Baristanet Thanksgiving Round Up 2015

BY  |  Wednesday, Nov 25, 2015 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Wine, Beer and a Cocktail to Go With Your Thanksgiving Dinner

Tomorrow is the big day — Thanksgiving, Turkey Day, Gobble ’till you Wobble Day!

Here is a collection of recipes, cocktails, decor advice, playlists and more that we have given you over the years to help you host a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner:




  • Set the mood with some Turkey Tunes, a great Thanksgiving Day playlist.




Cocktails and Wine

Farnum Hill Semi-Dry Cider

You could also forget about it all and see if you can get a reservation at one of these restaurants.


Happy Thanksgiving!



Montclair Food News: Closings, Openings, a Doughnut Truck, and More

BY  |  Friday, Nov 20, 2015 11:00am  |  COMMENTS (3)

Your latest Montclair restaurant and food news:

The Spot Montclair

  • After a complete remodel of the former Mac Attack space, The Spot Montclair has opened at 104 Walnut Street offering American Style comfort food, or what they call “Food that Hits the Spot.” You’ll get Burgers, Grilled Cheese, Mac N’ Cheese, Soup, Salad and bar-like snacks, such as jalapeno poppers and Fried Mac Bites. There’s also a Kid’s Menu offering smaller versions of the main offerings. Stay tuned for Baristanet’s full story and review.


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Wine, Beer and a Seasonal Cocktail to Go With Your Thanksgiving Feast

BY  |  Thursday, Nov 19, 2015 3:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Wine, Beer and a Cocktail to Go With Your Thanksgiving Dinner

With the many different foods you’ll be eating on Thanksgiving, finding the perfect drink can be difficult. Baristanet reached out to local drink experts and has put together a list of wine, beer and a delicious season cocktail for you to enjoy this holiday.

The fine folks at Amanti Vino on Church Street in Montclair share some great tips for choosing wine for your Thanksgiving dinner:

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The 25th Annual Pagan Thanksgiving: Food, Fun, and the Wishbone Grudge Match!

BY  |  Thursday, Nov 19, 2015 11:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Pagan Thanksgiving

The story goes — Twenty-five years ago, a few guys going to Montclair State decided to throw a Thanksgiving feast the Monday before the actual holiday. About 20 people showed up, and there was plenty of beer, but not much in the way of napkins and silverware. Hence the nickname: The Pagan Thanksgiving.

Throughout the years Pagan Thanksgiving has grown into a full feast with many more guests. This year, the 25th Annual Pagan Thanksgiving shindig will take place at Halcyon Brasserie in Montclair. They’ll be food, drink, and the annual Wishbone Grudge Match! The big party is a fun tradition, but it’s also important. The guys who run Pagan Thanksgiving collect donations for the Human Needs Food Pantry in Montclair so others can enjoy a nice Thanksgiving dinner too.

Pagan Thanksgiving
The Monday Before Thanksgiving – November 23. Drinks (Cash bar) at 7 pm, Dinner at 8 pm (You’re encouraged to bring your favorite side dish to share)
Halcyon, 114 Walnut Street, Montclair, NJ
For questions, directions and info: Call the Pagan hotline – 973.746.WORD (9673)



Dunkin’ Donuts in Montclair’s Lackawanna Plaza to Move to Banker’s Cafe

BY  |  Wednesday, Nov 18, 2015 11:00am  |  COMMENTS (14)

Dunkin Donuts

Pathmark at Lackawanna Plaza is officially closed, leaving only a handful of businesses (Dunkin’ Donuts, Roberto’s Pizza, Popeyes, Supersuds Laundromat…) open alongside many shuttered storefronts in the indoor mall. Dunkin’ Donuts won’t be there much longer, but a new Dunkin won’t be far away.

A worker tells Baristanet that Dunkin Donuts is moving to the Banker’s Cafe location across the street at the corner of Bloomfield Avenue in February. The plan is to stay open at Lackawanna until moving day and be closed for only one day between for moving and reopening in the new location.

As for when the other businesses in the plaza will close, Developer Brian Stolar tells Baristanet he can’t provide a specific timeline for that at this time.



Where To Order a Perfect Pie For Thanksgiving

BY  |  Tuesday, Nov 17, 2015 11:00am  |  COMMENTS (1)

Pies are the comfort foods of desserts. They are the sweet ending to a wonderful Thanksgiving feast. Whether you want to bring a pie to a dinner you are attending or if you’re hosting and want to lighten your load, there is an abundance of delicious Thanksgiving pies to enjoy in our area:


In the Company of Yum

In the Company of Yum is a Pop-up Bakery specializing in pies and other treats. Thanksgiving pie orders are being taken until November 20. You can order Sweet Potato Praline, Harvest Pie, Browned Butter Pumpkin, Caramel Apple Crunch, and many more. ($18 – 30) Orders can be made online here.

