2013 Food & Wine Chickie Lobsterfest

2013 Food & Wine Chickie Lobsterfest

Lobsters

Last night, I had the pleasure of hosting my 4th annual Food & Wine Chickie Lobsterfest. I was blessed with perfect weather, sunny and 75 degrees, and the festivities took place outdoors. The evening kicked off with an aperitif of 2012 Banrock Station Pink Moscato, delicate pink in the glass with refreshing, lightly floral flavors […]

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June Fork & Cork at Chakra – June 26

June Fork & Cork at Chakra – June 26

Chakra Dining Room

  Chakra Chef Thomas Ciszak and GM/Beverage Director Evelyn Ciszak team with Tuthilltown Spirits distiller Gable Erenzo for the next Fork & Cork supper club dinner featuring four different Hudson Whiskey spirits on Wednesday June 26th at 6:30pm. Dinner starts with passed hors d’oeuvres and the debut of Chakra’s first barrel-aged cocktail: Summer Bloom. After the cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, guests […]

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Jumpin’ Turkey Swiss Burgers by Chef Ariane Duarte

Jumpin’ Turkey Swiss Burgers by Chef Ariane Duarte

Jumpin Turkey Swiss Burger

I’m always on the lookout for a good burger recipe that uses proteins other than beef. I was sent the following recipe for a turkey burger with a kick, and since it’s by Ariane Duarte, Executive Chef of award-winning CulinAriane restaurant in Montclair, NJ and finalist on Bravo’s Top Chef, I knew I wouldn’t be […]

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Washington Lake Park Wine Festival June 22 – 23, 2013

Washington Lake Park Wine Festival June 22 – 23, 2013

Wine in Parc

The summer season will uncork in style when 18 of New Jersey’s finest wineries come together for the Washington Lake Park Wine Festival – the best new wine festival in New Jersey. The event takes place Saturday and Sunday June 22-23, from 12PM – 5PM each day. The weekend of great New Jersey wine, local […]

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2005 LAN Rioja Gran Reserva

2005 LAN Rioja Gran Reserva

2005 LAN Rioja Gran Reserva

This Spanish Rioja is inky black in the glass and offers aromas of ripe cherries with herby and a little funky notes. Chocolate-covered cherries and dark berry flavors on this great example of Rioja. It’s a little tannic and peppery on the finish. Pairings: Grilled meats, spicy food, barbecue Style: Red Wine Grape Type(s): 85% […]

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2010 Cakebread Cellars Zinfandel Red Hills Lake County

2010 Cakebread Cellars Zinfandel Red Hills Lake County

2010 Cakebread Cellars Zinfandel

I brought this California Zinfandel to a camping trip to pair with my World’s Easiest Baby Back Ribs and it was a nice pairing. It’s deep purple in the glass with stone fruit and mocha aromas. For those of you who love huge fruit bombs, this is likely not the Zin for you. It’s medium-bodied […]

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Ingredient Spotlight – Spaghetti Squash

Ingredient Spotlight – Spaghetti Squash

Spaghetti Squash with Meat Sauce

I’ve been on a low carbohydrate diet for a few weeks and one of the things I miss most is a big bowl of spaghetti Bolognese. I’ve been reluctant to try making this dish with spaghetti squash instead, but was pleasantly surprised when I finally caved and did just that over the weekend. About Spaghetti […]

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2007 Echeverria Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc

2007 Echeverria Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc

2007 Echeverria Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc

This dessert wine is strikingly golden in the glass and offers ripe, juicy peach aromas. There’s a rich, coating mouthfeel, honey and fig jam flavors and a nice level of acidity on the finish of this little beauty. The 2007 Echeverria Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc held up nicely to the caramel panna cotta but it […]

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Montclair Food & Wine Festival Gala Dinner

Montclair Food & Wine Festival Gala Dinner

Culinariane Halibut

Sunday night, I attended the first annual Montclair Food and Wine Festival Gala Dinner held at the Women’s Club of Upper Montclair. The upscale event, for which I was a guest of Devil Gourmet, one of the event sponsors,  featured some of Montclair best culinary talents and showcased fabulous wines by Amanti Vino, Montclair’s premier […]

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New Jersey Beer & Food Festival

New Jersey Beer & Food Festival

NJ Beer Fest 3

The New Jersey Beer & Food Festival takes place at Crystal Springs 6/14 – 6/15. This weekend-long celebration of craft beers also coincides with Father’s Day June 16 making it the perfect destination with something for everyone: beer lovers, golfers and families, with two top US ranked spas and the Biosphere indoor/outdoor pool complex as […]

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