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Jeffrey Orel of the Denville Meat Shop

I recently had the chance to speak with Jeffrey Orel, the owner of the new Denville Meat Shop, where I pick up my Bracco Farms CSA box every two weeks. ...

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Foodie Things to Do This Weekend and Beyond

  THIS WEEKEND August 30: Ribs, pulled pork, and brisket are some of the options at the annual BBQ & Craft Beer Festival, in Monmouth Park, Oceanport. Guests can choose from 18 ...

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3 Cocktails to Celebrate Great Summer Produce

This sponsored article is brought to you by Atlantic City Bottle Company. Summer has many charms: long warm days, backyard barbeques, walks on the boardwalk—to name a few. It’s all punctuated ...

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Jeffrey Orel of the Denville Meat Shop

I recently had the chance to speak with Jeffrey Orel, the owner of the new Denville Meat Shop, where I pick up my Bracco Farms CSA box every two weeks. Denville Meat Shop is a store off the main street in Denville offering quality all-natural meats, fine cheese, imported condiments, GMO- and gluten-free breads and […]

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Foodie Things to Do This Weekend and Beyond

  THIS WEEKEND August 30: Ribs, pulled pork, and brisket are some of the options at the annual BBQ & Craft Beer Festival, in Monmouth Park, Oceanport. Guests can choose from 18 food vendors while listening to the music of NJ country band After The Reign. General admission is $3. Monmouth Park, Oceanport, 732-222-5100. August 30 and 31: Jazz It […]

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3 Cocktails to Celebrate Great Summer Produce

This sponsored article is brought to you by Atlantic City Bottle Company. Summer has many charms: long warm days, backyard barbeques, walks on the boardwalk—to name a few. It’s all punctuated by the abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables hitting their peak as Labor Day approaches. While they most certainly liven up your dinner plate, they […]

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The Habit Burger Grill in Fair Lawn

The word “habit” conjures up visions of bad and sometimes expensive obsessions. As in “…gotta kick this _______ habit,” or “I’m just working to feed my habit.” So let me introduce you to what could become a good habit, and a reasonable one at that. It recently landed in Fair Lawn, but The Habit Burger Grill was […]

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Opening: DeNovo in Montclair

Demetri Malki’s DeNovo opened yesterday in what was once the train station waiting area at the Upper Montclair stop. I joined fellow food writers as well as friends and family of Malki on Friday evening for a pre-opening event where some of the restaurant’s small plates, tapas, were available for sampling. The new restaurant follows other […]

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Chef Spotlight: Craig Polignano of The Ryland Inn

Craig Polignano, executive chef at The Ryland Inn in Whitehouse Station, gave Veronique Deblois an inside look at his career and perspectives on being a chef. JERSEY BITES: What is your earliest food memory? Chef Polignano: My earliest food memory was at my grandmother’s house in Maplewood. I remember watching her make cavatelli on her kitchen table, with the […]

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Foodie Things to Do This Weekend and Beyond

THIS WEEKEND August 23 and 24: The Laurita Winery in New Egypt hosts the Gourmet Food Trucks Weekend. Visitors can indulge in food from 30 different food trucks from ice cream to lobster. There will also be a line dance pavilion, a wine tasting tent and fireworks on Saturday night. Tickets for adults 12 and […]

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Recipe: Cobb Salad with Spicy Deviled Eggs

This is not a traditional Cobb salad, but I like the substitution of the deviled eggs with a bit of heat. If that doesn’t suit your palate, chop the eggs and add them unseasoned to the salad. This makes a lovely dinner for two. Cobb Salad with Spicy Deviled Eggs Eggs: 4 hard-boiled eggs, cooled […]

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Coming Soon: Jazz It Up Wine Festival

This sponsored article is brought to you by the Garden State Wine Growers Association. Jazz It Up Wine Festival, hosted by the Garden State Wine Growers Association (GSWGA), hits Allaire State Park in Farmingdale on August 30 and 31. Guests can enjoy a combination of music, food and nearly 300 New Jersey-grown wine options. Tasters can try the […]

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Freshly Caught Fish Anytime, Anywhere

Seafood-loving foodies have a new reason to celebrate, thanks to ShopFreshSeafood.com. Owner Megan Grippa, a former Macy’s shoe buyer, has taken the hassle out of buying fresh fish by offering customers fresh catch sourced directly from the New Fulton Fish Market in the Bronx. After ordering through the website or by phone, orders are shipped […]

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