Zod Arifai Offers Special Sandy Aftermath Menu at Restaurant Blu, Next Door and Daryl

Beginning this Tuesday, November 13th, Zod Arifai, owner and executive chef at the acclaimed Blu and Next Door in Montclair, and Daryl Wine Bar in New Brunswick, will be offering two courses plus a bite of dessert for limited-time menu at all three of his restaurants, priced at just $19.50 (beverages, tax and gratuities not included).
If you've never had the opportunity to dine at one of Zod's restaurants, this is the perfect opportunity to experience his cuisine.
 
Arifai wrote:
In the wake of the disaster caused by Hurricane Sandy and the following Nor’easter, thousands of lives have been disrupted.  Simple things we take for granted, like electric, gas and food, have been in short supply.  In light of these circumstances, many people have expressed that they would enjoy an inexpensive, quick, casual, hot meal, without any fuss.
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Northern Hospitality: Montclair Restaurants in the Aftermath of Sandy

*Also published in the Montclair Times

Outside, the smell of wood burning fireplaces, the hum of generators and a haunting sense of déjà vu filled the damp air.  Trees stood shattered or lay uprooted across yards and roads, while phone and power lines hung dangerously low.  Inside, eighty percent of Montclair homes were dark and cold, while the refrigerators, ironically, were warm. 

In the aftermath of Frankenstorm, residents scrambled for blankets and batteries, while Montclair restaurateurs gathered staff, organized deliveries and opened their doors. In a food-town, like Montclair, it’s easy to take these open doors for granted. 

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Vite, French Food Fast at Epernay in Montclair

French Food Fast comes to Epernay.

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Five Acre Farms Butters Me Up

I've had a life long affair with butter.  I love to smear it, spread it, melt it, brown it, and most especially, I love to make it!

But, as any butter enthusiast knows, your butter is only as good as the cream you made it with. The better your cream, the better your butter!

I recently received a personal delivery of Five Acres Farm milk and cream, being told that Five Acres cream makes "the best" butter.

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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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