Montclair Restaurants Join With MESH for National Hunger Week, November 12-20

BY  |  Thursday, Oct 20, 2016 1:15pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

meshing-with-motownFor many, fall’s colder air signals the joy of the holiday season and the warmth of time spent with family and friends.  But not everyone can look forward to abundant meals and cozy homes.  National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week is an annual event, held the week before Thanksgiving, to draw attention to the problems of hunger and homelessness.  This year, the event takes place between November 12 – 20.  

MESH will kick off the week with a fundraiser “MESHing with Motown”  on Saturday evening, November 5.  The benefit party will take place at the Conference Center at Montclair State University, from 7-10pm. Guests will enjoy dancing to the dynamic Motown sound of Valerie Adams and the Dimension Band, along with food, beer and wine, and a silent auction and raffle.  Tickets prices range from $75 to $150 per person, and are available online here.

Here in Montclair, several local restaurants will join with MESH (Montclair Emergency Services for the Homeless) for “Dine Out and Make a Difference” to mark the week. During “Dine Out and Make a Difference,” the restaurants will donate a portion of the their proceeds to support MESH programs to help those experiencing homelessness and food insecurity in Montclair.

Participating restaurants include (Times, dates, coupons and updates are available on the MESH website):

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Cheers! Make Your Reservations for Some Fantastic Wine Dinners

BY  |  Tuesday, Oct 18, 2016 2:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Love good food and great wine? Then you’ll want to make your reservation for some fantastic Wine Dinners coming up:

Laboratorio Kitchen

Laboratorio Kitchen (615 Bloomfield Ave, Montclair) is hosting a French Dinner with Wine Pairing with Angelbeck’s Fine Wine’s on Monday, October 24 from 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm. Enjoy a five course French dinner with wine pairing, tickets are $100 (all inclusive) and must be purchased at Angelbecks fine wines 621 Valley Road, Montclair or  over the phone (973) 744-1375. Michele Zuckerman, CSW will be the guest speaker.


  • 1st course
    French bean and caper salad, with anchovy dressing, shaved eggs, mustard seed and fresh crouton
    Paired with Louis Roederer Brut Rose 2010 Champagne
  • 2nd course
    Lemon sole meuniere, brown butter lemon sauce, fresh parsley, crispy potatoes, micro arugula
    Paired with Patrick La Doucette Pouilly Fume 2014
  • 3rd course
    Fresh tagliatelle pasta with duck ragu, black garlic, nicoise olives, pecorino cheese, plum tomatoes
    Paired with Chateau Lassegue Grand Cru 2010 St Emillion
  • 4th course
    Dijon crusted lamb chops with root vegetables, demi glaze, fried leeks
    Paired with Chateau Duhart du Moulin 2012 Pauillac
  • 5th course
    Chocolate soufflé with coffee bean gelato, salted caramel and fresh cream
    Paired with Chapoutier Banyuls 2014- Rhone

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A Full Belly, Bragging Rights and A Pair of Ani Ramen Golden Chopsticks

BY  |  Wednesday, Oct 12, 2016 9:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

1st and 2nd Place Winners Sebastian Voltarelli and Carlos Avellaneda.

1st and 2nd Place Winners Sebastian Voltarelli and Carlos Avellaneda.

There were 28 competitors who came hungry and read to slurp, sip, and repeat at Ani Ramen’s first ever Ramen Eating Contest Monday night. One contestant, Dexter Lopina, even came suited up warrior style for the event.


Three young women also jumped in to vie for the title — Karrie Ducusin of Montclair, Samai Fakih of New York and Krisha Jung of Edison. Each contestant had their own competitive eating method – some stood, some sat and one even chose a fork over chopsticks.

In the end, the winner of the coveted first prize, the Ani Ramen Golden Chopsticks (good for one year of free ramen at either Ani Ramen location) was Sebastian Voltarelli of Glen Ridge. He outpaced the group, downing a very impressive 9.25 bowls of ramen in 15 minutes. A real estate professional at the Voltarelli Organization, Voltarelli has never competed in an organized food competition before. He has, however, taken on “The Tsunami” challenge at Surf Taco and says he holds the record for eating that 4.5 lb. burrito in 2:32. Continue Reading

Slow Food Northern NJ Farm-to-Table Fundraiser Dinner at Van Vleck House

BY  |  Sunday, Oct 09, 2016 10:50am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Slow Food Northern New Jersey

Celebrate the autumn harvest at a four-course farm-to-table dinner at the beautiful Van Vleck House & Gardens to benefit Slow Food Northern NJ’s urban farm and school garden fund.

