Team #HFTK Wins First Place in Montclair Fourth of July Parade

Three days of work, four hundred and twenty three feet of glitter garland, a whole bunch of crepe paper, and some stuffed pigs and chickens did the trick: Hot From The Kettle won first place for best float yesterday at Montclair's annual Fourth of July Parade.

Team #hftk, Mike Sondey, John Lee, Elizabeth Palmer Starnes, Mr. Hot, and myself, send a patriotic "congratulations" to all participants in the parade.  What a legendary day!

Photo Credit: Cristin Kettle-Sondey

Here are some great pics Fourth of July pics from John Lee!

Fourth of July Parade Montclair 2012 from Melody Kettle on Vimeo.

Tweet your parade pics @melodykettle or @johnleesandiego with hashtag #hftk.


Celebrity Chef Dinner Fights Childhood Obesity

Our local Top Chef,  Ariane Duarte, will be teaming up with  Chef Amanda Freitag from Food Networks’s CHOPPED, and Carla Hall from ABC’s The Chew, for an evening of food, wine, friends, and charity. 

Louie’s Kids, a  nonprofit dedicated to fighting childhood obesity, is introducing  a new athletic mentoring initiative, Run Buddies, to the NJ/NY area.  Founder of Louie’s Kids, Louis Yuhasz, explains, “We are the folks who find the fix that fits for any kid who needs us.”

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Time For A Tasteful Experience

It's time for A Tasteful Experience! The annual Clara Maass Medical Center Foundation's signature food event of the Fall will take place on on Monday, November 14, 2011.  The food-studded charity event will be hosted at one of New Jersey’s most beautiful and exclusive banquet facitilities, the Pleasantdale Chateau in West Orange.  If you've never been there, take the Hot From The Kettle video tour of the Chateau!

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So You Want To Be A Food & Wine Blogger Panel

Bloggable knowledge was exchanged last at night at  "Fuzzy" Furlong Fieldhouse where the Adult School of Montclair hosted a panel entitled, "So You Want To Be A Food & Wine Blogger."

The discussion was moderated by Karen Diaz-Schloss of DSC Communications. Panelists included Peter Conway of Mano a Vino, Rosalie Saferstein of Table Hoping With Rosie, Deb Smith of Jersey Bites, Sharla Blanz of Off The Vine, Sue Guerra from Gary's Wine & Marketplace, and myself.

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CulinAriane & Amanti Vino Wine Pairing Dinner

CulinAriane and Amanti Vino will be hosting another fabulous wine pairing dinner on Wednesday, October 26.  The dinner will feature  Italian wines from Sottimano Winery in Piedmont.

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