Cru Meets Brew: Fabulous Food and Drink For Charity

BY  |  Thursday, Oct 23, 2014 3:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Cru Meets Brew

Chef Bucco’s Barnegat Light fluke with pickled cauliflower, pine nuts, golden raisins
Bourillon-D’Orleans paired with Vouvray Demi-Sec 2012 and Erdinger Weissbier

Remember the jingle ? Two great tastes that taste great together… 

If you’re of a certain age, you know it’s from the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups commercial in the 70s. Chocolate and Peanut butter accidentally get mixed together and the results are delicious. That’s exactly what happened at Cru Meets Brew, which, thanks to Sharon Sevrens of Amanti Vino, proved you don’t need to be one-sided when it comes to wine and beer with your meal. With many incredible varieties and crafts these days, there are wines and beers that go with any dish.

Guests who attended the Cru Meets Brew charity dinner last Thursday at the beautiful Highlawn Pavilion were treated with incredible meals and drinks all night. The meals were from talented local chefs Christopher Ryan Arturo (Red Eye Café); Bryan Gregg (Escape); Adam Rose (Villalobos); and Julian Valencia (Ani Ramen House); and guest chef Anthony Bucco (former Executive Chef of The Ryland Inn)

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The Weekend, and Beyond: Ladies Night, Parties, and Halloween Happenings

BY  |  Thursday, Oct 23, 2014 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair Center Creates A Great Night For The Ladies

Lots of great happenings to enjoy this weekend and beyond….with Halloween parties to enjoy week leading up to the holiday.

halloweenCheck out our Halloween Happenings After Dark round up for fun happening through the holiday next Friday. Check here for family-friendly Halloween events.

Of note this Saturday:

The Philip McNeal Haunt for the Hungry, named for the late Philip McNeal, former Chairman of the Board of the Human Needs Food Pantry in Montclair, and lover of Halloween fun. John Whipple, who in past years has hosted the haunted adventure “Old Man Whipple’s House” at his home, has also joined the Philip McNeal Haunt for the Hungry to make it a truly haunting event!

Strut Your Mutt, Essex County’s Annual Canine Costume Parade and Contest returns to Brookdale Park thisSaturday! Go out  to see dogs of all breeds, ages and sizes wearing costumes ranging from sweet and humorous to downright scary. Prizes are awarded in a variety of categories including Most Creative, Cutest, Best Owner-Pet Costume and County Executive’s Choice. Registration begins at 9:15 am with the parade starting at 10 am. Rain date is Sunday, October 26.

 We also told you about:

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Bloomfield Council Approves Developer’s Agreement for 110 Washington Street

BY  |  Thursday, Oct 23, 2014 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

The Bloomfield Council approved a developer’s agreement for  110 council10_20_14Washington Street, which is located behind the Bloomfield Train Station, at Monday evening’s conference meeting.

Community Development Director Glenn Domenick explained that the property was included in the township’s original plan to redevelop the area around the train station, but the development “digressed.” (The owners, 110 Washington Street Associates, fought the township’s efforts to take the property by eminent domain and were ultimately able to get the property removed from the development area). The owners then planned to redevelop the property on their own. However, Domenick said, there were various hold-ups, and the owners eventually filed a lawsuit against the town, which was settled in 2011 in Bloomfield’s favor.

Since that time, Domenick said he has been working with the minority owners of 110 Washington Street Associates to move ahead with the development, which was initially approved by the Planning Board for 151 units. Originally the plan was for condominiums, but Domenick said after the meeting that banks are not loaning money for condos, and the units would be apartments.

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Bloomfield Crime: Several Burglaries and Arrests, and IRS Agent Scam

BY  |  Wednesday, Oct 22, 2014 5:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

crimeSeveral burglaries, arrest, and an IRA agent scam in this week’s Bloomfield crime blotter from Sgt. Anthony J. Servedio:


10/13/14 – On the 500 block of East Passaic Avenue a bicycle was stolen between 2:00 pm and 3:30 pm from the garage of a residence.

10/13/14 – On the 200 block of Grove Street a self-storage bin was broken into and some personal papers were stolen. It has been a long time since the renter has been in the storage unit and a time frame for the burglary was not able to be reasonably determined.

10/15/14 – On Orchard Street between 10:50 am and 1:30 pm entry was made into a residence through an unlocked porch side door. Once inside the porch, the actors broke a small front door window and reached inside to unlock the door.  Proceeds are an X-Box game system, a Mac Book Pro lap top computer, and a coin jar containing $10.00 in change.

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Newark Airport One of Five Singled Out for Enhanced Ebola Screening

BY  |  Wednesday, Oct 22, 2014 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Ebola Virus Disease Newark Liberty Airport, along with JFK International in NYC, and Washington-Dulles, Atlanta-Hartsfield and Chicago-O’Hare have been singled out for enhanced ebola screening because they normally handle 94 percent of the 150 passengers a day that fly to the United States from Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, reports

The added restriction was announced yesterday by Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, a Montclair resident, who said it was intended to close that 6 percent gap.

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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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Vaudeville is Alive and Well at Maplewood’s The Speakeasy

BY  |  Friday, Oct 17, 2014 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

The SpeakeasyIn the 1920s, Maplewood was known throughout New Jersey for its Vaudeville. Long before it became a six-plex, the Maplewood Theater was a hotbed of talent; audiences were regaled with musicians, magicians, the beautiful, the sublime, and the surreal.

Studio B is bringing that tradition back with The Speakeasy on Saturday, October 25.

Studio B, an arts organization based in Maplewood and South Orange, has been producing vaudeville-style entertainment for the past 3 years. Among its regular line up of shows, The Speakeasy Series has served to showcase exceptional talent, entertain modern audiences, and – in Studio B honcho Marcy Thompson’s words, “tip our hat to a grand – and local – tradition.”

“Vaudeville belongs in the 21st Century. It’s perfect for today’s audiences and performers,” says Thompson. “The acts are designed to delight – and it give exposure to multiple performers at every performance. The best part is, anything goes.”

“Vaudeville is the grand daddy of pop culture. If you didn’t like an act, all you had to do was wait 10 minutes,” says Jenny Turner Hall, the other Studio B honcho.

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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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Montclair Historic Preservation Commission Reviews Plans From Plofker, Grabowsky

BY  |  Friday, Oct 17, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (9)

Janice Talley and Ira Karasick at the October 16 Montclair Historic Preservation Commission meeting

Janice Talley and Ira Karasick at the October 16 Montclair Historic Preservation Commission meeting

The Montclair Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) met on October 16 in its first meeting this year without a consultant. Although there was no hint of when a successor for Peter Primavera might be named, the meeting, facilitated by Planning Director Janice Talley, proceeded smoothly after a stumble or two over approval of minutes.

The highlight of the evening was developer Steven Plofker’s appearance to discuss his plans for the old motor vehicle inspection station on the corner of Forest and Label Streets. Plofker, accompanies by architect Paul Sionas, was visibly excited about the project and was constantly moving back and forth between the renderings and plans, which Sionas had shown to the Planning Board at its August 25 meeting.

Sionas, for his part, reprised his Planning Board presentation for the benefit  of the commissioners. As he noted back in August, the sealed window openings facing Label Street would be opened up and feature windows with metal frames with both pairs of garage door openings converted into windows. Sionas also plans to incorporate the building’s metal trusses into the interior layout and include a second floor.

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De Camp and the councilman missed the bus on this one.

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