Talent Bios

Talent Bios

CELEBRITY CHEFS

Ina Garten:

During her live events, Ina Garten shares her natural approach to food; sharing tips, stories, and maybe even some recipes. Onstage, Ina Garten delivers a charming insider’s view of the world of the Barefoot Contessa and the pleasures of good food, cooked with love and passion. Onstage interview and Q&A moderated by Teresa Politano.
Her first book, The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook, was published in 1999 and was one of the best-selling cookbooks of the year. Ina Garten has since gone on to write several phenomenally success¬ful cookbooks, including Barefoot Contessa Parties!, Barefoot Contessa Family Style, Barefoot in Paris, Barefoot Contessa at Home, and Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics. Her book, Barefoot Contessa, How Easy is That?, was published in the fall of 2010 and became an instant bestseller. Garten has been a monthly columnist at House Beautiful and in prior years at Martha Stewart Living, and O, the Oprah magazine. Her latest book is Foolproof (Fall 2012). In 2002 Food Network approached Ina Garten to do a cooking show based on her cookbooks in which Ina Garten delivers a charming insider’s view of the world of the Bare¬foot Contessa and the pleasures of good food, cooked with love and intention. She lives in East Hampton, New York with her husband, Jeffrey.

Anne Burrell:

Join Anne Burrell for a live interactive cooking demo! Learn new recipes and kitchen secrets! You may even get a chance to try some of the chef’s specialties. With her trademark spiky blond hair and pumped‐up personality, Anne Burrell has worked at some of the top restaurants in New York, studied the culinary landscape and traditions of Italy, battled alongside Mario Batali as his sous chef on Food Network’s Iron Chef America and wrote a New York Times best‐selling cookbook, Cook Like a Rock Star. Her second book, Own Your Kitchen publishes this fall. Burrell puts top‐notch chefs through the ultimate job interview as they strive to land the Executive Chef position in Chef Wanted’s second season which premiered in January 2013. Anne also co‐hosts Worst Cooks in America, a prime‐time reality show where Anne leads a team of hopeless home cooks from around the country through culinary boot camp. The fourth season premiered in February 2013.

Joe Bastianich:

Red Bank Mayor, Pat Menna will cook against Chef Victor Rallo of public television’s Eat! Drink! Italy! in a pasta thrown down LIVE on stage while Joe Bastianich reprises his role from MasterChef as he judges the competition.“Living like an Italian means attaining that perfect balance of working hard and living well.” That’s the motto of Joe Bastianich, international restaurateur, winemaker, author, MasterChef judge, (both on MasterChef USA and MasterChef Italia) and triathlete. Joe Bastianich wears his deep knowledge of Italian food and wine lightly, and loves to share his experience and his stories with an audience. He started his journey toward becoming a Restaurant Man, the title of his New York Times bestselling memoir (May 2012), as a child. Joe’s extraordinary success in operating 25 restaurants, as well as his partnership in the world’s largest artisanal Italian food and wine marketplace Eataly, speaks to an enthusiasm for bringing fine food and wine to the public. His three vineyards in Italy are another facet of his story.

Victor Rallo:

Red Bank Mayor, Pat Menna will cook against Chef Victor Rallo of public television’s Eat! Drink! Italy! in a pasta thrown down LIVE on stage while Joe Bastianich reprises his role from MasterChef as he judges the competition. The successful, seasoned restauranteur and wine critic from New Jersey graduated from Villanova University and earned his JD from Seton Hall. Victor jumped directly from the world of law into the restaurant business. He now owns and operates Basil T’s Brewery and Italian Grill in Red Bank, and Undici Taverna Rustica in Rumson, both of which have received numerous awards for excellence in cuisine, service, and their extensive Italian wine lists. Victor is also an Italian wine expert and critic recognized for his exceptional palate and distinct personality. He’s also published two wine books, Napoleon Wasn’t Exiled and 21 Wines. Victor’s new television series called Eat! Drink! Italy! with Vic Rallo will premiere July 6, 2013 on public television. He visits Italy six to eight times per year to find inspiration for his restaurants, and to taste and write about the wines from every region of Italy. Victor lives in Fair Haven, New Jersey with his wife, three kids, three dogs, and a fully stocked wine cellar.

