Food News Friday: Al Sogna, Kimchi Smoke Barbecue, Ani Ramen, Chateauberfest

Friday, Sep 22, 2017 3:56pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

A new Italian restaurant, new menu offerings, the return of a ramen eating contest and more in Food News Friday:

Al Sogna

Al Sogna, an elegant new Italian restaurant, has opened at 38 Valley Road, Montclair, taking a first floor space in building 2 of Valley and Bloom. The menu emphasizes steaks and seafood along with entrees such as homemade porcini ravioli in a light brandy cream sauce, veal sorrentino and pappardelle with lobster meat.

Al Sogna, 38 Valley Road, Montclair, (973) 337-6669

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Look Who’s Bagging at ShopRite To Fight Hunger in Bloomfield and Newark

BY  |  Thursday, Sep 21, 2017 2:15pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

ShopRite customers were treated to some special baggers when Bloomfield Mayor Michael Venezia, along with Councilman Nick Joanow, bagged groceries Wednesday at Brookdale ShopRite as part of ShopRite’s “Help Bag Hunger” initiative for National Hunger Action Month.

Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka also helped bag hunger at ShopRite of Newark, to the delight of customers. The local officials helped ShopRite with its goal to raise awareness for the issue of hunger.

Nearly 50 million Americans, including more than 16 million children, suffering from food insecurity. Twenty percent of the value of all the groceries bagged by the guest baggers went to benefit the company’s Partners in Caring program.

Bloomfield & Newark Mayors to Help Bag For Hunger at Shoprite

BY  |  Monday, Sep 18, 2017 12:15pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Bloomfield and Newark Mayors will partner with ShopRite to help bag hunger this Wednesday, September 20. In recognition of September’s National Hunger Action Month, ShopRite hosts an annual ShopRite Partners In Caring “Help Bag Hunger” day. Local dignitaries, community leaders and athletes help raise awareness for the issue of hunger by bagging groceries at their local ShopRite stores.

Nearly 50 million Americans, including more than 16 million children, suffering from food insecurity, ShopRite is helping to raise awareness and inspire action within their local communities through its hunger-fighting initiative, ShopRite Partners In Caring, a year-round, community based program that provides funds to local food banks.

To recognize this special day, Mayor Michael Venezia will bag groceries for customers at the Brookdale ShopRite, on Wednesday, from 1-2 p.m.

Mayor Ras J. Baraka will bag groceries to “Help Bag Hunger” on Wednesday, Sept. 20, at 10 a.m., at the ShopRite of Newark, located at 206 Springfield Ave., in Newark’s Central Ward. Continue Reading

NJ Chefs Cook Together For “Got Cow?” To Benefit Young Adults With Autism at Oasic TLC Farms

BY  |  Sunday, Sep 03, 2017 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

“Got Cow?” a culinary event to benefit Oasis TLC farms, where autistic adults (college-age; folks in their late teens/early 20s for the most part) live, work and study, happens on Saturday, September 16, 2017, in two parts, presented by The Garden State Culinary Arts Foundation (GSCAF). The event will raise funds to purchase miniature Jersey cows (smaller and easier to handle) for residents to milk and create butter, cheeses and other products.

Got Cow? will feature chefs from The Frog and the Peach (New Brunswick); Watermark (Asbury Park); Bobolink Dairy and Bakehouse (Milford); and Razza Pizza Artigianale (Jersey City). Continue Reading

Coffee On The Go and More From Mary’s Happy Camper

BY  |  Wednesday, Aug 30, 2017 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (1)

If you find yourself stranded without your caffeine fix, Mary’s Happy Camper is stocked full with hot coffee, iced coffee and Nitro coffee alongside buttered rolls from Nicolo’s Bakery, Del’s lemonade from Rhode Island and organic ice cream choices. And the best part? She can come right to you.

‘I’m a little off the beaten path,” the owner Maryellen Stadtlander said. “I’m serving the people that are dropped off and dashing (to catch their train).”

Mary’s Happy Camper parks along different streets in Montclair where people can grab coffee and treats easily on the go.

But as her business has grown, Stadtlander has even started taking text message requests from offices who ask her to stop by at a certain time so that employees can easily grab some coffee throughout their day.

“I just wanted to create this really nice approachable venue, not just your typical food truck,” she said. “I love talking to people. I’m not in it to get rich, I won’t get rich doing it, but it will help pay my bills and it’s a good life.” Continue Reading

Coming Soon For Montclair’s Sweet Tooth: Marcel Bakery & Kitchen; Vanillamore Dessert Kitchen; and Sweet Kitchen

BY  |  Wednesday, Aug 23, 2017 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Fans of Mishmish Cafe can experience a new creation from owner and executive chef Meny Vaknin, when Marcel Bakery & Kitchen opens in Upper Montclair’s former Cozy End space. The Mediterranean-style eatery will serve breakfast, lunch and fresh baked goods made with seasonal and locally sourced food. Drop by this Saturday, August 26, from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. for pre-opening event.

