January 18, 2021

Martha Stewart Cooking Paella for a Cause in East Hampton

Everybody wants a seat at Martha Stewart’s table.
This Saturday the domestic maven is serving up her paella recipe for a group of nearly 100 Hetrick-Martin Institute supporters at the East Hampton home of James and Lisa Cohen.
For the third consecutive year, the charitable couple will host HMI’s annual “School’s Out” cocktail benefit and has added an intimate dinner to the evening’s festivities with the help of Stewart and her former private chef, Pierre Schaedelin, now of PS Tailored Events.
“For me it’s just as easy to cook for 100 as it is 10 — sometimes it’s even easier,” explained Stewart, who lives near the Cohens’ Hamptons estate. “It’s very fun and theatrical to watch a paella cooked outdoors. If all of your ingredients are ready you can cook the whole thing in less than 25 minutes.”
Proceeds from the event will go directly to HMI, which is the nation’s oldest and largest LGBTQ youth service organization. “I work in the artistic field and my community is full of people who belong to that group,” adds Stewart. “It’s extremely important to offer them support, recognition and the ability to work in an angst-free environment.”
For Lisa Cohen, a board member of HMI, involving Stewart

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