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Melody Kettle


Individual Chefs' Table Tickets Available

Monday, June 2, 2014    
Gala Dinner Chefs' Table
The Manor 

     Can you take the heat? Grab a seat at the most exclusive table of the year -  the 2014 Montclair Food & Wine Festival Chefs’ Table! Tickets are now being sold, individually, for $300.  Seating is very limited. 
    What’s so special about the Chefs’ Table? More than you can imagine!  For one night only, Mitchell Altholz, Floyd Cardoz, Michael Carrino, Ryan Depersio, Ariane Duarte, and Francesco Palmieri will team up to create the most extraordinary dinner (see menu below) of the year! The Chefs' Table, located in the kitchen at The Manor, will give guests an on-the-line view of the culinary artistry, chef antics, intense plating instructions, and colorful demands for dishware (“I need my #*&%#$*@ bowl!”), while they create and plate!  
     Guests will have the opportunity to chat with each of the Gala Chefs’ and walk away with an exclusive swag bag containing charcuterie from Chef Michael Carrino, and other swanky items.   To top off the evening, Chefs’ Table attendees will pose with the Gala Chefs for an exclusive 8 x 10 photo, that will be signed by the Gala Chefs and delivered to your door!  All courses paired with wines by Sharon Sevrens of Amanti Vino. 

*If you have previously purchased general admission Gala Dinner tickets and wish to upgrade to the Chefs' Table, a refund of your original purchase will be processed upon request. 


Saturday, May 31
Montclair Art Museum
Grand Tasting Restaurants 

promo code: "2weeks" for 15% off 

Wines & Spirits by Gary's Wine & Marketplace 

100 Steps, Cranford, NJ 

Asalt & Buttery Bake Shop, Little Falls, NJ

A Toute Heure, Cranford, NJ 

Blue J Syrups, Bloomfield, NJ 

Brick Lane Curry House, Montclair, NJ 

Escape, Montclair, NJ 

Fin Raw Bar, Montclair, NJ

Fitzgerald's, Glen Ridge, NJ 

Fricassee, Montclair, NJ 

Halcyon Brasserie, Montclair,NJ

Java Love Coffee Roasters, Montclair, NJ 

Jersey Artisan Distilling, Fairfield, NJ 

Le Salbuen, Montclair, NJ 

Leaf Organic Vodka, NYC

Little Daisy Bake Shop, Montclair, NJ 

Mesob Ethiopian Restaurant, Montclair, NJ 

Mausam Indian Cuisine, Montclair, NJ 

Millie's Old World Meatballs & Pizza, Morristown, NJ 

Miss Nicky's Toffee, Montclair, NJ

Orange + Olive Caterers and Chef's Table, Jersey City, NJ 

Ruthies BBQ & Pizza, Montclair, NJ

Ryland Inn, Whitehouse Station, NJ 

Samba, Montclair, NJ 

Strip House, Livingston, NJ  

Tia's Food of Love, Montclair, NJ

The Pie Store, Montclair, NJ

Uncle Momo, Montclair, NJ 

Upstairs, Montclair, NJ 

Villalobos, Monclair, NJ 

The Wood Pit, Montclair, NJ 

Sunday, June 1
Seminar Series 
Commonwealth Club &
Designer Appliances 

Seminar Promo Codes: 

Latin Vegan Tapas 

"VeganVodka" to receive 25% off admission.

D'Artagnan Foie Gras with Ariane + Ariane
Enter code "foie" to receive 25% off admission.  

The Pasta Show with Lou + Laura
Enter code "sauced" to receive 25% off admission. 

NJ Aquaculture: Consider The Oyster & The Clam
Enter code "NJshell" for 25% off admission"

Full Seminar Descriptions Here

Monday, June 2
The Manor
Gala Dinner Menu

promo code: "insider14" for 15% off

Hors d'oeuvres
Chef Ariane Duarte
Prosciutto & Cheese Beignet
Maple BBQ Rabbit Loin Crostini
Zucchini Carrot Vadouvan Pancake with Raita

Jersey Corn Gazpacho with  Tomato Water
Signature Leaf Vodka Cocktail 
Riondo Prosecco NV

First Course
Chef Ryan DePersio
Tuna Rollatini with Yuzu-Sesame  
Crab-Stuffed Wagyu Beef Sphere with Meyer Lemon
Scallop Crudo, Almond, Chive, & Crispy Prosciutto
Abbazia di Novicella Kerner

Second Course
Chef Francesco Palmieri
Zucchini Blossom Pappardelle / Poached Truffled Duck Egg / Squash Primavera
Almondo Arneis Vigna Sparse 2013

Third Course
Chef Michael Carrino 
Red Snapper / Ginger Potatoes / Pickled Red Onion / Ramps
Wilde Farms Pinot Noir 2012

Fourth Course 
Chef Floyd Cardoz
Sweet Spiced Beef Short Ribs with Braised Greens
Eric Texier Brezeme 2012

