Giveaway: Tickets to See Christine Lavin at Outpost in the Burbs

BY ,  |  Tuesday, Apr 18, 2017 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (2)

Outpost in the Burbs presents Christine Lavin on Friday, April 21 and Baristanet has a pair of tickets to give away to one lucky reader!

This concert will take place at the First Congregational Church, 40 South Fullerton Avenue in Montclair. Opening will be Honor Finnegan.

The inimitable singer-songwriter, guitarist, and recording artist Christine Lavin has been based in New York City since 1976. She emerged out of the crowded New York City songwriter scene of the ’80s with a style that distinguished her from her peers. Christine is currently working on her 23rd solo album, scheduled for release in the fall of 2017.

Her music is a mix of folk and stand-up comedy and cannot be easily categorized. She has recently added intermission tutorial activities — namely, teaching audience members how to fold cloth napkins in the Downton Abbey style. Continue Reading

Alfresco Food and Fun Coming to Montclair Bread Bakery

BY  |  Friday, Apr 14, 2017 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

The new outdoor space in front of the Montclair Bread Label Street Bakery made us smile when we saw it. Owner/baker Rachel Crampsey tells us the space, featuring benches crafted by carpenter and friend Tyler Clogston, was part of the original plan for the bakery, took a little while to make happen.

Crampsey says the bakery host parties for children & adults every weekend and now the new outdoor area will add even more fun to the celebrations. Montclair Bread is also planning some special evening activities.

“In May, we’re launching Family Fridays. Families can come in and make their own pizza, create a seasonal salad and finish the meal off by decorating a box of doughnuts for dessert. Spots for Family Friday can be reserved ahead through our online store. Continue Reading

Paper Mill Playhouse Gives A Rockin’ Good Time with Million Dollar Quartet

BY  |  Wednesday, Apr 12, 2017 3:45pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

December 4, 1956 was a day when a chance meeting became a legendary moment in rock and roll history. That day, fate brought together Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the first and only time, to the Sun Records studio in Memphis, TN.

Million Dollar Quartet, the musical, now playing at the Paper Mill Play House takes you back to that day, via a musical journey that includes “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Fever,” “That’s All Right,” “Sixteen Tons,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Walk the Line,” “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” “Who Do You Love?,” “Matchbox,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Hound Dog” and more.

Million Dollar Quartet at Paper Mill Playhouse; Photo by Mathew Murphy; center:
Alex Boniello (Elvis Presley); background from left to right: Nat Zegree (Jerry Lee Lewis), Jason
Loughlin (Sam Phillips), James Barry (Carl Perkins), David Sonneborn (Fluke), Bligh Voth
(Dyanne), Scott Moreau (Johnny Cash).

Sun owner Carl Phillips, who was overseeing a recording session for Perkins (played by James Barry who also serves as musical director), had invited his newly signed artist Jerry Lee Lewis to play keys at the session. What happens next was four major artists — a Million Dollar Quartet — performing in a legendary jam session.
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R.I.P. Robert Kelly, Owner of Montclair’s Stockpot

BY  |  Tuesday, Apr 11, 2017 10:48am  |  COMMENTS (2)

Robert “Bob” Kelly with his mother Bess at the Stockpot in 2012.

Robert “Bob” Kelly, who owned and operated the Stockpot in Montclair, died Monday. Kelly owned the Stockpot, which closed in 2013, with his partner, Robert Penta.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, April 13, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon, followed by the funeral services at 12 noon, at The Dangler Funeral Home of West Orange, 340 Main St., West Orange, N.J. Interment will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, East Hanover, N.J.

