Pig & Prince to Donate 500 Thanksgiving Day Meals to Salvation Army

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Chef-Michael-Carrino-8.19Mike Carrino, chef and partner of Pig & Prince Restaurant & Gastrolounge in Montclair, will prepare and donate approximately 500 traditional Thanksgiving Day meals to the Salvation Army. Major Kevin Stoops, of the Montclair Salvation Army Citadel, will be in attendance to offer their gratitude and pick up the food on Thanksgiving morning.

“We are happy to support the Salvation Army this Thanksgiving season for the eighth year in a row,” said  Carrino.

“We have had the good fortune of being supported by the great people of Montclair and we wanted to show our thanks by helping those within the community who are struggling this holiday season. It’s a tradition we started at Restaurant Passionné and continued with the opening of Pig & Prince in 2012. We are very excited that we reached our goal of approximately 500 meals as the Salvation Army will feed as many as 1,100 people on Thanksgiving. Our efforts will cover almost a half of those meals.”


Baristanet Thanksgiving Round Up 2014

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Tomorrow is the big day — Thanksgiving, Turkey Day, Gobble ’till you Wobble Day!

Here is a collection of recipes, cocktails, decor advice, playlists and more to help you host a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner:

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Chefs At “A Tasteful Experience” Dish About Thanksgiving Favorites

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For many chefs, Thanksgiving is a work day away from their home cooking for customers. Earlier this month, we found local chefs/purveyors at A Tasteful Experience who would be cooking for their own family this week. We asked them what they consider their Thanksgiving signature dish: Continue Reading

Two Thanksgiving Cocktails to Toast the Bounty

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Shahana Ali, Head Mixologist at De Novo in Montclair offers Baristanet readers two cocktails that have seasonal touches to toast the bounty of the Thanksgiving table!

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Enjoy Jewish Soul Food and Israeli Wine Tasting at Bnai Keshet Annual Book Festival

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Jewish Soul Food

The annual Bnai Keshet Book Festival happens this Saturday, November 22 with the theme Journeys of the Soul: From Appetizer to Ice Cream.

There will be delicious samples from Israeli cookbook author Janna Gur’s new Jewish Soul Food, with an Israeli wine-tasting, followed by readings from featured authors, who explore the immigrant soul in America.

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To Brine, Or Not to Brine: That is The Turkey Question

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To Brine, Or Not to Brine

With Thanksgiving in a little over a week away, many of us are planning out our annual quest for a crisp, moist, perfect turkey. Some swear that the best way to achieve that is by brining the turkey — soaking it overnight in salty water. Others disagree and say that you lose the great turkey flavor and texture when you brine, ending up with an over-salty bird. And you have to store a 20-pound bird submerged in a big tub of liquid in your home days before the big holiday. Of course, you could find a happy medium and go the dry brining route, aka pre-salting, for a well-seasoned turkey outcome without the texture issue.

We asked a few local chefs how they cook their Thanksgiving turkey and, not only do they all brine first, they also all cut up the turkey and cook the breast and legs separately:

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Partake in Some Delicious Pies This Thanksgiving

BY  |  Friday, Nov 14, 2014 1:30pm  |  COMMENTS (3)

Gina's Bakery

Gina’s Bakery

Would you like to partake in some Pecan Pie on Thanksgiving? Or some pumpkin, apple, mince meat,or coconut cream? Of course you do! Whether you want to bring a pie to a dinner you are attending or if you’re hosting and want to lighten your load, there is an abundance of delicious Thanksgiving pies to enjoy in our area.

Gina’s Bakery on Walnut Street can take your pie orders through Sunday, November 23. Choose from apple, blueberry, cherry, mixed berry, pecan and pumpkin pies ($19.50-$24.50).

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The 24th Annual Pagan Thanksgiving: Food, Fun, and the Wishbone Grudge Match!

BY  |  Friday, Nov 14, 2014 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Pagan Thanksgiving

The story goes — Twenty years ago, a few guys going to Montclair State decided to throw a Thanksgiving feast the Monday before the actual holiday. About 20 people showed up, and there was plenty of beer, but not much in the way of napkins and silverware. Hence the nickname: The Pagan Thanksgiving.

Throughout the years Pagan Thanksgiving has grown into a full feast with many more guests — even moved toThe Wellmont last year. This year, the 24th Annual Pagan Thanksgiving shindig is back at Halcyon Brasserie in Montclair. They’ll be food, drink, and the annual Wishbone Grudge Match! The big party is a fun tradition, but it’s also important. The guys who run Pagan Thanksgiving collect donations for the Human Needs Food Pantry in Montclair so others can enjoy a nice Thanksgiving dinner too.

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The Best Local Thing I Ever Ate

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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 the area. 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 decadent picks:

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A Tasteful Experience: Fantastic Food and Wine For a Great Cause

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A Tasteful ExperienceEnjoy fantastic food and wine all for a great cause at Clara Maass Medical Center Foundation’s signature fall event A Tasteful Experience on Monday, November 17. Funds raised will benefit the Medical Center’s Child Life Program which helps children and their families cope with illness and hospitalization.

The evening features the area’s finest restaurants, caterers and purveyors of spirits who donate their time, talent and delicious product to benefit Clara Maass.

Among the culinary delights will be Italian, French, Peruvian, Ethiopian, Mexican, and continental cuisines. Participants this year include Above Restaurant and Bar; Best Mozz; Costanera Cocina Peruana; Escape Montclair; Fiji Water; Fin Raw Bar and Kitchen; Fricassée; Gencarelli’s Bakery; Kobrick Coffee; The Manor; Mesob; Miss Nicky’s Gourmet Toffee; Nanina’s in the Park; Pleasantdale Chateau; Salute Bistro; Scala del Nonna; Senorita’s Mexican Grill; Sodexo; Toast; Toscania Trattoria; and Ward’s Ice Cream.

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