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!

#TBT: Supporting Golden Glove Event & Breast Cancer Research

#HipNJ’s Gina Cerniglia attended the Golden Glove event where fighter duke it out for a great cause.

#JamesGandolifini had also supported this wonderful charity and Gina goes behind the scenes to chat with employee from IBEW Local 164, Keith Misciagna (former councilmen) about their signature charity, Project Grandma and Breast Cancer Research

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers sought to obtain an improved way of life for electrical linesmen whose death rate was one of every two hired. Without apprenticeship programs and safety standards, pioneering linesmen and electricians risked their lives for a mere 15 to 20 cents an hour. Founded in 1901, in Paramus, NJ, Local 164 remains dedicated to the IBEW’s original objective and programs to make life better for its members and those around them.

Gina was lucky enough to speak with the one and only Heart of a Champion Award Recipient, martial arts trainer & breast cancer survivor, Danielle Lenardo. She tells #HipNJ about her prestigious award & gives her advice for those fighting this cancer.

For more information on IBEW Local 164 visit www.ibew164.org/

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