Montclair Film Festival 2017 Official Program: John Turturro, Bill Nye and More

BY  |  Monday, Apr 03, 2017 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Today, Montclair Film officially announced the full program for the 6th annual Montclair Film Festival (MFF), taking place April 28 – May 7, 2017 and featuring over 150 films, events, discussions, and parties, with over 150 filmmakers and industry guests attending including Zoe Lister-Jones (BAND AID), Michael Angarano & Ari Graynor (AVENUES), Stanley Nelson (TELL THEM WE ARE RISING), Jean Doumanian (UNA), Dolores Huerta (DOLORES), Steve James (ABACUS), Bettye LaVette (AMERICAN EPIC SESSIONS), Kenny Anderson (MR. CHIBBS), Azazel Jacobs (THE LOVERS), Oren Moverman (THE DINNER), Brett Haley (THE HERO).

Last night, at a preview party at Montclair Film’s new home, Investors Bank Film and Media Center, the festival’s executive director Tom Hall broke down festival highlights, talked more about the festival’s previously announced films, and shared some favorite films and events.

Special guests this year will include both John Turturro and Bill Nye who join Stephen Colbert in the festival’s 2017 Conversation Series, presented by Audible.

Montclair Film Festival


The 10-day festival starts on a high note, with STEP, a documentary about the struggles and successes of a step-dancing team of senior high school girls at a Baltimore school that was a huge hit at Sundance, to be screened at the Wellmont Theater, followed by an opening night party. The documentary follows the girls as they prepare to be the first in their families to go to college and the first graduating class of The Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women. “We’ve got 1700 seats at the Wellmont so invite your friends and make it a special occasion. I guarantee people will love it,” says Hall.


The festival’s Centerpiece Film, also at the Wellont, is Stanley Nelson’s TELL THEM WE ARE RISING, the story behind America’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU). Hall learned a lot by watching the film, including the rift between W. E. B. Du Bois and the federal government in setting up colleges. Following the film, the festival’s annual House Party also takes place at the Wellmont, promising a big dance floor and a great time. Continue Reading

Getting Ready For Spring Market? Here’s How To Paint Your Home To Sell

BY  |  Monday, Mar 27, 2017 10:45am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Spring is here (albeit with some lingering piles of snow) and with spring comes “For Sale” signs sprouting on lawns of many area homes, as sellers hope to catch the wave of the spring market.

If you are getting ready to sell, there’s no quicker way to make your home look crisp and updated than a fresh coat of paint, says Deborah Lansing, a Montclair realtor at Keller Williams NJ Metro Group.

“I find I get a house sold faster and for more money when the homeowner spends money to make everything crisp and every piece of trim and stair riser fresh and white.” The bottom line: You want to make every room look bright, light and inviting to appeal to buyers, making them feel as if there is nothing to do but move in.

BM Balboa Mist and white trim and paneling

Benjamin Moore Balboa Mist and white trim and paneling


A fresh coat of paint is important but the color you choose is key. Basically cool, gray, neutral homes appeal to more buyers, says Lansing. Often, when people decorate, if they love a color, such as purple, they plaster an entire wall with that color. A better idea, says Lansing, is to paint a neutral background color that will pop out accents of that favorite color. Gray, which Lansing calls the color of the moment, is the perfect backdrop color to make accent pillows or a bold couch or chair pop.


Master bedroom with Benjamin Moore Lancaster Whitewash. Bathroom: Benjamin Moore Woodlawn Blue, White Dove trim


Lansing has several go-to neutral paint colors she uses when staging a home to make any house “pop.” These neutrals (some favorites include Edgecomb Gray, Revere Pewter, Gray Owl and Balboa Mist) compliment vibrant pinks, oranges and turquoise, or cooler pastel pinks and blues — accent colors Lansing says are experiencing a revival again in furnishings, pillows and other decor pieces. You can choose several different neutral shades to paint one room to the next, but keep trim the same throughout the home.

BM Titanium with BM white dove cabinets and trim

Walls: Benjamin Moore Titanium; cabinets and trim are Benjamin Moore White Dove


And what if you have lots of heavy woodwork? “I know this could make me very unpopular with some, but I often recommend wood moldings get painted to the trim color and even wood beams often look better when white,” says Lansing. “If it makes more sense to maintain the wood, keep the wall color very light and try to keep furnishings simple, white and light with maybe a few colored throw pillows to accent.”

