Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Taste Of Montclair Is Almost Sold Out

@TasteMontclair Over 45 Chefs, Restaurants, Specialty Food Firms, and Much More on March 9 at Montclair State One of the most delicious ways to celebrate the end of this winter’s deep freeze is to meet your friends, colleagues, and neighbors at the Montclair Rotary Club’s Fourth Annual Taste of Montclair event. The Taste of Montclair is also the kickoff event for Montclair Restaurant Week, which runs from March 9 to 15. [caption id="attachment_7503" align="alignright" width="370"] @TasteMontclair[/caption]

During the 2015 Taste of Montclair, sample cuisine prepared by Montclair’s top chefs, who represent over 45 restaurants and specialty food purveyors. Also, taste creations from gourmet bakers, confectioneries, and beverage firms on Monday, March 9 from 6 PM until 9 PM. While enjoying superb tastings, guests can view the late winter sunset and New York City skyline for Conference Center in University Hall on the Montclair State University campus. The address of Montclair State is One Normal Avenue, Montclair, N.J.

Tickets for The Taste of Montclair cost $60 a person and they are selling rapidly. The price includes complimentary parking at Montclair State’s Red Hawk Parking deck and shuttle transportation to University Hall. Individuals and groups are asked to purchase their tickets online on Eventbrite
In discussing The Taste of Montclair, the Montclair Rotary’s Event Chair Joseph Solano said, “This is Montclair’s one-of-a-kind culinary festival that recognizes all those talented and innovative men and women who have transformed our town in to one of the top dining destinations in the Garden State. You’ll want to be here for the appetizing food, fun, and friendship as we all sample our community’s wonderful cuisine and bid farewell to winter.”

All of the proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to three nonprofit organizations that provide meals and non-perishable food items to individuals and families facing tough times. The Rotary plans to donate over $15,000 and those funds will be divided between the Human Needs Food Pantry, Toni’s Kitchen, and Salvation Army Montclair Citadel. Taken together, these programs help feed and provide food to hundreds of people, from children to the elderly, each week.

In addition to exceptional cuisine, The Taste of Montclair will feature live music and specialty beverage called “Azariah Crane Cocktail,” which has been concocted by Warren Bobrow, a noted mixologist and chef. Known as the Cocktail Whisperer, Mr. Bobrow’s concept drink is a tribute to one of the first white settlers of “the Mountain,” when the area was still a Royal Colony.

For more information about 2015 The Taste of Montclair, visit the Rotary Club’s website at or contact Robbie Furman at 973.316.8200.

Participating in The Taste of Montclair are:

A Gardener’s Kitchen Ah Pizz Anderson’s 1949 -brooklyn Anthony’s Cheesecake Aroy-D Asalt and Buttery Beyond the Pita Brick Lane Curry House  CARS Delivery DeNovo European Pub  Egan and Sons Escape Fin Raw Bar and Kitchen Fricassée French Bistro Gina’s Bakery Greek Taverna Halcyon Jams By Kim Java Love Jersey Artisan Rum Jersey Barnfire Hot Sauce  Le Salbuen Cafe Market Long Valley Creamery Mac Attack MEAL Mesob Montclair Bread Company Next Door Old Canal Inn Olive That And More Pig and Prince Red Eye Café Salugo Salute Bistro Spice Thai Stuffed Tassot Apiaries Terre A Terre The Chocolate Path The Manor The Office Tiny Elephant Toast Montclair Yalo and Me Yogic Chai

The Taste of Montclair is supported by a generous group of corporate and individual sponsors and their donations are critical to success of this annual event. Sponsors are DCH Montclair Acura, DCH BMW of Bloomfield, Otterstedt Insurance, Haven Savings Bank, Investors Bank, Whole Foods, Partners for Health, Tracey Diamond Design, TAP into Montclair, The Conference Center at Montclair State, Tricarico Architecture & Design, Essential Public Relations, Silver Family Foundation, Cohn Lifland Pearlman Attorneys, WH Linen, “Little Angels,” and Dealer Active.

