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Cru vs. Brew 2015: Wine & Beer Throwdown w/ Skurnik Wines & Firestone Walker Brewery

October 22, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Wine or beer? Which will rule the evening? Guests will savor both and decide with their votes at Amanti Vino’shighly anticipated signature wine and beer pairing event, Cru vs. Brew 2015, on Thursday, Oct. 22nd at 7 p.m. at the Woman’s Club of Upper Montclair.
In the wine corner: Michael Skurnik of Michael Skurnik Wines, distributor and importer of fine estate-bottled wines from around the world. In the beer corner: Garrett Brown of Firestone Walker Brewery, presenting award-winning, limited-edition brews rarely available in New Jersey.
The competitors select pairings for each course of a spectacular dinner prepared by NJ’s most celebrated chefs. After each dish, guests will vote on the winning pairing and a champion will be crowned at the conclusion of the evening.
“We are thrilled to have Michael Skurnik and Garrett Brown competing for the title!” says Amanti Vino Proprietor Sharon Sevrens. “They are both extremely knowledgeable and have great palates. It’s going to be fierce!”
This year’s Cru vs. Brew is extra special as it doubles as a 10th anniversary celebration for Amanti Vino, Montclair’s premier wine, spirits & craft brew shop.
“We opened our doors on Oct. 21, 2005, almost 10 years to the day of this year’s Cru vs. Brew,” enthuses Sevrens. “We can’t think of a better way to culminate our year-long celebration than with our loyal customers’ hands-down favorite Amanti Vino event.”
Earlier this year, Amanti Vino held a nationwide competition to design wine labels for their first-ever, private label wine, Cuvée Rufus, which will be released next month.
Cru vs. Brew proceeds will once again benefit Intensive Therapeutics, which offers individual and group occupational therapy programs for children with special needs.
Delicious bites by this year’s featured chefs.
1st Course
Chili Rubbed Swordfish w/ Sweet Potato Crab Meat-Scallion, Tri-Citrus Beurre Blanc
Chef: Shawn Paul Dalziel, Laurel and Sage (Montclair)
Paired with Firestone Walker Bretta Weisse*
2nd Course
Homemade Pasta in Lamb Ragout w/Goat Cheese, Kalamata Olive, Basil Pesto
Chef: Ariane Duarte, Ariane Kitchen + Bar (Verona)
Paired with Firestone Walker DBA
3rd Course
Roasted Chicken Breast w/House-Made Smoked Cremini Mushroom Sausage, Mangalitsa Bacon, Brussels Sprouts, Kabocha Pumpkin, Whole Grain Mustard
Chef: Corey Heyer, The Bernard’s Inn (Bernardsville)
Paired with Firestone Walker Agrestic
4th Course
Meat Course details to come
Chef: James Laird, Restaurant Serenade (Chatham)
Paired with Firestone Walker Reginald Brett
Oatmeal Stout Cake, Milk Chocolate Cream, Dark Chocolate Oat Crumble, Preserved Sweet + Sour Cherries
Pastry Chef: John Sauchelli, Maritime Parc (Jersey City) and the soon-to-open BURG (Newark)
Paired with Firestone Walker Velvet Merlin
*Wine Selections TBD
What: Cru vs. Brew 2015
When: Thursday, October 22nd at 7 pm
Where: Woman’s Club of Upper Montclair, 200 Cooper Ave., Montclair, NJ
Cost: General Admission, $170 pp

For more information and to purchase tickets, call 973-509-9463 or click HERE

Celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2015, Amanti Vino is the sleekly designed wine, beer and specialty spirits shop located in downtown Montclair, NJ specializing in small production wines, beers and spirits from around the world at all price points. It also features a 30-person classroom for private events and wine education classes. Proprietor Sharon Sevrens is a former Wall Street exec-turned-sommelier. Amanti Vino is the only Approved Provider in New Jersey for the prestigious UK-based Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET) classes.


October 22, 2015
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Woman’s Club of Upper Montclair
200 Cooper Ave.
Montclair, NJ 07042 United States
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