AVA Wine Maps by City Prints

AVA Wine Maps by City Prints

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City Prints is a family-run company that turns maps into fine art. They have over 800 art pieces that range from maps of college campuses, to cities around the world, to aerial views of sports stadiums. Their newest series includes 13 map prints of the world’s most well-known wine regions. Each print contains a subtle […]

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FEAST OF FLOWERS – A Greek dinner featuring Chefs Todd Villani and Peter Minaki

FEAST OF FLOWERS – A Greek dinner featuring Chefs Todd Villani and Peter Minaki

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A Connection to Greece and a Passion for Fresh, Seasonal Ingredients Unite Two Chefs for a Mediterranean-Style Feast at Terre à Terre on May 19th at 7:30PM. Todd’s culinary journeys started in Greece when he accepted a cooking post at Sani Resort – a luxury 5-star resort in Northern Greece.  The resort is made up […]

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Simply Delicious Lunch at Bottagra

Simply Delicious Lunch at Bottagra

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A guest and I lunched at Bottagra a few weeks ago and absolutely thought the food was excellent. A favorite of loyal patrons, Bottagra opened in 2008 in what was once a Revolutionary War encampment for General Lafayette’s troops. The space is now elegantly-appointed with Tuscan touches. Chef/Owners Carlo Carbonara and Robert Vicari, veterans of […]

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Farnum Hill Extra Dry Cider

Farnum Hill Extra Dry Cider

Farnum Hill Extra Dry Cider

Pale yellow in the glass, this sparkling cider is simply outstanding. When poured, this cider has a very fizzy white head that’s quick to dissipate. The aromas are of apple with more earthy fruit, like plum. In the mouth, this cider offers big fruity flavors with sweet notes and a dry finish with a nice […]

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Earth Day Chefs Collaboration at Chakra 4/22

Earth Day Chefs Collaboration at Chakra 4/22

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Chefs Thomas Ciszak of Chakra, Bobby Varua of Blue Morel and Todd Villani of Terre à Terre will join forces in the Chakra kitchen to celebrate Earth Day on 4/22 at 6:30PM. Jointly, they’ll create a five-course wine-paired menu and a “From the Farm” hors-d’oeuvres ‘station’ incorporating ingredients from Bracco Farms. As an extra perk […]

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Domaine Vincent Latour Dinner at Escape

Domaine Vincent Latour Dinner at Escape

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Last week, I had the opportunity to attend the Domaine Vincent Latour dinner at Escape in Montclair. In the Escape kitchen, Chef Bryan Gregg and his team assembled a five-course menu that paired beautifully with the fabulous white Burgundy wines of Domaine Vincent Latour as hand-picked by Sharon Sevrens of Montclair’s Amanti Vino. Here’s the […]

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Dusted Valley Winemaker’s Dinner – 4/2

Dusted Valley Winemaker’s Dinner – 4/2

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The Columbia Inn in Montville will welcome Janet Johnson, of famed Dusted Valley winery, to guide guests through seven wines and a wonderful meal. Course # 1 Hors d’oeuvres Lobster taquitos Assorted Bar Pies, Oysters – Rack of Lamb Scottadito – Artichoke Fritters, Coconut crabmeat with a Pina-colada sauce served with Wine 1: BOOMTOWN By […]

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Garden State Chef Throwdown at NJ Wine & Food Festival

Garden State Chef Throwdown at NJ Wine & Food Festival

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This past weekend, I was pleased to have been invited to attend the New Jersey Wine & Food Festival’s first ever Garden State Chef Throwdown. This entertaining, interactive event took inspiration from today’s popular food competition shows for a friendly chef challenge to see who could make the most delicious beef dish.     The participants […]

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2011 Jean Edwards Stagecoach Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

2011 Jean Edwards Stagecoach Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

2011 Jean Edwards Stagecoach Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

This is Jean Edwards Cellars’ flagship wine and it’s simply delectable. In the glass, it’s deep ruby and offers ripe cherry aromas laced with mocha, pumpkin pie spice and tobacco. In the mouth, it’s medium to full-bodied with chocolate-covered cherry flavors with earthy, plummy notes – wow, just wow. The finish is medium in length […]

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I’ll Have What She’s Having

I’ll Have What She’s Having

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Craft cocktails are all the rage and I’ve been experimenting with small batch liquors and various aromatics for a couple years now. Last week, I was approached about publishing some cocktail recipes and this one seemed to be tailor-made for me! The drink was created by Ian Hardie of Huckleberry Bar in Brooklyn. Caorunn is […]

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