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Clara Maass Medical Center Foundation to Host Signature Event, “A Tasteful Experience,” An Evening of Sensational Food and Wine


A Tasteful Experience

Belleville, NJ—Clara Maass Medical Center Foundation’s signature fall event, A Tasteful Experience, will be held on Monday, November 18, 2013, at the Pleasantdale Chateau in West Orange, NJ. Funds raised at this year’s event will benefit the Medical Center’s Child Life Program which helps children and their families cope with illness and hospitalization.

In addition to the event supporting pediatric services that improve the quality of life for children in need of medical care, A Tasteful Experiencehas repeatedly showcased the best food and wine in New Jersey to large audiences of philanthropic and influential guests.

The evening features more than 40 of the area’s finest restaurants, caterers and purveyors of spirits who donate their time, talent and delicious product to benefit Clara Maass. Among the culinary delights will be Italian, French, Peruvian, Ethiopian, Mexican, and continental cuisines. Representing some of the finest wines will be CMMC Trustee, Sommelier and Proprietor of Amanti Vino in Montclair, Sharon Sevrens. Ms. Sevrens has been a loyal supporter of A Tasteful Experience since 2005, and brings a passion for hand-selected artisanal wines from around the world. In addition, Warwick Valley Winery & Distillery, New York’s wildly popular micro-distillery, will be a participant. The Distillery is co-owned by Jeremy Kidde, whose grandfather, John F. Kidde, was a hospital trustee and leader in the $2.8 million campaign in 1948 to relocate Newark’s Lutheran Memorial Hospital, build it in Belleville and rename it Clara Maass Hospital. David Bowler Wine, Michael Skurnik Wines, Polaner Selections, Rosenthal Wine Merchant, Sussex Wine & Spirits, T. Edward Wines, New Jersey Beer Co., Hunterdon Brewing Co. and Opici Family Bourbon Distributors will also be at this year’s Tasteful Experience.

NJ Monthly Top 25 Winners, CulinAriane and Fascino will be participating, as well as many other award winning restaurants, including: Osteria Giotto, Costanera Cocina Peruana, Café Matisse, Fin Raw Bar and Kitchen, Pleasantdale Chateau, Senorita’s Mexican Grill, Nanina’s in the Park, Strip House and Toscania Trattoria.

A Tasteful Experience

“We are delighted that there will be so many outstanding participants at this year’s event,” said Jane Newman Kessler, CFRE, Vice President, Clara Maass Medical Center Foundation. “Guests who attend this year’s event can expect an evening chock full of exceptional food and libation.”

Food and wine aficionados can attend the Main Event, beginning at 7 p.m. for $110. For the VIP Experience, guests can purchase a ticket for $200, which offers early admission at 6 p.m. and a luxury swag bag.

To purchase tickets, visit or call 973-450-2251 for more information.

Clara Maass Medical Center has won numerous awards and accolades. In 2013, Becker’s Hospital Review named it one of “100 Hospitals with Great Heart Programs.” It is ranked among the 50 Best Regional Hospitals in the New York Metro Area by U.S. News & World Report. In 2013, it also received its third consecutive Grade “A” score in Hospital Safety by the Leapfrog Group, along with a HealthGrades Patient Safety Excellence Award™. HealthGrades awarded Clara Maass an Emergency Medicine Excellence Award. Thomson Reuters named Clara Maass among the top 100 hospitals nationwide in 2012, one of only three hospitals in New Jersey to attain the distinction. In addition, Clara Maass won the Thomson Reuters Everest Award, one of 12 hospitals in the United States to do so. Clara Maass Medical Center was ranked as the second highest in New Jersey for hospital safety by Consumer Reports. It is ranked top in the state for the treatment of Congestive Heart Failure and Heart Attacks by the New Jersey State Department of Health and Senior Services.

Located in Belleville, NJ, Clara Maass Medical Center, a Barnabas Health facility, provides a complete continuum of care to residents of northern New Jersey. Clara Maass’ centers and services include The Health and Wellness Center, Nuclear Medicine, The Cancer Center at Clara Maass, Adult Cardiac Services including Diagnostic Services, Cardiac Catheterization, Elective and Emergency Angioplasty and Rehabilitation, The Pain Management Center, The Joint & Spine Institute, a Vascular Center, Same Day Surgery, The Wound Center at Clara Maass, The Center for Sleep Disorders, The Bariatric Surgery Center, Rehabilitation Services, The Eye Surgery Center, Maternity Services and Parent Education, as well as Pediatrics. For a physician referral or more information about Clara Maass, call 1-888-724-7123 or visit

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Date: October 21, 2013

Contact: Courtney Lynch
Manager, Communications and Marketing

Categories: Children's,Press Releases