In honor of the 10th Annual NJ Wine and Food Festival and the 10th anniversary of the ment’or organization, the two will be partnering to bring the world’s best chefs, wine and food offerings under one roof. As always, it will be held at Crystal Springs Resort in Hamburg, which has served as a premier culinary destination in New Jersey for years. The festival will take place May 4th through the 6th, featuring wine and spirits tastings, chef demos and appearances by Daniel Boulud of DANIEL and ment’or Chairman, as well as Thomas Keller known for The French Laundry and ment’or President.
This year, the NJ Wine and Food Festival will host the largest, most eclectic collection of chefs and winemakers to date, and tickets for the 2018 Festival are currently available and can be purchased through www.njwinefoodfest.com. Crystal Springs Resort reservations are also available for booking through 855-977- 6473.
Friday May 4
7pm: Champagne Reception — Guests meet the chefs while enjoying Krug Champagne and hors d’oeuvres from Restaurant Latour ($50, included in Wine Cellar dinner)
7:30pm: Wine Cellar Dinner with Chef Thomas Keller and Marc Perrin of Chateau de Beaucastel ($1,000 inclusive of accommodations, tax and gratuity)
8pm: Ment’or Anniversary Dinner featuring five talented chefs: Gavin Kaysen (Spoon and Stable, MN; James Beard Award nominee), Bryan Voltaggio, (VOLT, MD; Top Chef & Top Chef Masters), Robert Sulatycky (Captain of Team USA 2019), Justin Cogley (Aubergine, Carmel, CA), and Chef de Latour Martyna Krowicka ($295 plus tax & gratuity)
8pm: Chef’s Garden Dinner with Chef Anthony Bucco and Chef Michael White ($295 plus tax & gratuity)
Saturday May 5
8am: Chef & Winemaker Golf Tournament — Play 18 holes with chefs and winemakers (pricing to come)
8:30am & 10am: Sip, Stretch & Sparkle — Start the day with a yoga session and a glass of sparkling wine ($30)
10am : Doughnuts & Coffee – Doughnuts from Montclair Bread Co. paired with coffee from NJ’s own Coffee Afficionado ($25)
12pm – 3pm: Marketplace Lunch with local New Jersey wines and products served ($45)
12pm: Perfect Pizza Pairings — Build your own pizza! ($35)
1pm: Sake and Ramen featuring New Jersey’s own Ani Ramen ($40)
1pm: Rose Party — Kick off rose season with selections from around the world ($45)
2pm: 97 & Above — Taste highly rated wines – all 97 points or above in Wine Spectator and Wine Advocate ($75)
2pm: The Art of Charcuterie — Take a peek inside Crystal Springs’ charcuterie program ($45)
3pm: Krug Vertical Tasting — This unique tasting will highlight three recent vintages – 2002, 2003, 2004 and the current release of Krug Grande Cuvee ($95)
3pm: Where’s the Beef — Tastings of farm raised beef paired with the wines of Uruguay’s Bodega Garzon ($45)
4pm: Raising the Bar cocktail seminar ($45)
6:30 / 7pm – 10pm: The Grand Tasting is the Festival’s signature event featuring more than 200 wines from over 50 wineries and bites from 50 top restaurants ($150; VIP $250; VIP admission 6:30pm / General Admission 7pm)
- The VIP Experience: two floors of outstanding wines and spirits with tastings from Michelin-starred restaurants including Per Se, Daniel, Restaurant Latour and more.
- Restaurant participants from New Jersey and throughout the U.S.
- A wide range of wineries and Champagne houses from around the world
- Live entertainment by the thirty-two piece David Aaron Orchestra
Saturday May 5 (cont’d)
10pm – 1am: Meet the Chefs and Winemakers After Party with open bars, DJ, buffets and more ($150)
Sunday May 6
9am: Sport & Clay at Hudson Farm — Start the day off with clay shooting before enjoying dishes inspired by the cooking of Paul Bocuse. Live auction to benefit to ment’or (pricing to come)
10am – 1pm: Champagne Brunch — A lavish, decadent brunch buffet accompanied by Champagne ($50)
[Photos by Crystal Springs Resort]