Slow Food Northern New Jersey is one of 175 Slow Food chapters across the country. They support local farmers, ranchers and fishers. Their mission is to counter the effects of a destructive industrial food system by advocating for food that is good, clean and fair. Slow Food Northern New Jersey’s urban farm and school garden fund helps supply fresh, organic vegetables to low-income residents of Newark and Jersey City.

Sylvia Becker and Daniel Stein of Wild Honey Catering will prepare the evening’s meal of fresh produce and meats sourced from local farms. You’ll enjoy mushroom bisque, roasted acorn squash wedge with ancient grain pilaf and lentils, pork roulade, Tarte Tatin, and more.

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Montclair 5th Annual Fall Food Classic Fundraiser to Benefit Salvation Army Feeding Program

BY  |  Wednesday, Oct 05, 2016 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair Fall Food Classic

The 5th annual Montclair Fall Food Classic will take place on Thursday, October 27 to benefit The Salvation Army Feeding 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.

It promises to be a another delicious lunch with a seasonal menu from great local chefs.

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Where to Celebrate National Taco Day

BY  |  Tuesday, Oct 04, 2016 8:23am  |  COMMENTS (1)

These tacos earned me a "spot" towards edible rewards.

Today, October 4, is National Taco Day! It’s also Taco Tuesday, so you have two reasons to go out and eat the spicy goodness of the Mexican taco.

Here’s where to celebrate National Taco Day locally:


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It’s Apple Picking Season!

BY  |  Monday, Oct 03, 2016 6:26am  |  COMMENTS (1)

Apple Picking

It’s autumn and it’s apple season! Nothing is more comforting than a warm apple pie topped with a big ol’ scoop of vanilla bean ice cream. And when that pie is made with apples you’ve picked, it tastes even better.

You can pick your own at one of these New Jersey farms (including one in New York):
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MSU and Montclair Bread Co. Team Up For Great Doughnut Challenge

BY  |  Wednesday, Sep 28, 2016 2:35pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair Bread Co.

Montclair State University’s Commuter Student Programs and Services is teaming up with Montclair Bread Co., to create a new, limited-edition doughnut. The winning doughnut will act as a taste of Montclair State University right in the heart of Montclair’s community down on Walnut Street!

The contest is open to MSU students who are challenged to create a unique (and delicious) doughnut that represents the University.

The winning doughnut will be sold at the Montclair Bread Co. (113 Walnut Street) the week of November 28 – December 2.

Any ideas to inspire the students, readers? Tell us in comments!






Scenes From the Montclair Center and Pig & Prince Oktoberfest

BY  |  Wednesday, Sep 28, 2016 11:30am  |  COMMENTS (1)


Montclair Center BID and Pig & Prince joined forces to bring more foot traffic downtown by hosting a huge Oktoberfest on Saturday, September 24. There was beer, authentic food, live music, and a whole lot of fun. Photographer Phil Cantor captured the festivities in some great photos. Check them out below:

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Local Rockettes Make Time For Joy at Montclair Bread Company

BY  |  Saturday, Sep 24, 2016 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

September 21, 2016: During the media tour for the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, the Rockettes meet with fans and hand out their peppermint candy cane donut at the Montclair Bread Company in Montclair, NJ.

September 21, 2016: During the media tour for the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, the Rockettes meet with fans and hand out peppermint candy cane donuts at the Montclair Bread Company in Montclair, NJ.

Radio City Rockettes Megan Levinson of North Caldwell (left) and Alyssa Epstein of Livingston visited Montclair Bread Company and presented owners and staff with a certificate recognizing Montclair Bread Company as a spectacular place to “make time for joy.”

September 21, 2016: During the media tour for the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, the Rockettes meet with fans and hand out their peppermint candy cane donut at the Montclair Bread Company in Montclair, NJ. Continue Reading

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