Get Cooking! Learn About Olive Oil, or How to Make Sushi, Doughnuts or a Tuscan Dinner Party

BY  |  Tuesday, Feb 21, 2017 3:45pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Looking for a few culinary nights out? These upcoming local adult cooking classes offer skills, food, and fun:

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Montclair Culinary Academy will offer a few fun classes for adults this weekend. Learn how to make sushi and dumplings on Friday, February 24 at Designer Appliances (208 Bellevue Avenue, Montclair) and a delicious Sunday Brunch on February 26 at R.HOME Design Showroom (17 West Mt. Pleasant Avenue, Livingston)

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Montclair Woman Creates Aisle 3 To Make Your Weekday Meals Easier

BY  |  Friday, Feb 17, 2017 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Aisle 3

Montclair resident Nancy Stone is trying to make your life easier. She has created Aisle 3, a meal solution program to make getting weekday dinners on the table easier.

Aisle 3 provides four meals per week that are budget- and family-friendly and can be made in under 40 minutes for less than $20 — all based on what’s on sale at your local grocery store. Stone researches weekly sales, creates the meals, makes the recipes in her kitchen and photographs them with with a slideshow of the steps needed to make each meal.

“I came up with the idea for Aisle 3 last year when my two oldest sons were in college apartments and no longer on meal plans.  I would look up online what was on sale at the grocery stores near their schools and send them recipes they could make that were quick and inexpensive,” says Stone. With Aisle 3, she’s aiming to help a larger community.

Stone’s vision is to provide a fun and easy home-cooked meal solution for families that supports neighborhood grocery stores and the people who work there and help out the community.  Each week she delivers two meals that she made for the website to a food insecure family in Montclair.

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Local Coffee Creates The Baristanet Drink

BY  |  Wednesday, Feb 15, 2017 12:15pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

the baristanet coffee drink

We love coffee and love that Montclair has so many great coffee options. And we love that Watchung Plaza’s newest coffee spot, Local Coffee, also loves Baristanet.

“We ❤️ Baristanet so much that we created a drink that was inspired by their team. Enjoy!” says owner Robert Genovese.

Here’s how they showed their love with a drink that’s got caffeine, chocolate and a little salt to balance out the sweetness. Cheers!

Introducing a special drink for our friends @baristanet #coffee #chocolate #yum #grateful

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The Wooden Spoon Saloon Brings Southern Food, Spirits to Bloomfield’s Former Senorita’s Space

BY  |  Friday, Feb 10, 2017 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

The Wooden Spoon

Owner and Executive Chef Donald Erickson

The Wooden Spoon, a Southern food restaurant and tavern, will open in the former space of Senorita’s Mexican Restaurant at 285 Glenwood Avenue in Bloomfield this spring.

Owner and Executive Chef Donald Erickson, formerly of Stage House Tavern in Somerset and Scotch Plains, gave Baristanet a sneak peak at the menu and plans for the complete renovation of the space and it looks very promising.

Besides the main dining room and a large U-shaped bar being out in on the first floor, The Wooden Spoon will have 3 private party spaces — one on the main floor, two on the second floor. Also on his wish list, but not confirmed, are plans to build a deck on the side of the building over, what is a small parking lot at the moment.
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It’s National Pizza Day! Talk Pizza and Vote For Your Favorites in Montclair

BY  |  Thursday, Feb 09, 2017 11:50am  |  COMMENTS (2)

Dough Artisan Pizzeria, Caldwell



February 9 is National Pizza Day! To celebrate — and since it’s hard to drive to our favorite pizzeria on a snow day — we can at least talk about where to get that favorite slice. There are plenty of places in Montclair and nearby that stand out for their pizza. When it comes to something old, we love Star Tavern in Orange, a new Jersey pizza institution, for their thin, crisp, piping hot pies. For something new, check out Dough in Caldwell (they score extra points for their creative pies and lovely outdoor patio in warm weather).



Montclair Pizza — So Many Choices

Montclair has a great new cheesy addition to the pizza landscape in Fiamma Woodfired Pizza. Located on Bloomfield Ave., in the former Greek Delights space, there are plenty of comfy booths and the warmth of a wood burning oven cranking out delicious lightly charred pies. When you go, be sure and try their calamari fiamma. And if you want to feel virtuous, make your pie half arugula. There’s a new pizza spot in Upper Montclair — Tommy Lasagna’s Pizza and Pasta Co. — where we recently tried their decadent Big Easy pie.

Montclair’s newest pizzeria – Fiamma Wood-Fired Pizza


Another favorite is Ruthie’s Bar-B-Q & Pizza, where we love Max’s pie (smoked mozzarella, pesto and marinara) as well as the Texas (smoked mozzarella, Texas sausage, marinara, caramelized onion, jalapeno and pesto).


