The lands that now make up the Reeves-Reed Arboretum have been walked upon by Lenni Lenape Native Americans, tilled by Revolutionary-era farmers, and built into a sprawling country estate by their turn-of-the-century owners. Today, more than 13 acres of cultivated lawns, gardens, and woodlands welcome nature lovers who wander along trails, visit the Wisner House—a Colonial Revival shingle-style abode designed in 1889—and partake of educational programming to learn why tree trunks don’t have electrical outlets. The arboretum maintains 5.5 acres of formal gardens, including an azalea garden, an herb garden, a rock garden, and a rose garden whose first blossoms set down roots back in 1925. Before setting off to explore these leafy environs, families can drop by the Discovery Center to pick up a backpack with binoculars, field guides, and a magnifying glass for examining the subtle differences between a centipede and a Twizzler. At the Wesson Family Nature Grove, visitors can use a viewing scope to peer at the birds visiting the fish pond. On event days, guests can also stop by lectures, join festivities such as Maple Sugar Fest, or listen to the strains of jazz wafting through the night air.
The brainchild of Ivan Ruiz—a sommelier who’s perfected mealtime pairings at restaurants across New York City—the Summit Wine & Food Festival celebrates the intersection between great wine and great food while simultaneously raising funds for the Community FoodBank of New Jersey. Celebrity chefs from Bravo and the Food Network and local guest chefs share their knowledge during events like mixology classes and a special beer tasting hosted by Spiegelau Crystal, which includes a complementary set of beer tasting glasses for each attendee. Sommeliers also share the spotlight at the summit—showcasing varietals from domestic and international vineyards—and clear up the misconception that grapes are just confident blueberries.
For more than nine decades, Rekemeier’s Flower Shops' blossom aficionados have plucked perfectly bloomed buds for prominence in beautiful bouquets to please the eyes and pleasure the nostrils. Give the grand marshal of your heart an aromatic, sensationally chromatic Garden Parade arrangement, with yellow roses, chrysanthemums, and more crafted into a scale replica of the Rose Bowl ($50). Customers can honor maternal family members with a Mother's Day-ready Rose Medley ($47.95) or summon the deal-of-the-day arrangement for a fresh compilation of the greenhouse's flowers du jour ($35+).
The Meat House specializes in gourmet proteins, from all-natural filet mignon and marinated chicken breasts to cuts of lamb, veal, and pork. For more than a decade, the butcher shop has been serving each cut of meat alongside a satisfaction guarantee, along with hearty bread, cheese, and more than 100 varieties of wine.
Founders and childhood friends Justin Rosberg and Jason Parent own shops in locations from Maine to California. Each branch of The Meat House, though, is nestled into its respective community and filled with local ingredients. As Rosberg told FOX Business, "We try to source as many products as we can from within a 100- to 200-mile radius."
The display cases brim with marbled cuts of Prime and dry-aged beef as well as chicken breasts in lemon-pepper or sun-dried tomato marinades. When available, the butchers also slice cuts of venison, alligator, or boar. The Meat House's prepackaged rubs and marinades fill the air with the aromas of garlic, peppercorns, hickory, and molasses.
Though the five partners who make up this olive oil company are vastly different people, each share a common passion: healthy living augmented by authentic, small-batch products. From the business’s initial location in Red Bank, New Jersey, Carter & Cavero has grown to encompass six stores, each of which offers tastings and a unique collection of products from around the world. Extra virgin olive oils include those infused with wild mushroom and sage, meyer lemons, or Tuscan herbs, each a flavorful accoutrement for bread, cooking, or otherwise bland cardboard. Carter & Cavero also stocks a huge variety of gourmet vinegars, foodstuffs, and unique skincare products that make use of gentle herbs and olive oils.
The trio of master tailors at Tailoring by Izey & Pinar believes that when it comes to wardrobes, quality is paramount. Izey founded the shop more than 30 years ago and was later joined by Pinar and Vincent; today, all three tailors draw from decades of training and experience as they metamorphose fine fabrics into custom-made suits, shirts, and wedding dresses. Izey and Vincent cut wool, cashmere, and linen into fitted men’s suits and stitch Egyptian cottons into custom-designed shirts, and Pinar ensures that elegant wedding gowns fit their wearers and accentuate their best features. The tailors pride themselves on their painstaking attention to detail with every piece, accommodating requests for buttonhole placing, fancy linings, or inside pocket monograms of the wearer's name and British Secret Service code number.