BY Georgette Gilmore | Wednesday, Aug 27, 2014 9:00am
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The next Montclair Food & Wine Festival (MFWF) won’t happen until June 2015, but food aficionados won’t have to wait till then to enjoy great food and drink, because the Festival is hosting Cru Meets Brew, a wine- and beer-paired collaborative dinner that combines the culinary talents of many special chefs, on Thursday, October 16.
The five course collaborative wine and beer paired charity dinner will take place at Highlawn Pavilion and showcase the culinary skills of Guest Chef Anthony Bucco (former Executive Chef of The Ryland Inn) along with Montclair chefs Christopher Ryan Arturo (Red Eye Café); Bryan Gregg (Escape); Adam Rose (Villalobos); and Julian Valencia (Ani Ramen House). Sharon Sevrens (sommelier and proprietor of Amanti Vino) will choose the wine and beer for a truly exciting night of virtuoso flavors and inspired pairings.
Cru Meets Brew proceeds will benefit Intensive Therapeutics and the newly created collaborative program at Montclair High School MACHE: Montclair Academy for Culinary & Hospitality Excellence.
BY Liz George | Sunday, Aug 24, 2014 10:50am
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Montclair is rooting for Demetri Malki’s new restaurant but Jeh Johnson may be Malki’s biggest fan. Johnson, U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, acting as a “private citizen,” toasted Malki Friday night at a pre-opening party at De Novo. (The restaurant officially opens today.)
“I have followed this man from restaurant to restaurant to eat,” says Johnson. “He has long coat tails. Hopefully, this is his last stop.” Continue Reading
BY Georgette Gilmore | Friday, Aug 22, 2014 9:00am
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J&K Steakhouse Montclair at 44 South Park Street in the Sienna building has closed, but we’ve learned that J&K owner Jarod Zelaya is opening a restaurant in its place called Heritage House.
Consulting with Zelaya on Heritage House’s menu, branding and design is Alex Mendelsohn, owner of Orale Mexican Kitchen in Jersey City. Mendelsohn tells us that Heritage House will offer an “All American menu ranging through the heritage of the melting pot with a focus on comfort food with no cultural boundaries.”
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BY Georgette Gilmore | Wednesday, Aug 13, 2014 9:30am
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Your latest local restaurant news:
- Yellow Plum in Bloomfield celebrates its first anniversary tonight with a happy hour, drink specials, live entertainment, and an all you can eat pig roast for $30 per person.
- Pig & Prince in Montclair will throw a “Boogie Down Bash & BBQ” to celebrate its two year anniversary on Sunday, August 24. $20 admission includes food and live entertainment by The Defending Champions. There will also be great drink specials.
- Toast Montclair is closed today for a “maintenance day.”
- Friday September 12 will be your last chance to dine at CulinAriane in Montclair. Chef Duarte will open a new restaurant in Verona, which will have a bigger space, liquor license, and be a bit more casual.
BY Liz George | Tuesday, Aug 12, 2014 11:59am
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Baristanet broke the news of De Novo (also on our map of restaurants serving liquor in Montclair). Now we can share more details about the European Pub opening late August at the Upper Montclair Train Station.
Montclair restaurateurs, Demetri Malki (Table 8, D’metri’s) new restaurant takes inspiration from family-oriented casual pubs of Europe. De Nov’s executive chef is Marika Villik, who headed the kitchens at Malki’s earlier restaurants.
BY Georgette Gilmore | Friday, Aug 08, 2014 10:30am
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Sure you can join a CSA, get your produce at the Montclair’s Farmer’s Market or the Montclair Community Farms, but think of the feeling of accomplishment you could have if you grew your own vegetables? Not to mention the money you’ll save. If you’ve ever thought about having your own vegetable garden, then this upcoming event is for you.
BY Georgette Gilmore | Friday, Aug 08, 2014 8:00am
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The storefront of Villalobos has come a long way from the newspaper and Mexican flag covering the windows in April. And the inside has been transformed to a chic, warm, and welcoming space to enjoy what owner and chef Adam Rose calls “Traditional Mexican with a modern technique.”
Nutley native Rose has worked at Restaurant Passione (former Montclair restaurant of Chef Michael Carrino of Pig & Prince) and Bin 14 Trattoria & Wine Bar in Hoboken, where Rose earned an “excellent” review from the New York Times. Since October 2011, he’s been Executive Chef at NICO at NJPAC. Rose’s creative partners are VJ Moscaritola, another Nutley native who currently owns Gumdrop Hairdressing in Montclair, and Ashley A. Rose, Adam’s sister, who worked as interior designer of Villalobos.
Talking to Rose, you can feel how passionate he is of Mexican cuisine. Though not formally trained in the food, Rose said he came to admire the cuisine while working in various kitchens with Mexican staff. His travels took him to Oaxaca and Mexico City where he tasted and learned how to make what he calls “a rich and true cuisine.” Rose chose Montclair to open his first restaurant because he feels its the food destination in Northern, NJ. He gave a shout out to El Matador in Bloomfield for offering great and authentic Mexican.
BY Georgette Gilmore | Wednesday, Aug 06, 2014 10:30am
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Spotted this week in the former Plato Cubano spot on Valley Road, is a new sign for Stuffed, 100 percent grass fed burgers. The menu on the website has 6 grass fed burger options — all stuffed with cheese — various toppings, a vegetarian option of Stuffed Portabello Mushroom, fried, coleslaw and more. The inside is currently under construction and Stuffed is expected to open this fall.
BY Baristanet Staff | Monday, Aug 04, 2014 10:30am
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North Coast Brewing Co., a 2014 Montclair Jazz Festival Stage Sponsor, is hosting a four-course Brewmaster Benefit Dinner at the Highlawn Pavilion on Thursday, August 14th. The evening, which features a sampling of highly-rated North Coast Brewing Ales, kicks off at 7:30 pm for the reception and 8:00 pm for dinner.
Even better — 100 percent of the ticket sales from the evening will support Jazz House Kids, Montclair’s nonprofit jazz education and performance organization. For every two tickets sold, three private lessons will be given to Jazz House Kids’ scholarship students during the 2014 Summer Jazz Workshop. More than 35 percent of the students enrolled receive scholarship support. All camp students will highlight their musical talents at the free Montclair Jazz Festival on August 16 in Nishune Park, where they will perform throughout the day on the same bill as internationally renowned jazz headliners. North Coast Brewing Co., a proud sponsor of jazz education and performance nationwide, will also host a beer garden at the Montclair Jazz Festival where 100 percent of the sales support Jazz House Kids. Continue Reading
BY Baristanet Staff | Friday, Aug 01, 2014 2:00pm
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Tune in to ABC 7 news at 5 pm tonight (or set your DVRs) to catch Bloomfield chef Francesco Palmieri share his recipe for a vegan BLT Soup from The Orange Squirrel on Neighborhood Eats.
Check out some photos from the filming with host Lauren Glassberg below, courtesy of Raymond Helfrich: