2017 New Jersey Wine & Food Festival Recap

2017 New Jersey Wine & Food Festival Recap

The 9th annual New Jersey Wine & Food Festival at Crystal Springs Resort that took place last week is officially over. Renowned Chef Daniel Boulud was the Guest of Honor and proceeds benefited Ment’or, a leading nonprofit organization devoted to inspiring culinary excellence in young professionals and preserving the traditions and quality of cuisine in America.

About Friday

Friday night was a food and Krug extravaganza with a cellar dinner by Chef Boulud and his team and a Top Chefs & Top Wines Dinner featuring three chefs from the season of Bravo’s Top Chef that just concluded: Katsuji Tanabe, Silvia Barban and Casey Thompson. Those three popular chefs cooked alongside uber talented Chef Martyna Krowicka of Restaurant Latour and Pastry Chef Miro Uskokovic of Gramercy Tavern. The feedback about both dinners is out of this world with people who attended raving about it.

About Saturday Afternoon

Saturday was fun-filled with various classes and demos. I attended, as a guest of the festival, the Daniel Boulud Foie Gras Challenge where five NJ chefs competes to produce a foie gras dish worthy of Chef Boulud’s approval. The aromas that greeted me as I entered the room were intoxicating and five busy chefs and their teams were busy concocting praise-worthy dishes for judge, Chef Boulud.

After walking around for a few minutes to take in the sights of each participant’s table, I was approached by festival organizers along with Chef Boulud himself to co-judge the event. What? Me? Chef Boulud himself actually asked me – what a thrill! I joined Chef Boulud and a volunteer judge, Meghan Walker, at the judges table to sample dishes from five talented chefs: Ehnren Ryan of Common Lot, Francesco Palmieri of Calandra’s Il Vecchio Café, David Viana of Heirloom Kitchen, Mike Carrino of Pig & Prince and Matt Laurich and the kitchen staff at Crystal Springs.

While all the dishes were creative and delicious, there could only be one winner: Mike Carrino of Pig and Prince with his take on a French traditional foie presentation and a pour of 1941 Courvoisier. 

About Saturday Night

I’ve always been very vocal about what an amazing festival this is and beyond what others in the area can produce. One of the reasons I feel that way if the Grand Tasting on Saturday night.

Some of my favorite bites of the evening (I liked MANY others and didn’t visit all the tables):

Porcelet Head Taco – Felton

David Felton – Natirar/Ninety Acres: Porcelet Head & Shoulder Taco.

Greg Vassos – Brick Farm Tavern: Beef Tartare.

Chris Siversen – Maritime Parc: Octopus a la Plancha.

Phil Deffina – Char Steakhouse: Prime Dry-Aged Strip Steak.

JR Belt – Stage Left: Pork Belly Terrine.

David Viana – Heirloom Kitchen: Octopus Bolognese with Masa Harina.

Josh Bernstein – Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas: Pasta with Preserved Lemon, Fennel and Shrimp.

Rob Ubhaus – Redux: Venison Carpaccio with Shaved Foie Gras.

Leia Gaccione – South + Pine: Burrata with Roasted Baby Carrots, Sunflower Sprouts and black pepper+cardamom vin.

About Sunday

This was the first time I attended the famous Champagne Brunch as part of the festival. Wow, just wow. Chef Anthony Bucco and his talented team pulled no punches with this spread. As soon as we sat down, we were greeted by the always-lovely Sommelier, Susanne Lerescu with a choice of Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label or Ruinart Blanc de Blanc Champagne. Ruinart it was for me and my guest. The room, which held the Grand Tasting the evening before, was completely transformed into a beautiful room with various buffet stations and brunch drinks bar. A lot of hard work went into transforming that room from what it was the previous night. While the options were plentiful, we enjoyed the raw/seafood station, the wild mushroom eggs, the breakfast sandwich station and the carving station. The R&B singer was outstanding and entertaining, nice choice.   

I know I’ve written about this in all my yearly recaps of this Crystal Springs event but it’s a must-attend for any wine and food aficionado in the NJ/NY area. Nobody does it better in a more gorgeous setting.

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9th Annual Crystal Springs New Jersey Wine & Food Festival

Grand Tasting - Photo by Crystal Springs

Grand Tasting – Photo by Crystal Springs

Tickets are now on sale for the 9th annual New Jersey Wine & Food Festival at Crystal Springs Resort, taking place March 31 – April 2. This year, we are excited to announce that one of the most celebrated chefs in the world, Daniel Boulud, will be the Guest of Honor. Proceeds benefit Ment’or, a leading nonprofit organization devoted to inspiring culinary excellence in young professionals and preserving the traditions and quality of cuisine in America. 

Weekend Happenings

Friday March 31

SOLD OUT!!! 8PM – Chef Daniel Boulud is an industry legend, with 14 restaurants around the world and numerous James Beard awards to his credit. Daniel and his team will be cooking in the Wine Cellar for what will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience rare vintage wines from the cellar. The dinner includes a Krug Champagne reception with dishes by Crystal Springs Resort Executive Chef Anthony Bucco ($1,000 plus tax and gratuity).

SOLD OUT!!! 8PM – Top Chefs & Top Wines Dinner featuring three chefs from the current season of Bravo’s Top Chef: Katsuji Tanabe, Silvia Barban and Casey Thompson, alongside Chef Martyna Krowicka of Restaurant Latour and Pastry Chef Miro Uskokovic of Gramercy Tavern. ($225 plus tax & gratuity). 

Saturday April 1

10AM – Perfectly Paired Pastries with Chef Jessie Dardar of Le Petit Temptation Dessert Truck ($35).

11AM – A Conversation & Book Signing with Guest of Honor Daniel Boulud – Enjoy a glass of Champagne as Daniel reminisces about his career and signs copies of his cookbooks. ($50, including a copy of either My Best: Daniel Boulud or DANIEL: My French Cuisine).

11:30AM – 1PM – Marketplace Lunch

12PM – The Art of Fresh Pasta with Chef Silvia Barban (Top Chef Season 14) and Aishling Stevens (Crystal Springs), featuring winemaker Ryan Rech of Beringer ($50).

SOLD OUT!!! 1PM – A Taste of Mexico with Chef Katsuji Tanabe (Top Chef Season 14) and Chef Martyna Krowicka (Restaurant Latour) – refined Mexican dishes with beers and spirits from Mexico ($40).

2PM – Create your own Red Blend with Rodney Strong winemaker Justin Seidenfeld ($35).

2PM – Daniel Boulud Foie Gras Challenge – 4 NJ chefs will compete to produce the winning dish as judged by Chef Boulud ($60).

3PM – An Afternoon in Provence – kick off the spring rosé wine season and enjoy Daniel Boulud’s custom smoked salmon, caviar and more ($45).

3PM – Punch Party – learn how to make the perfect party punch and try punches from top NJ bartenders ($35).

3PM – Secrets of the Crystal Springs Wine Cellar with Wine Director Robby Younes – Robby will open rare wines from the award-winning cellar ($150).

4PM – 7X Ranch: The Perfection of Beef – join Chef Anthony Bucco for a discussion of the prized 7X beef and tasting of this rare delicacy ($45).

4PM – Craft Whiskey Spotlight: Widow Jane Distillery – tastings of this award-winning spirit ($40).

7PM – 10PM; Early VIP admission at 6:30PM – The Grand Tasting returns with 30 top NJ and NYC chefs and winemakers from around the world. The VIP experience will feature Daniel Boulud and 5 acclaimed restaurants ($135 regular, $295 VIP). 

10PM – Meet the Chefs & Winemakers After Party guests can party into the night with a DJ, dancing, open bars and more ($150).

Sunday April 2

10AM – 1PM – Champagne Brunch featuring a sumptuous brunch buffet and free flowing Champagne, the perfect capper to the weekend!

Tickets can be purchased at www.njwinefoodfest.com. Rooms can be booked at 855-415-2776.

Hope to see you there!


Restaurant Latour Makes New Jersey Proud

Restaurant Latour Makes New Jersey Proud

Photo by Crystal Springs Resort

Photo by Crystal Springs Resort

For those of you who have visited the incredible 75,000-bottle wine cellar at Crystal Springs Resort, you’ll agree it’s difficult to comprehend the unmatched selection without witnessing it. Equally as outstanding is the culinary program at Restaurant Latour, the refined restaurant at Crystal Springs where Chef de Cuisine Martyna Krowicka crafts creative and delectable dishes under the direction of Head Chef Anthony Bucco. The sophisticated restaurant has again in 2016 been recognized by a number of top wine publications in the US and abroad for its outstanding fine wine collection, including Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast and UK’s The World of Fine Wine.

