May 03, 2012
Femington, NJ- The National Multiple Sclerosis Society is thrilled to announce a new food and wine tasting event, Forks and Corks: A Culinary Experience. This first of a planned annual event will offer culinary enthusiasts the unique opportunity to sample scrumptious dishes by some of New Jersey's most popular restaurants preparing delicious bites alongside unique wine and cocktail pairings while supporting the National Multiple Sclerosis Society in their movement towards a world free of multiple sclerosis (MS).
Local Flemington business owner Jonathan Yalenti, of Benfatto Coffee, will showcase his barista skills and premium products as the sole provider of coffee for the evening’s event. Benfatto is the realization of one boy’s passion for coffee. At age 15, Jonathan took his first part-time job in an Italian espresso bar creating espressos and cappuccinos, and selling pastries and never looked back. Today his love, Benfatto Coffee, serves premium restaurants, hotels, and clubs within central New Jersey & its surrounding markets. The unparalleled service and product quality result in an extremely high level of customer satisfaction and retention. After all, Benfatto means "well-made." “We work hard to deliver the best to our customers because we believe that a great experience is born of premium product and brilliant customer service” says Jonathan.
Jonathan has been a long time supporter of National MS Society fundraising events, which raised funds to provide programs and services for the 13,000 New Jersey residents affected by the disease. Most recently he has been involved with the Hops to Hops Bike MS ride that takes place in Labmertville, NJ. "This is the 4th year we are participating in National MS Society events, and it really just feels good. We get to do what we love to do, making espresso drinks and coffee for the people in attendance to enjoy. These people come to these events because they want to be there, and that is something we, as an event sponsor, have in common with them. It's what makes these gatherings a real success and is ultimately what leads to contributions toward the cause, finding a cure for multiple sclerosis. It is hugely satisfying to feel that we can have even the smallest impact in fighting this terrible disease that has affected so many by bringing people together over a cup of coffee."
Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system which interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Symptoms range from reduced or lost mobility to numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men having the disease. MS affects, 400,000 people in the U.S., and over 2 million worldwide.
Forks and Corks: A Culinary Experience will be held at the new Maritime Parc Restaurant in Liberty State Park in Jersey City on Tuesday, May 14 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. Along with the lavish food, wine and coffee, the night will feature live jazz music, an auction of unique and high quality items, and of course, breathtaking views of the New York Skyline. For more information or to order tickets for Forks and Corks, call Karen Drzik at: 201-967-5599 or on the web at www.nationalMSsociety.org/NJM. For more information about Benfatto Coffee please log onto their website at www.benfattocoffee.com.
About the National MS Society
The National MS Society is a collective of passionate individuals who want to do something about MS now—to move together toward a world free of multiple sclerosis. MS stops people from moving. We exist to make sure it doesn't.
We mobilize people and resources to drive research for a cure and to address the challenges of everyone affected by MSthrough our 50-state network of chapters. The Society helps people affected by MS by funding cutting-edge research, driving change through advocacy, facilitating professional education, and providing programs and services that help people with MS and their families move their lives forward.
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