World’s Best Fried Mac and Cheese

World’s Best Fried Mac and Cheese

Fried Mac & Cheese

One of the dishes I made for this year’s FryFest is a new recipe – fried mac & cheese. I used my Cabot Creamery Seriously Sharp Cheddar Mac N Cheese recipe as the base for this decadent dish. I know these treats are tyically served in a ball shape, but since I was also doing […]

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Tasting Table at Terre à Terre

Tasting Table at Terre à Terre

Smoked Salmon

Terre a Terre is the Carlstadt, less-than-year-old brainchild of Chef Todd Villani. Villani worked at some of the best dining rooms in the USA and acquired professional kitchen skills while apprenticing at one of Europe’s top five-star resorts then while working on Marcus Samuelsson’s team at his subsidiary interests including World Yacht, Aquavit and Merkato […]

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2nd Annual FryFest

2nd Annual FryFest

Fried Mac & Cheese

The second installment of FryFest is behind us. Much like the 2013 FryFest, this year’s all-fried event was held on a beautiful late summer day. This year, we fried a few of last year’s favorites along with new items. Here’s what my brother-in-food, Danny Chin of Eat with Dan, and me served our 13 guests: […]

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Corn and Lima Bean Succotash

Corn and Lima Bean Succotash

Succotash

In New Jersey, we have some of the best corn to be found anywhere. Farm stands and various stores offer sweet Jersey corn from late summer into the fall and I enjoy finding new ways to savor it. One new way used farm-fresh corn this weekend was by making an easy succotash with lima beans, […]

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Grissini 21st Anniversary Special

Grissini 21st Anniversary Special

Grissini

Grissini is celebrating its 21st anniversary this month and will be featuring a special five-day promotion. The critically acclaimed contemporary Italian restaurant known for “Vera Cucina Italiana” (true contemporary Italian cuisine) will take 21% off your lunch or dinner food bill from Monday, 8/25 – 8/29 (alcohol and other beverages not included.) The 21% discount may […]

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Wine Group Dinner at Home

Wine Group Dinner at Home

Wines

Every few weeks, a group of us meet for dinner at a BYO (New Jersey’s great for those) and bring killer wines to share. This time, I opted to have the 5 couples over at my home for a summer dinner outdoors. The evening was spectacular, the food admittedly tasty and the wines just unbelievable. […]

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Make-Ahead Tomato Gazpacho

Make-Ahead Tomato Gazpacho

Gazpacho

This weekend, I hosted a group of wine lovers and was pondering what to serve as a quick amuse-bouche that would scream “SUMMER”. Jersey tomatoes came to mind and I opted to serve a tasty gazpacho with a grilled shrimp sprinkled with Pork Mafia Memphis Mud rub blend. It’s a killer little dish that can […]

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Demetri Malki Returns to Montclair with De Novo European Pub

Demetri Malki Returns to Montclair with De Novo European Pub

De Novo Logo

Demetri Malki of beloved Table 8 and D’metri’s, is opening De Novo European Pub at the Upper Montclair Train Station in late August. The space was previously occupied by the defunct 12 West. De Novo will be styled after the family-oriented casual pubs of Europe with menus created by Executive Chef Marika Villik, who headed […]

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Chefs & Wine Weekend for Food Bank of NJ

Chefs & Wine Weekend for Food Bank of NJ

FoodBank_verticallogo_FULL

The second annual New Jersey Chefs Tableside Dinner will kick-off a new weekend of wine and chef events at the Westin Governor Morris Hotel (2 Whippany Road, Morristown) to benefit the Community Food Bank of NJ. Building on the success of last year’s Tableside Dinner, the event will expand into the Westin Governor Morris Chef […]

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Chef Florian Wehrli Triomphe-ant in Manhattan

Chef Florian Wehrli Triomphe-ant in Manhattan

Bouillabaisse

A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of revisiting Chef Florian Wehrli’s delightful food while hosting a client lunch at the popular Manhattan restaurant, Triomphe. Until last fall, I’d enjoyed Chef Wehrli’s food when he oversaw five award-winning restaurants while he was Executive Sous Chef at New Jersey’s Crystal Springs Resort. The Swiss-born […]

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