Wine Enthusiast America’s 100 Best Wine Restaurants

Perhaps most impressive is Restaurant Latour being named as one of Wine Enthusiast “America’s 100 Best Wine Restaurants” for the third year running. Why is that particular award so impressive, you might ask? Restaurant Latour is the only New Jersey restaurant to make the list, which is published in the magazine’s August 2016 issue, joining the ranks of such esteemed restaurants as Per Se, Daniel, Eleven Madison Park, Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Le Bernardin, among others. See the mention and gorgeous photos here: http://www.winemag.com/100-Best-Wine-Restaurants-2016/Restaurant-Latour

The World of Fine Wine Three Stars

The World of Fine Wine, the prestigious international wine publication for serious wine aficionados and collectors, has also recognized Restaurant Latour third year running as having one of the world’s best wine lists. For the 2016 “World’s Best Wine Lists,” the magazine’s editors and a group of international wine experts reviewed over 4,500 wine lists from around the world to come up with just over 800 honorees. Restaurant Latour’s wine list was awarded three stars – the highest honor (the ratings are 1, 2 and 3 stars). Restaurant Latour was additionally awarded a Jury Prize, given “at the nomination of individual senior judges, but subject to the approval of the jury as a whole, these prizes recognize wine lists that show distinctive character and flair, offer exceptionally good value, or were particularly strong in a specific wine style. See the award mentioned here: http://www.worldoffinewine.com/WineListAwardsSearch/RestaurantDetails/2016/restaurant-latour

Wine Spectator Grand Award

Restaurant Latour has once again been awarded Wine Spectator’s prestigious top honor Grand Award, which it has held since 2006 – only 88 restaurants in the world hold the award. Wine Spectator gives its wine list awards to about 3,600 restaurant around the world in three categories from the lowest Award of Excellence to Best of Award of Excellence to Grand Award. See the award mentioned here: https://restaurants.winespectator.com/restaurant/1050/restaurant-latour

Congrats to the Crystal Springs cellar and Restaurant Latour teams – making us proud in the Garden State.



Valentine’s Day at Crystal Springs Resort

Valentine’s Day at Crystal Springs Resort

Crystal Springs Resort will be catering to guests of all types with various dining experiences at its many restaurants for Valentine’s Day weekend.

Restaurant Latour

Executive Chef Anthony Bucco has created a tantalizing 7-course tasting menu that will be served at the jewel-box like Restaurant Latour on both Saturday February 13th and Sunday February 14th ($165, $225 with wine pairing). The guests will enjoy the elegant setting and view, along with superb service and menu that will showcase decadent ingredients such as oysters, black truffles, caviar, uni and wagyu beef. The full menu is below.

The Wine Cellar

Couples can also opt to have a rare dining experience in the renowned Wine Cellar’s Bordeaux Room on February 14th at 7pm. Surrounded by verticals of wine from the storied houses of Bordeaux, the centerpiece of Crystal Spring’s award-winning 135,000 bottle wine collection, guests will enjoy a luxurious five-course menu ($150, $195 with wine pairing). The menu features Fluke Crudo with cara cara orange and poppy seed; Foie Gras Torchon; and Lamb with sweet potato and black truffle.

Crystal Tavern

On Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th, Crystal Tavern’s 5-course menu ($85, $120 with wine pairing) will feature Wagyu Beef Tartare with black truffles; Tenderloin of Beef with parsnip and brussels sprouts; and Muscovy Duck with turnips and lentils. The a la carte menu will also be available.

Springs Bistro

The menu at Springs Bistro ($75, $115 with wine pairing) will feature the flavors of Northern Italy with dishes like Chestnut Soup; Tagliatelle with saffron; Orechiette with hazelnuts and winter squash; and Duck Breast with mushrooms and polenta. The Valentine’s Day menu will be served from Friday the 12th through Sunday the 14th.

Kites at Minerals Resorts & Spa

Kites at Minerals Resort & Spa will serve a 4-course menu ($75, $110 with wine pairing) in addition to the regular a la carte menu. Dishes include Steak Carpaccio with shaved black truffles; Prosciutto-wrapped Lobster Tail; and Stuffed Roasted Squab with quinoa and squash. The prix fixe will be available Saturday the 13th from 5pm – 10pm and Sunday the 14th from 5pm – 9pm.

