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 (11)

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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ALDI Supermarket Open in Bloomfield

BY  |  Thursday, Jun 23, 2016 11:00am  |  COMMENTS (36)

ALDI Supermarket

ALDI supermarket is now open in Bloomfield (244 Bloomfield Avenue), offering a unique shopping experience and discounted prices.

ALDI does things differently from your typical supermarket. The German grocery chain uses cost-cutting methods to offer discounted prices and sells mostly exclusive brands.

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Montclair Food News: Comings & Goings in the South End

BY  |  Tuesday, Jun 21, 2016 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Cakeaholic Obsession

Cakeaholic Obsession has closed its door on 324 Orange Road, but owner Julie Johnson tells Baristanet she will open again soon. On her Facebook page, Julie posted:

Attention all Cakeaholics! Our Orange Rd. location in Montclair has officially been closed as we are moving on to bigger and better things. But don’t you worry! You can place an order with us online at and we will still be here to satisfy your sweet tooth obsessions! Be sure to follow us @cakeaholicobsession on IG and FB for updates on our new location and summer camp classes.

She is not able to release info on a new location yet, but we will update post when she announces.



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Montclair Center Farmer’s Market Moves to Vacant Lot on Church Street

BY  |  Tuesday, Jun 21, 2016 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair Center’s Farmers Market

Israel Cronk, Executive Director for Montclair Center BID, told Baristanet that starting today, June 21, the Montclair Center Farmer’s Market has moved from South Park Street to the vacant lot on Church Street Parking Lot adjacent to Unitarian Universalist Church. The lot where The Kensington is hoping to build its Assisted Living building.

“I’m really happy to have negotiated a deal with the management of The Kensington for temporary use of their vacant lot,” says Cronk.

Montclair Center's Israel Cronk at site of new Farmers Market,

Montclair Center’s Israel Cronk at site of new Farmers Market,

“Until construction starts on that lot, Kensington has agreed to let Montclair Center and the community use the property every Tuesday for our Farmer’s Market. My objective is to work with people, not against. The Kensington has been generously supporting initiatives in Montclair like the Summer Stage, and other initiatives are in the works,” Cronk said.

Steve Schuckman, Montclair arborer and Farmers Market organizer, adds that while the new location is temporary “as we build the Tuesday market,” it offers the market more room to add additional vendors.

David Faeder, principle partner of the Kensington, provided this statement:

“In one of the many meetings that we have had with the BID in recent weeks , Israel Cronk asked us if we could help with an issue. He explained his desire to create more foot traffic during the weekdays by having activities like the Farmers Market. We are totally in favor of increased activity on Church Street, especially during the week when it is pretty quiet, and offered to help. His request was that we open our vacant lot and let the market set up there. We viewed his request as a win win win; a win for the merchants, a win for the Farmers Market, and a win for a philosophy of cooperation.

Not every idea will work out perfectly, and there are definitely times for perfection, like brain surgery. But on many things it is more about working cooperatively to find out what your neighbor needs and how you can help each other, even if not perfectly. We have found Israel’s approach of cooperation and problem solving, and “how can we make things better” a very welcome relief to four years of litigation.”


Cronk also told Baristanet that today there are several more merchants and that adding more in the near future should be easier with the new location.

Check out the new location today, and every Tuesday, from 1-7 pm!



Dust off Grandma’s Recipe Cards and Enter the Montclair Bread Co. Retro Bake-Off!

BY  |  Sunday, Jun 19, 2016 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair Bread Co.

Dust off Grandma’s recipe cards and stock up on Jello & Marshmallow Fluff because the 1st Annual Montclair Bread Company Retro Bake-Off is happening on July 2.

There are five categories in the Retro Bake-Off, as well as a Kids Competition:

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Two More Ways to Get Local Produce in Montclair

BY  |  Friday, Jun 10, 2016 11:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair Community Farm Coalition

Montclair has is nearly year-round Farmers Market at Walnut Street and the Montclair Center Farmers Market in the summer. Now there are two more places to get fresh and local produce in town:

Thanks to the Professional Woodworkers Guild of Upper New Jersey, the Montclair Community Farm Coalition now has a mobile farm stand to take local produce from its farm sites to area seniors. The Coalition operates two primary microfarm sites one behind the HomeCorp building on Miller Street and on at the Montclair Historical Society on Orange Road. This summer they’re selling the produce at affordable prices to seniors by setting up shop in the farm stand at Montclair’s senior housing buildings. The mobile farm stand will rotate among the four buildings every Friday.

For the 2016 season our Mobile Farm Stand will be operating Fridays on the following dates:

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Montclair Center Farmers Market Opens Tuesday, June 7

BY  |  Tuesday, Jun 07, 2016 8:05am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair Center’s Farmers Market

The Farmers Market returns to Montclair Center beginning on June 7 and will offer fresh and local produce, meats, and other food items every Tuesday in summer from 2 to 7 pm on South Park Street. A full list of participants coming soon!




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