Restaurant Passionne and Brooklyn Brewery Host Evening for Charity

by Melody Kettle

On Tuesday, March 15, 7-10 pm,  Restaurant Passionne, 77 Walnut Street, Montclair, along with Brooklyn Brewery will host a beer pairing dinner to benefit the World Cares Center (WCC), a relief outreach organization.

  WCC is a registered 501(c)(3) that fosters sustainable, locally led disaster preparedness, response, and recovery initiatives worldwide. Founded in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks, WCC is now working with all levels of emergency management nationwide and internationally to integrate communities and its members into disaster response plans.

      Since the earthquake that struck Haiti on January 12, 2010, WCC has expanded its operations to serve communities there, fulfilling a vital role in coordinating grassroots groups to work effectively with each other and with the international humanitarian community.  Additionally, WCC works with LAMP for Haiti, a non-profit organization that has roots in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York, collaborating on the ongoing disaster relief effort.

      Over the past several years, WCC has worked in New Jersey (NJ) in a multitude of ways. We started our relationship with the NJ Office of Emergency Management (OEM), by training members of the NJ State Police on leading and managing spontaneous unaffiliated community volunteers and how to integrate them effectively into official disaster response.  This led to additional trainings of NJ Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) members in various counties to manage and screen spontaneous volunteers in the event of an emergency.  Last year alone WCC trained about 300 New Jersey CERT members that will strengthen the overall emergency response effort should a disaster occur.  This year we will expand our Youth Train the Trainer Program to New Jersey, thanks to a grant from PSEG.  This 15 session workshop for teen-aged youth takes a comprehensive approach to teaching young leaders about emergency preparedness, prevention and response.  Once students have completed their training, they will plan and implement a community event, sharing the preparedness information learned to their entire community.

The cost is $65 per person for five courses and the beer is compliments of Brooklyn Brewery. All proceeds go to WCC. For menu, reservations and more information call us at 973-233-1006 or email us at

Hot From The Kettle got a peak at the menu.  Take a look . . .

First Course

Marinated Fluke sashimi, coconut and candied lime, pickled carrot and red onion

Brooklyn Sirachi Ace

 Second Course

Locally raised beef and duck meatloaf wrapped in house cured bacon, chestnut mezzaluna, ginger sage cream and chestnut demi glace

Brooklyn Pennant Ale

 Third Course

Pan seared Skate wing, Napa cabbage and broccoli rabe saute with ginger, Thai curry shellfish sauce

Brooklyn Blast

Fourth Course

Potato gnocchi with locally raised goat ragout, white beans and smoked andouille sausage

Brooklyn Brown Ale


Chocolate and tobacco semi freddo, espresso crema, almond coco biscotti

Brooklyn Black Opps