CNJIFT Holiday Dinner Meeting

CNJIFT December Holiday Dinner Meeting

Let’s celebrate the Holidays together!

Date: Wednesday, December 6, 2023
Time: Networking 5 pm | Chocolate & Wine Pairings 6 pm  | Dinner 7 pm
Venue: Ciro’s Ristorante, 301 Buckelew Ave, Monroe Township, NJ 08831
Speakers: Gary Pavlis, Atlantic County Agricultural Agent
Eric Schmoyer – Senior R&D Manager, Technical Services – Barry Callebaut
Fee: $50 Members  |  $55 Non-members | $30 Students, Retired & Unemployed


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Join Us in December for a Memorable Holiday Meeting Featuring Chocolate & Wine Pairings! 

We’re absolutely delighted to share some exciting news with you. Due to overwhelming popular demand, we’re thrilled to welcome back Gary Pavlis from Rutgers to our Holiday Party! But that’s not all – this year, we’ve added another distinguished speaker to the lineup. Please give a warm welcome to Eric Schmoyer, Senior Manager – Technical Services at Barry Callebaut.

Eric is all set to tantalize our taste buds with a delightful chocolate tasting featuring four exquisite varieties: caramelized white, darker milk, extra dark chocolate, and the unique ruby chocolate. The icing on the cake? We’ll have the pleasure of savoring these delectable delights with dinner, paired perfectly with a selection of wines hand-curated by Gary, our favorite wine expert.

Prepare for an unforgettable evening where the rich flavors of chocolate are seamlessly blended with the perfect wine accompaniments. This dynamic duo promises to delight and leave you craving more as we explore the magical synergy between wine and chocolate.

Stay tuned for more details as we prepare for a night of pure indulgence and delight. Mark your calendars for December 6th because this is one event you absolutely won’t want to miss!

About the Speakers:

Gary Pavlis

Gary Pavlis,
Atlantic County Agricultural Agent

Dr. Pavlis has been a professor and agricultural agent at Rutgers University for 28 years. His areas of expertise are blueberry and grape/wine production.  His blueberry newsletter, ‘The Blueberry Bulletin’, has an international following. His research on blueberry fertilization has transformed the New Jersey industry. He has been instrumental in the expansion of the New Jersey wine industry by assisting would be grape growers through the production/marketing mine field. He has served nationally on the board of directors on the American Wine Society. Dr. Pavlis writes a wine article in edible jersey called Liquid Assets, regularly appears in print, on the radio and television educating the public on the intricacies of growing blueberries and grapes in New Jersey or touting the benefits of eating blueberries and drinking wine.

Eric Schmoyer,
Senior R&D Manager, Technical Services Barry Callebaut

Mr. Eric Schmoyer has been with Barry Callebaut (BC) since 2007, when he started as an R&D Manager, managing non-corporate customer projects. He has also managed the R&D start up for the Mona Lisa decorations facility in Hendersonville, NC and the BC chocolate factory in Robinson, IL as well as many aspects of the pilot facility in Pennsauken, NJ. Mr. Schmoyer is currently the Senior R&D Manager, Technical Services, where he works with internal and external customers, solving their development and production issues.

Prior to joining Barry Callebaut, Mr. Schmoyer was with the R.M. Palmer Company for almost 20 years.

 Mr. Schmoyer attended the National Confectioners Association Residency course in Madison, WI and has attended and taught several Professional Manufacturing Confectioners Association (PMCA) courses.  A member of PMCA for a very long time, he is chair of the PMCA Research Committee and is active on the Long-Range Planning, Student Outreach, and Beyond the Basics Planning Committees. He is also past president of the American Association of Candy Technologists and current Chairperson of its Pennsylvania Regional Chapter.

 When not traveling, Eric enjoys bourbon, cigars, and spending time with his two smelly old hounds.

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