BY Liz George | Monday, Jan 09, 2017 10:30am
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Their last event, BBQ, Bourbon and Biergarten, was a blast!
Now Montclair Food & Wine Festival presents The Speakeasy, a clandestine affair set in the grandeur of the Wellmont Theater, on Saturday, January 28. Reminiscent of the Prohibition Era, the evening will intertwine illicit libations coordinated by Amanti Vino, fine culinary bites from more than 20 area restaurants, and the sultry sound of Trent Armand Kendall + Brass Illusion. Continue Reading
BY Baristanet Staff | Friday, Dec 30, 2016 10:38am
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Say au revoir to a great french restaurant in Montclair. Fricassée French Bistro, which opened at 6 Park Street in 2013 with great success, has closed.
The owner, Chef Mark Papera, who was also the original owner of Epernay in the same place in 2006, has closed the doors and put up a for sale sign.
Attempts to learn more from Papera have gone unanswered.
BY Georgette Gilmore | Thursday, Dec 29, 2016 9:00am
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You stay up late, drink champagne, and wake up wanting a stick to your ribs brunch on New Year’s Day? No worries, there’s plenty open in the area to do just that. Plus, it falls on a Sunday — a perfect brunch day.
Here’s where to brunch on New Year’s Day:
BY Georgette Gilmore | Tuesday, Dec 27, 2016 11:30am
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Fried Chicken at Turtle + The Wolf. (Photo: Sharon Sevrens)
With New Year’s coming up and losing weight and eating healthy a common resolution, we say whatever. We’re craving comfort food and fried chicken dinner is on the menu.
Here’s where to get a fried chicken dinner in Baristaville:
BY Georgette Gilmore | Friday, Dec 23, 2016 12:23pm
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Step away from the heavy comfort food you may turn to in the winter and opt for a summery and light meal at Playa Bowls, which is celebrating its grand opening at 19 Church Street in Montclair today.
Playa Bowls started down the Jersey Shore, first in Belmar and then opening other locations in Long Branch, Ocean Grove and made it’s way north to New Brunswick and now Montclair. The menu features smoothie bowls ($9-$10) — Coconut, Acai, Pitaya, and Green Bowls — which are basically a thicker smoothie that you eat with a spoon instead of suck own with a straw, with added toppings, like granola or chunks of coconut on top. Traditional smoothies, oatmeal, organic soups, and other healthy items, are also on the menu.
Hinck building owner Dick Grabowsky, (left) with Playa Bowls owner Desi Saran, Montclair Mayor Robert Jackson and Gary Charming, executive director of Playa Bowl’s nine-location chain.
BY Georgette Gilmore | Monday, Dec 19, 2016 8:45am
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For Southern Italians and Italian-Americans, Christmas Eve is celebrated with a Feast of the Seven Fishes. The special meal typically consists of seven (for the seven sacraments) different seafood dishes and is believed to have originated in Southern Italy, where it is known as The Vigil (La Vigilia). The tradition of eating seafood on Christmas Eve dates from the Roman Catholic tradition of abstaining from eating meat or milk products on Fridays, and on the day before Holy days like Christmas.
Local Italian-Americans shared how they celebrate with us here. The number of how many fishes one actually eats seems to vary, however no matter how many fishes you eat on Christmas Eve, you can enjoy a Feast of the Seven Fishes at these local restaurants:
BY Baristanet Staff | Thursday, Dec 15, 2016 2:30pm
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While latkes are a Hanukkah favorite, Montclair Chef Meny Vaknin, of MishMish Café in Montclair, says Hanukkah isn’t complete without Moroccan Donuts, also known as Sfenj, at his family’s table.
Originally from Morocco, Meny and his family celebrate Hanukkah with Sephardic traditions. Derived from the Arabic word for sponge, Sfenj have a sweet, crispy exterior and a fluffy interior. Served with powdered sugar and a drizzle of honey, they are the perfect celebratory treat to celebrate such a joyous occasion.
Monday, Dec 12, 2016 12:30pm
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UPDATE 12/22: Thanks to the initial gift of 24 family meals and an additional 52 family meals donated by the community, the partnership of Villa Victoria Pizzeria, the Montclair Center BID, Montclair Community Officer PO Guthrie and Toni’s Kitchen will feed over 200 people on December 24!
Chef Floyd of Villa Victoria Pizzeria came up with the initial idea of feeding the needy for Christmas. Executive Director Israel Cronk of the Montclair Center BID came up with the partnership of Community Officer Guthrie and Toni’s Kitchen to distribute food. Additionally, the BID promoted the fundraiser through social media and raised $520 from the community for this initiative.
On December 24, Villa Victoria will donate 24 large trays of dinners to 24 deserving families in Montclair. They will be distributed by P.O. Garth Guthrie, Community Officer of the Montclair Police Department. The Montclair Center BID is collecting additional funds to feed even more people. A $10 donation will provide a hearty, additional meal to a deserving Montclair resident, donate at the Montclair Center Facebook page or at http://bit.ly/2hdD4Oz.
“It’s important for me to acknowledge the people that can’t afford to eat on this holiday season,” said Villa Victoria owner Floyd Montiel. “We’ve been here for 20 years and it’s important to support the community that has supported us.”
“It’s amazing that we have business owners like Floyd that are willing and able to help our community,” said P.O. Garth Guthrie. P.O. Guthrie will be distributing the meals to families in South Montclair. Continue Reading
BY Georgette Gilmore | Friday, Dec 09, 2016 12:15pm
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Looking for the perfect gift for your favorite foodie? You’re in luck! These 10 gifts are sure to satisfy:
Let them celebrate Spanish style with this authentic Paella Pan filled with tasty ingredients needed for a chef-inspired dish from Oil & Vinegar (28 South Park Street, Montclair). Gift set also includes Allioli, Romesco, Paella Seasonings, Patatas Bravas Sauce, and Saffron. ($79.95)