thanksgiving wine pairings

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

Don’t know which wine to select for Thanksgiving dinner? Our local experts share their go-to pairings so there’s nothing to “wine” about come turkey day.



By Linda Arntzenius

He was America’s most eligible bachelor. She was an ambassador’s daughter born to privilege. Tall, slim and boyishly handsome, he swept her off her feet and into the clouds. Literally. Before long they were flying together, exploring together. They were golden and the tabloids couldn’t get enough of them. But when tragedy struck and the paparazzi became an intrusive burden on their personal lives, they fled to Europe in search of peace. It was bad timing to say the least. Europe in the 1930s was readying for war. Almost inevitably, the expert aviator was drawn into a mire from which he would never fully emerge.

Anne Morrow met Charles Lindbergh just seven months after the young aviator had landed at Le Bourget airfield near Paris at the end of his astonishing 1927 non-stop solo flight across the Atlantic. He was the most famous person on the planet, the first modern superstar, an overnight celebrity welcomed into the most exalted of circles. She was a top Smith College student visiting her parents in Mexico, where her father, Dwight Whitney Morrow, a former partner at J.P. Morgan & Co., was U.S. Ambassador. Lindbergh was on a goodwill tour. more


Photography by Thomas Robert Clarke

For this year’s Holiday Chef Series, Urban Agenda Magazine wanted to spotlight the 
Executive Chefs from some of New Jersey’s best-known country clubs and golf clubs. Synonymous with fine dining and a rich heritage of championship golf, these chefs are used to cooking for weddings, special events, and momentous holiday 

Each chef has provided a sample of the holiday menu offerings at a particular club. Thoughtfully prepared and perfected for the season, these menus are cause for celebration.



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By Ellen Gilbert

Images courtesy of the Department of African American Studies, Princeton University

“It’s about concentric circles radiating out,” Glaude says of the Center for African American Studies logo that will continue to be used to symbolize the new department. “It’s the opposite of being a ghettoized silo.”

The newly created Department of African American Studies at Princeton University must surely be one of the most compelling examples of the expression, “to cast a wide net.”

Formerly called the Center for African American Studies, the department asks its undergraduate majors to “think carefully about the complex interplay between political, economic, and cultural forces shaping the historic achievements and struggles of African-descended people in the United States and their relationship to others around the world.”

“Princeton’s outstanding faculty members in African American studies address cultural, social and political issues of urgent importance to our students, our nation and the world,” Princeton University President Christopher L. Eisgruber observed when the Center’s new departmental status was announced last May. “By approving the establishment of a new Department of African American Studies, the trustees and the faculty of the University have provided Princeton’s students with new opportunities for learning, and they have deepened our commitment to support scholarship of the highest quality in this vibrant field.” more

Ursula von Rydingsvard

By Ilene Dube

Ursula von Rydingsvard’s copper sculpture serves as a welcome beacon to a building designed by Billie Tsien and Tod Williams.

Not surprisingly, the Bushwick studio of Ursula von Rydingsvard is redolent of cedar, the sculptor’s medium of choice. For more than 30 years von Rydingsvard has kept a studio in Brooklyn where she incises monumental cedar forms using a hand-wielded chainsaw. Surrounded by other low brick and concrete industrial buildings painted with graffiti art, this one has leafy vines growing up its front. Wearing black pants and turtleneck on a 90-degree day, von Rydingsvard—with spiky boy-cut hair—looks a bit like Laurie Anderson.

There is no air conditioning in the office or studio—at least it doesn’t feel that way—and the 73-year-old runs up and down a flight of steel stairs all day, as well as climbing ladders to look inside her sculpture. No need to go to a gym or sauna at the end of a day like this.

All around us are the 4-by-4-inch cedar beams the sculptor works with. I am invited to climb a ladder and look into the abyss of one of von Rydingsvard’s forms. Though abstract, the shapes are like vessels and suggest primitive dwellings, reminiscent of the barrack-like refugee camps she lived in as a child. more


By Anne Levin

Houses of worship figure prominently in Princeton’s history. The town and its environs are home to a sizable share of churches, a Quaker meetinghouse, and a synagogue, each with its own individual lineage. Some, like Stony Brook Friends Meetinghouse, stretch back to the early 18th century. On the younger end is All Saints Church, which began life in 1960.

As the winter holidays approach, we take a chronological look at some of Princeton’s longest-standing places to pray. A few are architectural landmarks. Others are housed in less distinctive buildings. But each has a history worthy of re-examination and recognition.