Reservations can be made by calling 844-207-3203.



Fall Happenings at Crystal Springs Resort

Fall Happenings at Crystal Springs Resort

9/26 Malus Domestica Dinner

Chef's Garden

Chef’s Garden

On Saturday September 26, Crystal Springs Resort in Hamburg will celebrates Malus Domestica, the orchard apple, in all its forms from cider to spirits to use as an ingredient in savory dishes. Guests will explore the differences between varieties of apples and their unique flavors during a reception featuring local ciders and cocktails. Then they will enjoy a four-course dinner from Executive Chef Anthony Bucco paired with ciders and cocktails in the outdoor Chef’s Garden. Guests will receive a take away package of cider donuts after the event. Crystal Springs Resort Mixologist Stephen Thomas will lead the discussion and serve three signature cocktails including The Malus with Warwick Applejack, American Spirits Barrel Aged Liqueur, fresh apple and Doc’s Hard Apple Cider; Applejack Rose with Black Dirt Distillery Applejack, housemade pomegranate syrup and pomegranate bitters; and A Stroll Through the Orchard with Calvados, fresh cider and honey crisp apple.

Malus Cocktail. Photo by Michael Tulipan

Malus Cocktail. Photo by Michael Tulipan

Chef Bucco will showcase the versatility of different varieties of apples with a four-course menu of Ginger Gold Apple & Quinoa with parsnip and sage, Tuna with Cameo apple, argan oil and cilantro, Duck Liver with Cortland apple, peanuts and caramel, and Pork Shoulder with Macoun apple and squash. The reception will start at 6pm in the Chef’s Garden, the resort’s seasonal wood-fired restaurant set in a lush organic garden, followed by dinner at 6:45pm. The reception and dinner with all cocktails and cider pairings $55, tax and gratuity additional. Reservations can be made by calling 844-207-3203.

10/10 Karen MacNeil French Wine Dinner

On October 10, Karen MacNeil, the award-winning author of The Wine Bible, the highest selling wine book in U.S. history, will be honored at a dinner featuring French wines from Crystal Springs 135,000 bottle Wine Cellar. MacNeil will be signing copies of the second edition of The Wine Bible, which has been completely revised and updated for the new release, during a Champagne reception starting at 6pm in the Wine Cellar. Dinner in Restaurant Latour will follow at 7pm with a discussion of the wines of France. Executive Chef Anthony Bucco has created a five-course menu that will be paired with two wines per course, covering the breadth of French winemaking regions.

Amberjack Crudo – gala apples, habanero, shiso, textured barley

Sunchoke – cider vinegar, caviar

Paired with Ruinart, Blanc de Blancs, MV and Egly-Ouriet, Les Crayeres, Blanc de Noirs, MV

Stracciatella Tortellini – pastured hen egg, black trumpet mushrooms

Paired with Darviot-Perrin, Chassagne-Montrachet, La Bergerie, 2007 and Jean Louis Chave, Crozes Hermitage Blanc, Sybille, 2007

Vinegar Glazed Squab & Foie Gras – wild maine blueberries, parsnips

Paired with Baron Thenard, Givry, Cellier Aux Moines, 2005 and Dominique Laurent, Bourgogne Rouge, Cuvee Numero 1, 2005

7x Ribeye Cap & Short Rib – turnips, bone marrow, bordelaise

Paired with La Lagune, Haut-Medoc, 1983 and La Parde de Haut Bailly, 2009

Beet Sponge – goat cheese panna cotta, bitter chocolate, caramel

Paired with Cypres de Climens, Barsac, 2009 and Chateau De La Peyrade, Muscat de Frontignan, Languedoc, 1994

Each guest will receive a copy of The Wine Bible. Tickets are $195 (tax and tip extra).

10/25 An Afternoon with Gaia Gaja

On October 25, Gaia Gaja, scion of the legendary Italian winemaking family, will lead a tasting of her family’s wines during a five-course lunch. A pre-eminent producer of Barbaresco and Barolo, the Gaja family has produced wines for five generations dating back to 1859. Guests will meet Gaia Gaja at a Champagne reception at 2pm in Crystal Springs’ award-winning Wine Cellar and then enjoy a five-course menu in Restaurant Latour by Executive Chef Anthony Bucco paired with Gaja wines from Piedmont and Tuscany.