TASTE AND TALK™ SATURDAY

Carton Brewing:

Having decided they had something to contribute to the very exciting conversation going on in craft brewing, cousins Chris and Augie Carton teamed up with their favorite home brewer, Jesse Ferguson, and started Carton Brewing. In the seashore community where they were born and raised, the Carton boys found a turn-of-the-century red brick warehouse and adapted it to accommodate a state-of-the-art Newlands Systems 15 barrel brew house. With Jesse at its helm, 6 E. Washington Avenue was turned into an independent craft brewery and their hats were in the ring. Applying a passion for stimulating flavor to inspiration found all around them, they set about their goal: to make tasty beer in the place their tastes were formed.  http://www.CartonBrewing.com/

Lauren Davis:

A bartender at the Raines Law Room since it opened in 2009, Lauren is proud to work at one of the premier bars for classic cocktails in New York City. Her cocktails have been featured in Food Network Magazine and in Cosmopolitan Magazine. She was also featured as a bartender in GQ Magazine. She has presented at the Manhattan Cocktail Classic and has been involved with Tales of the Cocktail for the past two years. She is proudly a member of LUPEC (Ladies United for the Preservation of Endangered Cocktails). Lauren teaches cocktail classes at Raines Law Room, Astor Center and Haven’s Kitchen in New York City. To learn more, visit her blog at www.cocktailswithlauren.com

Destination Dogs:

Destination Dogs believe that food is the common bond that brings all cultures together, and that traveling is a gift that allows them the opportunity to share in this experience. It was through their travels that they discovered the rest of the world’s passion for food, in particular, encased meats, that mirrored their own. They strive to share these experiences with each customer that dines with them!  http://www.destinationdogs.com/

Forty North:

A trail blazing enterprise whose startup stands by a simple concept; the closer you are to your food, the fresher it will be. Strategically located in rural NY & NJ, their oysters are demanded by the area’s top restaurants and connoisseurs alike. Pristine water quality and ethical practices contribute to the consistency of their brand. “Matt Gregg is a band-booker-for-William-Morris-turned-oyster-farmer on Barnegat Bay. After graduating from the University of Rhode Island with a Bachelor’s Degree in Marine and Coastal Law / Aquaculture and Fisheries Science, [Forty North] have spent two years working through the required paperwork and state approvals to establish New Jersey’s first east coast oyster farm.” – Jersey Bites  http://www.fortynorthoysters.com/

Stefani Jackenthal:

Founder and president of NTS Wine Tasting LLC (a wine education and events company), wine instructor at 92Y in NYC and a wine & adventure travel journalist – specializing in active travel in wine regions, Stephani has a flair for paring wine and food. She has educated countless wine enthusiasts through her private, corporate and group wine tastings and wine dinners. Her articles featuring wine and wine country travel have appeared in The New York Times, Wine Enthusiast, Budget Travel, and beyond. She authored Wanderlust Wining ~ the outdoorsy oenophile’s wine country companion (Price World Publishing) and lives in NYC. www.stefjack.com

Jersey Artisan Distilling:

Born in 2010 when Brant Braue teamed up with Krista Haley when both were looking for a new challenge. Their product line focuses on the distillation of ultra-premium, hand crafted rum in the classic style, followed by vodka, gin, bourbon and whiskey. Jersey Artisan Distilling brings enjoyment back to liquor consumption by using classic distilling techniques and providing flavor and passion for the product to the consumer.www.jerseyartisandistilling.com/

Mayhem and Stout:

An artisan sandwich company that specializes in flavorful, fall-off-the-bone braised meats and creative, seasonally inspired house made condiments, relishes and spreads. What began as a weekend experiment, Mayhem & Stout has quickly grown to become one of New York City’s most sought-after sandwich shops. Mayhem & Stout opened its first weekend-only pop-up location in November 2011 at Brooklyn’s Dekalb Market. However, after only two weeks of part-time operation, word began to spread about the company’s meltingly tender meats and eclectic toppings and the shop name was earning press coverage from esteemed venues like NPR and Daily Candy. www.mayhemandstout.yolasite.com

Michael Krondl:

Chef, cooking teacher and food writer, Michael Krondl has authored several books, including Sweet Invention: A History of Dessert, The Taste of Conquest: The Rise and Fall of the Three Great Cities of Spice and a soon-to-be published History of the Donut. He has written on food and travel for numerous magazines including Saveur, Family Circle, Culture + Travel, American Health, and Condé Nast’s Traveler to name just a few. He lectures on food and history at the New York’s New School and the New York City College of Technology.  http://www.michaelkrondl.net/

Victor Rallo:

The successful, seasoned restauranteur and wine critic from New Jersey graduated from Villanova University and earned his JD from Seton Hall. Victor jumped directly from the world of law into the restaurant business. He now owns and operates Basil T’s Brewery and Italian Grill in Red Bank, and Undici Taverna Rustica in Rumson, both of which have received numerous awards for excellence in cuisine, service, and their extensive Italian wine lists. Victor is also an Italian wine expert and critic recognized for his exceptional palate and distinct personality. He’s also published two wine books, Napoleon Wasn’t Exiled and 21 Wines. Victor’s new television series called Eat! Drink! Italy! with Vic Rallo will premiere July 6, 2013 on public television. He visits Italy six to eight times per year to find inspiration for his restaurants, and to taste and write about the wines from every region of Italy. Victor lives in Fair Haven, New Jersey with his wife, three kids, three dogs, and a fully stocked wine cellar.

