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This year’s NJ Wine & Food Festival at Crystal Springs Resort was an amazing time, including the Wine Cellar Dinner with Guest of Honor Chef José Andrés, the five-course Top Chefs & Top Wines Dinner, a variety of exciting seminars, the spotlight Grand Tasting and a Roaring 1920s-themed after-party! Browse photo highlights of the event by clicking here, and watch some of our favorite moments in the video recap below!
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It’s just about that time – the always highly-anticipated NJ Wine & Food Festival is back again March 15-17 at the state’s premier culinary destination, Crystal Springs Resort. This must-see event is the ultimate celebration of the world’s best wines and top chefs from the Northeast, featuring Guest of Honor Chef José Andrés and benefiting the James Beard Foundation and World Central Kitchen. Don’t miss the opportunity to mingle with renowned restaurateurs and winemakers while you taste some of their signature creations.
From informative seminars, to the spectacular Grand Tasting, to a completely over-the-top after-party, experience last year’s festival in the video below.
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.
We brewed up a weekend of fun, food and beer for our guests at the 3rd Annual New Jersey Beer and Food Festival July 15th – 16th.
The weekend’s events kicked off on Friday with a Sam Adams ‘Meet the Brewer’ tasting seminar at Black Bear. Guests sampled four new styles of Sam Adams beer paired with assorted hors d’oeuvres. Sam Adams brewer, Bert Boyce, was onsite for a Q&A session. The Sam Adams Beer Dinner followed with a four course gourmet menu with beer pairings. At the end of the evening, one lucky guest took home a unique bottle of Sam Adams Utopias.
Saturday morning was a picture-perfect day for the ‘Brews and Birdies’ golf tournament, which combined two favorite universal past times – beer and golf. Golfers enjoyed 18-holes at Ballyowen or Wild Turkey and sampled a variety of craft beers along the golf course.
The Beer and Food Festival continued Saturday afternoon with a Beer Seminar and Tasting in The Chef’s Garden. Executive Chef Michael Weisshaupt and Top Chef Season 7 winner Kevin Sbraga prepared a delicious menu featuring Grilled Lamb Kabob, Smoked Turkey Reuben, Carmelized Onion Flatbread with Savory Peach Confit, Andouille Sliders with Garden Cucumbers and Cilantro, BLT “Chef’s Garden” and Wood Oven Roasted Apricots with Pomegranate Glaze. Beer pairings included Shiner Ruby Redbird, Sierra Nevada Summerfest, Blue Moon Honey Moon, Sam Adams Summer Ale, Beach Haus American Pilsner and Cricket Hill Jersey Summer Breakfast Ale.
Our signature Beer Festival took place on the 9th hole of Cascades Golf Course at Grand Cascades Lodge. The event featured over 100 varieties of beer from over 40 breweries. Guests received souvenir pint glasses and enjoyed unlimited beer sampling, delicious BBQ food and live music by North Jersey-based rock cover band, Likely Story.
For more photos of the 3rd Annual NJ Beer and Food Festival, visit our gallery on Facebook.
Save the date! Next year’s 4th Annual NJ Beer and Food Festival will take place June 22-23, 2012.
We had an amazing time at the 25th Annual Oktoberfest at Minerals Resort. Hundreds of people joined us to take advantage of authentic German cuisine prepared by our very own Chef Peter Case and staff. The weather was beautiful offering a picturesque setting on Minerals Field. It truly was the perfect day to spend with friends and family.
Thank you to everyone that spent the day with us. We can’t wait until next year! Until next time, enjoy two short montages from this year’s Oktoberfest below and don’t forget to find us on Facebook for more photos from the event. (Tag yourself in the photos if you’re in them!)
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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!