Baristanet Profile: Annie Gillen

Name: Annie Gillen

Where do you live? Montclair

When did you move there? 1984

Where did you grow up? Nutley, NJ

What is your everyday passion? 1. Creating great menus for Call the Caterer,  2. Enjoying life with Jack Gillen, 3. Encouraging and helping others

Coffee, tea or …? Coffee 

What’s your idea of a perfect weekend day? Awake to a sunny day, read scripture, spend some time with God, and A CATERING JOB, OF COURSE!  If not all of the above, then breakfast with hubs, execute whatever has been planned, roll with whatever gets thrown in, have a great dinner at home or out, stress free tv show.

What’s your favorite local restaurant? SAMBA!! My Favorites dishes? Camarao ao Alho e Oleo (Sauteed Garlic Shrimp). Mandioca Frita com Linguica Calabresa e Cebola (Fried yucca w/ Brazilian Pork Sausage and Sauteed Onions), Salmao ao Molho de Maracuja (Grilled Atlantic Salmon with Passion Fruit reduction – and that basket of cheesy bread!! #ilsongoncalvesrocks

What’s on your nightstand? Phone, melatonin

What are you listening to? Mostly radio, Sirius XM (Underground Garage, R&B, Oldies, Praise & Worship, Sinatra), WBGO, Star 99.1

What are your current indulgences? Fresh flowers every week. Bloomfield Steakhouse, now and then.

What talent you would most like to have? Probably sing

What’s the worst-kept (or best-kept!) secret about Montclair? There is so much more and there are so many more to love in Montclair than not. 

What do you hope they say about you at your funeral? “WELL DONE!” 😉


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