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Chef Spotlight: Anthony Pino of Anthony David’s

After graduating from Johnson & Wales University, Chef Anthony Pino immediately immersed himself in the New York food scene in the kitchen at BR Guest’s Park Avalon. He then moved on in the high-volume restaurant The Garage, in the East Village. There, Chef Pino began putting his training to work, blending Italian flavors with modern […]

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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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Battle of the NJ Sous Chefs: The Winners!

The Crystal Springs New Jersey Wine & Food Festival recently wrapped up and the results of the sold-out Battle of the NJ Sous Chefs are in. The competition was designed to showcase the contributions of some of the best, most dedicated sous chefs who cook long hours on the line. The judging panel for the […]

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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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Chef Spotlight: Red Knot’s Ralph Romano

Executive Chef Ralph Romano, a Union County resident, has worked all over the world, and is thrilled to be back in his home state creating contemporary American Gastropub fare at Red Knot at Galloping Hill. A graduate of the French Culinary Institute, Ralph has experience being a chef at global five-star, five-diamond hotels, resorts, and restaurants, including […]

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For Johnny Meatballs, Meatball Day is Every Day

While Johnny DeCarlo, a.k.a. Johnny Meatballs, doesn’t have a brick-and-mortar location, this totally mobile meatball-making machine is getting ready to kick off his sixth year spanning the Garden State, bringing his meatballs to street fairs, feasts, festivals and farmers’ markets. His first event for 2014 will be in Haworth, on May 4. In the meantime, […]

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Now Open: Bonefish Grill in Manalapan

The one shopping center I find to be beyond amazing has just gotten unbelievably better. Before this year, the shopping center I speak of had a lot going for it: Target, Marshalls, HomeGoods, Wegmans, and a pretty good pizzeria, Alessi’s, all within walking distance. I could park here at 9 a.m. and be ready to […]

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New Jersey’s Best Chocolates

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and while some sweethearts are satisfied with a mass-produced, gigantic box of drugstore chocolates, the foodies among us will appreciate an artisanal, handcrafted box of locally-made chocolates, albeit in a smaller package. Whether your beloved enjoys handmade caramels, truffles or simple, high-octane dark chocolate, the Garden State offers […]

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An Ethnic Roadmap to Your Super Party

New Jersey’s Super Bowl: A Food Guide (via EthnicNJ) New Jersey is hosting it’s first Super Bowl and hungry visitors who find themselves on this side of the Hudson are in for a treat. There’s no better place to eat well, cheaply. For a real taste of Jersey, skip the corporate hospitality tents and…  

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Chef Spotlight: James Muir

Chef James Muir of Órale Mexican Kitchen in Jersey City The consulting Chef for Órale Mexican Kitchen, Chef James Muir is responsible for the development of Órale’s creative menu and oversees the kitchen’s execution of same. James Muir was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, to a Scottish father and a French mother. After attending the […]

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