Escape Charity Dinner Featuring Chef David Viana

Escape Charity Dinner Featuring Chef David Viana

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Escape Montclair Chef Bryan Gregg Holds a Charity Dining Experience with Acclaimed Chef David Viana of The Kitchen at Grove Station in Jersey City. When: Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at 7PM.  Cost: $68 per person plus taxes and gratuity. What: The Charity Dinner Featuring Chef David Viana, of The Kitchen at Grove Station, menu will […]

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Braised Beef Short Ribs

Braised Beef Short Ribs

Short Ribs

It’s winter and on cold days like these, I crave slow braises and roasts. Today, I saw nice looking short ribs at the store so opted for this flavorful, slow and low braised dish for supper. Serve these beauties with mashed potatoes and a couple vegetables and please your guests like there’s no tomorrow. Ingredients: […]

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2012 Esporao Reserve Red

2012 Esporao Reserve Red

2012 Esporao Reserve Red

Dark fruit, spicy nose with a bit of smokiness. Lots of ripe dark berry and plum flavors. Firm tannins on a dry finish. Like this wine a lot at this pricepoint. Will improve with some time in the bottle and with decanting. Pairings: Burger, pasta with tomato sauce, grilled meat. Style: Red Wine Grape Type(s): […]

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Cakebread Wine Dinner at Agricola

Cakebread Wine Dinner at Agricola

Dennis Cakebread & Josh Thomsen

Agricola Executive Chef, Josh Thomsen, is joined by legendary Dennis Cakebread, of famed Napa Valley Cakebread Cellars, on February 10, 2015 at 6:30pm for an exceptional evening of food and wine. Menu and pairings: Reception Wine – 2012 Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley, CA Cape May Day Boat Scallop – celery root puree, Terhune Orchards’ apples, chestnuts […]

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2010 Giuseppe Mascarello Barbera D’Alba

2010 Giuseppe Mascarello Barbera D’Alba

2010 Mascarello Barbera D'Alba

Round, rich, full-bodied Barbera that’s inky in the glass. Floral nose with a hint of smokiness. Lots of juicy fruit flavors with mocha and licorice notes on the palate with nice acidy. Decanted half the bottle for an hour and it improved an already super wine. Pairings: Game, pasta with tomato sauce, grilled meat. Style: […]

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Winter Wine Dinner at Satis Bistro

Satis Bistro and Cool Vines will be presenting “A WINTER WINE DINNER” Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 7:30pm. The menu was created by Executive Chef Michael Fiorianti and the event hosts are: Liz Farely, Regional Director, Kermit Lynch Wines; Mark Censits, Proprietor/Owner, Cool Vines LLC; Kelly Gottlieb, New Jersey Sales Manager, IPO Wines.  The dinner […]

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Top 5 Vegetarian Recipes of 2014

While I’m not known for my vegetarian dishes, I sorted through my blog to determine which vegetarian recipes were the most accessed in 2014. Here are the top five vegetarian recipes of 2014: Hearty Vegetarian Lentil Soup Make-Ahead Tomato Gazpacho Meatless Bolognese Sauce Roasted Eggplant with Garlic Cumin Yogurt Dressing Sweet Potato Gnocchi in Sage […]

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Chicken in Tarragon and Riesling Sauce

Chicken in Tarragon and Riesling Sauce

Chicken in Tarragon and Riesling Sauce

Last night, I made this dish using a combination of chicken and rabbit and received rave reviews on my pictures on social media…except for a couple people upset at the use of rabbit in the dish. I get it, it’s easy to associate rabbit with Bugs Bunny and get sensitive about it. Me, I don’t […]

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2011 Jonata The Hilt The Vanguard Pinot Noir

2011 Jonata The Hilt The Vanguard Pinot Noir

2011 The Hilt

Bold, rich and deep wine that’s really pretty perfect.  The medium-bodied Pinot Noir offers aromas of ripe blackberry with spiced notes in the glass. Dark cherry with earthy, minty flavors on the palate with a very dry, slightly peppery finish. Could use a few more years to fully come to its absolute best. Famed Jonata […]

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My Top Dishes of 2014

My Top Dishes of 2014

Sfixio Pasta

My job had me on the road more than not in 2014 and while I’ve had many, many unforgettable meals in 2014, I’ve tried to narrow down the 10 best dishes I enjoyed during the past year. Here’s the list in restaurant name alphabetical order. Hushpuppy – Atera Chef Matthew Lightner’s take on hushpuppies is simply […]

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