Make Your Reservations! Bloomfield Restaurant Week Returns on August 6

BY  |  Monday, Jul 18, 2016 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

Bloomfield Restaurant Week Start making reservations! Bloomfield Restaurant Week will run from August 6 – 14 with more than 20 restaurants showcasing the town’s culinary best. The event will showcase a blend of old favorites and new “must-try” eateries.

Participating restaurants — new this year is Essex Junction, Brookdale Tavern & Kitchen, and Blend Coffee House — will offer a prix fixe menu of $30 or less (not including drinks, tax and tip)for lunch and dinner.

Another perk is free parking for all restaurants during lunch for the entire week (2 hr. complimentary parking beginning at 11 am at all bagged meters). Restaurants will also raffle away a gift certificate to the guests that come during restaurant week dates.

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Montclair Food & Wine Festival’s BBQ, Bourbon and Biergarten Was A Blast!

BY  |  Wednesday, Jul 13, 2016 3:52pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Fitzgerald's 1926 bacon-wrapped BBQ shrimp were the bomb.

Fitzgerald’s 1926 bacon-wrapped BBQ shrimp were the bomb.


Montclair enjoyed the most fun and flavorful food event to date last Saturday night at BBQ, Bourbon and Biergarten, the much anticipated Montclair Food & Wine Festival (MFWF) summer event (and Baristanet’s most popular ever giveaway!), held on the beautiful grounds of the Montclair Art Museum.

Diners were treated to tons of BBQ-themed fare artfully prepared by area chefs, a variety of craft beers and some ultra smooth bourbons, all while rocking out to the Rockin 45’s music provided by the Wellmont Theater. There were also terrific desserts (Bourbon Blondies from Little DaisyBake Shop, decadent Chocolate Bourbon cupcakes from Cakeaholic Obsession and ice cream (of course!) from Applegate Farm.

Festival Executive Director Diane Biancamano, along with her brother-in-law, Francesco Palmieri, owner of Bloomfield’s Orange Squirrel Restaurant, were behind this year’s fantastic event, taking over for MFWF founder Melody Kettle.

Chefs from Pig & Prince, Fascino and Costanera were on hand.

Chefs from Pig & Prince, Fascino and Costanera were on hand.

“We’re pleased the event sold out and that the weather held up (only a slight, refreshing drizzle) for us,” says Biancamano. “I think the surprise of the evening was when Halcyon ran away with both BBQ competition titles, Judges Choice and People’s Choice!” Halcyon received bragging rights and a very cool hand-crafted trophy (a 3-D sculpture fetauring a small beer keg, bourbon barrel and a cutting-board with a cleaver on top!)

Those winning oysters from Halcyon Brasserie!

Those winning oysters from Halcyon Brasserie!

Next on the agenda for MFWF, says Biancamano, is the Frost Bites event in January. The only teaser at this point is that the venue in Montclair is expected to change for that event, so stay tuned for an announcement soon. Biancamano says MFWF will be working with Montclair High School and Montclair State University to identify students deserving of the scholarship donations.

To see more mouthwatering pictures from the event, check out our coverage on Instagram.

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Eat (and Live!) the New French Way With Tres Green, Tres Clean, Tres Chic

BY  |  Thursday, Jul 07, 2016 3:00pm  |  COMMENTS (2)


Rebecca Leffler, who grew up in Cedar Grove and graduated from MKA in Montclair, had been living in Paris since moving there in 2004 to study French cinema. She ended up working in the field (she was a journalist and the France Correspondent for The Hollywood Reporter) but after coming home for the summer a few years ago, she discovered how the health movement was gaining momentum in the U.S., but at the time, France was very far behind. When you think of French cooking, butter and flaky croissants come to mind.

“There was no kale in sight and green juice or chia seeds were crazy concepts,” says Leffler. “I ended up writing a book and it really took off there.”

Très Green Très Clean Très Chic (Titled Green Glam & Gourmande in France where it launched last year and has become a #1 best-seller) is a charming cookbook, organized by season to help any food-loving Francophile enjoy all that Mother Nature has to offer.

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Sponsored: Chef Rachel Reuben Bring Big Ethnic Flavors To The BBQ

Thursday, Jul 07, 2016 10:30am


Chef Rachel Reuben, a Montclair resident and Food Network Chopped Champion, has eaten and cooked a lot of Italian food lately. She just returned from the Amalfi Coast where she leads intimate slow-food culinary tours every spring and fall, through her company Food Fix Kitchen.

PrintThough her heart and the basis for her heart-healthy approach to eating, cooking and living well is Mediterranean flavors and fare, this summer she has a yen for the deep umami of Asian flavors, especially when it comes to BBQ. “One thing that is celebrated at BBQs and in backyards across the country, is the abundant ethnic diversity in foods we have come to embrace. Our country is a melting pot and because of that our palates have expanded beyond European influences to include and “jones” over Mexican, South American, Asian, North African, Middle Eastern, Caribbean as well as other flavor profiles.”

