Want to truly make Mom happy on Mother’s Day, May 10? Treat her to a great meal with zero clean up. Here are some local suggestions:
The Montclair Food & Wine Festival, which is gearing up for its 3rd annual festival this June, has just announced its first free event — Book Party & Bites. On Thursday, June 11, MFWF, along with BSTV Entertainment (producers of the Food Network’s The Kitchen) will co-host the free book signing at Watchung Booksellers and Tiny Elephant in Montclair.
Stars from The Kitchen — Sunny Anderson, Katie Lee, and Geoffrey Zakarian — will be on hand to meet fans and sign their cookbooks. On a first-come, first-serve basis, attendees will sample bites from each star’s cookbook prepared by Tiny Elephant, along with a Zakarian-inspired “Five O’clock Somewhere” cocktail crafted from Jersey’s own, Busted Barrel Rum and Blue J Syrups.
This weekend, Brookdale ShopRite in Bloomfield is having a free Catering Expo where you’ll see and taste many of the delicious savory and sweet dishes from its catering department. Whether you are planning a party, shower, graduation or just need help entertaining … you won’t want to miss this in-store event!
Catering Expo at Brookdale ShopRite
Saturday, April 18 and Sunday, April 19 from 11 am – 3 pm
Brookdale ShopRite 1409 Broad Street, Bloomfield, NJ
Free Tastings from the kitchens of ShopRite Catering. Enter a Drawing for a $100 ShopRite Gift Card on Sunday
I, along with the other Barista Greek Girl Liz George, had the pleasure of enjoying Escape Montclair’s Escape to Greece Restaurant Takeover Dinner last year. Acclaimed Greek chef and cookbook author Peter Minaki of Kalofagas – Greek Food & Beyond was welcomed by Bryan Gregg, Chef and Owner of Escape Montclair to cook a delicious and authentic Greek meal.
I was thrilled to learn that Chef Gregg will welcome Chef Minaki to Escape for the second restaurant takeover on Sunday, May 17.
“After the success and praise we received last year after the Escape to Greece dinner, we knew we’d collaborate with Peter again for another journey through Greece at Escape,” said Chef Gregg.
The five-course dinner menu will offer:
Anderson’s 1949 is celebrating its six month anniversary at 39 Glenridge Avenue in Montclair with a “Waffle Day!” on Sunday, April 12.
There will be so many choices of decadent waffles, you’ll be waffling over which to order!
“Waffles are a staple item at Anderson’s and what better way to celebrate than to be creative and fun?” said chef/owner Sherry Grimes.
Locals have raved about the food at Anderson’s, especially The Elvis Waffle. It will be on the special menu this Sunday, as well as these decadent waffles choices:
The annual Taste of Essex fundraising event, held on Monday, had dozens of restaurants showcasing their outstanding cuisine and with 400 guests on hand to sample food and drinks at The Manor in West Orange. The culinary event hosted by the North Essex Chamber of Commerce raises money for the North Essex Chamber scholarship fund that provides scholarships to young people in Essex County. Scholarships are awarded annually to a graduating student from each of the high schools in the nine towns that the North Essex Chamber serves.
Participating restaurants were judged in the categories of “Sweet” and “Savory” by the sponsors of the event. And the winners were:
The Corner, a new airy, light-filled cafe on the corner of Walnut and Grove streets, is a place so keen on coffee that it features a Japanese cold brew machine which takes three to six hours to brew one pot. It’s not surprising since the coffee is made a drip at a time in the contraption, a vertical coil of glass tubing that evokes memories of high school chemistry lab.
The result: the smoothest cup I’ve ever tasted. “It’s amazing,” says Joshua Bevacqua, 35, a consultant on the project as he explains the coffee-making process, and how heat oftentimes leaves a cup of coffee a little bitter.
New Montclair bakery, Cakeaholic Obsession, is making its mark by hosting an Easter Party on Saturday, April 4, 12-2 pm. The neighborhood sweet shop, situated in Montclair’s South End Business District, is inviting kids of all ages to come decorate Easter themed cupcakes.
Julie Johnson opened the bakery located on 324 Orange Road in the South End, last February, and is up and running and ready to get the word out. Johnson, a wife and mother of three, tells Baristanet she has had a lifelong love of baking, makes cupcakes, cake pops and cookies along with specialty cakes on-site. Along with offering hot and cold refreshments in the café area, she also bakes what she calls a “different obsession” each day.
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