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When it comes to farming nowadays, the right way isn’t always the easiest. Local fifth generation farmer Jim Vough knows this all too well. He is tasked with turning Sammis Farms in Vernon, NJ into a 100 percent organic farm that in 2013 will supply fresh produce to the restaurants of Crystal Springs Resort.
“It’s not easy to be organic around here, unless you really put a lot of effort into it,” said Vough. “Organic is not the norm. You’re growing naturally, transforming from traditional agriculture. It’s a little more intensive, but worth it.”
Crystal Springs’ Executive Sous Chef Florian Wehrli is excited to have the crops of Sammis Farms literally at his fingertips next year. “Vegetables don’t ship well,” according to Wehrli. “It will be so nice to get produce right from the farm. Not only is that convenient and cost-effective, but also better for our customers who will experience the freshest, highest quality food available.”
With organic gardening, Vough has to have the soil prepared ahead of time and spent the summer testing how various crops would grow. He dismisses any type of spray chemicals. “Gardening requires constant attention,” Vough explained. “You can’t just spray and walk away. We don’t want to harm local wildlife or affect the water supply.”
Vough is also adamant about “making plants happy.” For instance, he plans on mixing his own compost, brewing it into a tea and treating it as a liquid fertilizer. Hay will be used as mulch, corn plastic will battle weeds, and an organically-approved clay will deter insects. “The goal will be to grow super healthy plants that can defend themselves.”
These careful farming techniques will lay the foundation for nutritional and delectable gourmet meals created by Crystal Springs Resort chefs, and you will certainly taste the difference.
Slider-loving football fans across the nation favor beer on Super Bowl Sunday, leaving wine (the underdog) to those who prefer to watch the commercials and nibble on veggies. Sound stereotypical? It is. When it comes to pairing your favorite ‘Game Day’ eats and drinks, every team’s a winner.
Here are Sommelier Susanne Lerescu‘s wine pairings for traditional Super Bowl foods that can also be found on our resort menus:
Wagyu Sliders, Crystal Tavern
Zinfandel, a hearty and rustic wine, pairs nicely with these hearty sliders. Zinfandel is a mouth filling dry red with dark fruit flavors. Made in the traditional style, it can be thick and chewy. Susanne points out, “Zinfandel is famous for staining teeth, but not to worry, red matches both team colors.”
Honey Chipotle Wings, Kites
Malbec, a low-acid, soft and juicy wine, provides the perfect balance for spicy foods like wings. While most Malbecs are from Argentina, you can also find fine bottles from Bordeaux, where it originated, and Cahors, south of Bordeaux.
Warm Spinach and Artichoke Dip with Bread Bowl, Hawks Nest
From southern Rhone, White Rhone Blends are very complex and expressive wines, pairing with many different dishes. These wines are for people who like big wines, but not reds. A great Rhone blend is A.A. Badenhorst, from South Africa. It has Chenin Blanc, Roussane, Grenach Blanc, Viognier, Verdehio and Chardonnay. This particular wine has lots of everything; including good acidity to stand up to the cream based dip.
Enjoy the game.
The James Beard Foundation has invited Restaurant Latour to return to the Beard House in New York City on Thursday, September 22 at 7:00 PM, where Chef de Latour John Benjamin, Executive Chef Michael Weisshaupt and Executive Sous Chef Florian Wehrli will prepare a Rare Italian Wine Dinner for guests.
The menu, “dalla terra a un morso” or “a bite out of the earth”, features ingredients used in celebratory events all throughout Italy. Wine Director Robby Younes and Sommelier Susanne Lerescu will pair the evening’s Italian-inspired cuisine with rare Italian wines from our award-winning, 100,000+ bottle Wine Cellar.
Photos from the event will be shared on the Crystal Springs Resort Facebook page.
Our very own Executive Chef Michael Weisshaupt has been invited to the Hamptons to participate in this year’s James Beard Foundation’s Chefs & Champagne New York honoring JBF Award Winner Emeril Lagasse.
