BY Liz George | Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014 10:30am
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When you step into Scala Del Nonna on Church Street, take a second look at the design.
Montclair-based design firm Maxey Hayse Design Studios received a 2014 Architectural Design Firm of the year Award from the New Jersey Restaurant Association. One of their most recent Montclair projects is Scala Del Nonna; the award was presented to Susan Pitaccio, Maxey Hayse president and a Montclair resident. Continue Reading
BY Announcement | Sunday, Sep 14, 2014 10:30am
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Nearly 50 million Americans, including more than 16 million children, suffer from food insecurity. September is National Hunger Action Month and Gov. Christie, along with governors in New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland, have issued proclamations declaring September 17th as “ShopRite Partners In Caring Day.” To recognize this special day, dignitaries throughout all six states will help bag hunger at their local ShopRite store to raise awareness and funds for food banks in their community.
Mayor Michael Venizia will be serving as an honorary grocery bagger to cashiers at Brookdale ShopRite, which will be accepting monetary donations to help fill the shelves of community food banks. Continue Reading
BY Georgette Gilmore | Friday, Aug 29, 2014 1:00pm
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Congratulations are in order to the West Paterson Fire Department who placed first in Fairway’s annual Firefighter Food Face-Off on August 24! They competed against the Wayne Fire Department, the Hawthorne Fire Department, and the Passaic Fire Department in Fairway Market’s fourth annual grilling competition, and won a $500 Fairway gift card to use for their firehouse.
To honor their dedication, bravery, and great grilling skills, Fairway Market will host a special Shopping Night and donate 25 percent of all sales from registered customers who shop between 4 pm and 10 pm to the firefighters’ charity, the Saint Barnabas Burn Foundation, on Wednesday, September 10.
BY Georgette Gilmore | Friday, Aug 29, 2014 8:45am
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The Daily Meal has put out its third annual annual list off 101 Best Pizzas in America and Star Tavern in Orange came in #37 representing for New Jersey:
The bar pie. In the annals of all things pizza, it is perhaps one of the most underrated styles. The maligned proponents of the pile-it-on philosophy behind deep dish pies get themselves bent out of shape when Chicago’s signature style gets besmirched, but there doesn’t seem to be a similar geographic identification attached to this much more nuanced, reserved, and minimalist approach to pizza. It’s a shame, save that it makes bar pie bastions like Colony, Eddie’s, and Star Tavern in Orange, N.J. even easier to like, and selfishly, to eat at without battling a crowd. Owned and operated by the Vayianos family since 1980, “The Star” is run by former attorney Gary Vayianos, whose kitchen turns out super-thin, crispy, to-the-edges-with-the-sauce toppings, with a sauce and cheese ratio that delivers as much as you need and not more than the structural integrity can handle.
BY Georgette Gilmore | Wednesday, Aug 27, 2014 9:00am
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The next Montclair Food & Wine Festival (MFWF) won’t happen until June 2015, but food aficionados won’t have to wait till then to enjoy great food and drink, because the Festival is hosting Cru Meets Brew, a wine- and beer-paired collaborative dinner that combines the culinary talents of many special chefs, on Thursday, October 16.
The five course collaborative wine and beer paired charity dinner will take place at Highlawn Pavilion and showcase the culinary skills of Guest Chef Anthony Bucco (former Executive Chef of The Ryland Inn) along with Montclair chefs Christopher Ryan Arturo (Red Eye Café); Bryan Gregg (Escape); Adam Rose (Villalobos); and Julian Valencia (Ani Ramen House). Sharon Sevrens (sommelier and proprietor of Amanti Vino) will choose the wine and beer for a truly exciting night of virtuoso flavors and inspired pairings.
Cru Meets Brew proceeds will benefit Intensive Therapeutics and the newly created collaborative program at Montclair High School MACHE: Montclair Academy for Culinary & Hospitality Excellence.
BY Liz George | Sunday, Aug 24, 2014 10:50am
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Montclair is rooting for Demetri Malki’s new restaurant but Jeh Johnson may be Malki’s biggest fan. Johnson, U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, acting as a “private citizen,” toasted Malki Friday night at a pre-opening party at De Novo. (The restaurant officially opens today.)
“I have followed this man from restaurant to restaurant to eat,” says Johnson. “He has long coat tails. Hopefully, this is his last stop.” Continue Reading
BY Georgette Gilmore | Friday, Aug 22, 2014 9:00am
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J&K Steakhouse Montclair at 44 South Park Street in the Sienna building has closed, but we’ve learned that J&K owner Jarod Zelaya is opening a restaurant in its place called Heritage House.
Consulting with Zelaya on Heritage House’s menu, branding and design is Alex Mendelsohn, owner of Orale Mexican Kitchen in Jersey City. Mendelsohn tells us that Heritage House will offer an “All American menu ranging through the heritage of the melting pot with a focus on comfort food with no cultural boundaries.”
On its website is the message:
BY Georgette Gilmore | Wednesday, Aug 13, 2014 9:30am
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Your latest local restaurant news:
- Yellow Plum in Bloomfield celebrates its first anniversary tonight with a happy hour, drink specials, live entertainment, and an all you can eat pig roast for $30 per person.
- Pig & Prince in Montclair will throw a “Boogie Down Bash & BBQ” to celebrate its two year anniversary on Sunday, August 24. $20 admission includes food and live entertainment by The Defending Champions. There will also be great drink specials.
- Toast Montclair is closed today for a “maintenance day.”
- Friday September 12 will be your last chance to dine at CulinAriane in Montclair. Chef Duarte will open a new restaurant in Verona, which will have a bigger space, liquor license, and be a bit more casual.
BY Liz George | Tuesday, Aug 12, 2014 11:59am
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Baristanet broke the news of De Novo (also on our map of restaurants serving liquor in Montclair). Now we can share more details about the European Pub opening late August at the Upper Montclair Train Station.
Montclair restaurateurs, Demetri Malki (Table 8, D’metri’s) new restaurant takes inspiration from family-oriented casual pubs of Europe. De Nov’s executive chef is Marika Villik, who headed the kitchens at Malki’s earlier restaurants.
BY Georgette Gilmore | Friday, Aug 08, 2014 10:30am
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Sure you can join a CSA, get your produce at the Montclair’s Farmer’s Market or the Montclair Community Farms, but think of the feeling of accomplishment you could have if you grew your own vegetables? Not to mention the money you’ll save. If you’ve ever thought about having your own vegetable garden, then this upcoming event is for you.