Fifth Course 
Chef Mitchell Altholz with Chef Duane Hendershot  
Chocolate Trio: 
Dark Chocolate Pretzel Ice Cream Napoleon, 
Milk Chocolate Mousse Fruity Crisp, 
White Chocolate Cream Torte, Chocolate Sauce
Dessert Cocktail from Busted Barrel Rum & Blue J Syrups










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#MFWF14 Press Release via Diaz-Schloss

Melody Kettle


                                  Montclair Food & Wine Festival 2014


Saturday, May 31st - Monday, June 2nd


April 7, 2014 ... Montclair, NJ ... What's the latest from the Montclair Food + Wine Festival 2014? Founder and Executive Director Melody Kettle is pleased to announce that acclaimed Chef Floyd Cardoz of Battery Park City's North End Grill will be a participating chef. 


"New Jersey has wonderfully talented chefs," notes Chef Cardoz. "I am honored to live in New Jersey and thrilled to contribute to this significant culinary event."



Save the Date! Saturday, May 31st with a Grand Tasting at the Montclair Art Museum. Event tickets are $95 (general admission) from 7-9 pm. VIP tickets are offered at $120 (6 pm early admission). The museum's stunning galleries will be open to attendees for viewing. Approximately 30 restaurants from Montclair (and beyond) will be sampling choice bites. Gary's Wine & Marketplace (w/locations in Wayne, Madison, Bernardsville) will coordinate wines. 


"There's so much to look forward to this year! Many of our favorite local restaurants have returned and we're pleased to have select out-of-town participants, including Floyd Cardoz, D'Artagnan, The Ryland Inn and 100 Steps," enthuses Montclair Food + Wine founder Melody Kettle. "The Festival has curated a diverse cross-section of gastronomy; there's something for everyone. Whether it's oysters on a half shell, local BBQ, vegan, wines, craft beers and spirits, fine dining, grazing, or educational opportunities, we're very pleased with the growth of the program in year #2."  




The dynamic Ariane Daguin (D'Artagnan) will discuss the controversial subject of foie gras and Top Chef Ariane Duarte (CulinAriane) will create a custom D'Artagnan foie gras dish for guests to enjoy;


Moderated by New Jersey Monthly magazine Senior Editor Eric Levin

Four Oysters + Four Wines + One Clam + 3 Experts = A Schukin' Good Time!

With panelists Gef Flimlin (Marine Agent, Rutgers Cooperative Extension); Matt Gregg (Forty North Oyster Farm); renowned restaurateur Chris Cannon of the soon-to-open Jockey Hollow Bar & Kitchen (Morristown);   


Laura Schenone, James Beard award-winning author of "The Lost Ravioli Recipes of Hoboken" and "A Thousand Years Over a Hot Stove," teams up with "Gastomechanic" culinary mentor Lou Palma;


Latin Vegan Tapas demo and party will feature Sally Owen from SO Tasty Vegan while new sponsor LEAF Organic Vodka serves up custom craft cocktails. Hosted by Local Sponsor Designer Appliances (Upper Montclair).  

 For seminar tickets, click HERE.



The third and final day will feature a six-course Gala Dinner (6-9:30pm, $165 per person) at The Manor in West Orange. Sharon Sevrens, sommelier and proprietor of Amanti Vino in Montclair, will pair wines. "I'm thrilled to be involved once again," adds Sharon Sevrens. "Last year's event was a success on every level -- all events sold out and attendees overwhelmingly loved the food & wine pairings we created."


Participating chefs include: Mitchell Altholz (Highlawn Pavilion); Michael Carrino (Pig & Prince Gastrolounge & Restaurant); Ryan DePersio (Fascino); Ariane Duarte (CulinAriane); Francesco Palmieri (The Orange Squirrel) and Chef Cardoz. Plus a special dessert cocktail provided and created by Busted Barrel Rum and Blue J Syrups. 

Silver Sponsor: LEAF Organic Vodka 



THE CHEFS' TABLE is a new, super-exclusive, in-kitchen experience for eight!


Minimum offers, beginning at $5,000.00, will be considered.  

Montclair Food & Wine Festival, Inc. will close the auction at 10:00pm on May 15th.

Winning bidder will receive one voucher for a table of eight!



A 501(c)3, non-profit; 100% volunteer. Last year's event benefited St. Joseph's Children's Hospital and presented a $1,000 scholarship to Montclair High School senior Nyasha Johnson.  This year, a portion of the proceeds will fund the Montclair Food & Wine Festival Culinary Award and benefit St. Joseph's Children's Hospital. 


For Further Info:     

 diaz * schloss communications / 973.509.1912 


Announcing The Seminar Series 2014 and PROMO CODE

Melody Kettle

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The Montclair Food & Wine Festival is back for a second year and proud to announce the addition of the first Montclair Food & Wine Festival Seminar Series.  

