., on the upstairs deck. 

The 2nd annual Food Lab Conference is this weekend on the Southampton campus of Stony Brook University (which is much closer than Stony Brook). Foodies can enjoy the gala dinner, prepared by Chef Colin Ambrose of Estia’s Little Kitchen fame, on Saturday at 6 p.m.; tickets here. We perused the menu and they had us at oregano-stuffed porchetta. Yum!

Social Media Quote of the Day

“It can be yours today at 4 p.m.,” Bay Kitchen Bar in Springs, posting this photo of a Walnut Mai Tai (yes, such a thing exists) to Instagram. Killer sunset over Three Mile Harbor also included.

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