#HipNJWeddings: The Park Savoy

#HipNJ is home to some of the best wedding locations and vendors in the world, and #HipNJWeddings will introduce you to the top contacts in the industry.

#HipNJ’s Peter Falzo was recently married at The Park Savoy Estate in Florham Park, and we chose this elegant location to say “I Do” to our newest series!

The Park Savoy recently underwent a multi-million dollar renovation and restoration, and the mansion is a superb blend of contemporary glam and timeless architecture.  Brides can perfect their look in the “Great Gatsby”-inspired bridal suite, while guests can mingle on the sweeping patio or by the cozy fireplaces. The rich decor- coupled with grounds’ lush, sweeping landscapes- provides newly married couples the quintessential storybook setting for their fairytale day!  (Click here to view their photo gallery).

Peter toured the historic venue and learned how The Park Savoy was originally an enclave for the upper echelon of the population.  (The mansion was even a speakeasy at one point!)

Peter also spoke with the three owners- long-time #HipNJ business partners Barry Maurillo, Joe Maurillo and Vito Cucci, of Nanina’s in the Park fame. Over some of the Chef’s notable selections, the foursome chatted about the various events that the mansion hosts (weddings, parties, or corporate functions for 400) and why they take pride in hosting #HipNJ citizens’ most special occasions.

Joe Maurillo also spoke about a charity he and his business partners support, the Cheer Me Up Foundation, a non-profit organization that aids underprivileged and ill children.

For more information on the Park Savoy Estate, visit their website or call (973)-377-7100.

New York Red Bulls

The 2014 FIFA World Cup may be over, but you can still catch some competitive, high-energy “fùtbol” action right here in #HipNJ!

Red Bull Arena in Harrison is home of the New York Red Bulls, one of Major League Soccer‘s premiere franchises.  Red Bull Arena has set the standard for other MLS venues across the country, and rivals as one of best around the world.

There isn’t a bad seat among the 25,000 that’s housed in this state-of-the-art facility. Red Bull Arena is also easily accessible for #HipNJ fans, via public transportation including the PATH Trains and NJ Transit to the Harrison Station

#HipNJ caught up with Melissa Brennan, Red Bulls Senior Director of Marketing Partnerships, and she talked about how the Red Bulls team with their sponsors- many of whom are major Garden State corporations- to give spectators an entertaining game-day experience.  

One of the Red Bulls’ key sponsors is Affinity Federal Credit Union, headquartered in Basking Ridge.  VP of Marketing & eCommerce, Jean-Albert Maisonneuve, spoke to #HipNJ about Affinity’s involvement in the Red Bull Fan Zone.  Affinity’s portion includes a fun photo booth, cool giveaways and an awesome virtual soccer game.  Other experiences in “The Zone” include a street team performing tricks, music and the Coors Light Cold Zone (a beer garden) for the older fans.  All of these elements provides an amazing atmosphere for fans of all ages.

For more on Affinity and to enter to win a VIP New York Red Bulls experience, visit their Facebook page.  Hurry, their contest ends July 18th!

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!

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