For more great recipes, and to read Chef Rachel’s posts about living a delicious life inside and out of the kitchen, visit her at Learn more about her Full Fridge services, in-home cooking parties and other culinary event planning, here.

Pacific Rim Glazed Chicken Skewers with Lime, Sesame and Scallions
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Get a Taste of Peru at the Peru Fusion Food & Pisco Festival at Van Vleck House & Gardens

BY  |  Tuesday, Jul 05, 2016 1:15pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Peru Fusion

Sample the cuisine of Peru at the Peru Fusion Food & Pisco Festival on July 9 and 10. The two day festival will take place at the Van Vleck House & Gardens in Montclair. You’ll enjoy a unique food experience with the best Peruvian chefs and mixologists in the United States.
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Fourth of July Food: BBQ Recipes, Pies, Cocktails, and More!

BY  |  Wednesday, Jun 29, 2016 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)


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Giveaway: Montclair Food & Wine Festival’s BBQ, Bourbon & Biergarten!!!

BY  |  Tuesday, Jun 28, 2016 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)


Montclair Food & Wine Festival, in partnership with Montclair Art Museum, hosts BBQ, Bourbon & Biergarten, a return of last year’s smashing event.

Stroll the gorgeous grounds of the Montclair Art Museum, sample savory and sweet offerings from the area’s great chefs and groove to the live music by The Rocking 45’s provided by the Wellmont Theater, all while sipping on the best bourbon and craft beer curated by Amanti Vino!

There will be a BBQ competition judged by:

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Montclair Food News: Osterio Giotto To Close

BY  |  Tuesday, Jun 28, 2016 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (27)

Osterio GiottoSad news for the many Giotto fans in the Montclair area (especially Peter King). We’ve been told that Osterio Giotto will close on July 11.

It’s not all bad news though, the owners still plan to open a small takeout place on Church Street — we wrote about their plans for Bottega di Giotto back in 2012. Let’s hope that the beloved lasagna will be available for takeout. Baristanet will update with a response from Giotto’s owners who will share more this week — stay tuned.





Where To Get Your Lobster Fix: Lobster Rolls and More

BY  |  Monday, Jun 27, 2016 3:31pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Lobster roll from Gus & Co. in Upper Montclair

Lobster roll from Gus & Co. in Upper Montclair

You know how there is a song of summer? Well, if there was an official lobster roll of summer, last year’s winner was from Gus & Co. Seafood Market in Upper Montclair, which opened last spring and then caused quite a sensation with its lobster roll, racking up comments and shares on Baristanet’s Facebook page (“My news feed is filled with pictures of these lobster rolls!” — said a reader). Lobster is the star of this meaty roll served with lemon on a toasted bun. You can pick up the beloved roll to go this summer for $16.

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Food News: Dim Sum At Noble East, Breakfast at Essex Junction, Cocktails at Fin, New Pizza/Pasta in Upper Montclair

BY  |  Friday, Jun 24, 2016 11:15am  |  COMMENTS (0)


Happiness is a Dim Sum feast at The Noble East.


Dim Sum feast at The Nobe East

Dim Sum at The Noble East

Check off the dishes you want on the paper Dim Sum menu and then watch them appear — dumplings, buns, scallion pancakes and for the brave, chicken feet. Dim sum menu offered weekends from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. (Update: Noble East hopes to also offer eekday lunch dim sum soon). Our server taught us how in Hong Kong people say yum cha (drinking tea) when they want to have dim sum because having tea with a variety of snacks is the way the tradition developed. Try the sesame lotus balls as a sweet end to your dim sum with tea. The Noble East, 4 Alvin Place, Upper Montclair


Make sure you grab breakfast, before the train, at Essex Junction’s new Breakfast Walk Up Window.


Breakfast window at Essex Junction serving Bloomfield commuters.

Breakfast window at Essex Junction serving Bloomfield commuters.

Now open every day from 6-9:30 a.m., across the street from Bloomfield Train Station. Treat yourself to an alfresco breakfast at the outdoor tables or grab your breakfast to go. Our picks? The EJ Sandwich $6 (eggs over east, roasted tomatoes, Gouda, smoked bacon, greens on brioche) or oatmeal ($4). They also serve Montclair Bread Company donuts and Ahrre’s coffee, including cold brew! Essex Junction, 90 Washington St, Bloomfield


Our favorite summer addition to Glenridge Ave.? Sipping alfresco cocktails at Fin.


Cocktails at Fin

Cocktails at Fin

We love the Essex Mule and Old Smokey’s Man-garita and the Moonshine Sangria. These cocktails ($9 each), along with wines by the glass and beer can also be enjoyed at bar inside. Fin Raw Bar & Kitchen, 183 Glenridge Ave., Montclair

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Thanks for posting this information. I am a parent to a rising kindergartener, and we did not receive the email. Important, relevant news for all families new to the district. Did any families new to the district receive this email?

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