And Now For Your Moment of Wegmans – Hanover Location Opens

Tuesday, Jul 25, 2017 1:15pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Wegmans announced plans for a Hanover store in 2014; on Sunday, the store opened to insane crowds with reports of $20,000 shoppers by 4:30 p.m. and some customers who did a sleepover — in a Winnebago in the parking lot — in order to be among the first to see the beloved chain’s new Northern New Jersey store.

It was much easier to visit on early Monday morning, when rain might have chased away some shoppers. The parking lot for Hanover’s Wegmans Food market was beginning to fill up around 9:30 a.m., but inside the store was not yet crowded. The supermarket on steroids (much like the giant swordfish we spied getting wheeled over to the fish station) is both exciting and a little overwhelming.

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Sixth Annual Bloomfield Restaurant Week Returns August 5-13

BY  |  Monday, Jul 24, 2017 9:00am

The 6th Annual Bloomfield Restaurant Week (BRW) will showcase “what’s cooking” in Bloomfield’s local culinary scene from Saturday, August 5 through Sunday, August 13. With more than 20 restaurants sharing their fan favorites and new offerings, the culinary event will give patrons a chance to dine at long-time establishments and explore flavors at Bloomfield’s newest arrivals. Each restaurant will feature their budget-friendly lunch specials, and dinner selections at $30 and under (excluding drinks, tax and tip), which will provide options for every taste and budget.

This past year has seen several new entries onto the Bloomfield culinary scene and a number of those, including Biblian’s Café, Café MoBay, Max’s Restaurant and Sátis Bistro, will make their debuts as part of BRW. Continue Reading

Scenes From 2017 Montclair Food and Wine’s Bourbon & Biergarten at Wellmont Theater

BY  |  Friday, Jul 21, 2017 5:42pm

2017 Bourbon & Biergarten. Photo: Tony Turner

Montclair food lovers were well indulged last Saturday night as Montclair Food & Wine hosted its 2017 Bourbon & Biergarten, new this year at the Wellmont Theater.

Live music by Street Beat Brass, stilt walking by Captain Highwalker and Leo and amazing gymnastics by Sky & Vlad added to the event’s excitement. Fantastic food from area restaurants and food purveyors is always the star of the evening and this year’s offerings didn’t disappoint.

Standouts include bourbon-based cocktails infused with ginger or lemon from Silk City Distillery, perfect paired with mini samosas from Brick Lane. Other favorite include tuna tartare from Mish Mish and some incredibly addictive Bourbon balls from Little Daisy Bakeshop.

This year’s “Best of Festival” trophy went to Newark’s BURG, for their chipotle burger.

“I was very pleased with event — the chefs were incredible, the street entertainers added a very cool texture and, of course, there were incredible bourbons,” says Montclair Food and Wine founder Melody Kettle. “I believe we had about 650 in attendance, maybe 700. So happy that Chris Siversen of BURG won the competition.”

Burg takes Best of Festival at 2017 Bourbon & Biergarten (Instagram)

2017 Bourbon & Biergarten. Photo: Tony Turner

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Zeugma Mediterranean Grill & Wine Bar Opens in Montclair

BY  |  Thursday, Jul 20, 2017 3:30pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

Zeugma Mediterranean Grill & Wine Bar, a new Turkish fusion restaurant located at 44 South Park Street in the Siena building, is full of surprises.

Starting with the incredibly addictive Ginger Lee, a refreshing shaken drink made with fresh squeezed lemon, juiced ginger, honey and a dash of cayenne and garnished with candied ginger & lemon peel (lip-smacking on its own, but would also be incredible spiked with your favorite spirit) to cold mezzes like pumpkin mohammara (sweet pumpkin puree, walnut, garlic, feta cheese perfect for dipping with pita) to a pistachio steak burger served with roasted tomatoes, pistachio pesto, spiced fries and pickles ($16), Zeugma’s menu has imaginative dishes you won’t find elsewhere.

Take Zeugma’s grilled halloumi ($13), for instance. The delicious cheese from Cyprus is grilled, but at Zeugma, it gets wrapped in grape leaves first and then served with a sweet chili sauce. The preparation elevates the halloumi to a new level.

