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he 2012 Summit Wine and Food Festival celebrates its fourth year this September with celebrity chefs, sommeliers, winemakers and more, in one of the best festivals of its kind, and it’s right here in Summit! Chef demonstrations, wine expert seminars, wine tastings, a food and wine pairing dinner, seminars on mixology, cocktails, and spirits are all on the menu. Food Network and Bravo celebrity chefs will present several of the demonstrations and will prepare the food for the special dinner. Most events will take place at The Grand Summit Hotel but others will occur in several downtown Summit venues, including The Wine List of Summit, The Bombay Bistro restaurant, and other sites, all within easy walking distance of the hotel. Some of the featured chefs include Daisy Martinez from Daisy Cooks!, Craig Shelton from Skylark on the Hudson, Richard Sandoval from Pampano, Diane Hendericks from Dish with Diane, Douglas Rodriguez from Alma de Cuba, and more. Richard Sandoval and Diane Hendericks will do a demo together on pairing Latino and Anglo foods, using recipes from their new cookbook. If you detect a Latin influence, you are right! Saturday night’s special tasting in the ballroom will feature culinary delights with a Latin influence.

chefs will prepare dishes from around the world. Wines will accompany the foods. Saturday begins with a Wine Seminar with Alex Sotelo and Luis Robledo on “California’s Undiscovered Cult

Wines.” Then there’s a Cognac Seminar; a seminar on the Wines of Portugal; a culinary presentation; the renowned Summit Sommelier “Showdown” Luncheon, a wine and food pairing; Latin America’s Greatest Wines Seminar; Vodka and the Spirit of Mixology Seminar; Daisy Martinez’s Chef Demonstration; the “Latin Night Gala

Wine & Food Tasting;” and, the highlight of the day, the Festival’s VIP Gala Dinner, an elegant 6-course feast from notable chefs paired with the world’s finest wines. Sunday’s events will all be held in downtown Summit, at various locations. The first is a special event that children can enjoy as well as their parents - no wines here, of course! Held in downtown Summit, the event will feature special foods the whole family can enjoy, as well as fun foods that are healthy. A second similar event is planned for later in the day. “Say ‘Cheese,’” at The Wine List of Summit on Springfield Avenue, will focus on the many varieties, textures and flavors of cheese, along with non-alcoholic beers. The Bombay Bistro, located nearby, will host a special luncheon on Discovering the Flavors of India, where India’s varied cuisine will be paired with wines that will enhance the enjoyment of the foods. And finally, a seminar on Alcoholfree Mixology will show you how to make delicious “mocktails” that even children can enjoy. Prepared with fresh fruits and juices and sparkling waters, these drinks look as good as they taste. Ivan Ruiz, owner of The Wine List of Summit and founder of the Festival, said “We’re looking to involve more of the downtown stores and businesses in this year’s Festival. By encouraging the attendees to come downtown, the merchants can benefit from the many outof-town people who come for the Festival. And to ensure that even more people come, we’re hoping to partner with Living Social for the daytime events on Saturday and Sunday. Right now, it appears this year’s Festival will be the best ever!” To learn more about the Summit Wine and Food Festival, visit www.summitwineandfood. com or call 908-277-6565 for more information and tickets. See you at the Festival!

The weekend begins on Friday night with an International Gala Tasting, where the

SUMMER 2012 THE COLLECTION

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The Collection - June 2012 - Summer Edition  

A Collection of fine goods and services from Summit, New Providence and Berkeley Heights, New Jersey