The seminars will place at The Commonwealth Club (26 Northview Ave., Montclair), and at Designer Appliances (208 Bellevue Ave., Montclair) on Sunday, June 1, 2014.  The seminars will all offer food and drink  for thought (all seminar will feature a paired libation). Seminar topics include:

Foie Gras with Ariane Daguine and Ariane Duarte;

NJ Aquaculture: Consider the Oyster and the Clam;

The Pasta Show with Laura Schenone and Lou Palma,

and at Designer Appliances, Latin Vegan Tapas with Sally Owens of SO Tasty Vegan. 

Tickets are limited, and are now on sale through Eventbrite.   Use promo code "fastlearner" for 15% off admission to any seminar.  The code will expire on April 1, 2014 at 6 pm.

For detailed information visit the main page of our website or Eventbrite



Promo Code: "march14"

Melody Kettle

Enter promo code "march14" for 10% off VIP or general admission to the Grand Tasting on Saturday evening, June 1, 2014. 

Enter the same promo code, "march14" to receive 10% general admission to the Gala Dinner hosted at The Manor on Monday evening, June 2, 2014. 

Code will expire on March 31, 2014 at 11:55 pm.

Be sure to get your tickets early, both events sold out last year. Cheers! 

Diaz-Schloss Announces 2014 Montclair Food + Wine Festival

Melody Kettle


Montclair Food & Wine Festival 2014 Dates! 

Saturday, May 31st - Monday, June 2nd

 December 16, 2013 ... Montclair, NJ ... Last year's launch of the Montclair Food + Wine Festival was a tremendous success ... so this year, event organizers are turning up the heat by adding a third day -- (and air conditioning)!


The 2014 Festival kicks off Saturday, May 31st with a Grand Tasting at the Montclair Art Museum. The event is priced at $95 general admission, from 7-9 pm. VIP tickets will be offered at $120, with early admission at 6 pm. The stunning galleries will be open for guests for touring. Approximately 30 restaurants from Montclair (and beyond) will be sampling choice bites; details are still in development on specific participants. Gary's Wine & Marketplace, with locations in Wayne, Madison and Bernardsville, will coordinate wine.  Added bonus: all guests will receive a complimentary, take-home Montclair Food + Wine Festival Glass.


What's lined up for the second day of the festival, Sunday, June 1st? "Scintillating seminars," notes Montclair Food + Wine founder Melody Kettle. "We are creating a series of gastronomic seminars that go beyond simple wine and cheese pairing. From our perspective, it was important to develop a program that addresses current issues in our industry; something that attendees could sink their teeth (as well as their minds) into!"  


Four seminars will be hosted by Upper Montclair's Commonwealth Club, including: 


* NJ Aquaculture: Consider the Oyster & Clam with panelists Gef Flimlin,  Marine Agent from Rutgers Cooperative Extension; Matt Gregg of 40 North Oyster Farm and renowned restaurateur Chris Cannon of the soon-to-open Jockey Hollow in Morristown;   

* The Foie Gras Argument: Montclair Chef Ariane Duarte will serve a foie gras preparation; 

* Milk: Give It To Me Rawwith Jonathan White of Bobolink Dairy;

* The Iron Somm Competition, which will feature three rounds of secret ingredients sprung on our unsuspecting Iron Somm's: Sharon Sevrens of Montclair's Amanti Vino and Tim Cornine (third somm to be announced shortly). Each must pair the mystery ingredients with wines they have brought. Attendees will savor all the selections and a popular crowd vote will decide the winner;

* A fifth seminar, "Vegan Latin Tapas" with Sally Owens from SO Tasty Vegan will be held at Designer Appliances.  


Tickets for the seminars go on sale February 2014 and will range from $45 to $75.   


The third and final day of the festival, Monday, June 2nd, will feature a six-course Gala Dinner from 6-9:30 pm held at The Manor in West Orange. Sharon Sevrens, proprietor of Amanti Vino in Montclair, will pair wines for each course. Participating chefs include: Mitchell Altholz of Highlawn Pavilion; Michael Carrino of Pig & Prince Gastrolounge & Restaurant; Ryan DePersio of Fascino; Ariane Duarte of CulinAriane; Francesco Palmieri of The Orange Squirrel. Special guest chef to be announced.  $165 per person. 


Tickets are now on pre-sale for the Grand Tasting, Gala Dinner, and select seminars. Go to for more details. 


The Montclair Food + Wine Festival is a 501(c)3, non-profit and remains 100% volunteer.  Last year's event benefited St. Joseph's Children's Hospital, Partners for Health and presented a $1,000 scholarship to a worthy Montclair High School graduate.  This year, charities will include St. Joseph's Children's Hospital and the CULINARY CLUB at Montclair High.   

For further info:     

 diaz * schloss communications / 973.509.1912 


The New Montclair Food & Wine Festival Blog

Melody Kettle


Hope you like the new and improved Montclair Food & Wine Festival website! 

Here, you'll be able to buy tickets, get up to the minute updates including menu items, musical guests and participating restaurants.  If you watch carefully and read regularly, you'll see promo codes pop up every now and then, and also be able participate in ticket giveaways!

tay tuned for behind the scenes photos and all the delicious details!