You may be wondering where we've been. Three and a half weeks of the flu can suck the creativity right out of your bones. Well I'm back with a lot of stories to share. Sunday night at Upstairs got me inspired again.
This is consistently one of Montclair's best places without a doubt.
Chef Thomas Ciszak of Chakra in Paramus and Blue Morel in Morristown has come up with an idea which we think is absolutely terrific, a dining club called Fork & Cork which will present a series of intimate monthly dinners for adventurous diner, like us.
The first dinner sounds so interesting. The theme is “Winter in Germany’s Black Forest” and will highlight the flavors of Thomas' childhood in western Germany Where can you find a dinner like that around here?
Our Manhattan based guest author, Dana Polonsky, writes about this great Italian tratoria.
In an effort to support local businesses downtown following the effects of
Superstorm Sandy, it was important to head down in search of dinner, and most
specifically, some delicious Italian comfort food. We landed at Max, an
intimate little rustic restaurant perfect for a relaxing dinner with friends or
an intimate date. With the lights low and faces framed by candlelight, it was
exactly what we were looking for and the food made it that much better.
Who says you have to leave New Jersey to find great food and wine events. The Fifth Annual New Jersey Wine & Food Festival at Crystal Springs Resort is on for March 15 – 17, 2013.
We attended last year and let me tell you this is a great event. This year the Guest of Honor is Chef José Andrés of Made in Spain. Recognized in 2011 by Conde Nast Traveler’s
as the “Hot Restaurateur” of the year, Jose is credited with introducing
Americans to both avant-garde and new age in traditional Spanish cooking.
There is an amazing line up events.Get the full listing and ticket info here: www.njwinefoodfest.com or call 888-881-6991.
Proceeds to benefit James Beard Foundation and World Central Kitchen
What makes perfection? It can be defined in so many ways. In wine, to me, it is in a balanced well crafted juice with facets of aroma and flavor that are just right. Not too little not too much. And when asked, Peter, what's a good wine to go with.... So often I say Dolcetto d’Alba. And you are likely to say Dolcetto d’What?
This year we started our New Year celebration with the wonderful sparkling wine of Spain called Cava. This one from Codorníu winery near Barcelona carries on a tradition of fine wine that dates back to the 1500's.
It is named after Anna, the Codorníu heiress who married the viticulturist Miguel
Raventós in 1659. It fulfilled my every wish and expectation
with persistent yet gentle effervescence and lucious flavors of pineapple,
grapefruit and lime.
Over the last couple of years I've been purposely introducing friends and clients to Cava. It is always a hit.