Chefs & Champagne New York, James Beard Foundation’s annual summer tasting party, takes place on Saturday, July 23, 2011 at Wolffer Estate Vineyard in Sagaponack, NY. Guests will enjoy flowing Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte, sensational culinary offerings from a select group of 30+ fine chefs from Greater New York and an exciting silent auction. Chef Michael will be amongst the likes of Daniel Boulud, a JBF award winner; and Marc Forgione, winner of Next Iron Chef and a featured chef at Crystal Springs Resort’s New Jersey Food and Wine Festival.
Chef Michael will serve up Barnegat Light Lobster with Lemon Ricotta and Micro-Sorrel, and if that didn’t excite your taste buds, check out the full menu here.
For reservations and more information, please contact the James Beard Foundation at (212) 627-2308.
According to the new 2011/12 Zagat Restaurant Survey, Restaurant Latour at Crystal Springs Resort achieved stellar ratings by scoring in the highest possible ranking across all categories. With a 27 in food, 26 in décor and 27 in service, Latour achieved the top ‘excellent to perfection’ distinction, by scoring within the top 5 points of the scale in all categories. Note, this survey covered 1,050 restaurants rated and reviewed by nearly 7,000 New Jersey diners.
The Zagat accolades continue with an exceptional narrative including “ …this ‘top table’ showcases the chef’s ‘incredible’ New American cuisine, prepared from locally sourced ingredients and complemented by an ‘amazing’, 7,000-label wine list; ‘white-glove’ service and an ‘unhurried’ pace enhance the ‘extraordinary’ mood…”
Happy almost Summer! I hope you have all been enjoying the gorgeous weather as much as we have here at the Resort. It has been a crazy month with the Food & Wine Festival, NY Jets visiting for the FORE! Jack & Jill Foundation Golf Outing, Memorial Day, the opening of the Chef’s Garden as a dining venue to the public and our recent purchase of Mountain Creek Resort (view full press release)!! We are extremely excited for all of the new changes and events going on. I have posted some pics below for everyone to check out. We are finalizing all the details for the 2nd Annual Beer Festival at Grand Cascades Lodge and it looks like we will be holding it August 13-15, 2010 with the big Beer Festival event happening on Saturday, August 14th. We are also thrilled to unveil our new website! We are still working on some kinks to get it just right but so far everyone seems to love it. Feel free to share any comments or feedback below!
Enjoy the photos and thanks for checking in! We will be posting the beer festival details very soon!
Have a good night!
I hope you have all thawed out from the brutal end of winter! Thankfully it looks like Spring weather is here to stay and you know what that means GOLF SEASON! Black Bear will officially open this Friday, March 19th!
In other news… tickets are now on sale for the New Jersey Food & Wine Festival! We are very excited for the schedule of events, great chefs & wineries participating and our Charity Partner – Share Our Strength! Check out the schedule of events and book your ticket today! Don’t forget tickets are only $95 until Friday March 19th and afterwards they go back to their regular price – $125. We will keep you updated as we receive additional information regarding Chef’s, wineries, etc!
Lastly – tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day! Don’t forget to swing by Crystal Tavern or Kites to celebrate and beat the crowds while enjoying traditional Irish fare, great drink specials and AWESOME entertainment!! http://crystalgolfresort.com/DiningWine/StPatricksDay.aspx
Happy Spring All!
We hope you are all enjoying this wintry surprise this morning as much as us! We are especially psyched to hit the slopes this weekend!!
We have been super busy getting ready for Valentine’s Day at the Resort and lots of new photo shoots too! We recently shot our IT Director in our 72,000 bottle Wine Cellar for an upcoming editorial in Biz Tech Magazine which should be an awesome article! We also just took some great new food shots from Chef Michael Weisshaupt of Restaurant Latour! Check em out below – but don’t blame us if you get hungry!