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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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Chef Spotlight: Bill Zucosky

He’s always loved cooking for people, but Chef Bill Zucosky hasn’t always been a chef. Lucky for us, he came to his senses. Here’s our spotlight on Chef Zucosky of The Strip House in Livingston, located at the Westminster Hotel. JERSEY BITES: What is your earliest food memory? CHEF BILL ZUCOSKY: I come from a big Sicilian family. Every […]

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Chef Spotlight: Ariane Duarte

Chef Ariane Duarte’s love of cooking began as she was growing up, watching her grandmother cook family dinners. She went on to graduate from the Culinary Institute of America, and she has not stopped cooking since. Duarte’s desire to expand her culinary repertoire has led her to some of the most prestigious restaurant kitchens in […]

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Montclair Food & Wine Festival Does It Up Right

The Montclair Food & Wine Festival Gala Dinner, held on June 2 at The Manor in West Orange, celebrated not only fine food and adventuresome wine but also community and the art of giving back. As a fundraiser, the festival rallied Jersey foodophiles to put their dining dollars to work for St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital, helping to […]

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Chef Spotlight: Francesco Palmieri

The accomplished and visionary chef Francesco Palmieri spent eight years working at top New York City restaurants prior to opening his own restaurant, The Orange Squirrel, in November 2008, in his hometown of Bloomfield. He quickly received accolades from the New York Times with a “Don’t Miss” review and The Orange Squirrel was called “most […]

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Countdown to the Montclair Food & Wine Festival

We’re gearing up for the 2014 Montclair Food & Wine Festival, which kicks off this weekend. New to the itinerary for 2014 is a series of four gastronomic-focused seminars set to take place on Sunday, June 1. Melody Kettle, president and founder of the festival, explained the thinking behind the seminars. “The selection of seminars we arrived […]

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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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Hats Off to Westminster Hotel and Strip House

Last month, Livingston’s Westminster Hotel and Strip House Restaurant were named the 2014 Businesses of the Year by the Livingston Area Chamber of Commerce. The two businesses (which work hand-in-hand, as the Strip House is located inside the hotel) co-hosted a delightful and delicious awards reception on April 30. I checked in with The Strip House Restaurant’s Executive Chef, Bill Zucosky, […]

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Coming Soon! Montclair Food & Wine Festival

The Montclair Food & Wine Festival will be back May 31 through June 2 with new venues, educational seminars and fun for all. Use promo code JerseyBites (case sensitive) for 10% off admission into any session!   The mission of the Montclair Food & Wine Festival is to promote awareness, education, and appreciation of the culinary arts in […]

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7th Annual New Jersey Spring Wine Festival

Story Sponsored by New Jersey Wine Festivals An array of hors d’oevres and light fare—along with more than 150 wines—will define the 7th Annual New Jersey Spring Wine Festival next Friday, May 9. The festival, set to take place at the Hilton Short Hills, will feature acclaimed jazz guitarist Matt Marshak and his band, who […]

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