You’ll recognize dishes from Greek and Turkish cuisine, but at Zeugma, they have their own unique twist. Turkish chef Can Alp was born and raised in Turkey, but went to study French cooking in Paris. Alp came to the States and was a chef at the Rainbow Room in Rockefeller Center in New York. He credits his time in Paris as being a big influence on his style, but he maintains the traditions of Turkish food and culture, creating the perfect fusion dining experience.

Adding to the experience at Zeugma is a fresh, welcoming decor, evocative of a seaside taverna. The space is opened up and completely renovated (looking completely different from when it was occupied by a steakhouse) with different seating areas, a lovely mosaic-inspired mural, as well as an attractive wine bar upfront (Zeugma is in the process of securing a California wine license, but you can also BYOB).

Other dishes to try include the tender grilled octopus ($16), the miso calamari ($14), and the pan seared salmon, served with root vegetables, mustard mashed potatoes and garlic kale sauce ($24). The menu is well suited to sharing and even making a meal of hot and cold “mezze” appetizers. Other dishes we want to come back and try include some outrageous desserts. Of course, there is baklava on the menu, but there’s also a chocolate souffle with passion fruit ice cream or a slow cooked pear with red wine, topped with cotton candy & ice cream. We loved the Z Chef Special dessert (pictured below), a light pastry cream sandwiched between layers of French meringue with raspberry sauce.

Zeugma may be the best thing to happen to the Siena.

Zeugma Mediterranean Grill & Wine Bar, (open seven days a week for lunch and dinner) 44 S Park Street, Montclair, 973-744-0074

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Let’s Do Lunch: Montclair Edition, Part One

BY  |  Wednesday, Jul 19, 2017 2:01pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

Going out for lunch offers the perfect mini-break from the work day. It’s a chance to eat well, recharge and even catch up with friends for an hour or so. Yet, we are doing it less and less. Apparently going out for lunch is a dying tradition, according to the Wall Street Journal. No way. We can’t have that. Step away from your computer. Whether you crave a quiet lunch solo or dine with friends, jumpstart your lunch break tradition with these picks for great lunch escapes around Montclair.


Ah’ Pizz

The Ah’ Pizz lunch specials are no secret. I’ve had at least three friends tell me that Ah’ Pizz is their go-to place for a quick, well-priced lunch. Choose from three options — bowl of soup with choice of salad ($6.99); personal pizza with either soup or salad ($7.99); or choice of sandwich with salad ($8.99). All three options come with a fountain soda.

Ah Pizz

Ah’ Pizz (open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner), 7 North Willow St., 973-783-9200




How happy are we that Mezoco took over the space at Walnut Street Station? So happy, that we are now regulars for their tasty tacos (gotta love the toppings bar!). Carnitas, chicken, steak, vegetarian or tofu tacos are priced at $3.50; there are also individual meal combos or the Familia (12 tacos, rice and bean, chips and salsa) for a group of four to split ($48). The fact that you can walk over to the actual bar and order a beer to wash down those tacos is clutch.

tacos at Mezoco in Montclair


Mezoco, 25 Depot Square, Montclair, 973-744-4749



Jack’s Seafood Shack

I’ve been missing Cape Cod this summer, but Jack’s Seafood Shack in Montclair has been my consolation. Get your fix of lobster rolls or a whole lobster without the long car ride. Or try Jack’s lunch salads. We like the lobster salad platter, served with a mound of yummy lobster meat (prepared either Connecticut or Maine style), potato salad and cole slaw on a bed of greens ($19) or the summery shrimp & romaine salad, featuring shrimp, corn, cherry tomatoes and queso fresco cheese, with a lime vinaigrette ($17). There’s also a terrific kale salad with tri-color quinoa, red onions, and radishes with a sesame dressing ($14).

Jack’s Seafood Shack, (open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner) 718 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair, 973-893-5283

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Fun Day at Beautiful New Crane Park Farmers Market in Montclair Center

BY  |  Monday, Jul 17, 2017 10:45am

Live music, fresh produce and a beautified park greeted shoppers on Sunday at the new Crane Park Farmers Market in Montclair Center. Photographer Mark Jaworksi captures the wonderful community vibe at the market’s first day. Be sure to check out the Crane Park Farmers Market , thanks to Montclair Center BID, on Thursdays, from 3 to 8 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m.

