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/

HudsonMOD Anniversary Party

HudsonMOD recently celebrated its second year anniversary with an exclusive, lavish event at Maritime Parc in Jersey City, and #HipNJ has your inside scoop!

#HipNJ’s Lisa Marie Latino attended this extravagant cocktail party, and chatted with representatives from luxe Garden State companies, such as Bacardi, Benzel-Busch, Ecru Lifestyle Beauty, Landarama, Inc., and of course, the brains behind HudsonMOD!

HudsonMOD publisher Shannon Steitz explained that: “Being born and raised in New Jersey, it never made any sense to me why some of the most affluent counties in the entire nation weren’t served by a true lifestyle publication of this caliber.”  Her mission is to give #HipNJ a magazine we deserve!

Guests noshed on a delicious display of imported cheeses, shrimp cocktail, and pulled pork; dessert was The Stuffed Cupcakes‘ new Tres Leche treat.  Open-bar cocktails were compliments of Bacardi, and specialty drinks included the “Melon Royal” (made with the new Grey Goose Le Melon and lemon-lime soda) and “Mango Fused” (made with Bacardi Mango Fushion with orange juice).  Bacardi’s field marketing manager, Andrea Lokshin, explained that getting her brand involved was a “no brainer”, because the clientele of Bacardi matches with HudsonMOD.

Attendees had the opportunity to sample amazing products from HudsonMOD’s sponsors.  JR Cigars brought a few of their favorite items, and Chanel gave the girls a makeup re-touch.

Lisa Marie’s fav exhibit was the Ecru Lifestyle Beauty “Express Bar”.  She spoke with the owner, Mark DePasquale, about his phenomenal hair care products while getting a mini-mane makeover!  She also loved the cool rides parked out front, including the 2014 Audi RS 7.

One attendee summed the night up best: “Beautiful weather, beautiful people, wonderful party!”

To learn more about HudsonMOD, visit them on the web.

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