Rook:

Based in Monmouth County, NJ Rook is a visionary coffee company complete with multiple coffee bars, a roastery and an online business. Established in January 2010, Rook is the brainchild of entrepreneurs and co-founders Holly Migliaccio and Shawn Kingsley, childhood friends who left their big city corporate jobs to follow their shared passion for specialty coffee. Rook’s coffee bar experience involves exceptional product and over-the-top customer service. Using the finest quality organic coffees from all over the world, every cup of coffee is custom made to order.  http://www.rookcoffeeroasters.com/

Sugarush:

At just under three years old and on the cusp of creating it’s own event space, Sugarush is an award-winning cake/cupcake shop that specializes in custom cakes, cake pops, favors, candy buffets and custom cupcakes. As the home of NJ’s first cupcake bar, Sugarush offers endless possibilities to satisfy your sweet tooth. http://www.experiencesugarush.com/

Angel’s Envy Whiskey:

Created by Master Distiller Lincoln Henderson, Angel’s Envy is worth coveting. Aged up to 6 years in charred white oak barrels and finished in ruby port wine casks, Angel’s Envy is an artisan’s masterpiece unlike any other bourbon. http://www.angelsenvy.com/?/home

Papa’s Pilar Rum:

Rum is a spirit of noble beginnings and we have set out to do it justice. We strive to refine its complexity in the process by which our rum is crafted, from sourcing the finest liquids to aging and blending the final product. Precision doesn’t happen by accident. http://papaspilar.com/

TASTE AND TALK™ SUNDAY
A TASTE AND TOUR OF ITALIAN WINE (3-6PM)

Join us for an afternoon in the Taste and Talk™ Tent with seven of the best Italian wine producers from the Kobrand Corporation Tour, as you sample wines and learn about their vintages and vineyards. Moderated by Victor Rallo of Public Television’s Eat! Drink! Italy!

Speaker: Piero Incisa

Agricola Punica
• Barrua 2010
• Montessu 2011
Tenuta di Salviano
• Turlo 2010
• Orvieto 2012
• Solideo 2010
• Salviano di Salvinao 2011
Tenuta San Guido
• Sassicaia 2010
• Guidalberto 2011

Speaker: Roberto Pighin

Fernando Pighin & Figli
• Pinot Grigio 2012
• Savignon 2012
• Pinot Grigio Collio 2011

Speaker: Giovanna Moretti

Feudo Maccari
• Saia 2010
• Nero d’Avola 2011
• Grillo 2011
Tenuta Sette Ponti
• Oreno 2010
• Crognolo 2011
• Poggio al Lupo 2011

Speaker: Sandro Boscaini

Masi Agricola
• Campofiorin 2009
• Masianco 2012
• Costasera 2008
• Bonacosta 2011
• Campolongo 2003
• Mazzano 2003
• Brolo 2008
• Vaio 2006
• Riserva 2007
• Modello Rosso 2011
• Modello Bianco 2012
• Passo Doble 2001

Speaker: Alberto Chiarlo

Michele Chiarlo
• Nivole
• Barbera d’Asti Le Orme 2011
• Barolo Tortoniano 2008
• Barbaresco Reyna 2010
• Gavi Le Marne 2012
• Roero Arneis Le Madri 2012
• Barbera d’Asti La Court 2010
• Barolo Cerequio 2009
• Barolo Cannubi 2009

Speaker: Giovanni Folonari

Santa Martina
• Rosso di Toscana 2011
Spalletti
• Chianti 2011
Tenuta Campo al Mare
• Bolgheri 2011
• Vermentino 2012
Tenuta di Nozzole

• Chianti Classico Riserva 2010
• Villa Nozzole 2011
• Chianti Classico Riserva La Forra 2009
• Le Bruniche 2012
• Il Pareto 2010
Tenuta La Fuga
• Brunello di Montalcino 2008
Tenuta TorCalvano
• Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2010
Tenute del Cabreo
• Il Borgo 2010
• La Pietra 2011

Speaker: Emilia Nardi

Tenute Silvio Nardi
• Rosso di Montalcino 2011
• Brunello di Montalcino 2008
• Brunello di Montalcino Vigneto Manachiara 2007

FOOD TRUCKS

Coolhaus:

