Food and Wine Tasting on Nov. 3rd Features Culinary Showcase

16th Annual Taste of the Hills Sampling Event to Benefit VNA Adult Day Center

BASKING RIDGE, NJ (October 29, 2013) – Sip, savor and socialize at the 16th annual Taste of the Hills. The fundraising event will be held on Sunday, November 3, 2013 from 5:30–8:30 p.m. at Spring Brook Country Club in Morristown, NJ. Hosted by the Friends of the Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) of Somerset Hills, this year’s event honors the Basking Ridge Garden Club for their many years of partnership. Proceeds benefit the Adult Day Center of the VNA of Somerset Hills.

Blue Morel Executive Chef

Blue Morel Restaurant and Wine Bar Executive Chef Kevin Takafuji brings a sampling of the Morristown restaurant’s modern French and American cuisine to the Taste of the Hills event on Sunday, November 3rd at Spring Brook Country Club in Morristown. Proceeds benefit the Adult Day Center of the VNA of Somerset Hills.

Taste of the Hills boasts a line-up of the region’s finest food establishments serving samplings of specialty items and signature dishes. Renowned Morristown restaurant Blue Morel is pleased to join the list of participating exhibitors serving a seasonal soup. “Blue Morel Restaurant and Wine Bar at the Westin Governor Morris Hotel in Morristown is proud to partner with the Visiting Nurse Association of Somerset Hills,” said General Manager, Richard Ramos. “As a local, sustainable, farm to table restaurant, we believe that being sustainable starts with the community and giving back to the organizations in the area we call home. We would like to thank the Visiting Nurse Association for all that they do for the community.”

Caffe Anello Culinary Expert and Owner

Caffe Anello and Sogno Owner/Culinary Expert, John Vitale (left), will offer an entertaining demonstration making the restaurant’s signature dessert crepe at Taste of the Hills on Sunday, November 3rd at Spring Brook Country Club in Morristown. Proceeds benefit the Adult Day Center of the VNA of Somerset Hills.

Another event highlight featuring popular Westwood restaurant Caffé Anello and coffee shop Sogno, is a cooking demonstration showcasing their signature chocolate dessert crepe. It will be accompanied by a cup of their hand roasted coffee. Culinary expert, owner and Somerset County native, John Vitale is pleased to participate and feels strongly about the positive impact that the VNA services bring to people’s lives. As a child, John accompanied his father, a VNA hospice volunteer, on visits to patient homes. “Experiencing the difference a friendly visit made in the lives of dying patients was very touching to me growing up,” said John.

Additional exhibitors include local favorites such as Bernards Inn, Aoyama, Grain House, Country Picnic, Sublime, and Gary’s Wine and Marketplace. Guests can participate in a silent auction and basket raffle. The collection of merchandise and experiences donated by local vendors and individuals includes unique and popular items. Cocktail parties, an in-home paella party for 20 guests and a scenic plane ride join basket favorites including jewelry, dining certificates and home entertaining merchandise.
The proceeds from this fun evening will support the Adult Day Center of the VNA of Somerset Hills in Basking Ridge. The Center provides a caring and welcoming environment of customized supervision and socialization for the frail elderly or chronically disabled adult who may otherwise have to stay home alone or be prematurely placed in a long term care facility. It also provides support to family members and caregivers by allowing them the freedom to go to work, handle personal business or just relax while knowing their loved one is well cared for and safe.

Tickets for the event are $75 per person in advance and $85 at the door. For reservations and information, visit Register online now or call the event chair at 908-236-6632.

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