New Additions to the Montclair Food & Wine Festival

The Montclair Food & Wine Festival 2015 kicks off Monday, with a variety of events over the course of the week. For our recent article about the Gala and Grand Tasting, click here.

The Kitchen Book Party & Bites
New to the festival’s itinerary is a book party—with bites! The event, held jointly at Tiny Elephant and Watchung Booksellers, which is adjacent to the café, takes place Thursday June 11, from 7 to 9 p.m. at 54 Fairfield Street in Montclair. Stars from the hit Food Network television show, The Kitchen—Sunny Anderson, Katie Lee, and Geoffrey Zakarian—will be at the event signing cookbooks and sharing sample food bites from their cookbooks prepared by Tiny Elephant.

To RSVP for ‘The Kitchen’ Book Party and Bites, email

Screen shot 2015-06-03 at 2.40.42 PMBourbon & Biergarten
If Thursday’s star-studded book event isn’t enough, Friday’s main event will be Bourbon & Biergarten, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Montclair Art Museum, at 3 South Mountain Ave, Montclair.

Melody Kettle, founder and president of the festival, said, “This event is a chance for people to spend time outdoors and have the best wines and beers.” Bourbon and Biergarten will feature more than 25 local restaurants and chefs. “I am really looking forward to doing this outdoors and seeing people socialize with their good friends and family,” said Kettle.

Kettle started the festival in 2013. “I am gratified and blown away to see how much the Montclair Food and Wine Festival is growing and becoming a big hit,” Kettle said. “The festival is my baby. I love watching it blossom into a success,” she said.

Montclair Art Museum photo courtesy of Melody Kettle.

Jersey Bites is an online media partner of the Montclair Food & Wine Festival.

Jessica Herring has lived in the Garden State her whole life. She attends Rutgers University and is majoring in Journalism and Media Studies. Jessica loves Italian cuisine and in her free time loves looking for the best pizza and pasta restaurants in New Jersey. Every year, she and her family get together for the holidays and cook homemade ravioli. It is a memorable tradition for her because she enjoys homemade pasta and spending quality time with her family. She also has a passion for cooking Jewish foods, such as matzo ball soup and latkes. At Rutgers, Jessica is a writer for The Daily Targum and has participated in the Dance Marathon and several 5k runs on campus.