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For Immediate Release:
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Gretchen Johnson

Office of Public Relations
Fairleigh Dickinson University
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Outstanding Wine and Food Celebrated in the NJ Annual Wine & Food Classic

Madison, NJ (March 4, 2004) — For lovers of great wine and food, an exciting weekend is planned for the second annual New Jersey Annual Wine & Food Classic, on April 23 and 24, hosted by Fairleigh Dickinson University.

In addition to tastings and gourmet wine dinners, there are hands-on seminars and spirited discussions —all open to the public.

Wine and food enthusiasts will have the opportunity to experience great wines from around the world, participate in interactive wine and food seminars, and enjoy wine dinners that pair a variety of cuisines with an array of wines.

On Friday, April 23, there are five events. The Grand Tasting will feature more than 30 wineries from 11 viticultural areas from around the world as well as artisan cheeses and seasonal hors d’oeuvres. The program for the walk-around tasting outlines each country as well as the wines being offered.

A silent auction of hospitality delights is an added attraction of the Grand Tasting. Guests registered for the tasting will have access to a selection of wine, food, dining, and spa services. The Grand Tasting will be held in The Mansion at FDU’s College at Florham, Madison, NJ. The setting is the former Vanderbilt-Twombly estate, Florham.

On this same evening, there are four wine dinners in highly regarded New Jersey restaurants known for their commitment to great food and wine — Acqua Ristorante, Raritan, NJ, featuring the great wines of Italy from Banfi Vintners; Huntley Taverne, Summit, NJ, featuring boutique wines of the Napa Valley; The Dining Room at The Hilton Short Hills, Short Hills, NJ, featuring the wines of Ferrari Carano Winery; and The Bernards Inn, Bernardsville, NJ, featuring Burgundian wines of Joseph Drouhin.

Saturday, April 24, features seven specific seminars that range from “Australia Uncorked,” to “The Magic of Burgundy.” Each seminar explores a key trend in the world of fine wine and gourmet food. Participants can select more than one seminar and choose from a menu that includes great meritage blends of the world, wine and food pairing, wine glassware by Riedel Crystal, Italy’s wine regions, the magic of Burgundy, stress free entertaining, and "Great Mertiage Blends of the World." The seminars will be held at the Dolce Hamilton Park Conference Center, Park Avenue, Florham Park, NJ.

Proceeds from the New Jersey Annual Wine and Food Classic will benefit students through the Scholarship Fund of the International School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Specifics on each event, registration information and pricing is fully outlined on the event’s Web site, http://www.njwineandfood.com. Registration is now open and many events have limited seating. Call George Staikos, event coordinator, at (908) 284-4930 with questions.

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