When it comes to paint finish, Lansing likes eggshell for the walls, and satin, or occasionally, semi gloss for trim. “I prefer a less shiny look,” says Lansing, who also favors a satin finish on bathroom walls.


Benjamin Moore Chelsea Gray cabinets with Benjamin Moore White walls


“My other inexpensive recommendation for sellers is to update the dining room light fixture. A modern replacement can transform a room, even with older furnishings,” says Lansing. Her favorites are the IKEA Fillsta, or Knapp or Maskros. All are under $60. “I always try to add some kind of live (or convincing fake!) plant in every room other than kids rooms. Greenery adds warmth and dimension to a space.”


Bathroom BM Woodlawn blue with  white dove trim

Bathroom: Benjamin Moore Woodlawn blue with white dove trim


Lansing’s favorite colors are all from Benjamin Moore. Some favorites and list:

* Edgecomb Gray or Revere Pewter: Both are fabulous in many rooms and look great as a backdrop to bright cushions and lamps. You can pair this color with accent pieces in blues, lime greens, oranges and pinks and yellows.
* Moonshine is terrific for bedrooms and bathrooms.
* Titanium (has a slight green to it): “I love this in kitchens especially, with white Dove Cabinets. Grey Owl is equally lovely but with more of a slight blue.”
* For warmer white paint colors, try Monterey White, Simply White and Lancaster Whitewash.

BM Beach Glass 1564 (bedroom)
BM Woodlawn Blue HC 147 (Bathrooms)

BM Balboa Mist 1549 bedroom (great with oranges and pinks and lime greens)
BM Gray Wisp 1570 Bedroom
BM Moonshine 2140-60 (great in bedrooms or bathrooms)
BM November Rain 2142-60
BM Titanium 2141-60
BM Gray Owl 2137-60

For living areas and hallways
BM Revere Pewter HC 172
Edgecomb Gray HC 173

Warmer colors

Castleton Mist HC-1 great with reds and blues
Camoflage 2143 -40

Kitchen Cabinets
White Dove INT. RM 90
Chelsea Gray HC-168
Gettysburg Gray HC 107

Lancaster Whitewash HC174

Trim colors
Simple white 2124-70
White Dove INT. RM
White INT. RM


Living room: Benjamin Moore Lancaster whitewash with white dove trim

Viaggio: Rustic, Modern Italian Worth The Journey To Wayne

BY  |  Tuesday, Mar 21, 2017 2:15pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

Chef Robbie Felice of Viaggio

NJ Wine & Food Festival, the state’s premiere food event, features well-known celebrity chefs from Jersey’s culinary scene and beyond. You’ll recognize names from Top Chef as well as local chefs such as Michael Carrino, Ryan DePersio, Ariane Duarte and Francesco Palmieri.

This year, there’s a new young chef to watch, Robbie Felice, who was invited to participate by Anthony Bucco, executive chef at Restaurant Latour, who coordinates the festival chefs. At age 26, Felice, a CIA grad, already has an impressive resume –working at properties owned by Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich, including serving as sous chef and head of the salumi program at B+B Ristorante in Las Vegas and working with longtime culinary mentor DePersio at Montclair’s Fascino.

Even if you can’t make it to the NJ Wine & Food Festival, you can take a trip to Wayne, where tucked away in a strip mall, is Felice’s restaurant, Viaggio. Walk inside and you forget you are steps away from busy Hamburg Turnpike. Instead, the restaurant’s reclaimed barn wood, brick walls and strings of lights evoke a rustic Tuscan farmhouse vibe.

