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Spring is just days away and the anticipation has been building here at The Bernards Inn. It has been a long, difficult winter and while snow and ice repeatedly pounded the Northeast, we in the kitchen kept upbeat with visions of our garden and fresh greens “dancing in our heads.” In truth, we began planning our new Spring Menu six weeks ago and our culinary team is pleased to present our new menus. Creating a new menu is not an easy undertaking and it does not happen overnight.  In fact, planning our seasonal menus takes weeks if not months to accomplish.  To look out the window u...
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Opus One has earned a sterling reputation for being one of the best wines in the world, and it certainly is one of my favorites. I’ve tasted and served the wine to delighted guests at The Bernards Inn for several years now, but it was my visit to the winery itself in the Napa Valley that revealed how a wine of such superb quality is produced—with passion, knowledge and utmost care. It was a bright and crystal clear afternoon on the day of our visit to Opus One. The setting was so spectacular as we approached the winery and  it took my breath away. When you arrive, you immediately get the fee...
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If April is the “cruelest month,” then what would T.S. Eliot have to say about March? This is the time of year when we all yearn for warmer weather and the promise of spring. Overcome by cabin fever, we need to get out of the house.  As The Bernards Inn’s resident “Escape Artist,” I say, turn to the arts! Why not beat the Winter Blues by visiting some of the great local galleries and museums right here in Bernardsville—you’ve  gone out and  your escape is weather proof!   Start out on March 4th from  with an evening enjoying The BernARTsville Art Walk from 6 – 9 ...
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One of the joys of being a chef is creating food that stimulates people’s senses.  The first reaction is visual as the food is presented.  A veritable feast for the eyes! Second are the smells that drift up as  the aromas are experienced.  Then on to the first taste as the brain reacts to the flavors that are dancing across one’s taste buds.  Was the food cool and refreshing or rich and warming?  Finally, our bodies and mood become influenced by those sensations and hopefully, we as chefs, are able to influence people  in positive ways. Valentine’s Day is an...
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As the Thanksgiving holiday has concluded, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday have passed…let us offer a few more ways in which you might want to enjoy this holiday season. It is officially here on December 1st, forget about those other dates…the calendar marks the beginning of  the hustle and bustle of the Christmas, Hannukah and New Year’s holidays. Start a tradition in your family and join us for the Breakfast with Santa celebration throughout the month starting this Sunday!  Have a relaxing breakfast with all the sights, sounds and smells of the holiday season.  We’ll...
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