Words To Eat By : Gastropub and Gastrolounge

In the most simple definition, a gastropub or gastrolounge is a dining establishment that serves both high-end food and beer.

Gastropub is derived from the words: gastronomy,  love of the art or science of food;  and pub.  Nary 20 years old, the term has evolved from its origins and has become so much more - even taking on uniquely American characteristics.

The first gastropubs appeared in London in the early 1990's when young chefs, tired of traditional pubgrub, offered food of a higher caliber. During the “cool Britania” era of Tony Blair all things British found their way to America bringing the new Mini, Doctor Who, Colplay, and Gastropubs to colonial shores. The most recognized of the early US gastropubs is the Spotted Pig in Manhattan.

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The Knowles Family Legacy: Local Sustainability at Highlawn Pavilion

On March 11, 2012, the Sunday Business section of the Star-Ledger published an ad announcing a  "Business Opportunity" at "Eagle Rock Reservation."  It read:

"The County of Essex is seeking a fine dining restaurant operator for the Eagle Rock Restaurant, located in the Essex County Eagle Rock Reservation in West Orange, NJ[.]  A Request for Information (RFI) has been issued to find an operator interested in developing and operating a fine dining restaurant."

The rumor mill went swirling!  The most important question proffered was: is Highlawn Pavilion, the renown fine dining and banquet establishment, closing?  The Knowles Family, owners of Highlawn Pavilion, responded to the buzz on the Highlawn Pavilion website:

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Team #HFTK Wins First Place in Montclair Fourth of July Parade

Three days of work, four hundred and twenty three feet of glitter garland, a whole bunch of crepe paper, and some stuffed pigs and chickens did the trick: Hot From The Kettle won first place for best float yesterday at Montclair's annual Fourth of July Parade.

Team #hftk, Mike Sondey, John Lee, Elizabeth Palmer Starnes, Mr. Hot, and myself, send a patriotic "congratulations" to all participants in the parade.  What a legendary day!

Photo Credit: Cristin Kettle-Sondey

Here are some great pics Fourth of July pics from John Lee!

Fourth of July Parade Montclair 2012 from Melody Kettle on Vimeo.

Tweet your parade pics @melodykettle or @johnleesandiego with hashtag #hftk.


Montclair Dining: Albert's Food for the Soul

Fried Chicken at AlbertLast week, Cafe Amici bid adeiu to Church Street, and Albert's officially took up residence.

FYI, they've got pretty *&^%$#@ perfect fried chicken!  Read more on Montclair Restaurant News!

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New Brick Lane Ridgewood

Photo Credit: Ritesh PatelNothing makes a certified curry junkie happier than learning about a new curry house!
This just in:
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