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Chef Spotlight: Anthony Pucciarello of Cielo

Anthony Pucciarello lives in West Caldwell, a short drive from Cielo, his restaurant in Fairfield. A CIA graduate, Chef Pucciarello also holds a BS in Hotel/Restaurant Management from Fairleigh Dickinson University. After serving as sous chef for Tropicana Resort in Las Vegas, Chef Pucciarello returned to the east coast, where he worked at several top […]

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Chef’s Degustation at Blu in Montclair

A few weeks back, I had the pleasure of experiencing Restaurant Blu‘s tasting menu. Blu, the popular Montclair restaurant led by Chef / Owner Zod Arifai, is a jewel in Essex County’s dining crown. Chef Arifai’s food is nothing short of a work of art, as I’ve documented over the years, and the tasting menu […]

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Taste of Essex event

Taste of Essex Returns March 31

  On Monday, March 31, more than 30 Essex County restaurants will participate in the 14th annual Taste of Essex. The event takes place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Wilshire Grand Hotel in West Orange. Musical entertainment will be on hand throughout the evening, and will feature a cappella group Gimme Four, […]

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Escape Montclair Dinner for Cancer Research: Feb. 26

  Escape will host a charity-driven wine dinner at its Montclair location on February 26, at 7 p.m. Like its past charity dinners, this one will be co-hosted by a top New Jersey chef, Thomas Ciszak, of the popular Chakra in Paramus. The dinner five-course, wine-paired dinner will benefit the Carol G. Simon Cancer Center […]

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“Bag a Lunch” Delivers Over 2.5 Million Meals

This fall was an exceptionally successful season for Table to Table’s “Bag a Lunch, Help a Bunch” campaign, an initiative that encourages businesses, schools and individuals to donate money they usually spend on lunch to help feed the hungry. Based in Englewood Cliffs, Table to Table is a rescue program that collects prepared and perishable food […]

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Chef Spotlight – Bryan Gregg, Executive Chef of Escape

Interview by Veronique Deblois Chef Bryan Gregg is a native of Pittsburgh and a graduate of the Pennsylvania Institute of Culinary Arts. Early in his career, Chef Gregg honed his skills at some of the most highly-regarded restaurants and with world-class chefs in New York and New Jersey. The crusader for local New Jersey food […]

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Uncle Moustache, Fun French Lebanese Cuisine

It has been a little over a year since Uncle Moustache the French Lebanese Bistro opened its doors in Montclair, there success has only grown.  This cozy restaurant decorated in a retro style that reminds you of a bistro you could find in the Left Bank of Paris draws an enthusiastic crowd of diners every […]

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Date Night Dinner at Samba in Montclair

Samba is a cozy Brazilian restaurant just off bustling Bloomfield Avenue in the heart of Montclair. The space is warm and inviting, perfect for date night, with its interesting artwork and display of various cooking utensils. The popular Essex County restaurant had developed quite a cult following since its opening in 2011. The key to […]

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Fin Brings the Shore to Montclair

If it wasn’t for one of my very best friends, I would have overlooked and ultimately missed out on what I believe is some of the best food in NJ. You see, my friend, Jayne, lives in Montclair and every so often we and another “bestie” meet up and get dinner in and around her […]

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New Jersey Al Fresco Dining Guide

Father’s Day comes at the perfect time for some Al Fresco dining, and we all know that outdoors is Dad’s favorite place to be (next to the BarcaLounger). We’ve got some suggestions from Hudson County to Atlantic County, and our favorite places in between. Bin 14, Hudson County Escape to the shady, secluded backyard at […]

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