THE SECRET TEA ROOM is on a short summer break and will be returning Wednesday, August 28! New dates will be added to the calendar soon.

Craft Artisanal Spirits Tasting

Craft Artisanal Spirits Tasting and Food Pairing

Friday, February 19, 7 – 9:30 pm

Summit, NJ: American comedian, W.C. Fields once said, "Always carry a small flagon of whiskey in case of snakebite....and furthermore, always carry a small snake." Although we don't anticipate any snake bites at Reeves-Reed Arboretum on Friday, February 19, from 7 to 9:30 pm, the spirits will be flowing when Jersey Spirits Distilling Company, of Fairfield, NJ, will be on hand to offer a sampling of their artisanal products, perfectly paired with gourmet delicacies from E.V.O. Catering, at the next Put the 'Pub' in Public Garden series.

A tasting is a wonderful (and according to Fields, perhaps necessary) opportunity for good people to sample good spirits. One of only a handful of craft distilleries in New Jersey, Jersey Spirit Distilling Company, founded by John Granata and Susan Lord, has developed a custom still system creating small-batch products that are distinct, showcasing their unique process of in-house mashing, fermenting and distilling. Incorporating the spirit of New Jersey in all that they do is an essential focus for Jersey Spirits, as evident by the names and labels of their products (Barnegat White Whiskey, for example).

The tasting will not be limited to a single aged product, but will also offer samples of their Main Street Vodka, Boardwalk Light Amber Rum, and DSP7 Gin, as well as a special punch crafted for this event. And once again, the Arboretum will look to the expertise of E.V.O Delicacies, of Short Hills, headed by chef and owner Alex Gomes, to create a unique menu that will pair flavors to harmonize with the tastings.

Put the 'Pub' in Public Garden is a fundraiser for the Arboretum. Admission to the evening's flavorful festivities is $50 per person. Reservations are requested. Please call Doreen Schindler at 908-273-8787 x 1010, or to purchase your tickets. You may also sign up on line at RSVP by February 16.

About Reeves-Reed Arboretum: Celebrating over 40 years as an historic public garden, education resource, and non-profit conservancy, Reeves-Reed Arboretum engages, educates and enriches the public through horticulture and environmental education, and the care and utilization of the gardens and estate. Open 7 days a week from dawn till dusk, the Arboretum is listed on both the National and New Jersey State Historic Registers. Funding for RRA has been made possible in part by the NJ Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State, through a grant administered by the Union County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs, Dept. of Parks & Community Renewal.

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