Be sure to like the Taste of Montclair on Facebook and follow them on twitter at @TasteMontclair 

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Montclair Township Hires Acting Animal Shelter Director

Montclair Township Manager Timothy Stafford is pleased to announce the appointment of Nicole Dawson as acting Animal Shelter Director. She will serve at the Shelter until the position can be permanently filled.

Ms. Dawson brings to the shelter extensive knowledge and experience with animal welfare operations management. Most recently she served as the Interim Director for the Helmetta Regional Animal Shelter after the NJSPCA took receivership of the agency. While there, she developed a business plan for a financially sustainable and humane shelter which was presented to the borough’s council.

Prior to that Ms. Dawson was the Executive Director at the Somerset Regional Animal Shelter, where she helped triple adoption numbers, significantly increased TNR rates, and raised the awareness level of the organization, thereby helping double donations over previous years.

“We are confident that Ms. Dawson will provide our shelter the appropriate guidance to help organize operations and offer a smooth transition for the person who will ultimately fill the director position,” said Township Manager Stafford. “We look forward to working with her in the coming months to ensure that our shelter animals have the best care possible.”

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Episcopal Humor

How Many Episcopalians Does It Take To Change A Light Bulb?
Change! Change! You Can't Change A Lightbulb! Father Renn installed that lightbulb himself!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Snowy Panorama at Edgemont Park #Montclair NJ

The Veteran's Memorial in Edgemont Park stands serenely
 in the white silence on a January Afternoon.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

An Epiphany About Epiphany (Twelfth Night)

Twelfth Night.
"Little Christmas" to some.
Christmas in the Orthodox Tradition.
The Twelfth Day of Christmas to others.

Epiphany is an insight, something that has suddenly become apparent. Reading and reflecting on the day, one realizes that the historic events of the day really are quite simple, and a lesson so many of us need to learn, again, and again.

Epiphany marks when the Magi, the Three Wise men, rode into Bethlehem to visit the Christ child. The were wise indeed, learned men of science, and philosophy, and politics. They came from the East, Persia, in what is now Iran and Iraq.

The Magi followed a star, a new star in the sky, under which they found the Christ Child. They brought gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. But what they really brought was recognition. Recalling our lessons from Sunday School, the Christ Child was already visited by shepherds, but shepherds don't have much authority. Their knowledge is tending to sheep and not much more. But here were Wise Men, perhaps some of the most learned people around, who traveled a great distance, to see the new born King.

The Church regonizes Epiphany as the manifestation of the Christ to the Gentiles, the non-Jews. Recognition. Someone of authority recognizing something as worthy of beholding.

How many times in our lives do we have a chance to have an epiphany moment, a chance to recognize something as worthy? There are so many simple times in each day that we can change the world, or at least someone's world for one brief moment, by the simple act of recognizing them or their work. Praising a child for a simple line drawing, complimenting someone's suit, even recognizing someone's existence by waiting a moment as we hold the door for them.

These simple acts, though not as significant as the visit of the Magi, can change the world.

Monday, December 29, 2014

The Classics Remixed : Coconut Rice Pudding with @SuccessRice #recipe

Rice Pudding is comfort food at its best. This twist on the traditional deli favourite uses coconut milk to warm the soul. It a really simple favourite recipe that is the ideal dessert after a spicy meal or served alone mid-afternoon when I'm feeling a bit homesick for San Diego.


Torrey Pines State Reserve in La Jolla California 
1 1/2 cups cold unsalted cooked Success rice

3 cups whole milk

1/2 cup well stirred canned unsweetened coconut milk

1/3 cup sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract    


Simmer rice, milk, coconut milk and salt uncovered in medium (2 or 3 quart) heavy saucepan over moderate heat. Stir frequently until thickened, about 40 minutes. Stir in vanilla extract, serve warm.


I've actually used non-fat milk as well as lactaid milk and have had positive results. The pudding was not as thick with these adjustments but it was still oh so delicious.

