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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!

New York Yankees Home Opener to Unveil Stadium’s New Dining Menu

In celebration of the upcoming baseball season and the New York Yankees home opener on Monday, April 2nd against the Tampa Bay Rays, #HipNJ is featuring the new menu offerings available to all fans at Yankee Stadium! In addition to improving creative ballpark favorites, the stadium continues to provide numerous social gathering spaces on all levels of the stadium for mingling and enjoying a few drinks.

Unique food and beverage options are developed for the purpose of enhancing the fan experience. Some interesting new options include Yankee Stadium Grand Slam Shakes, the vegan Beyond Sausage served on a pretzel roll from the Bareburger Stand, King’s Hawaiian Offerings featuring Kona BBQ Brisket Burnt Ends and Original Sweet Pineapple BBQ Kalua Pork Nachos and much more!

Social gathering locations remain the focus of stadium coordinators who have ensured that there is at least one on every level of the stadium. These include the Toyota Terrace overlooking the Yankee bullpen, the Budweiser Party Deck and the Kids Clubhouse. The newest of these spaces is the Blue Point Bleacher Bar that will be the exclusive distributer of NY Pinstripe Pilsner. Blue Point Brewery’s latest master creation, the NY Pinstripe Pilsner combines lime aroma with a crisp taste and is brewed with the Yankee fan in mind.

Anyone can enjoy the new offerings at Yankee stadium thanks to the teams continued effort to supply value-priced tickets for fans hoping to enjoy a game. Pinstripe passes will be available for purchase for just $15 and includes entry for standing room only and one drink (yes this include beer for guests 21 and over). $10 Grandstand level tickets are also available.

Be sure to book your tickets and satisfy your spring baseball fix!  Tickets may be purchased online at www.yankees.com