Architecturally inspired Coolhaus serves gourmet, made-to-order ice cream sandwiches from retro silver ice cream trucks. Ice cream flavors span the range from the classic, like Tahitian Vanilla Bean, to the adventurous—such as Brown Butter Candied Bacon, Fried Chicken & Waffles, and Spicy Pineapple & Cilantro sorbet. Cookies come in twelve different varieties; gluten-free and vegan options are also available. Not only are each of the sammies built by hand, they’re also served in zero-waste edible wrappers. Ingredients are always all-natural and hormone-free; when you bite into a Coolhaus treat, you’re doing something good for Mother Nature AND your sweet tooth! www.eatcoolhaus.com

Hunger Construction

HC prides itself on not hauling any bread. Instead, they’re known as the baked potato guys. Using the largest baking potatoes available, HC creates Cement Mixers – hollowed out spuds stuffed full of over a dozen different options. Other avenues include loaded potato pancakes, salads, and soups. Based out of Montclair, they cater to all of North and Central Jersey. www.hungerconstruction.com

Mayhem & Stout

An artisan sandwich company that specializes in flavorful, fall-off-the-bone braised meats and creative, seasonally inspired house made condiments, relishes and spreads. What began as a weekend experiment, Mayhem & Stout has quickly grown to become one of New York City’s most sought-after sandwich shops. Mayhem & Stout opened its first weekend-only pop-up location in November 2011 at Brooklyn’s Dekalb Market. However, after only two weeks of part-time operation, word began to spread about the company’s meltingly tender meats and eclectic toppings and the shop name was earning press coverage from esteemed venues like NPR and Daily Candy. www.mayhemandstout.yolasite.com

Oink and Moo

This BBQ truck has been serving up brisket sliders and other BBQ fare all over NJ. The truck, equipped with a Cookshack smoker attracts customers with the smell of hickory smoked ribs everywhere it goes. Whether it’s the chipotle chicken tacos or the award winning chili, if you love BBQ then Oink and Moo BBQ is the truck for you.” http://www.oinkandmoobbq.com

Freezy Freeze

Freezy Freeze is a Red Bank based food truck specializing in liquid nitrogen ice cream. Using the powers of super coldness and all natural ingredients, they create rich delicious ice cream to order right before your eyes. With a long list of toppings, the flavor possibilities are endless. But no…it doesn’t stop there! They make mildly addictive cold-brewed iced coffee and freshly squeezed lemonade too. It’s science! It’s delicious! It’s Sci-licious?

MUSIC ON THE PATIO

Liv Devine:

23-year-old country singer/songwriter/recording artist on Sunny Road Records. In an effort to meet the Herculean task of breaking into the competitive “Nashville Country Market”, Liv has aligned herself with track record entertainment industry veterans and recorded her EP in Nashville at Blackbird Studios. Liv’s EP was produced by Grammy Award winning producer, Obie O’Brien (music producer and engineer of the Bon Jovi camp) along with Grammy Award winning songwriters.
Saturday on the Patio! http://www.livdevine.com/fr_home.cfm

After the Reign:

After the Reign: New Jersey’s premier country band has had a whirlwind schedule since last year’s cd release of Hillbilly Clubhouse. Playing all over the east coast they have opened for such national acts as Tim McGraw, Lady Antebellum, Sara Evans, Rodney Atkins, Sawyer Brown and Josh Thompson to name just a few. They play over 60 shows a year and in between all that they have still managed to find time to write and record new material for their sophomore release Almost Famous due out this summer. After The Reign is truly maximum country music.
Saturday on the Patio! http://www.afterthereign.net/

StarFish:

Kids and parents alike – get ready to ROCK! StarFish is changing the face of family-friendly entertainment and making the young – and young at heart – sing, dance, and play air guitar. This 5-piece band electrifies kids’ music and gives parents the opportunity to share a real rock concert experience with their children. StarFish gives kids’ music a classic rock makeover with their lively songs, “Stop, Drop and Rock and Roll,” “Air Guitar,” and “The StarFish Stomp.” “Looking for a true rock band with talented musicians and lyrics made for kids? You’ll find it in StarFish!” – Laurie Berkner, The Laurie Berkner Band
Sunday on the Patio! http://www.starfishrocks.com/

FILMS

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory(1971)

Saturday, September 8, 10am
You have a Golden Ticket! Join Charlie Bucket and four other lucky ticketholders on a tour of the greatest candy factory in the world escorted by the candy man himself, Willy Wonka. The classic film of every child’s dream day out.
Starring Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson – Rating: G

Sideways(2004)

Sunday, September 8, 12:30pm
Two men reaching middle age and harboring all of the inherent questions that arise, embark on a week long road trip through California’s wine country, just as one is about to take a trip down the aisle.
Starring Paul Giamatti, Thomas Haden Church, Virginia Madsen – Rating: R
(Film schedule is subject to change)