Outrageous desserts (think chocolate salami, s’mores candy bars) are the hallmark of Vanillamore Dessert Kitchen, located at 349 Bloomfield Ave. right by Montclair’s newest taco spot, Tacoria on Bloomfield Ave., near Willow. The “Sweet Savory Social” concept from 29-year-old pastry chef/entrepreneur Risa Magid Boyer, Vanillamore is set to open in September and will offer private parties. Continue Reading

Bivio Returns! Bivio Panificio Opens on Pine Street in Montclair

BY  |  Friday, Aug 04, 2017 1:03pm  |  COMMENTS (3)

“You can sell a business, but you can’t sell passion.”

That’s what Montclair’s Tomasso Colao discovered not long after after he and his wife Jackie sold their hugely popular pizza business, Bivio Pizzeria Napoletana in Little Falls (we wrote about Bivio back in 2014 and then raved about them in Where to Eat Pizza).

“The fire was calling me. I missed the oven, missed the dough,” says Colao of his decision to open a new venture. He looked at other locations, including one in Bloomfield, but nothing worked out. There was one location, at 107 Pine Street, that he always loved. It had been a butcher shop, a fish market, a bakery, and lastly, a cheese importing business. Colao, who has lived in Montclair for over 25 years, had always loved the building and the space, so when he saw it was aailable, he jumped.

Today, the Pine Street storefront buzzes with the sound of jazz music playing in the background (when he’s not baking, Colao is a musician, playing saxophone, flute and clarinet) and the heady scent of bread baking.

Colao’s bread is all natural and he hopes to make 50-70 loaves a day. For now, he expects to be open until 5 p.m or until “all the bread is gone.” Once the bread is home, keep it away from plastic. “The crust is its own container,” says Colao, adding that it should stay fresh for about three days, providing you don’t eat it all before then. Continue Reading

Celebrity Chef Barret Beyer to Present Benefit Dinner and Free Homemade Ravioli Class at Punto Rosso in Montclair

BY  |  Wednesday, Aug 02, 2017 3:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Chef Barret Beyer, featured on Food Network’s “Cutthroat Kitchen” and “Kitchen Casino”, FYI’s “Midnight Feast”, VH1’s “Mob Wives”, and Fox TV’s “Hell’s Kitchen”, will lead a free class on how to make homemade ravioli at Punto Rosso Ristorante, 6 Park Street in Montclair on Thursday, August 17 at 3 p.m. Following the class, Beyer and Punto Rosso’s chef Ryan Vargo will present a three-course dinner, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Michelle’s Place Breast Cancer Resource Center. Continue Reading

Brookdale Shop Rite to Participate in Crane Park Market

BY  |  Monday, Jul 31, 2017 1:51pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

The Montclair Center BID is proud to announce that Brookdale Shop Rite will be participating in the Crane Park Market selling a selection of goods on both market days starting Thursday, Aug. 10. Among the items that Brookdale Shop Rite will sell are nuts and nut butters, whole- and multi-grain breads, fresh fruit, paper goods, detergent and canned goods. The Brookdale Shop Rite will be joined by Crane Park’s new farmer, The Farm at Glenwood Mountain.

The Crane Park Market is located at Glenridge and Greenwood Avenues, behind Lackawanna Plaza, in downtown Montclair. The market hours are Thursdays from 3 pm to 8 pm and Sundays between 12 pm and 5 pm.

“This is such an exciting partnership,” said Israel Cronk, Executive Director. “I am so glad to work with Brookdale Shoprite and The Farm at Glenwood Mountain to further help our community get easier access to food and basic goods.”

“Brookdale ShopRite is committed to serving the community that has embraced and supported us for generations, and working together to strengthen our neighborhoods for generations to come,” said Jerry Manley, Director of Operations at Brookdale ShopRite. Continue Reading

Juice, Smoothies, Bowls and More! Juice Culture Now Open in Upper Montclair

BY  |  Wednesday, Jul 26, 2017 10:05am  |  COMMENTS (2)

Upper Montclair has a new spot for healthy, organic drinks and snacks on the go. It’s called Juice Culture and it’s the brainchild of Kacy Erdelyi, a Montclair mom with a strong interest in health and nutrition who had been waiting for and wanting a juice and smoothie place to open in the area and decided to make it happen herself.

Erdelyi, who was working in NYC part time and home with her two young children two days a week, also wanted to make a change and give up her long commute. She was also missing the kinds of healthy juice and smoothie places she frequented at work in the city and also when she and her family lived in Brooklyn.

A background in business and marketing helped her get up to speed quickly on creating a business plan for Juice Culture; she hired consultants to assist with the restaurant/food business end.

“I don’t have a food background but I’ve always had a high level of interest in health and wellness,” says Erdelyi. “One of the things I’ve learned is not to diet or deprive yourself.”

Instead, because it’s easier to “say what I am going to do than what I’m not going to do,” Erdelyi made it her mantra a few years back to get four servings of vegetables and three servings of fruit every day. “I found that when I did that, I was able to eat well and get all the nutrients I needed and wasn’t filling up on unhealthy choices.”

The menu at Juice Culture includes cold-pressed juices, blends (smoothies), bowls (featuring bases like acai peanut butter, pitaya or yogurt, as well as an oatmeal option), hot infusions and kids treats.

Erdelyi envisions Juice Culture as having a coffee-shop vibe (one menu item, The Greg, features Java Love cold-brew coffee, soy milk, banana, peanut butter, cacao, date, raw honey and ice) where people can come in for a drink or a snack and linger, meet up with friends, even do a little work. Continue Reading

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