Celebrate National Ice Cream Month

BY  |  Friday, Jul 03, 2015 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (1)

Of all the “national” days and month, National Ice Cream Month is my favorite. You can thank President Reagan for the designation. In 1984 he signed a proclamation making National ice Cream Month AND Day official. And all month long in July, I partake without guilt.

Here’s where to get your cones and sundaes locally:

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Applegate Farm (616 Grove Street, Montclair, NJ, 07043) From 1848 to present day, locals have enjoyed homemade ice cream from the farm. Offering a FREE SMALL CONE when you buy a Signature Sundae between Monday – Friday 12-4 pm. And take the family to Wednesday night Family Fun Nights throughout the entire summer!


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Grand Opening Today For Gus & Co. Seafood in Upper Montclair

BY  |  Thursday, Jul 02, 2015 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (5)

GUS AND COUpper Montclair’s new fish monger, Gus & Co. Seafood, opens officially today, Thursday, July 2, at 4 p.m with a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by Montclair Mayor Robert Jacksonand First Ward Councilman Bill Hurlock. If you haven’t made it in since the store had its soft opening last month, come, taste samples of signature seafood dishes and check out this old-school style fresh fish and shellfish market specializing in the freshest hand-selected seafood from the Fulton Fish market.

Located at 626 Valley Road, Gus & Co. also sells delicious house-made seafood specialties including chowders, crab cakes, and lobster rolls.

Proprietor and fishmonger Paul “Gus” Gustavsen has been honing his craft for the past 25 years at New York’s historic Fulton Fish Market, and

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Le French Week Brings Music, Food, & Festivities to New Jersey

BY  |  Tuesday, Jun 30, 2015 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)


For one week in July, New Jersey goes French. Between July 6 – 14, which is Bastille Day (France’s Independence Day) Le French Week will offer fun events celebrating all things French. There are many events throughout NJ—from French charades and desserts in Hoboken to a night out at L’Occitane en Provence in Paramus—but lucky for us, there are great events in Baristaville!

Here are your local Le French Week events:

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A Sweet Taste of Summer Found Locally

BY  |  Friday, Jun 26, 2015 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Need a cool, refreshing treat? Get a sweet taste fo summer at one of these local shops:

Blueberry Cardamom Pie

Blueberry Cardamom Pie at Plum on Park (14 Park Street, Montclair, NJ, 07042)

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Mish Mish Cafe Chef/Owner Wins Food Network’s Chopped

BY  |  Tuesday, Jun 23, 2015 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (1)

Meny Vaknin (second from right) competing on Chopped.

Meny Vaknin (second from right) competing on Chopped.

After opening earlier this year, Montclair’s Mish Mish Cafe has quickly gained popularity, largely due to the efforts of its chef and owner Meny Veknin who has established himself as a master of his craft. This was recently solidified by Veknin’s success on the Food Network show Chopped. Veknin won the competition, beating out three other highly esteemed chefs, and was awarded a $10,000 prize.

“Chopped is always looking for new chefs because it is such a successful show” says Veknin, “I went on casting and thought I was ready to compete for the first time in my life in such a setting.” After attending casting, Veknin was called back and booked for the show.

The theme of the episode was spiciness. The chefs were put to the test, having to concoct dishes with a mixture of spicy ingredients in a short time frame. Veknin admits that spicy food however is not his specialty. “I think they did it on purpose” says Veknin, “beforehand I kept saying ‘I don’t like spicy food, I don’t like spicy food.'” Continue Reading

Coming This Summer to Montclair: Fusion Empanada

BY  |  Thursday, Jun 18, 2015 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (1)

 Fusion Empanada

Fusion Empanada in Hackensack, NJ has been serving up organic Latin Cuisine for the past 2 1/2 years and will open its second location in Montclair this summer. Located on the same block as Uncle Momo and Toast, Fusion Empanada will be at 706 Bloomfield Avenue.

The owner, Kenny Candelaria, tells Baristanet that the focus on quality empanadas is his mission.

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Father’s Day Dining Guide (Updated)

BY  |  Tuesday, Jun 16, 2015 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Sunday is Father’s Day and the special dad in your life deserves some pampering. Take him out for a nice meal at one of these local restaurants:

Father’s Day

Treat him to a special meal at Laboratorio Kitchen in Montclair. With options like an Aged Ribeye with steak frites and horseradish cream or a Dry Rubbed Filet Mignon with creamy mash and red wine reduction (as well as many others), we’re sure he will be happy.

Laboratorio Kitchen
Sunday, June 21
615 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair, NJ, 07042



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Montclair Food & Wine Festival: Bourbon & Biergarten, Grand Tasting — Both A Grand Slam

BY ,  |  Monday, Jun 15, 2015 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

The third time was definitely the charm for the third annual Montclair Food & Wine Festival.

This year’s festival was bigger with four events including Book Party & Bites, Gala Dinner, Bourbon & Biergarten and Grand Tasting.


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Seen Around Town: Eat What You Want, Pay What You Want

BY  |  Monday, Jun 15, 2015 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)


Blu and Next Door, two side-by-side restaurants in Montclair owned by Chef Zod Arifai, are set to close in August. But before they do, there’s some great food and even greater deals to be had. This sign was spotted at the restaurants yesterday announcing that on Wednesday, June 17 you can “eat what you want, and pay what you want.”

Baristanet reached out ot Chef Arifai to learn more.

“We have been wanting to do this for a long long time, now that we are closing we are trying some different things,” he said.

According to Arifai, this is how it will work:

Go in on Wednesday, June 17 and you’ll get a menu featuring food options from both Blu and Next Door. You can eat as many things as you want and as much as you want, but you must finish everything that you order (you can’t take anything home). You’ll receive a check listing everything that you ordered with three lines: one for total amount you want to pay, one for tax, and one for the tip.

“Everyone I talk to, including all the PR people, think that it’s not a good idea and that it’s crazy and it will attract the wrong people,” says Arifai, but adds, “I want to see what happens.”

The Pay What You Want restaurant model is not new, and is gaining popularity. There are many PWYW establishments around the word. It is however, new for this area and these restaurants. We’re excited to hear how it turns out. Personally, if Next Door’s amazing burger, with gooey melted cheese and sweet caramelized onions, is on the PWYW menu, I’ll be generous. It’s priceless.

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(Sign Photo: Hillary Watterson)



An Elegant Start to 2015 Montclair Food & Wine Festival

BY  |  Thursday, Jun 11, 2015 6:43am  |  COMMENTS (1)


Monday night at The Manor was nothing short of festive, fun and fabulous. As the inaugural event for the Montclair Food & Wine Festival, the evening set the tone for the remaining events this week.

The packed, exquisite sit-down dinner, was a testament to the rock-star following many of our local chefs have. Not only did the many chefs produce imaginative and delicious fare, many showed their entertaining personalities and showmanship stepping up to the mike during the meal.

Champagne and light appetizers served in the gorgeous atrium of The Manor warmed up the crowd. Amanti Vino’s Sharon Sevrens prepared the wine pairings for each course of the menu. Continue Reading

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