Restaurant Report: Latest Local Food News

BY  |  Wednesday, Oct 01, 2014 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Restaurant ReportYour latest local restaurant news:

  • When one Montclair burger joint closes, another one opens… Elevation Burger posted a sign that it’s closed for business. It’s déjà vu all over again. But Stuffed Burger has opened for business.
  • There’s still time to get a seat at the Olive That and More Anniversary Dinner at Yellow Plum tomorrow night.
  • Just Jake’s in Montclair will hold its 2nd annual Pork Fest on Saturday, October 4 from 3 pm – 7 pm.
  • Saturday is National Taco Day and to celebrate Chef Adam Rose of Montlcair’s newest Mexican restaurant Villalobos is sharing his outrageously good Carne Asada Taco recipe. They are just one of the nine varieties of tacos on his fall menus, including Al Pastor de Pollo (my personal favorite), Carnitas with roasted corn and Pescado with serrano & cabbage slaw. Here’s the Villalobos Carne Asada Taco recipe:

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Montclair to Join Global Dinner Party Movement The Feast Worldwide

BY  |  Wednesday, Oct 01, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

The Feast Worldwide

Good food, drinks, and community conversation. It all happens at the first Montclair The Feast Worldwide on October 11 at 7 pm.

The Feast Worldwide sparks independent dinner events in 40+ cities to “rally around the change makers moving the world forward. Each city is invited to present their own vision for the future and curate the most inspiring entrepreneurs making it happen. Guests choose one to sit with over dinner — and instead of talking about problems, they talk about ways to support each other, collaborate, and make the world work better.”

Montclair resident Helene Richman, of brandhelene and co-founder of Montclair Pop-Up, is organizing The Feast Worldwide in Montclair. After being inspired at a Feast she attended in New York, she knew she wanted to bring one to her community.

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Glen Ridge Hosts First Ever October Feast

BY  |  Tuesday, Sep 30, 2014 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

October Feast SignageThe first annual October Feast will be held at the Glen Ridge Women’s Club on October 20, 2014. October Feast is a Food, Beer and Wine tasting evening hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Glen Ridge.

Tastings will be provided by 20 nearby restaurants which will include main courses, appetizers, salads and desserts. A beer tasting will be hosted by the Glen Ridge Home Brewers Association and a wine tasting will be hosted by Fairway Markets. A local rum distiller will be present and non-alcoholic beverages will be served.

Participating restaurants include Egan & Sons, Fin Rawbar and Kitchen, Fitzgerald’s 1928, Fricassée French Bistro, Greek Taverna, Halcyon Brasserie, La Couronne Restaurant, Mac Attack Gourmet Cheesery, Salute Bistro and Stamna Greek Taverna. Desserts will be provided by Aromi Di Napoli, Jarets Stuffed Cupcakes and Miss Nicky’s Gourmet Toffee Continue Reading

Oktoberfest Today at Lacordaire Academy

Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 8:37am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Lacordaire Academy is hosting an Oktoberfest today (Saturday, September 27 – rain date 9/28) from 9:00-4:00 that includes a 5K race, flea market, mums & pie sales, beer garden, food and children’s play land on campus at 155 Lorraine Ave., Upper Montclair, NJ. Special beer tasting from 6:30-8:00 PM. Continue Reading

Montclair’s Olive That and More Throwing Anniversary Dinner at Bloomfield’s Yellow Plum

BY  |  Friday, Sep 26, 2014 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Olive That and More

Olive That and More, the shop in Montclair which offers quality olive oils, Balsamic vinegar, and sea salts from around the world, is celebrating two years with a dinner at Yellow Plum in Bloomfield on Thursday, October 2 and you’re invited.

The four course menu looks amazing, and, as expected, designed around the shop’s oils and vinegar:

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Get Ready For The Invasion of The Pumpkin Spice

BY  |  Thursday, Sep 25, 2014 11:12am  |  COMMENTS (7)

Old-fashioned pumpkin doughnuts from Montclair Bread Company

Old-fashioned pumpkin doughnuts from Montclair Bread Company


One true sign that autumn is officially here? Pumpkin is everywhere (again).

There are pumpkin spice Oreos (which may smell like a candle), pumpkin spice Thomas’ English Muffins, even pumpkin spice hummus! And of course, the ubiquitous Pumpkin Spice Lattes from Starbucks (just don’t look for any actual pumpkin).

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Great Food For a Good Cause at the Third Annual Montclair Fall Food Classic

BY  |  Wednesday, Sep 24, 2014 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Fall Food Classic

Thanks to Kings and their Act Against Hunger initiative, two Montclair women, and some of our finest local chefs, the 3rd annual Montclair Fall Food Classic will take place on Thursday, October 16 to benefit The Salvation Army lunch program at the Citadel in Montclair.

The event is the brainchild of two Montclair Salvation Army volunteers: Caroline Clarke and Lisa Davies who decided it would be a good way to raise funds to replenish the food supplies that feed Montclair’s hungry every week.

“A lot of people are not aware of the good The Salvation Army does in our community feeding people in need. No one is turned away and in these tougher times the number of people needing a good meal is growing. Thanks to the strong food community of these restaurants and the very generous food donation by Kings we are able to hold this event once again, ” says Lisa.

It promises to be a another delicious lunch with a seasonal menu from Chef Robert Pantusa of Osteria Giotto in Montclair and Chef Francesco Palmieri of The Orange Squirrel in Bloomfield.

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Restaurant Report: Latest Local Food News (UPDATED)

BY  |  Wednesday, Sep 17, 2014 1:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Restaurant ReportYour latest local restaurant news:

  • Cloverleaf Tavern on Bloomfield Avenue in Caldwell was named the top place for beer lovers in the Northeast region by CraftBeer.com.
  • In case you missed it, De Novo in Montclair is open and serving up good, affordable food and drinks.
  • Tickets are selling for Cru Meets Brew, a wine- and beer-paired collaborative dinner that combines the culinary talents of many special chefs, on Thursday, October 16.
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    Dining By Design: Local Firm Wins Award from New Jersey Restaurant Association

    BY  |  Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (3)

    scala insideWhen 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

    Help Bag Hunger with Bloomfield Mayor Michael Venezia and Brookdale ShopRite

    BY  |  Sunday, Sep 14, 2014 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

    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

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