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VOTE!!! Montclair’s Abe Foods Competes in Start Something Challenge To Improve School Lunches

BY  |  Friday, Jul 14, 2017 12:01pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

You may know Montclair caterer Abe Dickerson, a.k.a. Chef Abe, as one of the parents who has been fighting tirelessly for healthier school lunches in Montclair Schools. Or you may know him from his catering business where he takes people’s favorite comfort foods and prepares them in healthier ways.

Now Dickerson has an opportunity to take his passion for healthy eating to the next level. He has made it to the second round of the Start Something Challenge. Dickerson has an opportunity to win a $10,000 grant toward his school lunch food company, Abe Foods, as well as gain the support and feedback of business experts to make his dream of a healthy school food company serving area schools a reality.

Dickerson says helping kids eat healthy now is so important to preventing diabetes, obesity and hypertension when they reach adulthood. “Kids are in school nine months out of the year and the education we give them isn’t just what happens in the classroom,” says Dickerson, who adds that many high school kids are buying junk food from vending machines or eating fried foods from vending trucks.

If he wins, Dickerson wants to bid on small single school contracts and affect change. “There’s a national movement to take back our local food school economy. The only way to truly make school lunches healthy is with scratch food cooking,” says Dickerson, who says schools are losing upwards of $100,000 on school lunch because of food that isn’t being purchased and in waste food removal. Dickerson believes schools like Montclair could be sharing profits rather than losing money on school lunches by sharing resources with other districts, and increasing buying power to create a better quality product.

Click the FOOD category here and then vote for Abe Foods. Voting starts today at noon and ends Friday, July 21 at noon. You are allowed to vote from one device per day per sector for the next seven days ending July 21st.

Giveaway: Win Tickets to Montclair Food & Wine Festival Bourbon and Biergarten!

BY  |  Monday, Jul 10, 2017 3:00pm  |  COMMENTS (9)

Update: Sadie07 takes the prize!

It’s the food event of summer and you can win a pair of VIP entry tickets!!! The 2017 Montclair Food & Wine Festival’s Bourbon and Biergarten is this Saturday, July 15 at the Wellmont Theater. Experience a night of delicious dishes from area restaurants and food purveyors paired with wine, beer and spirits curated by Amanti Vino.

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Crane Park Farmers Market To Open Thursdays and Sundays in Montclair Center

BY  |  Thursday, Jul 06, 2017 11:30am

Starting Sunday, July 16, Montclair Center’s Farmers Market (previously located on South Park Street and in the parking lot on Church Street) now takes up residence at Crane Park (Glenridge and Greenwood Aves.). The market will operate on Thursdays, from 3 to 8 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m.

The main farmer is Profeta Farms, an organic farmer bringing fruits, vegetables, meats, eggs and dairy. Other non-food vendors will also be included in the market.

The market will continue throughout the fall.

“We are so excited to partner with Profeta Farms on this exciting project,” said Israel Cronk, executive director of the Montclair Center BID. “With this market, we hope to help address some of the food scarcity issues facing our community and better serve our seniors and families that have limited access to fresh, local, fruits and vegetables.”

The Montclair Center BID has been actively seeking ways to alleviate some of the food and grocery issues for residents within the BID district and the surrounding areas. By working together with Profeta Farms, the Township of Montclair, grassroots activist Daniel Cruz, and the Montclair Community Farm, the BID has developed the Crane Park Market and hopes it will benefit the community.

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Don’t Miss Montclair Food & Wine Bourbon & Biergarten 2017

BY  |  Wednesday, Jul 05, 2017 12:15pm

Remember what a fantastic time it was last year? Well, you won’t want to miss the 2017 Montclair Food & Wine Festival’s Bourbon and Biergarten! This year’s event, Saturday, July 15, moves to the Wellmont Theater, and pairs delicious dishes from area restaurants with wine, beer and spirits curated by Amanti Vino. There will also be live music by Street Beat Brass and a choice of three experience levels:

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And we can get this project completed in time for Montclair's sesquicentennial when we can stick a fork into historic preservation as a public policy.

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