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With a week to go, the Food and Wine Committee is busy, busy!

Meet those who bring you the lovely April 10 affair


Tickets for Food and Wine Fest 2011 on Sunday, April 10 can be purchased in advance, or at the door. The event includes a delightful menu plus nearly 150 wines from around the world, and a Silent Auction.

It takes a special group of people to bring together a memorable afternoon of food, wine and fun!  

Next Sunday, April 10, a dedicated committee of supporters to The Cadets and programs of Youth  Education in the Arts ask you to join them at Taos Restaurant in East Rutherford, N.J. For months, this dedicated team has busily been planning Food and Wine Fest 2011, a tasteful celebration of the programs of YEA!, in advance of the coming Cadets season.

The committee has several veteran members who have contributed to the two successful previous events in 2008 and 2010, and several newcomers who, although new to the works of the Food and Wine Fest, have long-term and loyal ties to the organization.


The YEA! Food and Wine Fest Committee:

Jim Messina
Jim is in his third year on the Food and Wine Committee, always providing a leadership role in the event. An established business owner in North Jersey, Jim is active in the local alumni chapter. He was part of the Garfield Cadets from 1966 to 1973. He served as drum major for the corps from 1971-1973.

John Wagner
John, also a resident of North Jersey, has been a long-standing supporter of The Cadets and Youth Education in the Arts for decades. He served on the YEA! Board of Directors for many years and has been an integral leader in the wine event this year and in 2008 and 2010.

John Avella
John is also in his second year on the committee. The former Garfield Cadet marched from 1957 to 1961 and was instrumental in also organizing the 1957 corps reunion held in 2007. John lives in New York City.

Greg Pych
Greg was a Garfield Cadet from 1964-1973 and has worked on the past two wine tastings. In 2011, he serves in a liaison role due to work conflicts. Since his days in uniform he has served on the YEA! Board of Directors and as a trusted advisor to the corps’ administration. Greg was inducted into the Cadets Hall of Fame in 2010.

Margee Gearhart
Margee is in her first year on the Food and Wine Fest Committee. She is an alumnus of the Garfield Cadets having been a part of the first colorguard in 1969 until 1971. The group was inducted into the Cadets Hall of Fame in 2009.

Cindi DeVivo
Cindi was a member of the original female colorguard of the Garfield Cadets in 1969 and marched until 1973. Also a North Jersey resident, she is the current leader of the alumni association North Jersey Chapter. She was inducted in the 2009 Class of the Cadets Hall of Fame as part of the first all-female colorguard group.

Andrew Barlow
Andrew is 2007 alum of The Cadets having been a part of the corps’ Percussion Section. He now serves as the Director of Development of Youth Education in the Arts.

Danielle Marone
Dani is currently the bookkeeper for Youth Education in the Arts. She is an alum of the Jersey Surf Drum Corps and enters her second year as a member of the Reading Buccaneers. 


The Food and Wine Fest brings nearly 150 varieties of wine and an amazing menu together for a wonderful afternoon of indulgence and good friends! It begins at 1 p.m. and runs until 5 p.m. The afternoon will also include a Silent Auction of beautiful gifts and baskets! Gift certificates to renowned local restaurants paired with bottles of select wine and novelties. Plus some really cool sports and other memorabilia! 

Tickets are $79 and can be purchased by CLICKING HERE, or email your RSVP to Caryn Goebel at Tickets will also be available at the door.

Taos Restaurant is located at 356 Paterson Ave., East Rutherford, N.J.


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