Keeping Account 03.15.12

Wine and Networking
    On Friday, March 23, the Parrish Art Museum’s Business Council will host Two Forks and a Cork, now in its eighth year. The wine-tasting event will be held in the Southampton museum’s concert hall from 6 to 8 p.m. East End wines, artisan foods, and a silent auction will be the highlights, along with a chance to network with local professionals.
    Participating wineries include Channing Daughters, Croteaux Vineyards, Duck Walk South, Jamesport Vineyards, Palmer Vineyards, the Peconic Bay Winery, and the Wolffer Estate Vineyard. The Riverhead Project will serve seasonal hors d’oeuvres and Mali B. Sweets will provide dessert.
    Tickets cost $50 for members and $40 for nonmembers. New members joining the Business Council will receive four free tickets. Advance tickets and further information are available by e-mailing membership@parrishart.org or from the museum’s Web site.

Now, LeaseHamptons
    Joseph DeCristofaro, a real estate agent who until recently was with Nest Seekers International, and with the Corcoran Group prior to that, has launched a new luxury South Fork rental Web site, LeaseHamptons.com.
    Aiming to provide rental customers with “a hassle-free experience,” according to a release, the site offers more than 2,000 rentals with easy-to-navigate lists of criteria to search by. It also features a directory of where to get what might be needed to keep a summer rental going smoothly — local pool and lawn maintenance firms, for instance.
    The Web site showcases houses from very expensive short-term rentals to properties with less eye-popping year-round prices.

Sotheby’s Powwow
    Members of the East Hampton office of Sotheby’s International Realty attended a Northeast regional conference conducted by the company at the Sotheby’s Auction House in New York City on Feb. 29. More than 100 attendees representing 40 real estate firms had an opportunity to network, participate in panel discussions, and attend talks by some of Sotheby’s top people, including Mike Good, chief executive officer.
    “This conference brought together the best and brightest minds in luxury real estate in the Northeast,” said John Gicking, Sotheby’s East Hampton brokerage manager. “It offered the unique opportunity to network with our colleagues, share ideas, and learn more about our brand and what is in store for this year.”