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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!

Cara’s Cucina: Grilled Peaches

Today on Cara’s CucinaCara Di Falco teaches us how to make Grilled Peaches!

“I don’t know if you’ve been eating those Jersey peaches this Summer…but they have been AMAZING,” Di Falco states in the recipe’s accompanying blog. “Super sweet and delicious – so I just had to incorporate them into a dish!”

Check out the recipe, which serves four, below!

Grilled Peaches

4 peaches
olive oil
whipped cream or ricotta or ice cream for serving
Fresh mint leaves, for serving

Watch the video above to learn how to make your own, and click here to see the official Cara’s Cucina recipe!

Buon Appetito!

EMPANADAS INVADE MENU AT WICH-ONE IN CLIFFSIDE PARK

EMPANADAS INVADE MENU AT WICH-ONE IN CLIFFSIDE PARK

Already known for their mix of Korean and Asian-inspired sandwiches (like the Korean Cheesesteak) and bowls, Wich-One in Cliffside Park has added some fun new menu items. Three empanadas have made their way onto the permanent menu, offering a great addition to any meal as a side dish or perfect as a bite on it’s own. There are two savory and one sweet option:

K Fiery Drunken Chicken: spicy Korean red pepper-braised chicken marinated in soju and mozzarella

Korea Nitas: pulled pork carnitas, sweet soy braised, onions and mozzarella

Asian Pear: Asian pear, custard; dusted with cinnamon sugar

“Customers have been asking for something to complement our existing menu”, says owner Marcello Chi, “Empanadas, like sandwiches and bowls, are a great vessel for our mix of Asian ingredients and flavors — they fit perfectly with our existing brand”.

Available for dine-in, takeout or delivery, Wich-One is open Monday thru Saturday. Catering empanada orders are also available by calling the store at (201) 840-8111.

For more information Click Here!