Browne’s Point Oyster – osetra caviar, apple granita, tarragon

Paired with Champagne Duval-Leroy Rose MV


Crudo of Snapper – fennel, citrus, castelvetrano olives

Paired with Gaja Ca’marcanda Vistamare 2013

Crispy Veal Sweetbreads – caviar, albacore tuna, sea beans

Paired with Gaja Rossj-bass Chardonnay 2014 or Gaja Barbaresco 2011

Pheasant Agnolotti – carrots, hazelnuts, sage

Paired with Gaja Magari 2012

Roasted Lamb – salsa verde, autumn vegetables, polenta

Paired with Gaja Ca’marcanda camarcanda 2010

Dark Chocolate Torte – rosemary, pine nuts, caramel

Paired with Gaja Brunello Rennina 2010

The menu paired with wines is $275, tax and gratuity additional. Reservations for these events can be made by calling 844-207-3203. Cheers, Veronique

Foraging and Dining Events at Crystal Springs Resort

Foraging and Dining Events at Crystal Springs Resort

Crystal Springs Resort is hosting two events showcasing local foragers and a local brewery in August. The first event, Foraging Trip & Dinner, takes place on 8/16 and the second, Angry Erik Brewery Dinner, happens on 8/20. The Crystal Springs Chef’s Garden, a wood-fire outdoor restaurant surrounded by a lush one-acre organic garden, will be the location of both dinners (see a recent article I wrote on the gorgeous Chef’s Garden).

8/16 Foraging Trip and Dinner

NJ Chanterelles

NJ Chanterelles

Crystal Springs Executive Chef, Anthony Bucco, works closely with Sarah Berman and Corey Finck of Sussex County foragers to bring locally-foraged goods to the resort’s Restaurant Latour twice each week. On 8/16, guests will be able to participate in a foraging expedition with Chef Bucco and the folks at Sussex County Foragers. Upon returning from foraging, guests with make their way to the Chef’s Garden to enjoy cocktails and canapés prepared with ingredients foraged on the trip, This will then be followed by a four-course dinner by Chef Bucco paired with local wines.

Foragers Dinner Menu

Chanterelles/ NJ Corn / Basil

Lubina/ Plankton / Purslane

Mangalitsa Pig/ Wood Sorrel / Stone Fruit

Chocolate/ Anise Hyssop / Wine Berries

The foraging trip and dinner costs $115 including food, wine and transportation to the foraging location and back to Crystal Springs (tax & gratuity additional). Foraging trip begins at 4pm followed by dinner at 7pm. Reservations can be made by calling 855-977-6473.

8/20 Angry Erik Brewing When We Were Kings Dinner

On 8/20, Crystal Springs will host a dinner showcasing Angry Erik Brewing beers in the Chef’s Garden. The dinner will feature seven different beers including The Dainty Viking, an elderflower blonde ale; Hop-n-Awe double IPA; and Mary Shroom, a mushroom and rosemary saison.

The event will begin at 6pm with passed canapés and cocktails made with Angry Erik beers, followed by a four-course, beer-paired dinner crafted by Chef Anthony Bucco.

Angry Erik “When We Were Kings Dinner” Menu

Heirloom Grains – tomatoes / cucumbers / dill (Paired with Angry Erik Two– Shoe Brew, Copper Ale)

Day-Boat Scallops – grapefruit / coriander / corn (Paired with Angry Erik Hop-n-Awe)

 Roasted Duck – mushrooms / pine / wild blueberries (Paired with Angry Erik Mary Shroom)

Chocolate – coffee / yogurt / lavender (Paired with Angry Erik Freaky Freydis)

Dinner costs $65, inclusive of food and beer tastings. Reservations can be made by calling 855-977-6473.



Crystal Springs Resort – Excelling at Garden to Table Dining

Crystal Springs Resort – Excelling at Garden to Table Dining

GardenLast week, I was invited to join a small group to sample some of the new dishes and drinks offered at Crystal Springs Resort’s Chef’s Garden.

The Chef’s Garden has a new Chef, a new menu and a new drinks program. What’s not new is how gorgeous the space is. Adjacent to a fantasy-like garden of vegetables, fruits, herbs and flowers, guests dine al fresco, under an impermeable canvas roof, to intoxicating aromas of grilling meats and scenic views of the Kittatinny Mountain Range.