House cured salumi at Viaggio

The menu is equally transportive. A Sussex native, Felice describes his cooking as “the way food is eaten in Italy — super fresh, meant for sharing, simple and straightforward.” You’ll want to start by sharing one of the stars of the Viaggio experience — the extensive salumi offerings. Most are house-cured and the rest are imported from Italy. “In order to be truly authentic, I knew I had to make my own. I’m bringing in whole Berkshire pigs that I butcher here, and I use it all to make everything from pork chops and prosciutto to porchetta de testa to mortadella,” says Felice. Diners can select a sampling of salumi served at their table on a wooden board. Pickled accompaniments offer the perfect counterpoint to the rich, salty meats.


Another must-try is the fazzoletti, a.k.a. handkerchief pasta, just one of the many interesting pasta dishes made in house. These delicately folded pasta pieces, served simply with herbs and preserved Meyer lemon butter, channel spring on a plate, and boast complex flavors that make each bite better than the last.

For your secondi course, there is a branzino in parchment with tomatoes and olives or for meat lovers, the hearty Piedmontese tagliata with rosemary smashed potatoes and cippolini onions. And if you never think to order chicken out, think again and try Felice’s chicken alla cacciatore, made with Lancaster Amish chickens, housemade pancetta and polenta.

Save some room if you can for dessert and split a chocolate budino. Featuring salted caramel and meringue, it’s a showstopper ending to a delightful culinary sojourn. For a closer look at Felice’s work, you can reserve the 5-seat Chef’s Bar, for a curated experience featuring a custom tasting menu and a direct view into the open kitchen (advanced reservation required; starts at $85 per person).

Viaggio, 1055 Hamburg Turnpike, Wayne. 973-706-7277. 5-9:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays, 5-10:30 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 4-9 p.m. Sundays. Closed Mondays

Love It or Hate It, Everyone Is Talking About This New York Times Essay About Montclair

BY  |  Monday, Mar 20, 2017 8:00am

Maybe you saw it in the paper or a friend shared it on Facebook, but if you haven’t read the essay Suburban? Just Don’t Call Her a ‘Jersey Girl’, just know that it rings true for some of Montclair and strikes the wrong chord for others.

The writer, Jodi Rudoren, raves about the town as a “city person’s suburb” and gives love to Montclair’s housing stock, farmers market and its “at least three distinct, equally adorable commercial districts, at least a dozen places to have brunch and probably twice that many nail salons, plenty of restaurants that deliver — though not 24 hours a day…”

Yet, the controversy comes from this paragraph: Continue Reading

Kimchi Smoke, Outrageous Southern Korean BBQ Sensation, To Open Montclair Location

BY  |  Sunday, Mar 05, 2017 8:38am  |  COMMENTS (1)

Get ready Montclair for a Chonut 2.1 and much more!

Baristanet fell in love with Kimchi Smoke when we tried their taco featuring smoked pork shoulder, sweet Gochujang sauce, smoked kimchi, cheddar cheese, ramen bits, on a tortilla sprinkled with powdered sugar, at Montclair Food and Wine Festival’s first Bourbon and Biergarten back in 2015. Continue Reading

Montclair Planning Board Reviews Pleasant Ave. Subdivision Plan For Eight New Homes

BY  |  Saturday, Mar 04, 2017 3:38pm  |  COMMENTS (6)

Subdvision of 44 Pleasant Avenue would result in 8 single family homes situated on cul de sac named Lewis Court.

Montclair Planning Board meeting on Monday night drew concerned residents from Pleasant Avenue who wanted to know more about a developer’s plans for 44 Pleasant Avenue, a home with a historic connection to Aubrey Lewis.

44 Pleasant Avenue, the one-time home of the late notable Montclair resident Aubrey Lewis. Image courtesy of Google.

Last year the Montclair Planning Board failed to designate the property with a historic designation. Some residents had hoped to stop the teardown from happening prior to the meeting.

Montclair Planning Board member Jason DeSalvo made it clear to residents on Monday night that the topic of historic designation was off the table. “I know there are those who would love to see the property preserved and I was one who voted for that,” said De Salvo. “But my job here tonight is to cast that aside and deal with the fact that it is not historically designated as much as I might not like that, and deal with facts of land use and the application fairly.” Continue Reading

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