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Calling All Turkeys! Thanksgiving Donation Collections

BY  |  Monday, Nov 16, 2015 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)


If you’re feeling busy running around shopping for Thanksgiving, please take time to remember those in need in our community. Here are a few ways to help make Thanksgiving special for all:

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Dining Out Locally on Thanksgiving (Updated)

BY  |  Friday, Nov 13, 2015 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Thanksgiving is on Thursday, November 26. Does dining out for turkey dinner make you thankful you don’t have to cook a huge meal and then do the dishes?

Here are some local places to go out for a wonderful Thanksgiving meal:


Highlawn Pavilion in West Orange is offering a four-course prix fixe Thanksgiving Dinner. Choose where you can choose from a specially-prepared selection of menu items, crafted by Executive Chef Mitchell Althoz, including traditional Thanksgiving fare and desserts. See the complete menu here. Seating times are available from 12 pm – 7:30 pm for $65 per person (plus 20% gratuity & 7%  sales tax) / $32.50 Children’s Menu (Available upon request for ages 4-12) To make a reservation call 973-731-3463.

Highlawn Pavilion
Eagle Rock Reservation, West Orange, NJ


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Indoor Farmers’ Market in Montclair’s South End to Open December 6

BY  |  Thursday, Nov 12, 2015 11:00am  |  COMMENTS (7)

Indoor Farmers’ Market

Bob Silvestri and his Romarsi Pesto Pizza

With Pathmark closing at Lackawanna Plaza in Montclair, area residents are in need of a replacement for grocery shopping. The Township has stepped in to offer shuttle service to Brookdale Shoprite, and now, another option will be available beginning on December 6.

An indoor farmers’ market at the Old Mogul Building on Bloomfield Avenue will open to the public on Sundays, 9 am – 1 pm, and will provide fresh produce, fresh meats, breads, organic oils, nuts, dried fruits and gluten-free and vegan options.

The market will be held in the Old Mogul Theater building located at 180 Bloomfield Avenue, which is a key historic landmark of Montclair, that has been revitalized into an intimate concert venue.

Local farmers will bring their goods weekly from December 6 through March 6.

In addition to the food, the market will host wellness and health professionals to educate the public about different health topics and live music will entertain while people shop.

“We’re starting a new tradition in Montclair with the indoor winter market, and we expect it will enjoy a long and fruitful life,” said Dr. Renee Baskerville, councilwoman of the fourth ward. “We also expect to see lots of Montclair natives, but also friends and neighbors from far and wide who love good food, and fresh local goods.”

Mayor Robert Jackson views the incoming Market in a positive light: “I am delighted that the Market at the Old Mogul is joining the lineup of great places to go and things to do in Montclair. Its proximity to the Pathmark is particularly fortuitous,” says Mayor Jackson. “I hope that the greater-Montclair community will pay a visit.”



Montclair Culinary Academy Offers Hands-On Classes for Kids, Teens and Adults

Wednesday, Nov 11, 2015 11:00am  |  COMMENTS (2)


Looking for a fun new activity where your kids can use their creativity while also learning about math, science and even team building? Check out the cooking classes at the new Montclair Culinary Academy (MCA) for kids ages 8 – 12 and 13 – 17. “There are so many fabulous activities in Montclair for kids, but nothing else combines science with the creativity of cooking,” says MCA co-founder Chef Karan Fischer. Along with her partner, trained chef Lisa Davies, the duos’ goals are to build kid’s confidence, strengthen their teamwork skills and help them make choices when shopping or at restaurants.

We also want kids to understand that food is from the farm and not the supermarket, so we focus solely on farm-to-table recipes, says Chef Karan. But don’t assume that because these classes are for kids, the recipes are watered-down. Davies explains that a recent series gave younger kids the opportunity to create authentic international dishes from France, South America, North America and a Sushi Night. Highlights included: empanadas, salsa and fresh baked chips; crepes and soufflés; pumpkin soup with roasted pepitas and decorated Halloween sugar cookies; and Tekka Maki rolls and dumplings.

Each 90-minutes class consists of a demo, time for questions and then hands-on cooking. Kids leave with their very own creations to share with family members and a packet of recipes. Students can sign up for a whole series or for individual classes with pricing starting at $40. MCA also hosts cooking parties for birthdays and other special occasions. Classes are held at Designer Appliances on Bellevue Avenue and parties will be at the Montclair Women’s Club.

Jealous that your kids get all the fun opportunities? Classes for adults, which have more of a dinner party feel, are also available. They follow the same structure, but run an extra 30 minutes to include a sit-down meal at a communal table where students enjoy what they have prepared. Adult classes start at $60. Continue Reading

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