Category Archives: Dining

Robby Younes

Robby Younes on Wine Enthusiast 40 Under 40 List

#HipNJ would like to shine some spotlight on Passaic County resident and Crystal Springs own Robby Younes. He has been named one of Wine Enthusiast’s 2018 40 under 40 Tastemakers! Younes is the only tastemaker from New Jersey this year! The Wine Enthusiast 40 Under 40 list recognizes winemakers, beverage directors, brewers, grape growers, and others who are shaping todays’ beverage industry.  Those who make the list are known as innovators and risk takers, and Robby Younes is just that! 

Educated in France, Robby spent several years working in boutique hotels. Then, in his twenties, he quickly became an executive. He joined Crystal Springs Resort as Food & Beverage Director of Grand Cascades Lodge in 2008. He and Gene Mulvihill, the owner, expanded the Wine Cellar, turning it into one of the largest collection of fine wines in the country. Younes changed the entire restaurant portfolio as Regional F&B Director and Wine Director and also opened the Chef’s Garden, a garden offering a seasonal dining experience. In addition, as V.P. of Hospitality, he oversaw the elevation of Grand Cascades Lodge to AAA 4 Diamond status and led the renovation of Minerals Resort & Spa. He also created the  annual New Jersey Wine & Food Festival, bringing some of the world’s best chefs to Crystal Springs including Daniel Boulud, Thomas Keller, Jose Andres, David Bouley, Francis Mallman, and more.

For over ten years, Robby has overseen the Crystal Springs wine program, starting as Director of Food & Beverage and becoming Wine Director and Vice President of Hospitality and Resort C.O.O. Though he has never stopped building the award-winning wine program. The program holds Wine Spectator’s highest honor, the Grand Award, and was recently inducted in the Wine Enthusiast‘s Restaurant Hall of Fame. Thanks to Robby, this wine program is the best of the best!

Edgewood Country Club to Host Inaugural “Golf Kitchen | Edgewood” Fine Dining Soirée and Golf Kitchen Culinary Excellence Awards

Calling all golfers and foodies! The Edgewood Country Club will be collaborating with Golf Kitchen to bring to you the “Golf Kitchen | Edgewood Fine Dining Soirée and Golf Kitchen Culinary Excellence Awards”. On Thursday, October 4, 2018, at 7:00pm, chefs from some of the most prestigious golf and country clubs in the Northeast and Florida will showcase some of the best cuisines in the golf club industry. 

The event was created by Edgewood COO and General Manager Frank Benzakour, CCM, CCE, And Golf Kitchen Editor-in-Chief Diana DeLucia. “We are thrilled to collaborate with Golf Kitchen magazine’s Diana DeLucia in creating this extravagant event which will be truly in a class of its own, showcasing some of the very best cuisines the golf club industry offers,” said Benzakour.

Attendees will have the opportunity to sample each club’s cuisine, while learning about their history at this exclusive event. It will be a sit-down dinner, where attendees will be able to interact with chefs. There will be an opening party with cocktails, champagne, tapas, an oyster tasting and a carving station with Iberico ham from Spain. There will also be silent and live auctions sponsored by Grand Stand Sports to benefit St Jude Hospital, and the first-ever Golf Kitchen Culinary Excellence Award presentations. The closing party will include dessert. 

“It has long been my dream to create and launch the Golf Kitchen Culinary Excellence Awards,” said DeLucia. “Edgewood is an exceptional setting for such an elegant event. We look forward to inviting members, their guests and area residents to this momentous premiere and to share the experience of this incredible collaboration of industry chefs.”

Edgewood members will receive a discounted ticket price, but you do not have to be a club member to attend! Everyone is welcome to come out and enjoy this elegant event!



Kai Yang

NOW OPEN: Kai Yang, Thai Restaurant in Montclair

Are you craving some authentic Thai food? Do you have a taste for something new? Well luckily for you, Kai Yang, an authentic Thai food restaurant, has recently opened in Montclair. With its traditional decor and intimate seating, Kai Yang puts you right in Thailand, without the hassle of flying!

Thai food features rich combinations of flavors, making it a very popular and favorable cuisine. Sweet, spicy, tangy, savory, they have it all! Kai Yang specializes in authentic Thai Rotisserie Chicken and street food. Their name, “Kai Yang”, actually translates to “grilled chicken”. Served half or whole, their platters of organic marinated chicken, along with traditional sides such as papaya salad, sticky rice, and dipping sauces are shareable for the whole family.

If you are craving more, there are add-on options for their marinated chicken dish. These include Moo Ping (grilled pork skewers), Nuea Yang (sliced grilled beef), and Larb Kai (minced chicken). Their menu also features many other traditional Thai dishes which include stir fry, curry and noodle dishes like Pad Thai and Panang, duck, specialty entrees, seafood, and fried rice. They also offer several Thai desserts which include fried ice cream, fried banana, and sweet sticky rice with ice cream. Kai Yang is BYOB and they offer drinks such as Thai iced tea, lemongrass iced tea, coffee, and more. 

Owner and Chef Sheree Sarabhaya is an award-winning veteran restaurateur, who owns Boon Thai Kitchen in Livingston, Spice II in Montclair, and now Kai Yang. Sarabhaya grew up on these foods in Bangkok, and wants to share them with us all.  Kai Yang is open for lunch and dinner, Monday and Wednesday-Sunday. They are closed on Tuesdays. Take our and delivery are available. Reservations can be made for four or more at (973)-509-2110. 

Remember, September is National Chicken Month!