Belleville, NJ – Clara Maass Medical Center Foundation's signature fall event,
A Tasteful Experience, will be held on Monday, November 17, 2014, in partnership with Amanti Vino, 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 Experience has repeatedly showcased the best food and wine in New Jersey to large audiences of philanthropic and influential guests.
The evening features 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. Vendors participating in this year's event include Above Restaurant and Bar; Best Mozz; Costanera Cocina Peruana; Escape Montclair; Fiji Water; Fin Raw Bar and Kitchen; Fricassée; Gencarelli's Bakery; Kobrick Coffee; The Manor; Mesob; Miss Nicky's Gourmet Toffee; Nanina's in the Park; Pleasantdale Chateau; Salute Bistro; Scala del Nonna; Senorita's Mexican Grill; Sodexo; Toast; Toscania Trattoria; and Ward's Ice Cream.
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.
"We are excited to be able to showcase so many outstanding participants at this year's event," said Vicki Robinson, Vice President, Clara Maass Medical Center Foundation. "Guests should come hungry and expect to leave incredibly satisfied with not only some of the state's finest food and libation, but the knowledge of having contributed to such an important program. This event benefits the Child Life Program at CMMC, a program that significantly helps to reduce the fears and anxiety of our youngest patients when they are in the emergency department or an inpatient."
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.
This year's VIP Experience Sponsor is Northern New Jersey Anesthesia Associates. The Main Event Sponsors are Clara Maass Medical Staff; Kearny Federal Savings; New Jersey Cardiology Associates; Sandler O'Neill + Partners, L.P.; and Prismatic Development Corporation. The Culinary Experience Sponsors are Cerner Corporation; High Concrete Group; Hudson Construction; and PNC Bank. The Wine Experience Sponsors are M&T Bank; Sodexo Inc.; Job Haines Home; Rendina Healthcare Real Estate; Susan Hagen Morrison, MD; Torcon, Inc.; and Zanella Consulting.
To purchase tickets, visit www.claramaassfoundation.org or call 973-450-2251 for more information.
Clara Maass continues to set the standard for delivering quality care. In 2014, Clara Maass Medical Center has received the Mission: Lifeline® Bronze Receiving Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association for the treatment of patients who suffer severe heart attacks. It also received its sixth consecutive Grade "A" score in Hospital Safety by the Leapfrog Group, making it one of 204 hospitals in the entire nation to achieve an "A" in all five scores released from the nation's leading experts on patient safety. U.S. News & World Report ranked Clara Maass #18 in New Jersey and #39 in the New York Metro Area as a high-performing hospital in Diabetes & Endocrinology and Neurology & Neurosurgery for 2014-15. In 2013, Becker's Hospital Review named it one of "100 Hospitals with Great Heart Programs."
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 New Jersey Bariatric and Metabolic Institute at Clara Maass Medical 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 www.barnabashealth.org/claramaass
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