If you have kids, they probably ask you for a Chicken Bacon Ranch slice or a pie topped with pasta — you can find both of these at Enzo’s on Valley or Da Vinci’s on Bellevue. And when it comes to the pizza I grew up with — the kind of pizza you might find at any typical pizzeria in NYC’s five boroughs — Mr. Dino’s is the nostalgic favorite. Villa Victoria has arguably the biggest slices in town — and we love the dining room with its family-friendly, red checkered tablecloth ambiance. As you can see, it’s hard to pick a favorite. Do you love your neighborhood slice or do you venture cross town for something different? Vote in our poll below — you can pick your top three places to grab a slice or a pie.

Local Coffee Brings a Taste of New York to Watchung Plaza, Montclair

BY  |  Tuesday, Feb 07, 2017 11:45am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Local Coffee

Robert and Adele Genovese, Montclair residents for the past 15 years, have opened up Local at 107 Watchung Avenue. The coffee shop serves curated products from the tri-state area with a particular focus on Brooklyn and Upstate New York.

The shop, though small, feels spacious and airy thanks to the streaming light and open minimal design. And the warm and friendly staff makes it even more inviting. There are a few tables to sit and enjoy a very good cup of coffee brewed from Irving Farm Coffee Roasters — we’ve heard the pour over ($4) is excellent— or a flaky croissant from Balthazar, or a majorly huge doughnut from Dough, a bakery in Brooklyn. Also on the menu are a nice selection of Tay Tea, small batch chocolate from Fruition, granola, and other treats.

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Sweets For Your Sweetheart on Valentine’s Day

BY  |  Monday, Feb 06, 2017 9:05am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Looking for some sweets for your sweetheart for Valentine’s Day?  They can be found at one of these local shops!

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Montclair’s Secret Gin Joint, The Speakeasy, Was A Smash Hit

BY  |  Friday, Feb 03, 2017 5:51pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Last Saturday, Montclair’s Wellmont Theater became a secret jazz club taken over by flappers, gangsters, and great booze and food at The Speakeasy, presented by Montclair Food & Wine Festival (MFWF).

Some 700 people, many dressed in period garb, partied at The Speakeasy, posing for photos by a vintage automobile outside and dancing to the hot jazz inside by Brass Illusion. Continue Reading

Where to Enjoy a Romantic Dinner on Valentine’s Day

BY  |  Monday, Jan 30, 2017 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

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If you’re a romantic who loves to embrace the holiday with a great dinner, wine, dessert and more, there are many options for a night out. Here are what some local restaurants are offering for a special Valentine’s Day meal:


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Summit House: a New Restaurant with a History

BY  |  Wednesday, Jan 25, 2017 12:15pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

summit house 2016When two New Jersey families began laying out plans to open the Summit House restaurant, making sure it fit into its surroundings in the town of Summit was a priority —so Dylan and Melissa Baker and Tyler and Sara Reeder headed for the Summit Historical Society.

Their research into the history of Summit House — both the name and the location — has informed some of the physical flavor of the restaurant.

There was a Summit House in the town starting in the mid-1800s, a boarding house on Maple Street and Morris Avenue (the current site of the Presbyterian Church) opened by town founder Jonathan Crane Bonnel. The boarding house burned down, but “Summit House” lived on as a name attached to several buildings, including a restaurant that closed its doors in 1970.

The new Summit House, which will feature seasonal menus in a neighborhood atmosphere when it opens in March, is at 395 Springfield Avenue, a spot with its own local history. The building was originally built as a YMCA in 1894, and the Y is still on site: the shell of a small swimming pool is a prominent feature in Summit House’s basement.

summit house 1906

“We’re striving to create a modern and thoughtful dining environment, and at the same time remind guests of the building’s rich history,” says Dylan Baker.“ The more than century-old exposed brick walls will help with that, and we’ve added other nods to 395 Springfield’s past, such as a black-and-white exterior reminiscent of the Fanny Farmer candy store, which stood here for more than 50 years.”

The building’s latest tenants are very much aware that even as they build out their restaurant space, from the address to the physical details, the history of the building is a key ingredient.

“We loved the idea of embracing that history, and a time when food came from local farmers, local butchers and local fisherman,” says Baker. “In renovating this amazing 120-year-old building and taking the Summit House name, we hope our guests feel as though we’ve peeled back time just a bit.”

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The developer of the Seymour St project will install a big crosswalk between Fullerton & Willow. Unfortunately, the Township wants it in the wrong place.

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