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.

Montclair Food & Wine Festival

Some of the top chefs and best winemakers in all of New Jersey put their best gourmet-foot forward at the Montclair Food & Wine Festival.

This spectacular festival featured a Grand Tasting, a Seminar Series and Gala Dinner finale.#HipNJ’s Kelly Dillon took part in the festivities, and spoke with some of the celebration’s most important figures, including the president of the Montclair Food & Wine Festival, Melody Kettle.

The Grand Tasting‘s attendees enjoyed endless exhibits of fine cuisine and sinful libations.  One of our favorite displays was Jersey Artisan Distilling.  Kelly chatted with the owner,  Brant Brave, about bringing the rum business back to the Garden State (Fairfield, to be exact!)

#MFWF2014 was the Seminar Series.  Foodies were enlightened to learn about the state’s exotic cuisines and their methodologies, including “Auquaculture”.  Chris Cannon, owner of Jockey Hollow Bar & Kitchen, talked about how his team is trying to resuscitate oyster farming here in #HipNJ.

This top notch event was rounded out by the Gala Dinner, held at The Manor in West Orange.  Guests were treated to a six course dining experience designed by six celebrity chefs from around New Jersey- Chef Mitchell Altholz (Highlawn Pavilion); Chef Floyd Cardoz (Winner of Top Chef Masters); Chef Michael Carrino (Pig & Prince); Chef Ryan DePersio (Fascino, Battello, Nico and #HipNJ guest); Chef Ariane Duarte (CulinAriane) and Chef Francesco Palmieri (The Orange Squirrel).  Wines and beverage were served by Sharon Sevrens of Amanti Vino. We learned how these food extraordinaires came together to create a one-of-a-kind experience.

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Some of our favorite displays from the event had nothing to do with actual food- Remember Our Balloons crafted amazing sculptures that set the tone of the high-energy atmosphere.

For more information on the Montclair Food and Wine Festival, please visit their website.

See you at #MFWF2015!

HudsonMOD Anniversary Party

HudsonMOD recently celebrated its second year anniversary with an exclusive, lavish event at Maritime Parc in Jersey City, and #HipNJ has your inside scoop!

#HipNJ’s Lisa Marie Latino attended this extravagant cocktail party, and chatted with representatives from luxe Garden State companies, such as Bacardi, Benzel-Busch, Ecru Lifestyle Beauty, Landarama, Inc., and of course, the brains behind HudsonMOD!

HudsonMOD publisher Shannon Steitz explained that: “Being born and raised in New Jersey, it never made any sense to me why some of the most affluent counties in the entire nation weren’t served by a true lifestyle publication of this caliber.”  Her mission is to give #HipNJ a magazine we deserve!

Guests noshed on a delicious display of imported cheeses, shrimp cocktail, and pulled pork; dessert was The Stuffed Cupcakes‘ new Tres Leche treat.  Open-bar cocktails were compliments of Bacardi, and specialty drinks included the “Melon Royal” (made with the new Grey Goose Le Melon and lemon-lime soda) and “Mango Fused” (made with Bacardi Mango Fushion with orange juice).  Bacardi’s field marketing manager, Andrea Lokshin, explained that getting her brand involved was a “no brainer”, because the clientele of Bacardi matches with HudsonMOD.

Attendees had the opportunity to sample amazing products from HudsonMOD’s sponsors.  JR Cigars brought a few of their favorite items, and Chanel gave the girls a makeup re-touch.

Lisa Marie’s fav exhibit was the Ecru Lifestyle Beauty “Express Bar”.  She spoke with the owner, Mark DePasquale, about his phenomenal hair care products while getting a mini-mane makeover!  She also loved the cool rides parked out front, including the 2014 Audi RS 7.

One attendee summed the night up best: “Beautiful weather, beautiful people, wonderful party!”

To learn more about HudsonMOD, visit them on the web.

MAM Centennial Toast

The Montclair Art Museum started off the summer season in high style with their annual Wine Bar event hosting a Centennial Toast and Taste, brought to you in part by our friends at Aston Martin Summit | Short Hills!

The “Toast and Taste” was also a last-look opportunity for “Robert Smithson”, a groundbreaking show that focuses on Robert Smithson (1938-1973), a pioneer of earthworks and native son of New Jersey.

The event brought together the wonderful worlds of  art, wine, music, and friends together for the community.  Guests indulged on fine wines, liquors and beers from all over the world, including vineyards and companies right here in #HipNJ (like Jersey Beer Co.)!

Other #HipNJ businesses that participated were Elements Massage Montclair, that treated party-goers to a calming massage.  Amanti Vino mixed up their favorite cocktails and gave tips on spirit-tasting ideas. The Hunger Construction food truck was also on site, giving guests an opportunity to indulge in some late-night snacks!

#HipNJ’s Sam Selvaggio talked to MAM’s movers and shakers about this phenomenal evening, and be sure to watch our segment to learn more about this Garden State institution!