Wine Group Dinner at Home

Wine Group Dinner at Home

Wines

Every few weeks, a group of us meet for dinner at a BYO (New Jersey’s great for those) and bring killer wines to share. This time, I opted to have the 5 couples over at my home for a summer dinner outdoors. The evening was spectacular, the food admittedly tasty and the wines just unbelievable. […]

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Make-Ahead Tomato Gazpacho

Make-Ahead Tomato Gazpacho

Gazpacho

This weekend, I hosted a group of wine lovers and was pondering what to serve as a quick amuse-bouche that would scream “SUMMER”. Jersey tomatoes came to mind and I opted to serve a tasty gazpacho with a grilled shrimp sprinkled with Pork Mafia Memphis Mud rub blend. It’s a killer little dish that can […]

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Demetri Malki Returns to Montclair with De Novo European Pub

Demetri Malki Returns to Montclair with De Novo European Pub

De Novo Logo

Demetri Malki of beloved Table 8 and D’metri’s, is opening De Novo European Pub at the Upper Montclair Train Station in late August. The space was previously occupied by the defunct 12 West. De Novo will be styled after the family-oriented casual pubs of Europe with menus created by Executive Chef Marika Villik, who headed […]

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Chefs & Wine Weekend for Food Bank of NJ

Chefs & Wine Weekend for Food Bank of NJ

FoodBank_verticallogo_FULL

The second annual New Jersey Chefs Tableside Dinner will kick-off a new weekend of wine and chef events at the Westin Governor Morris Hotel (2 Whippany Road, Morristown) to benefit the Community Food Bank of NJ. Building on the success of last year’s Tableside Dinner, the event will expand into the Westin Governor Morris Chef […]

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Chef Florian Wehrli Triomphe-ant in Manhattan

Chef Florian Wehrli Triomphe-ant in Manhattan

Bouillabaisse

A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of revisiting Chef Florian Wehrli’s delightful food while hosting a client lunch at the popular Manhattan restaurant, Triomphe. Until last fall, I’d enjoyed Chef Wehrli’s food when he oversaw five award-winning restaurants while he was Executive Sous Chef at New Jersey’s Crystal Springs Resort. The Swiss-born […]

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Wilde Farm Wine Dinner at Fascino

Wilde Farm Wine Dinner at Fascino

Wilde Farm Wine Bottles

Thursday night, I had the pleasure of attending the Wilde Farm wine dinner at Montclair’s Fascino. Chef Ryan Depersio’s food was beautifully paired with Wilde Farm wines to create a delicious culinary adventure. Loren Grossman, the owner of Wilde Farm, was in attendance and provided insightful information about the wines he produces with famed winemaker […]

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Muddled Raspberry Mocktail

Muddled Raspberry Mocktail

Raspberry-Mocktail

Chef Bryan Gregg of Escape in Montclair shared this tasty Mocktail (cocktail without the booze) recipe that’s perfect for a brunch or a summer BBQ where your guests may not want to imbibe. I tried it with an ounce of Vodka and it was also fab. Ingredients: 6 ounces ginger beer 2 Tbsp. muddled raspberries […]

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Summer Cocktails Using Herbs

Summer Cocktails Using Herbs

Limes

Parlor is a private members only social club in downtown Manhattan, Parlor specializes in upscale cocktails, crafting unique and seasonal menus. This summer at Parlor, traditional fruity drinks are taking a back seat to a new cocktail trend – cocktails incorporating fresh herbs. Here are two delicious-sounding cocktails designed by Jarom Kubik to enjoy on […]

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2013 Wilde Farm Rosé North Coast

2013 Wilde Farm Rosé North Coast

Wilde Farms Rose

I first became a fan of Wilde Farm Pinot Noirs when I attended a wine-paired dinner co-hosted by the winery’s owner, Loren Grossman. That dinner is where I also learned about the upcoming release of the Wilde Farm Rosé. Knowing the Pinot Noirs were stellar, I opted for a half case of the rosé. Boy […]

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Snacking on Radishes

Snacking on Radishes

Radishes

When I was a young kid, my grandma used to pull radishes out of her garden, wash them, place then in a jar full of water and store them in the fridge for snacking when my sister and me visited. Just loved pulling that jar of radishes that had likely once been a peanut butter […]

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