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I recently concluded the growing season of our garden with the help of the fifth grade class of The Willow School.  What an absolute pleasure!  They were very helpful in the planting of the garden during the spring.  The looks on their faces when they saw how everything had grown was awesome.  As we entered the herb garden one of the children said it felt like walking into a jungle.  The shiso, pineapple sage, and fennel were taller then the kids.  To hear them talk about the flavors as they tasted all the different herbs was priceless.  The fun we had diggin...
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As the summer evenings come to an end and the crisp autumn wind rolls in, it is hard to believe that we are entering the fourth autumn season since redesigning the Inn. My involvement with the Inn began as a patron more than two decades ago and what a pleasure it is has been to become the exclusive interior designer for the Inn. As President of Butlers of Far Hills, the Annex at Butlers of Far Hills, and the J. Butler Collection in Nantucket, MA, my involvement at the Inn has provided an opportunity to fuse my interests in design, entertaining and overall style. While designing for a venue of ...
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This week was my son’s 5th birthday and we had a small get together with some friends and family to celebrate. My wife who is 6 months pregnant and is in constant pursuit of our 19 month old, not to mention preschool, play dates, swim, library and all of the other activities that keep a young family busy, decided to bake the cake. A few days before the party we thought it maybe a good idea to see if Duane, the pastry chef at the Inn, could help us out with the cake as all of the other planning began to become a little much. I brought Duane a paper plate with the Diego theme and colors and aske...
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Recently I had the pleasure of hosting a luncheon with a small group of people from the trade with Dennis Cakebread as our special guest. We tasted through the lineup of the new release vintage of Cakebread wines including: Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay Napa, Chardonnay Reserve Carneros, Merlot, Cabernet, and Pinot Noir. All the wines showed incredibly well as they were paired with the Chef’s creation of food. A few details that Dennis brought to our attention were: They started making Cabernet in 1974, and in 1973 Cakebread was the most active winery in Napa Valley. They do all night harvesting...
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Coming from a large Italian family, I learned about hearty red wines at an early age.  My grandfather used to make it in his basement and my father had it with dinner on most nights.  He allowed us to taste from his glass once we became teenagers.  Sometimes my grandfather’s wine was smooth and rich with flavor but a lot of times it could have doubled as turpentine (of course my father drank it anyway).  This developed my taste buds for full bodied reds and ultimately,  California Cabernets. Terri Baldwin, Wine Director/Sommelier here at The Bernards Inn, recommended ...
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