Make sure you are using coconut milk. I have heard stories of people who have used Cream of Coconut which is a canned sweetened product used often for making pina coladas - yuk!

Turbinado sugar, also called Raw Sugar is my sugar of choice. This minimally processed sugar comes from the same plants as the white sugar to which so many of us are accustomed but is brown in colour and many, including me, can taste the difference. My personal preference is Sugar In The Raw which obtains all of their sugar from Hawaii. I like the idea of supporting domestic agriculture and as well as preventing more land in the Aloha state from turning into condo farms.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Best Bets for New Year's Eve: Escape | Montclair NJ

Chef Bryan Gregg will be celebrating New Year’s Eve with a 3-course dinner. 

Note that guests are welcomed to bring their own wines.

When: Wednesday December 31, 2014. Cost: $68/person plus tax and gratuity.

Tartar of local beef, yolk, black truffle Beets, oxalis, chicken skin, charred onion, sorrel Charleston risotto, crustacean cream, baby herbs Potato brioche, truffle purée, uni, watercress pistou Smoked cream, Caspian Osetra caviar, corn chive madeleine Warm lobster salad, parsnip milk, fennel pollen, ice lettuce

Beef, foie gras, charred turnip, hay Black bass, kale, black garlic, crab crème Lamb, cauliflower, currant, Brussels leaves, sorghum Rabbit, truffles, brioche, carrots, charred leek Chicken, celeriac, thigh dumplings, dill weed Scallops, squash, porcini, pecan miso

Chocolate, hazelnut, butterscotch Buttermilk pie, cranberry, walnut, coffee cake Cheese plate with garnish

Reservations for this special evening can be made by phone at (973) 744-0712.

 Escape Montclair 345 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07042

Best Bet For New Year's Eve: Boozapalooza 2014/15! |Fairfield

Jersey Artisan Distilling, Highlands Dinner Club and Blue J Syrups bring you Boozapalooza 2014/15!

As 2014 comes to a close, we at JAD want to celebrate with you all that we have accomplished this year and all we have planned for 2015. What better way to ring in the New Year than with some great rum cocktails, amazing food and music at Jersey's first new distillery to open since Prohibition! You have all been part of the awesomeness, so we want to start the new year with you.

Tickets include: All you can drink cocktails & beer Extensive appetizers provided by the fabulous minds at HDC (including rumors of a Busted Barrel infused roast pig) Music, Champagne toast, A JAD t-shirt & glass A whole night of fun times! The party will kick off around 9 and go until we can't party any longer.

2014 has been awesome & we can't wait to raise a glass with you to start 2015 right!

Tickets are $60,00, $25,00 for Designated Drivers. Tickets are available now on Eventbrite.

Jersey Artisan Distilling
32b Pier Lane West 
Fairfield, NJ 

Best Bets For New Year's Eve : Terre A Terre | Carlstadt

Terre a Terre, the Garden State's highly praised Farm-to-Table restaurant in Carlstadt, Bergen County still has a few spots available for New Year's Eve. Featuring a special menu, live music, and local wines Terre a Terre celebrates all the best of the Garden State. What better way to start 2015.

Since opening in October of 2013, Terre a Terre has received praise from media on both sides of the Hudson proving that great food prepared passionately is still everyone's favorite dish. New Jersey Monthly awarded Chef Todd Villani's restaurant three and a half stars, the first time a restaurant has receive such a high rating in a very long time.

This summer Terre à Terre became the first Meadowlands area restaurant to have received certification as a 2 Star Certified Green Restaurant® from the Green Restaurant Association (GRA), a national nonprofit organization that helps restaurants become more environmentally sustainable.

Call Terre a Terre at (201) 507-0500 to reserve your space TODAY. 
Word on the street is that there are only four spots left. 

Terre à Terre – translated as down to earth – is Chef Todd Villani's food venture where he showcases his passion for an authentic farm to table experience, which starts with fresh, local ingredients. The dining experience is authentic…food prepared just as nature had intended

Terre a Terre is at 312 Hackensack Street Carlstadt, NJ 07072. (201) 507-0500.