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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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Café Matisse in Rutherford

A Work of Art in Rutherford (via The Cook’s Tour) It had been a long time since I visited Café Matisse (like at least 10 years). Sometimes you become enamored of the shiny new “objet d’art” and forget about the old masters. So when I received an invitation to try their new a la carte […]

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Cibo e Vino, Italian Tapas in Asbury Park

Cibo e Vino enjoyed a quiet, soft opening in November in Asbury Park. Owners Karen and Jim DeGilio, are well known for their excellent restaurant Fish, next to which Cibo e Vino is cuddled right up on Madison Avenue in the historic Press Building. The DeGilios are also  known for their popular restaurant Pinziminio Trattoria […]

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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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Free Food Alert! Pollo Campero

Celebrate National Empanada Day at Pollo Campero this Tuesday, April 8, with free handmade empanadas! The Latin chicken restaurant chain is also celebrating its 43rd birthday by inviting guests to its five locations in New Jersey from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. to enjoy one of Latin America’s most popular dishes. The following is a […]

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National Grilled Cheese Month

A Toute Heure in Cranford: Your Grilled-Cheese HQ

In honor of April being National Grilled Cheese Month, A Toute Heure’s Sous Chef Kelly Zavala took the time to let me know about some of her favorite grilled-cheese sandwich combinations, as well as the secrets to the perfect grilled cheese sandwich. When asked what ingredients she adds to her grilled cheeses, Chef Zavala ticked […]

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Crystal Springs NJ Wine & Food Festival Recap

Oh what an event! The New Jersey Wine & Food Festival took place last weekend at beautiful Crystal Springs.The three-day event was a celebration of the world’s best wines and renowned national and local chefs, benefiting the James Beard Foundation. The weekend’s events were designed to allow foodies and wine aficionados to meet and mingle […]

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Restaurant Latour Welcomes Chef Jean Paul Lourdes

Chef Jean Paul Lourdes brings a wealth of diversified experience from the world’s finest kitchens to Crystal Springs Resort’s Restaurant Latour. A native of New Zealand, Lourdes was hand-selected as Chef de Latour for his unique ability to develop inventive menus that will perfectly pair with the wines of Latour’s award-winning cellar. With a resumé […]

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BurgerFi Opens in New Brunswick

Some trends are born of necessity. We can debate the essential nature of the great cupcake boom of late or the present-day doughnut domination (of which I, personally, am a big fan). But there’s no denying that both our political and economic culture deeply influence trends in art (which cooking is), and thus our consumption. […]

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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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