The food offered in the Chef’s Garden is grilled over an open fire – no gas or electric cooking. The open kitchen, with its various cooking stations, provides diners a theatrical view of the food being prepared.

The new menu created by Chef Anthony Bucco and his team showcases true “garden-to-table” dining with some of the produce, herbs and flowers used in the kitchen harvested in the nearby garden.

The starters we tried were the Deviled Eggs and the Heirloom Tomatoes. The deviled eggs were beautifully-presented, with good tang, crunch from a small piece of red onion and fresh corn flavor from a corn shoot. The tomatoes were ripe, juicy and served with goat cheese, fresh basil leaves and moist corn bread croutons – a perfect dish to enjoy in the garden.   

Our entrées spanned across many categories and flavors. The dishes we shared were the Pastrami Rubbed Brisket, Grilled Shrimp Tacos, Paprika Rubbed Skirt Steak and two different flatbreads: Carbonara and Margherita. I’m weak for brisket and this version was juicy, with the perfect meat-to-fat ratio and big beefy flavors – a winner. The tacos were okay and featured nicely cooked extra-large shrimps, could-be-better tortillas, guacamole and grilled scallions, lemons, shallots and cherry tomatoes. The skirt steak was beautifully-cooked to a medium-rare temperature and served with heirloom radishes and an outstanding potato salad. The flatbreads were perfect for sharing as each was cut in individual portions. The Carbonara with its Pancetta, Pecorino and egg was a favorite at our table – rich and salty goodness. The Margherita version was also good but the tomato sauce that was smeared on the dough wasn’t as light and fresh as it needed to be to match the vibrant flavors of the fresh basil and cherry tomatoes that crowned the flatbread.     

DrinksDesserts were over-the-top, whimsical and indulgent – S’mores, Pots de Crème and Strawberry Shortcake. The three desserts were served in glass jars which made it somewhat difficult for us to share. The S’mores combined hand-made marshmallows, Graham cracker crumbs and a chocolate layer – my favorite of the three desserts. The chocolatey pots de crème were decadent with some spiced notes. The shortcake featured good quality biscuits, airy whipped cream and garden-fresh strawberries.

New to the Chef’s Garden is an onsite mixologist who’s created an interesting drinks menu with hand-made bitters and juices, local liquors and an all-American wine list. I enjoyed a Rosé of Cabernet Franc by Finger Lakes’ Anthony Road Wine Company.

The Chef’s Garden at Crystal Springs’ Grand Cascades Lodge brings fresh and local dining to a whole new level, in an idyllic setting.

Hours of operations: Dinner served Friday & Saturday: 5pm-10pm. Lunch served Saturday & Sunday: 11am-4pm. No reservations – first come, first served.



Bastille Day Wine Dinner at Crystal Springs

Bastille Day Wine Dinner at Crystal Springs

Bastille DayCrystal Springs will celebrate Bastille Day with a French wine dinner in the resort’s Wine Cellar on July 16.

An American Chef in Paris – Bastille Day Wine Cellar Dinner will feature a reception, four-course dinner by Executive Chef Anthony Bucco and wines showcasing the breadth of French winemaking regions with selections from Alsace, Loire Valley, Bordeaux, Rhone Valley and Champagne from the resort’s award-winning fine wine collection. Wine Educator Becky McNulty will lead a discussion of the wines during dinner.

The event kicks off with a wine and canapé reception in the Wine Cellar at 6:30pm before guests sit down to dinner at 7:30pm.


Lucien Albrecht Cremant D’Alsace Rosé Brut, NV — Reception Wine

Langoustine, Tomato/Saffron/Summer Squash

Domaine de la Perrière Sancerre 2013

Colorado Lamb, Byaldi/Garden Herbs

Château Moulin de Duhart 2011

Epoisses, Sour Plums/Almond Sable

Château La Nerthe Chateauneuf-du-Pape Rouge 2011

Wine Berry Mille Crepes, Rosé Wine Sorbet/Rose Petals

Domaine Baron de Rothschild Rosé Champagne NV

The full menu with wine pairings ($129 including wines, tax and gratuity additional) is below.

The dinner takes place at the award-winning Crystal Springs Wine Cellar (1 Wild Turkey Way, Hamburg, NJ). Reservations can be made by calling 855-597-7357.


