Food News Friday: Al Sogna, Kimchi Smoke Barbecue, Ani Ramen, Chateauberfest


A new Italian restaurant, new menu offerings, the return of a ramen eating contest and more in Food News Friday:

Al Sogna

Al Sogna, an elegant new Italian restaurant, has opened at 38 Valley Road, Montclair, taking a first floor space in building 2 of Valley and Bloom. The menu emphasizes steaks and seafood along with entrees such as homemade porcini ravioli in a light brandy cream sauce, veal sorrentino and pappardelle with lobster meat.

Al Sogna, 38 Valley Road, Montclair, (973) 337-6669

Kimchi Smoke Barbecue

Chef/Owner Robert Austin Cho is adding more Korean options to the Kimchi Smoke fall menu starting on Sept 27.

Heart of Glass Noodles ($12) is a gluten-free version of Jap Chae — sweet potato starch noodles, charred vegetables, with egg. Tofu BCS Rice Bowl ($16) includes steamed tofu over smoked kimchi, Korean slaw, and rice with Bourbon Chipotle Sauce and Remoulade. Smoked Tomato Bulgogi Salad ($16.50) will feature hickory smoked tomatoes with thinly sliced ribeye over greens with house vinaigrette. Finally, Cho offers KBS Soy Garlic Chicken ($11.50), a dish that took home Best Chicken at the ’14 Monmouth Park BBQ Fest and features hickory smoked wings with a gluten free sweet and savory glaze. The all natural chicken is from Goffle Poultry.

Kimchi Smoke, 345 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair, 973-744-3900


Chateauberfest is back! Pleasantdale Chateau’s Oktoberfest Biergarten-Style Craft Beer Event is a fantastic way to close out summer. Th event takes place outdoors on the Chateau’s stunning grounds and fountain courtyard. Think giant pretzels and a mix of traditional German cuisine, both savory and sweet, along with a wide array of specialty craft brews and live musical performances. Thursday, September 28, $85 per person.

Ani Ramen

Ani Ramen House and sponsor Sun Noodle will present the second annual Slurp. Sip. Repeat. Ramen Eating Competition. Last year’s best food eating competition returns again to Ani Ramen House at their new Jersey City location (218 Newark Ave., Jersey City) this year, on Monday, October 9 from 7-9 p.m. Ani Ramen will stream the event on Facebook Live so everyone can have a front row seat to the event.

Think you have what it takes to win? Individuals 18 years or older can enter the Slurp. Sip. Repeat. Ramen Contest by emailing [email protected]. No experience necessary. Entry fee: a $50 (minimum) donation to benefit No Kid Hungry will be required to enter (includes entry for contestant and one guest, small bites served). Deadline to enter is October 2, 2017.

1st Place Winner will receive a celebratory all-inclusive chef’s tasting dinner for 10 people at Ani Ramen $1,000 value.
2nd Place Winner will receive a $300 gift card to Ani Ramen.
3rd Place Winner will receive a $150 gift card to Ani Ramen.

The Winner will be determined by the most bowls of ramen consumed within 15 minutes or first person to eat 10 bowls. For full contest rules and regulations visit

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