Hot From The Kettle: The New Jersey Food and Wine Festival

Francesco Palmieri, The Orange Squirrel

Over the weekend approximately 1050 people attended the Grand Tasting at the New Jersey Food and Wine Festival.

Some of the finest chefs from New Jersey and New York were in attendance serving creative fare, while chatting it up with guests, sipping wines and sampling each others dishes.

The playful, artistic and extraordinarily talented owner of The Orange Squirrel, Chef Francesco Palmieri, riffed on a NJ favorite, creating a shooter of Bufala Mozzarella with Marinara foam.

James Laird, of Serenade served over 800 plates of supremely executed Veal Carpaccio with Potato Gnocchi.

Ariane Duarte, CulinAriane

The always beautiful Ariane Duarte of CulinAriane, offered appetizing Crab Cakes with a Jalapeno Sauce that added just the right balance of heat and flavor. There was also outstanding Grilled Octopus Carpaccio from Chef Stephen Lewandowski of Tribeca Grill, and smoked Salmon prepared in an immersion circulator with caviar from Pluckemin Inn.

Did I mention the acrobats above the raw bar? Let it suffice to say that suggestive positions were not off the menu. Take a look inside the Crystal Springs Resort:

How about the wine? In addition to Hall, Hess and Bodega Norton, New Jersey winery, Hawks Haven, poured Quill, a very nice Bordeaux blend, (cab, cab franc, merlot) that retails at $35. Cava Winery, a local favorite, was also in attendance.
Desserts were created by such acclaimed restaurants as Montclair’s Blu, and Copeland in Morristown.

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    Go bebop, go.

  4. And “them” above is referring to women doing the hoochie coochie. I’ve actually started learning this dance myself–I got bored with salsa. It’s quite a work out.

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