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.

Giuliana Rancic & Fab-U-Wish

One of the most difficult situations a woman can face is the diagnosis of breast or ovarian cancer.   E! Network‘s Giuliana Rancic, a breast cancer survivor, recently visited #HipNJ to help inspire women in their own cancer fight.

#HipNJ‘s Kelly Dillon chatted with Giuliana at Westfield Garden State Plaza‘s Fab-U-Wishes Do Come True “Pink Party”.  The event featured a runway show with the latest trends from Vince CamutoC WonderRobin’s JeanNordstrom, and Karen Millen, with makeup by Kiko Milano. Attendees also were treated to cocktails, raffles, and a special giveaway to grant the wishes of two breast cancer survivors, treating them each to a personalized New York City excursion.

Through Bright Pink’s Fab-U-Wish collaboration with Giuliana, cancer survivors have the opportunity to be treated like an A-list Hollywood star.  Using Giuliana’s insider connections, Fab-U-Wishers can dine with their favorite celebrity, get a glam makeover, or walk down the red carpet!

“I’m grateful to be where I am today – a new mother, feeling strong and healthy, and in a position to help other women now going through what I did,” Giuliana explains. “Along with my friend Lindsay Avner and the team at Bright Pink, I hope to pay it forward and become a “fairy godmother” to other women by establishing Fab-U-Wish. I sure know firsthand that a little bit of fabulous can go a long way to keep you feeling bright during some of the darkest days.”

If you can Fab-U-Wish for it, Bright Pink and Giuliana could make your dreams come true.   On the wishes they’ve granted and how to submit yourself or your loved one, visit their website.

A little bit of “Fab-U” can go a long way to kick cancer’s butt for good!

6th Annual Crystal Springs Wine & Food Festival

The world’s top winemakers and chefs recently assembled in Sussex County, New Jersey at the wildly popular Crystal Springs Resort Wine and Food Festival!

The festival featured some of the world’s best wine and winemakers, while also embracing talented chefs on the local and national level. Funds were raised to support the James Beard Foundation to provide educational programs to inspire America’s diverse culinary heritage.

#HipNJ’s Lisa Marie Latino wined and dined with Michelin Star Chef David Bouley, who was the event’s Guest of Honor and wowed patrons with his savory dishes.  We also chatted with Featured Winemaker Axel Heinz of Tenuta dell’Ornellaia; Jersey native Chef David Santos; #NJWFF founder Robby Younes, and many more!

Amazing drinks, sensational food, breathtaking visuals, great vibes…this festival summed up the Garden State in a nutshell!

 

Cheers!

Peter’s of Millburn Hosts Chef Ryan DePersio

Two powerhouses of the New Jersey restaurant scene joined forces in this latest edition of #HipNJ!

#HipNJ’s own Peter Falzo, of Peter’s of Millburn, invited Chef Ryan DePersio for their “Guest Chef Night”. DePersio is the owner of the Zagat rated Fascino of Montclair, the Executive Chef of Jersey City’s Battello, and runs Nico Kitchen + Bar at NJPAC in Newark (whew!)  He took time out of his busy schedule to treat Peter’s patrons with a delectable, 5-course “Italian without Boarders” specialty meal.

DePersio, who has appeared on “The Today Show” and “Chopped”, gave #HipNJ a taste of how he became the critically acclaimed master chef that he is today. Although he comes from a traditional Italian family and his food is considered fine Italian cuisine, DePersio’s professional experience in the kitchen is deep-rooted in a French background. The idea of “Italian without Boarders” came about by intertwining a French technique to Italian cuisine.

For guest chef night at Peter’s, DePersio featured some of his prime specialties such as his ricotta gnocchi (nicknamed “pillows of heaven”) and bone marrow brioche steak. From the way DePersio passionately describes the preparation and ingredients that go into creating these specialty dishes, it’s no wonder his restaurant has been named one of the Top 10 Classic Restaurants in New Jersey.

Bon Appétit!