August 11, 2007
Summer Rituals | Boldface Barbecue
Hot Off the Grill, It’s Hamptons High Society
By ERIC KONIGSBERG
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. — Debbie Bancroft’s daughter Serena, a towheaded 11-year old with a tennis tan, had an important announcement one recent Sunday afternoon. “Mom, you know the Southside, that drink they have at National?” she asked. “Daddy put it in the chicken last night. Like, all of it.”
Mrs. Bancroft, an Upper East Side hostess who bears a strong resemblance to the actress Kathleen Turner in her prime, made a face that conveyed more annoyance than incredulity.
“You mean, to marinate it?” she wondered. “He did not.”
The two were high-stepping their way in flip-flops through the gravel driveway of the family’s trim house here, en route to their car, to head to town to buy provisions.