Clara Maass, A Tasteful Experience 2012 at Pleasantdale Chateau

I have nibbled and sipped my way through many tasting events, but the chefs at this year’s Tasteful Experience, the signature event benefiting Clara Maass Medical Center, provided a cornucopia of cuisine sure to impress the most seasoned food enthusiasts.  Inside the exclusive Pleasantdale Chateau, chefs, restaurateurs, mixologists, wine distributors, and very happy attendees mingled, while noshing the evening away for a good cause.

There were many outstanding tasting portions handed out over the course of the evening.  In my food-bloggerly opinion, top honors for culinary creations must go to Francesco Palmieri of The Orange Squirrel for his decadent lobster roll.   Francesco generously spooned swoon-inducing butter poached lobster, subtly infused with saffron and lauro (fresh bay leaves), atop toasted mini buns.

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A Night at the (Montclair Art) Museum


Friday night was a gorgeous night to be outside at the Montclair Art Museum. The event, sponsored by Amanti Vino, benifited programs and exhibitions at MAM, and brought out a lively and generous group of supporters.

Guests enjoyed a sampling of artisinal wines, canapes, and delicious made-to-order pizzas by Pizza Vita, fired up in ninety seconds using their portable custom wood-fire oven. Musical blends by Eugene Chrysler entertained, and a silent auction helped raise money for the cause. The galleries were also open for perusal, featuring modern and comtemporary art from private collections. 

 

 

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Tis the Season for Black Truffle

‘Tis the season for Black Truffle!   In proper seasonal fashion, the acclaimed Above Restaurant & Bar, will be hosting a decadent truffle dinner.

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