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Chef Spotlight: Todd Villani

Fresh food. Exotic flavors. International experience. And true respect for what it means to dine local. All in Bergen County’s own Carlstadt, where Chef Todd Villani heads up the kitchen at Terre à Terre.  JERSEY BITES: What is your earliest food memory? CHEF TODD VILLANI: Summer in the garden at my grandmother’s house. We were eating fresh veggies from […]

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Six NJ Restaurants Make National OpenTable List

After reviewing more than 5 million restaurant reviews, online reservation and review service OpenTable named six New Jersey restaurants to its 2014 Diners’ Choice list for the Top 100 Best Neighborhood Gem Restaurants in America. Camden County dominated the Jersey contingency with Casa Bella Trattoria of Haddonfield, Crux Café of Audubon, and L’Oceano Ristorante and El Sitio Steak Grille & Café of Collingswood all being […]

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Dining Al Fresco in New Jersey

The Jersey Bites team shares its favorite spots for dining al fresco around the Garden State. Know of a good one we didn’t include? Add it to the comments! Asbury Park Porta: Asbury Park has come quite a long way from its ghost-town reputation and is now abuzz with excellent al fresco options. When it […]

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Kings Food Markets’ Summer Produce Program

I have been familiar with the Kings Food Market chain since I moved to Hoboken many years ago. There are two small locations on either side of town and both are always filled with young professionals picking up the essentials: fresh fruits and – especially – the prepared foods. Recently I was invited to the […]

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Chef Adam Weiss of Due in Ridgewood

Chef Adam Weiss Gets His Due Chef Adam Weiss is the new Executive Chef of Due in Ridgewood. Weiss, who was born and raised in northern New Jersey, takes the reins from Chef/Owner Chris Tarta, who will now focus his efforts in the kitchen at his Hillsdale restaurant, Bella Campagnia. I had a chance to […]

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Noteworthy Gluten-Free Dining in NJ

The Jersey Bites team put together this great list of restaurants for Celiac Awareness Month. If you’re looking to stick to your gluten-free diet when you go out to eat, try one of these Garden State locales. Have another one we should know about? Let us know in the comments! Bergen County Bibi’z Restaurant & […]

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Terre à Terre in Carlstadt

Where Farm and Food Artisans Meet Nestled on a corner property of a bustling street in southern Bergen County is a cozy restaurant dedicated to bringing farm-to-table goodness – in the most legitimate of ways – to folks eager to enjoy an authentic, local and seasonal dining experience. The restaurant is Terre à Terre, in […]

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Bareburger in Edgewater

I’ve never been a big burger fan, to put it lightly. For most of my life I flat out refused to eat them – except my dad’s: loaded with onions, topped with multiple Kraft singles and then I drowned the poor thing in ketchup. Hardly what most burger aficionados would consider appropriate. The thing is, […]

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Chakra 10th Anniversary Food and Wine Specials

Last night, I had the pleasure of attending an invitation-only event at Chakra as the popular Paramus restaurant begins celebrating its tenth anniversary. Beautiful Chakra, which I describe as “South Beach meets Marrakesh,” was transformed into a walk-around food haven, buzzing with top New Jersey chefs, members of the media and longtime patrons of the restaurant. […]

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Chef Spotlight: Thomas Ciszak

Chakra, in Paramus, is about to ring in its tenth year in business. Jersey Bites decided to celebrate by featuring Chef Thomas Ciszak. Born in Waltrop, Germany, and trained in some of the best kitchens in the world, Chef Thomas Ciszak brings a European sensibility and passion for seasonal, high-quality ingredients to the farm-to-table cooking […]

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