Category Archives: Scene & Heard

Get the scoop on New Jersey’s hottest and hippest places to see and be seen. From the trendiest fashions and most stylish shopping spots, to delectable dining and eclectic events, Hip New Jersey breaks down the best places to shop, socialize, wine and dine in the Garden State. With sneak peeks at everything you need to know to stay in vogue, #HipNJ exposes everything our beautiful state has to offer.

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!

Ryan Bock’s “The Golem: Objects of Security” at Deep Space

Deep Space Gallery, in Jersey City,  presents to you “The Golem: Objects of Security” by Ryan Bock. This art exhibition will be on view from September 29th-November 3rd. The opening reception is on Saturday, September 29th, from 6-11pm

Bock’s inspiration for his work stems from the myth of the Golem of Prague, which is explored in  the German horror film that the exhibition’s title adapts. Bock explores the duality of self-protection, while exposing the dangers of everyday items we rely on, such as medicine, information technology, economies and stability. These are what makes Golem. He questions and challenges this reliance society has on these items, revealing their dark and dangerous ways. He does so through sculpture, painting, drawing and experimental short film.

Ryan Bock says, “My natural human inclination toward security is stifling my growth. I’m attempting to propel myself out of my comfort zone, off a cliff in both my personal and professional life in order to reach a higher comprehension of where I stand.” Bock warns us that anything we may see as security, could be, in fact, damaging. 

 

“Pac The House” Second Season at HACPAC

The Hackensack Main Street Business Alliance and the City of Hackensack are proud and excited to announce the return of the “PAC The House” at the Hackensack Performing Arts Center (HACPAC). This is the second season of the event, set to include John Pizzarelli, Elijah Bland, Amy Helm, Flor De Toloache and Marc Cohn

On Friday, October 5th, John Pizzarelli, a Paterson Native, starts the series off. Pizzarelli has over 20 solo albums, and has also performed on songs by Paul McCartney, James Taylor and Rosemary Clooney. In the recent years, he’s toured North America, South America, Asia and Europe, performing shows centered on Frank Sinatra’s centennial, the songs of Johnny Mercer, Paul McCartney and Nat King Cole. 

Elijah Bland is next, on Saturday, November 3rd. Bland is a self taught musician, who began playing the piano at 5 years old. He found his own voice, which led him to become an independent recording artist. Bland has performed at B.B. King Blues Club, SOB’s, 54 Below, New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), and DC’s historic Howard Theater with artists like  Stanley Clarke, Yolanda Adams, Lenny Williams and George Duke.

On Saturday, February 2nd, Amy Helm takes the stage. Amy is a singer-songwriter who served in her father Levon Helm’s Midnight Ramble Band, as a backing musician. Amy is currently about to release her second solo album, “This Too Shall Light”, on Sept. 21 and tours year-round. 

Then, on Saturday, March 9th, the all-female Mariachi band, Flor de Toloache, will be performing. The band is named after the flower used in Mexico as a love potion and was formed a decade ago. Their critically-acclaimed debut album received a Latin Grammy nomination in 2015 and they are currently touring in support of their latest album “Las Caras Lindas.” 

Finally, on Saturday, April 6th, Grammy-winner Marc Cohn closes out this year’s “PAC The House” series. The singer-songwriter hit the music scene in the 90s when his debut album went Platinum. His most recent work, “Careful What You Dream: Lost Songs and Rarities,” was released in 2016 and he has toured recently with Michael McDonald. 

This event is sure to include some first-class entertainment that you do not want to miss! Tickets are on sale now. Get ready to see these artists “PAC the House”!