Engraved stones help tell the history of Stony Brook Friends Meetinghouse on Quaker Road. Situated in front of the building, they indicate it was built in 1726 and reconstructed in 1760, after a fire. The simple Quaker meetinghouse, still active, is adjacent to Battlefield Park and a short walk from the historic Clarke House, where British troops took up residence and sheltered their wounded after the Battle of Princeton. Soldiers killed in that battle lie in unmarked graves next to the meetinghouse. Among them is Richard Stockton, signer of the Declaration of Independence. He is honored with a plaque by the entrance gate. more


Community Options provides a higher quality of life to people with disabilities.

By Ilene Dube

Photographs courtesy of Community Options, Inc.

Katie shows a visitor around Community Option’s Daily Plan It facilities on Alexander Road in West Windsor. In the first room, a group of people is watching a video on professionalism. “They’re learning to be respectful of each other’s space and how to dress for work,” says Katie, 34. In addition to learning business etiquette, members of the job club will write short stories to help identify their personal goals. One is an artist who likes drawing cartoons, another wants to write a cookbook.

“We help them to do that,” says Katie.

What this group of job seekers – including Katie – have in common is, they all have developmental disabilities. But as Katie demonstrates, they can also be articulate and have astute memory skills. With their drive, and the resources of Community Options, these people are primed to work. more

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By Stuart Mitchner

The accepted wisdom is that books from academic publishers are too learned and weighty (in the wrong way) to be displayed on a certain piece of living room furniture. Two exceptions to the seasonal rule of show over substance, as wise as they are bold and beautiful, come from university presses: Stacey Sell and Hugo Chapman’s Drawing in Silver and Gold: Leonardo to Jasper Johns ($49.95) from Princeton, and Shelley Fisher Fishkin’s Writing America: Literary Landmarks from Walden Pond to Wounded Knee ($34.95) from Rutgers.

Compared to the lavishly costumed usual suspects appearing just in time for holiday buyers, the tomes featured here can be seen as tributes to the taste and intelligence of both the giver and the receiver. Rather than associating yourself with the glamour buzz of some trendy subject, you can make known, in plain sight, your acquaintance with Leonardo and Jasper Johns, Walden Pond and Wounded Knee. Look inside Drawing in Silver and Gold and you find images of almost unreal beauty from the Middle Ages to the present created by master draftsmen using a rarely appreciated medium central to the history of drawing. Look inside Writing America and you find a scholar who, according to Erica Jong, “writes like an angel” about the “diversity and humor of the American spirit,” including not only familiar figures like Whitman and Twain, but Jewish, Mexican and Asian American writers, and luminaries of the Harlem Renaissance. more


10AM-5PM 42nd Annual YWCA Crafters’ Marketplace at John Witherspoon Middle School in Princeton (also on November 22).

8PM Last day to see Theatre Intime’s production of Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo written by Rajiv Joseph.

8PM McCarter Theatre presents Zoyka’s Apartment, a poignant and subversive farce by the great Russian novelist Mikhail Bulgakov.


11AM The Festival of Trees exhibit opens at Morven Museum & Garden in Princeton (through January 3, 2016).

7:30PM American Repertory Ballet’s The Nutcracker opens at McCarter Theatre (through November 28).


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Most people wouldn’t expect a former educator to establish a distillery, but for Randy Pratt, there was a connection between the two worlds.

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

You could say that Randy Pratt was born with the will to learn. After many years vested in education as a teacher, administrator, and instructor on the collegiate level, he was well equipped to overcome the learning curve that came with opening up a distillery. Although he was a newbie to the distilling industry, Pratt was a veteran in the classroom. So, he signed up for several workshops and a distilling class at Michigan State University until he was ready to open up Great Notch Distillery in Bergen County.

“Every part of [launching Great Notch] has been a learning experience. Being a one-man show, you get to learn all aspects of the business and take the bumps and bruises that go with it…the paperwork itself is daunting. I have terrific friends and family who pitch in when I need help. It certainly has been a challenge. One that I’m up to conquering.” more

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Princeton’s Mistral just got even better.