5/20 Husic Vineyards Wine Dinner at Restaurant Latour‏

5/20 Husic Vineyards Wine Dinner at Restaurant Latour‏

Crystal Springs Resort’s Restaurant Latour will host Husic Vineyards’s Co-Founder, Frank Husic, for what will surely be a memorable dinner on Wednesday May 20th

husic_logoDinner will begin in the spectacular Wine Cellar at 6:30pm with passed canapés and 2010 Domaine Carneros Brut sparkling wine. Dinner will follow at 7:30pm at Restaurant Latour.

Anthony Bucco, Chef of Restaurant Latour, will be serving a four-course menu featuring spring ingredients. 

Blonde Morels, Ramps, Gnocchi & Meyer Lemon is spring in a bowl with ramp gnocchi, braised morels, pickled ramps and foraged greens. Paring – 2013 Husic Chardonnay.

Squab will be served two ways – seared breast and leg confit – accompanied by macerated cherries and Sicilian pistachio puree. Pairing – 2013 Husic Pinot Noir.

Mishima Rib-Eye, finest American wagyu with hay smoked fingerling potatoes and Blue Ledge Farms Middlebury Blue cheese, tarragon and bone marrow butter, will be paired with two Cabernet Sauvignons. Pairing – 2012 Husic Cabernet Sauvignon and 2012 Palm Terrace Cabernet Sauvignon.

Strawberries Textures: shortbread crumble with strawberry granita, foam and dehydrated berries. Pairing – 2012 Husic Late Harvest Semillon.

The Husic Wine Dinner is $149 inclusive of wine (tax and gratuity additional). Reservations can be made by calling (855) 421-2170.



Many Mother’s Day Options at Crystal Springs Resort

Many Mother’s Day Options at Crystal Springs Resort

Mother's DayCrystal Springs Resort honors Mother’s Day (Sunday May 10) with a whole weekend of dinners, special events and a free round of golf for Moms. Both Crystal Tavern and Springs Bistro will offer special menus while Grand Cascades, Black Bear Country Club and Minerals Resort & Spa will host Mother’s Day buffets. Restaurant Latour will offer its full 5-course “Anthology” and 7-course Chef’s Degustation menus. And mom can hit the links for free with a free round of golf at the Black Bear, Crystal Springs, Cascades or Minerals courses.

Crystal Tavern will serve a special 3-course dinner menu ($65 per person) both Saturday May 9th from 5pm-10pm and Sunday May 10th from 11am-10pm. Appetizers include a choice of Vichyssoise with potato rocks, caramelized yogurt, chive flowers or English Pea Salad with fried shallots and petite herbs. For entrée, a choice of Skuna Bay Salmon with shaved asparagus, pickled ramps or New Jersey’s own Griggstown Farm Poussin with beets and pistachio. A Rhubarb and White Chocolate Panna Cotta concludes the meal. The a la carte menu will also be available.

Springs Bistro will offer a dinner menu of Italian-inspired specials with a wine pairing option served both Saturday May 9th from 5pm-10pm and Sunday May 10th from 12pm-8pm. These a la carte specials include Pinzimonio, a shaved vegetable salad with citronette, a secondo of Montauk Fluke with baked cardoon and local harvested ramp sauce, and for a dolce finish, Panforte a fruit and honey cake with housemade vanilla gelato. The regular menu will also be available.

For an elegant dinner, Restaurant Latour will offer its full 5-course “Anthology” and 7-course Chef’s Degustation menus.

Families will have the option of three Mother’s Day Sunday brunches (10am – 3pm) including in the Emerald Ballroom at Grand Cascades Lodge ($49 Adults, $25 Kids 4 – 11, Under 4 free), Black Bear Country Club ($36.95 Adults, $14.95 Kids 4 -11, Under 4 free) and the Diamond Ballroom at Minerals Resort & Spa ($38.95 Adults, $16.95 Kids 4 – 11, Under 4 free).

Springs Bistro is located at Grand Cascades Lodge (3 Wild Turkey Way, Hamburg, NJ), Black Bear at 138 State Route 23, Franklin, and the Emerald Ballroom,  Crystal Tavern and Restaurant Latour are located at the Crystal Springs Clubhouse (1 Wild Turkey Way). Reservations can be made at 844.247.9137.