Lots of Locals at NJ Food & Wine Festival

From March 11 – 13, the upscale, four-season property, Crystal Springs Resort, in Hardystown and Vernon, NJ, will host the third annual New Jersey Food & Wine Festival. The three-day bacchanal will feature lavish dinners and copious elixirs of red, aged, and bubbly persuasions, and even a few cigars.

The weekend’s events will include dinners, tastings, and seminars featuring celebrity chefs and New Jersey natives such as Food Network’s newest Iron Chef Marc Forgione, Top Chef Season 7 Winner Kevin Sbraga, Top Chef All-stars contestant Angelo Sosa, Umberto Campos, Jr, owner of Lorena’s in Maplewood, Thomas Ciszak of Chakra in Paramus, Ariane Duarte of CulinAriane in Montclair, James Laird of Serenade in Chatham, and Franceso Palmieri of The Orange Squirrel.

Gary’s Wine & Marketplace is the only retail sponsor of the event and will be pouring some of Gary’s private label GF and Going Forward wines, plus a couple of others

Special guest will be Pino Luongo, signing his new book, “Dirty Dishes: A Restauranteur’s Story of Passion, Pain and Pasta.”

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Share Our Strength’s campaign to end childhood hunger in the United States by 2015.

Share Our Strength® is the leading national organization working to end childhood hunger in America. We weave together a net of community groups, activists and food programs to catch every at-risk child and make sure no kid in America grows up hungry. Visit www.strength.org and learn more about our goal of ending childhood hunger in America by 2015.

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  1. Next up, the medical marijuana tasting party. We’ll have sativa, and indica buds and fantastic hybrids.

    Get wasted on wine, get baked on weed. What’s the difference?

  2. New Jersey wines aren’t that bad. But they’re never a good value relative to their price, because of their limited production and distribution. That’s their real biggest problem. (We also don’t seem to attract so many free spenders to these wineries, whereas the vineyards of LI’s North Fork can do quite nicely off with their own not-so-hot own vintages thanks to the status-seeking suckers who infest the Hamptons.)

    There is, in fact, right near Crystal Springs a very good winery whose name escapes me, which is currently making wine with grapes purchased from elsewhere but has everal acres of its own on Rte 94 under cultivation. I can only wish them wekk.

  3. You’ve cited one study of the effects of marijuana smoking on people who already suffer from lung cancer, so that’s hardly relevant. And the other page of the summary you provide says this:

    “Recent studies… do appear to link smoking marijuana with lung cancer.”

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