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

First a new bar and now Sunday Brunch – Mistral in downtown Princeton is on a spree of delicious. Esteemed Chef Scott Anderson & Ben Nerenhausen have debuted an outstanding Sunday Brunch menu complete with cocktails from one of NJ’s finest mixologists, Jamie Dodge.  In addition to a la carte dining, the new two-course prix fixe ($33 per person) menu offers a wide variety of sweet and savory options. Menu highlights include the French Scramble made with broccoli and epoisse on sourdough bread and the Dutch Boy Pancake complete with quince and maple. However, there’s one menu item that’s sure to blow you away – this week’s “Plate to Date,” the Mistral Brunch Burger.  more


The design maven and social media tastemaker shares the 10 things that she can’t live without

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

Designer of interiors and textiles Uma Stewart understands that a room goes far beyond painted walls, high-end furniture, and matching accessories. That’s why her design process is centered in her client’s family, friends, interests, and culture. In short, it’s a reflection of their lifestyle. Aptly named Uma Stewart Interiors and Lifestyle, Stewart’s design firm incorporates this philosophy into each of its projects. For Stewart, fusing lifestyle and design is almost second nature as her brand is a clear extension of her own family, friends, interests, and culture. One look at Stewart’s Instagramblog, or website shows that she lives her brand. Stewart’s photo with her son, her Balenciaga cuff mixed with bangles from India, and her posts about music clearly influence her designs. Her aesthetic combines high fashion, culture, and livability, so that when she completes a space, it beckons friends and family to gather in it. Between the recent release of the Uma Stewart fabric line, a new collection of patterns in the works, and a line of cotton, velvet, and hemp solids on the horizon, there seems to be no end in sight for the multitalented designer. Below, Stewart’s list of 10 favorite things provides further insight on she blends lifestyle and design. more

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Photo courtesy of The Nassau Inn

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

Why spend a fortune booking a flight for a vacation when you can retreat in the good ol’ Garden State? New Jersey is home to a surprising number of charming inns and hotels that are full of character and coziness. If you are looking for a quiet, relaxing and more intimate getaway, the following destinations are perfect for you. more

Fuld Hall, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ

By Anne Levin

David M. Rubenstein, a trustee of the Institute for Advanced Study, has donated $20 million to support the creation of a new building on the campus to be known as the Rubenstein Commons, it was announced Monday.

Mr. Rubenstein is the Co-Founder and Co-CEO of The Carlyle Group, an American multinational private equity, alternative asset management and financial services corporation based in Washington, D.C. more

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From Bob Dylan’s music to a quality espresso, Carlo’s list of favorite things proves that the Momo brothers really do have good taste

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

Terra Momo Bread Company, Teresa Caffe, Mediterra, Eno Terra…these are a few of my favorite things, and I know I’m not alone in my list. You’d be hard pressed to find a Princetonian that objects to dining at one of Terra Momo Restaurant Group’s eateries. After all, who doesn’t appreciate fresh ingredients, inventive cuisine, and unmatched hospitality? There’s something special about eating pasta next to Teresa’s wood-fired oven, enjoying a glass of Chilean wine under the vaulted ceilings of Eno Terra, or being greeted by Franco’s thick Italian accent at Mediterra.

As soon as I received Carlo Momo’s list of ten favorite things, I uncovered what that “something” was that makes me and so many others gravitate towards the Terra Momo restaurants: authenticity. Carlo has managed to turn his favorite things into his career by infusing his love of food, family, and the arts into each of the Terra Momo restaurants. As a result, everything from the staff to the ingredients used in each dish is as authentic as the brothers behind the Momo name. more

Credit: Evan Sung for The New York Times

Credit: Evan Sung for The New York Times

Chef David Tanis will appear at Princeton Public Library on Thursday, November 12, at 7 p.m., to discuss his new cookbook One Good Dish (Artisan $25.95). Offering 100 one-dish recipes that epitomize his no-fuss approach to comfort food, One Good Dish is the chef’s first non-menu cookbook.

According to a starred review in Publishers Weekly, David Tanis “turns his focus to an eclectic array of simple, casual meals that satisfy and are appropriate to be eaten at any time of day. Tanis’s whimsy runs from bread, snacks, and condiments to vegetables, griddled foods, desserts, and more …. His chapter titled ‘Eating with a Spoon’ centers on pleasures in a bowl and contains a full-bodied, save-your-life garlic soup, rice porridge with salted egg, yellow risotto with saffron and lemon, and clams in the shell with fennel and parsley …. Accompanied by numerous full-color photographs, the recipes in this collection are suitable for solo dining or entertaining guests and are certain to please.” more

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By Sarah Emily Gilbert

Yes, even Princeton Magazine is nutty for donuts today. To celebrate this very important holiday, we decided to give you some Instagram shots featuring Jersey’s best donuts. So, take a moment to feast your eyes out – and promise us you’ll feast on a delicious donut before the day’s end!