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Spanish Wine Dinner at Pleasantdale Château
Alex Berlingeri of Wine Sources to Host January 14th Dinner

WEST ORANGE, NJ – Thursday, December 10, 2009.

The Knowles family, owners of Pleasantdale Château, announced today a special “Spanish Wine Dinner” on Thursday, January 14, 2010 featuring a seasonally appropriate 5-course menu inspired by a portfolio of wines imported by Wine Sources, a distributor of fine wines located in Upper Saddle River, NJ. Alex Berlingeri, President of Wine Sources, will be on hand to discuss the wines and chosen food pairings.

This exclusive opportunity is limited to 70 guests, all of whom will be treated to thoughtful pairings of these Spanish wines to dishes that will feature Pan-Seared Róbalo, Seared Duck Breast, a Trio of Pork dishes and other items as well as herbs and vegetables from the on-site Farm at Pleasantdale Château conceived by Robert Albers, executive chef of the property.

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New Jersey Restaurateur Inducted into DiRoNA Hall of Fame
Kurt Knowles Joins Elite Group of North American Restaurateurs

WEST ORANGE, NJ – Wednesday, October 28, 2009.

Mayor John McKeon joined members of the West Orange Historical Preservation Commission and the Knowles family, owners of The Manor, Highlawn Pavilion and Pleasantdale Château on September 30 in a ceremony that designated the C.W. Nichols Estate and Pleasantdale Farm an official historic landmark.

A plaque on the lawn in front of Pleasantdale Château, the Normandy-inspired former estate of industrial magnate C.W. Nichols and current wedding and special events venue owned by the Knowles, was unveiled as part of the ceremony.

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Local Restaurateur Tapped as Trustee of the Charles Edison Fund
Wade Knowles to Assist in the Continuation of the Edison Legacy

WEST ORANGE, NJ – Wednesday, October 28, 2009.

Kurt Knowles, co-owner of The Manor and Highlawn Pavilion in West Orange and Ram’s Head Inn in Galloway, NJ will be inducted into DiRoNA’s (Distinguished Restaurants of North America) Hall of Fame at its annual conference in Dallas, Texas on October 27.

Knowles joins an elite group of restaurateurs that include Jean-Jacques Rachou (La Cote Basque, NYC), Robert Mondavi (Mondavi Wineries), Ruth Fertel (Ruth’s Chris Steak House), Drew Nieporent (Myriad Restaurant Group, NYC) and Paul Kovi (The Four Seasons, NYC).

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Pleasantdale Château Designated An Historic Landmark
Mayor McKeon Joins Knowles Family in Ceremony

WEST ORANGE – Wednesday, October 07, 2009.

Kurt Knowles, co-owner of The Manor and Highlawn Pavilion in West Orange and Ram’s Head Inn in Galloway, NJ will be inducted into DiRoNA’s (Distinguished Restaurants of North America) Hall of Fame at its annual conference in Dallas, Texas on October 27.

Knowles joins an elite group of restaurateurs that include Jean-Jacques Rachou (La Cote Basque, NYC), Robert Mondavi (Mondavi Wineries), Ruth Fertel (Ruth’s Chris Steak House), Drew Nieporent (Myriad Restaurant Group, NYC) and Paul Kovi (The Four Seasons, NYC).

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