The Schiff Natural Lands Trust, Inc., is a member-supported, community-based, non-profit organization dedicated to preserving open space, serving as a model of environmental stewardship, providing educational opportunities, and improving the ecological value of natural areas using best management practices. We maintain an active nature center and offer a variety of programs open to the public for environmental education, research and passive recreational activities consistent with the preservation of natural areas.
In the absence of an in person event, we hope to offer our guests a unique opportunity to taste an array of seasonal fresh and locally prepared menu items in a low-touch Take Out fashion followed by a Zoom party featuring our chef and partners, who will discuss their craft and the importance of eating local. We hope to cultivate new relationships with attendees while raising funds for Schiff. We thank all of our attendees in advance for a wonderful evening.
All of the fresh foods for the Fall Harvest Tasting Menu were curated within a comfortable drive of the Schiff Nature Preserve. With an abundance of local, family owned and operated farms, we are so pleased to present a menu leaning heavily seasonal vegetables and herbs graciously donated by Alstede Farms in Chester. Our "Fall Harvest Tasting Menu," created by Chef Paul Viggiano and his team at Monterey Fine Foods in Bernardsville, features a seasonal salad with fine cheese from south Jersey, a main dish of fall beef and sage cassoulet with tarbais beans, pulled Long Island duck leg confit, and veal reduction featuring beef sausage from River Bend Farm in Far Hills, and fresh vegetables and herbs provided by Alstede Farms in Chester, making for an unforgettable meal. Vegetarians may choose a French-style deep-dish quiche en croute. Beverage choices consist of lemon balm/mountain mint tea harvested right here in Mendham and donated by trustee Alan Weinstein or apple cider from Alstede Farms or a handcrafted beer donated by Wet Ticket Brewing in Rahway, NJ. Finally, many of the dishes served this evening will feature a soft or hard hint of Schiff's own maple syrup tapped, boiled, and processed right at Schiff Nature Preserve.
Chef Viggiano has been working with North Jersey restaurants for over 25 years. He has been featured on Food Network shows including Chopped and Chef Wanted, participated in the James Beard Foundation dinners, and served as a chef-owner of KC's Chiffafa House in Mendham, NJ where he twice received "Best New Restaurant in New Jersey" recognition from the New York Times.
Chef Viggiano is a partner in Spoon Fed Hospitality, a new culinary partnership as well as the Executive Chef at Monterey Fine Food in Bernardsville, NJ.