Restaurant Report: Latest Local Food News

BY  |  Wednesday, Oct 22, 2014 7:30am  |  COMMENTS (9)

Restaurant ReportYour latest local restaurant news:

  • Openings: Andersons 1949 and  Heritage House have opened their doors.
    •  Jimmy Johns known for its all-natural, fresh gourmet sandwiches and high-speed delivery service, has opened in The Siena building in the former Twist frozen yogurt spot.

Also in The Siena, Chocolate Works, an interactive chocolate factory experience, has opened:

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Montclair Bread Company is the Donut Showdown Champion

BY  |  Monday, Oct 20, 2014 11:30am  |  COMMENTS (3)

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Chef Francesco Palmieri, Winner Rachel Crampsey, and her husband Kevin Crampsey

On Thursday night when The Cooking Channel aired the “Fiesta” episode of Donut Showdown, we learned that Rachel Crampsey, baker and owner of Montclair Bread Company, won the competition and took home the $10,000 prize. Last night, she celebrated in style hosting a viewing party at The Orange Squirrel in Bloomfield, with her friends and family cheering her on, and enjoying drinks, Chef Francesco Palmieri’s food, and Rachel’s winning donuts— Fried dough puffs with a marshmallow black licorice filling and a red fruit glaze, a Sangria doughnut with red wine dough, fruit filling, a Margarita donut with lime filling and a tequila glazed rim and Tres Leches donut with triple milk filling, avocado whipped cream.

“Winning the show was the most gratifying experience of my career, Rachel says. “It felt like every sacrifice I’ve made to get this far was finally worth something.”

Check out some photos from the party and enjoy Rachel’s amazing donuts at Montclair Bread Company:

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Holsten’s Celebrates 75 Years With Free Ice Cream

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Holsten’s, famous for its delicious homemade ice cream and being in The Sopranos, is celebrating its 75th Anniversary with a big Ice Cream Party on Sunday, October 26.

According to Holsten’s co-owner, Ron Stark, the establishment opened its doors as Strubbe’s Ice Cream parlor in 1939. After a number of successful years the business became Martin & Holsten’s, and then Holsten’s. Holsten’s became incorporated as Brookdale Confectionery in 1964 and continued doing business as Holsten’s, which was owned and operated by Rudi Stark and Gerhard Kaiser. William Bartels became Rudi Stark’s partner from 1970 to 1980. Christopher Carley became Rudi Stark’s partner in 1981. Ronald Stark also became an owner as well in 1990.

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Montclair Fall Food Classic Served Up a Wonderful Meal For a Good Cause

BY  |  Friday, Oct 17, 2014 9:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Caroline Clarke and our own Lisa Davies

Lisa Davies and Caroline Clarke

The third annual Montclair Fall Food Classic was held yesterday, Thursday, October 16 and offered the community a wonderful meal for a very good cause—raising funds for The Salvation Army’s hot meal program at the Citadel.

The tables were beautifully decorated topped with centerpieces donated by Kings Food Markets, a gorgeous centerpiece designed by Holly Korus greeted guests, live jazz performed by John Ehlis set the scene, great baskets donated by local businesses were offered for raffles, and the food was delicious.

The event was organized by Montclair Salvation Army volunteers: Caroline Clarke and our own Lisa Davies. Each week these women cook for local homeless and hungry people in our community.

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Learn to Eat More Better With Dan Pashman At Watchung Booksellers

BY  |  Wednesday, Oct 15, 2014 11:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)


“You only get so many bites in life, so you should try to make each one as delicious as possible.” That’s the message in Dan Pasman’s new book Eat More Better: How to Make Every Bite Delicious.

The creator and host of WNYC’s podcast The Sporkful and host of the Cooking Channel web series You’re Eating It Wrong has developed a witty, tongue-in-cheek, illustrated pseudo-textbook for people who love to eat and he’ll share it at Watchung Booksellers on Sunday, October 19.

Pashman analyzes everyday foods in extraordinary detail, often in diagrams and charts, to answer or offer tips on things such as the best place to put the cheese on a burger, how to use bacon as a structure to lift your pancakes off the plate to prevent sogginess, and what is the optimal coffee-dunking speed of a donut. 

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New Perk-Me-Up Space in Bloomfield: Blend Coffee House

BY  |  Monday, Oct 13, 2014 4:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Blend Coffee HouseI’ve noticed. You’ve noticed it, too. Days are getting shorter, and it’s only going to get worse. It means we all need a little more comfort and pep, and thankfully Bloomfield has a new perk-me-up spot on Broad Street. Blend Coffee House has been serving up caffeine and delicious pastry treats since late August. And if you haven’t tried their cappuccino or delicious chai tea (by our favorite Yogic Chai!), make the trip.

With both table and casual bar-style seating, Blend Coffee House has room to relax, watch a game, or surf with their free WiFi as you enjoy a hot or cold beverage. While the weather lasts, sit outside with a steaming macchiato or chai latte. Of course, you need something to go with that beverage. Tiramisu and slices of red velvet cake are the best sweet treat sellers, but there is also a choice of chocolate sweets, sandwiches, and even oatmeal to satisfy your pre-hibernation needs.

The staff is friendly and accommodating, and the Blend Coffee House space is clean, open, and welcoming. Stop in soon to help alleviate your flagging energy as autumn settles in. We recommend the cappuccino if you’re staying and the soy latte for take away. They go well with any and all of the sweets (some from Gencarelli’s Bakery). Trust us on this one.

Blend Coffee House is at 1033 Broad Street in Bloomfield (next to Taqueria Autentica), and it’s open early to help get you started for the day. Questions? Call Blend at (973) 893-5733.

The Best Local Thing I Ever Ate

BY  |  Wednesday, Oct 08, 2014 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (5)

The Best Local Thing I Ever AteIn our column, The Best Local Thing I Ever Ate, we ask local chefs, restaurant owners, and food lovers to share their favorite dish in town. These are the kind of meals that you crave, dream about, salivate over. The meals that you order over and over again. 

This month, three local ladies share their picks:


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Montclair’s Pig & Prince Celebrates Oktoberfest

BY  |  Friday, Oct 03, 2014 5:00pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

pig and princePig & Prince Restaurant & Gastrolounge will host its second annual Oktoberfest celebration featuring eight of the Metro area’s best craft breweries, all day craft beer specials, amazing food including German favorites, an appearance by DJ Lindsay Klein and the WDHA-FM street team and more on Sunday, October 5 from noon–7 p.m. Continue Reading

Where to Eat On National Taco Day: Locally of Course!

BY  |  Friday, Oct 03, 2014 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

National Taco Day


Tomorrow is National Taco Day, and who doesn’t love tacos? From little kids to grown ups, tacos are the perfect little handheld meal. And you can stuff them with just about anything. Not all tacos are created equal. Although I still love the ground beef Ortega brand hard shell taco my mom made frequently for dinner when I was a girl, my taco tastes have matured. For me, the best locally are from Villalobos in Montclair, Taqueria Authentica in Bloomfield, and my favorite fish taco is not from a Mexican restaurant, but Raymond’s in Montclair. Trust me.

Pete Genovese picks the 10 best NJ taco shops and restaurants and locally, we got some love.

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Montclair Bread Company’s Doughnut Maestro To Compete on Cooking Channel

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Montclair Bread Company’s Sunday Doughnuts may just be the best thing about Sundays in Montclair (and they go perfect with espresso).

Now MBC’s Rachel Crampsey gets to show a wider audience her baking prowess in a Donut Showdown on the Cooking Channel: Continue Reading

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