Montclair Food & Wine Festival 2013


Great news about the long-awaited Montclair Food & Wine Festival:  the exciting two-day event is now confirmed for May 4th and 5th, 2013 at the historic Woman’s Club of Upper Montclair. This landmark charitable festival will mark the inauguration of what is anticipated to be an annual event.

Ariane Duarte

A non-profit organization powered by a volunteer core that believes in giving back to the community, the Montclair Food & Wine Festival (MFWF) will be establishing a scholarship fund for a local student who exhibits merit and financial need to further their culinary education. The MFWF will also be donating a portion of the proceeds from the event to the St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital Center for Feeding and Swallowing and to the Partners in Health Foundation.

Ryan DePersio

Notes MFWF creator Melody Kettle, “Montclair has long been considered the ‘unofficial’ food capital of New Jersey, so we’re thrilled that lovers of food, wine and spirits from all over the state will be able to gather here for two days of exceptional food and wine tasting experiences.”

Zod Arifai

On the evening of May 4th, guests will gather for the Grand Tasting, where they will sample the culinary offerings of many of the state’s finest restaurants. Gary’s Wine & Marketplace (Bernardsville, Madison, Wayne) will be presenting wines from around the world and Halcyon’s Seafood Brasserie will be offering outstanding spirits.

Francesco Palmieri

Mitchell Altholz

On day two — May 5th, 2013 — guests will experience a tour-de-force of collaborative culinary wizardry: Michael Carrino of the soon-to-open Pig & Prince in Lackawanna Plaza; Ariane Duarte of CulinAriane; Ryan DePersio of Fascino, Bar Cara and NICO Kitchen + Bar; Mitchell Altholz of Highlawn Pavilion; Francesco Palmieri of the Orange Squirrel; and Zod Arifai of Blu, Next Door, and daryl, will all join forces on an extraordinary dinner for attendees. Montclair’s Amanti Vino will be pairing/coordinating the wines and proprietor Sharon Sevrens will give explanations on the particular wines paired.

Mike Carrino

“I chose to be involved in the Montclair Food & Wine Festival to provide a chef and restaurant owner’s perspective to the overall project,” says Michael Carrino, formerly of Passionné, and currently developing his new restaurant concept, Pig & Prince. “I hope that my input will assist in making this festival one of New Jersey’s premiere events highlighting what is already one of the elite dining scenes in the state. I am looking forward to working with all those involved to make this event a great success.”

Tickets are available for purchase through EventBrite! Make sure to take advantage of the Grand Tasting Early Purchase VIP ticket special!

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