Rapid Fire: Thomas Ciszak of Chakra & Blue Morel

by Melody Kettle


Thomas Ciszak is one of the Northeast’s most acclaimed chefs. Born in Germany and trained at top schools and restaurants in his home country, Chef Ciszak came to the United States in 1994.  His work grew noticed and he gained great popularity first at The Manor in West Orange, then at Tavern on the Green in Manhattan. From there, he joined The Fireman Hospitality Group as opening Executive Chef at Shelly's New York. 

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MFEE Chili Cook-Off

by Melody Kettle


The Montclair Fund for Educational Excellence (MFEE) is serving up a tasty fundraiser this spring with its first-ever Chili Cook-Off on Saturday, April 11 at 7 pm at the Woman's Club of Upper Montclair (200 Cooper Avenue).

The culinary competition benefiting Montclair Public Schools will feature tastings of dozens of chili recipes created by area individuals and teams (both professional and non-), a craft Biergarten with Jersey's best brews, live music and desserts prepared by MACHE (Montclair Academy of Culinary Hospitality Education), a program launched at Montclair High School and funded by the Montclair Food & Wine Festival.

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New Duck Bar Menu at The Ryland Inn

by Melody Kettle


Executive Chef Craig Polignano and his team have just unveiled a delicious new menu at the Duck Bar, featuring succulent snacks and entrees for a laid back night out.

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Rapid Fire: Todd Villani of Terre a Terre

by Melody Kettle


Chef Todd Villani, owner of Terre a Terre in Carlstadt, grew up in a kitchen alongside his grandmother who prepared 3-course meals every day for most of her adult life.  

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17 Summer Restaurant: Open and on Restaurant StartUp

by Melody Kettle


 17 Summer Restaurant, the new brick and mortar endeavor of brother/sister team of Jenna & Joseph Cuccia (of Joseph Cuccia Catering),  opened on Friday February 20, 2015. 

 

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Amanti Vino Celebrates 10th Anniversary with Wine Label Design Contest

by Melody Kettle


For the first time, the high-profile independent wine, beer & spirits shop, Amanti Vino, will release a private label wine to mark its 10th anniversary in business. 

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Rapid Fire: Josh Bernstein of Spuntino

by Melody Kettle


Joshua Bernstein is pioneering a new generation of authentic, creative and scratch-to-table cuisine as Executive Chef at Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas in Clifton, NJ. Bernstein’s work at Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas reflects his 20+ years of experience in the kitchen. He graduated first in his class from the prestigious Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in 1999 and honed his craft at restaurants up and down the East Coast, including Nantucket’s Jared Coffin House and New Jersey’s Rosemary and Sage. 

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Blu and Next Door Are Closing in August (this time, it's true)

by Melody Kettle


Though the press release came this morning, the NJ food scene has been rumbling since 2014at several outlets, to the tune that Blu, one of the most acclaimed restaurants in NJ is closing, and that the fate of Next Door, its more casual sister is undetermined. It's been a rumor hard to believe - and an even harder fact for foodies to accept. 

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What's On Tap: Craft Beer Radio Show

by Melody Kettle


What’s On Tap, a weekly radio show focusing on craft beer news and  tri-state area beer info, began airing and web streaming on January 24th.  Hosted by Gary Monterosso and Tara Nurin, What's On Tap airs on Saturdays at 1 pm on WSNJ 1240 AM . 

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