Food For Thought

Today Rosie serves a mixed stew of NJ food and dining information. Read about the NJ Wine & Food Festival at Crystal Springs and Dog-Gone Good Cuisine a cookbook for you and your four-legged friend.

NEW JERSEY WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL
Meet and mingle with chefs, winemakers and fellow wine aficionados, from Friday, March 28 through Sunday, March 30, at the Sixth Annual New Jersey Wine & Food Festival,  at Crystal Springs Resort, 1 Wild Turkey Way, Hamburg. Guest of honor is chef David Bouley and proceeds will benefit the James Beard Foundation. Events include the opening night gala with top chefs from around the U.S., a wine-cellar dinner with chef Bouley, the Grand Tasting, featuring 30 restaurants and more than 100 wines, as well as winemaker tastings and seminars.

On Saturday a Battle of the NJ Sous Chefs, with each preparing a dish to pair with a wine in a Top Chef-like challenge will be held with chef David Bouley, James Beard Foundation president Susan Ungaro and Eric Levin, senior editor of New Jersey Monthly, judging. Also on Saturday, Eat! Drink! Italy! restaurateur and Host of PBS’ Eat! Drink! Italy! Vic Rallo will demonstrate how to make wild boar ragu.

For information and tickets visit the event website. Resort reservations: 888-881-6991.
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DOG-GONE GOOD CUISINE: MORE HEALTHY, FAST, AND EASY RECIPES FOR YOU AND YOUR POOCH BY GAYLE PRUITT. PHOTOGRAPHS BY JOE GRISHAM

When I received this cookbook, I looked at the full-color pictures of the rescue dogs first as they were so adorable and sweet. Then I read the book and was impressed that you can cook a single recipe that both you and your dog can eat that is corn, sugar, soy, and gluten free. Dog-Gone Good Cuisine is human, canine and child friendly—a win win for all. Some recipes include: salmon Florentine, pears with raspberry sauce, cream of Cinderella pumpkin soup, curried-beef sliders and manicotti. There is a chapter on juicing for your dog as well as helpful cooking tips, equipment, herbs and spices that are safe for dogs, and a section on dog-only recipes.

Gayle Pruitt is a certified nutritionist and chef and photographer Joe Grisham owns a boutique photography studio specializing in animals, food and product advertising. A big tail wag for this one.

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CONGRATULATIONS TO:

A Four Diamond Award From AAA for both dining and accommodations has been awarded to The Bernards Inn, 27 Mine Brook Road, Bernardsville (908-766-0002). This is the18th consecutive year that the hotel and restaurant have earned this prestigious rating.
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