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Q&A With Maria Meizoso, Uncorked & Uncapped Benefiting The Arc of Essex County In New Jersey

Alas, September is here, and so is fall in the United States (unofficially). Summer food events are now winding down, but there are also plenty of fun food events for autumn, too! For instance, the Uncorked & Uncapped: Wine, Beer, & Food Fest in Livingston, New Jersey, benefitting The Arc of Essex County will be held on Sept. 28 at The Westminster Hotel. The event will feature craft beer, wine, spirits, and food — what more could you want?

The Arc of Essex County’s 4th Annual Uncorked & Uncapped: Wine, Beer, and Food Fest

Date: Thursday, September 28, 2017

Time: 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Location: The Westminster Hotel, 550 West Mount Pleasant Avenue, Livingston, NJ 07039

Cost: $100/ticket

This is The Arc of Essex County’s 4th annual event and it’s sure to satisfy your every taste bud. The Arc of Essex County is the largest service provider to individuals living with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families in Essex County, New Jersey.  The Arc is committed to fostering achievement through program, services, and supports that ignite a positive, fulfilling and rewarding quality of life. Uncorked & Uncapped serves as a fall staple in the state of New Jersey, and all proceeds will benefit The Arc of Essex County. What a great cause!

Even coordinator Maria Meizoso was kind enough to answer a few questions about the event for us!  (Full disclosure: I worked with Maria while she worked at The Daily Meal.)

What are you most excited about for the 2017 event? 

I am most excited for a bigger and better Uncorked! Each year we have continued to draw in a larger crowd, and fabulous vendors raising much-needed funds for The Arc of Essex County. We have several new food vendors this year as well as fan favorites that have been with us since our first Uncorked in 2013. This is also our first year featuring a cider. Jersey Cider Works is bringing their Original Ironbound Hard Cider and their Devil’s Harvest Hard Cider. This is my first year as the events coordinator so I’m genuinely excited to see my hard work turned into a fun night for everyone! I’m looking forward to all the delicious food and drinks to try as well as the silent auction which features some great packages.

Which spirits and/or food are you most looking forward to at this year’s event?

I’m a huge wine person, and we have such an extensive and eclectic assortment of wines this year from Australian to Portuguese. As for the food, I don’t think I can choose just one! There are so many different cuisines being sampled, and I’m not picky when it comes to good food J.  I do have a bit of a sweet tooth so I’m definitely looking forward to some of our dessert options including made on site mini donuts from Glazed and Confused.


Discount code for Couch Potato Cook readers!

  1. Go to the Uncorked & Uncapped website to purchase the tickets
  2. Fill out your personal and credit card information
  3. Select # of tickets
  4. Click “I  understand”
  5. Then apply the code: CPC2017

The event proceeds benefit The Arc of Essex County. What should readers know about the organization?

The Arc of Essex County is the largest provider of family support services to people living with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the northern New Jersey region. Our mission is to provide comprehensive services and supports to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families, ensuring a lifetime of achievement with dignity and full partnership in the community. The Arc offers a wide range of programs and services including early intervention from birth to three years old, a 7 week summer day camp, specialized elementary school, vocational and day programs, and 25 residences throughout Essex County. All the proceeds will directly benefit The Arc of Essex County’s mission and fund the quality programs and services that are making a difference in the lives of nearly 1,500 children and adults living with disabilities each week.

How else can people help/donate if they are unable to attend the event?

If you are unable to attend and wish to make a donation, you can call us at (973) 535-1181 to process credit card donations over the phone or send a check to:

The Arc of Essex County

123 Naylon Ave.

Livingston, NJ 07039

You can also help by participating in our 50/50 raffle. Tickets are available for purchase online hereYou need not be present to win.

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