The further out into the suburbs you travel, the more your apt to notice seasonal changes. For sure, there is a bit of a nip in the air.

Just a quick look around, and you’re bound to notice the glorious fall foliage, as it continues to turn from from lofty green, to golden yellow, deep red, and crusty brown. Walking along our  daily paths, we can’t help but notice the crunch of leaves under our feet. October is truly upon us. It’s the Fall Season, and Restauranteurs are busy changing their Menus.


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The New Fall Menu at Gladstone Tavern
It’s dusk. Friends, neighbors, and folks from all over Central Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania are heading into Gladstone Tavern for a taste of their Fall Menu. Appetizers feature beyond delicious: Truffle, whipped hummus, baguette crisps, matchstick radishes, radish shoots, ($9); Grilled chicken, apple sausage, cheddar, braised red cabbage, and a potato pancake,($9); Salads feature: Fall:Crisp apples, pears, dried cranberries, walnuts, Cabot- aged cheddar cheese, young lettuce, cider vinaigrette, ($9); Tavern Caesar with Romaine, radicchio, green olives, capers, celery, garlic croutons, house dressing, shaved parmesan cheese, ($9); Sauteed Chicken Breast, “Coq Au Vin” Burgundy button mushrooms, bacon, pearl onions, baby carrots, ($23); SEA: Lobster Cob Salad, (Bay of Fundy, Canada), shelled half lobster, avocado, goat cheese, candied pecans, tomatoes, hard cooked egg, purple potatoes, mesclun lettuce, citrus dressing, ($24). And as a special dessert, please request a scoop of Executive Chef Tom Carlin’s delectable dark chocolate chip ice cream with a side order of his magnificent, freshly baked, personal, apple pie. Gladstone Tavern, 273 Main Street, Gladstone. Call for reservations and information: 908.234.9055.

Ana Beall’s Tea Room in Westfield is Ready for the Fall Season
“The Fall season is our favorite time of the year,” said Proprietor Nancy Baker of Ana Beall’s Tea Room. “Please plan to visit us. We are making October extremely special by offering 3 exciting events, plus a very special one-night only evening-out event!  Be sure to call us at Ana Beall’s Tea Room! We know you’ll truly enjoy yourself! For reservations call: 908.264.4221 - or send email to:

October 4th - Decorating Class: Pumpkins & Ghoulish Treats
October 11th - Essentially Indian - a Spice Journey
October 16th - Tuesday Night Tapas
October 19th - Winemaking for Couples (or just for you!)

Pumpkins & Ghoulish Treats!
Olivia is returning on Thursday, October 4th for a special evening class for Moms and Kids.  Participants will come away with a lot of ideas for decorating cookies and cupcakes for Halloween, our most Ghoulish holiday. Everyone leaves with their own set of treats, (which may mysteriously disappear before you get to your front door!)
October 4th
Cost: Adults -- $35
Kids: $25
To reserve your space

Essentially Indian - A Spice Journey
Guest speaker Meera Rao takes you on a spice journey. She will demonstrate how to use essential spices in cooking. You’re welcome to try some of the Indian recipes. You’re welcome to take some home with you, or use them to spice-up some of your favorite American dishes.  Participants will experience the flavors of India, as well as take home their own “Starter” set of spices.
Essentially Indian: October 11th
Registration Fee:  $35

Wednesday Night 1/2 Priced Bottles of Wine.
Beginning October 3d: Klein’s Fish Market’s full List of Wines by the Bottle are 1/2 Price with Purchase of an Entree.

Thursday Night 1/2 Priced Special Sushi Menu

Friday Night Lobster Dinner & Chardonnay Night
1 1/4 pound Steamed Lobster: $18.99 - 1 1/2 pound Steamed Lobster $22.99 lb.

Specially Priced Chardonnay
Clos Du Bois Chardonnay
Oyster Bay Chardonnay
Cave de Lugny “Les Charmes” Unoaked Chardonnay
Kendall Jackson Chardonnay
(Beginning October 5th)

All Specials are Dine in Only and Begin at 4 p.m.
Klein’s will be Closed on Mondays Beginning October 15, 2012

Klein’s Fish Market, Corner of  Main Street & River Road, Belmar. Call: 732.681.1177.
Corner of Main Street & River Road, Belmar
The Frog and The Peach in New Brunswick
Ramey Wine Diner, October 5
Hosted by Ramey's National Sales Manager, George Staikos. The dinner will feature five wines from one of California's most important wine maker which will be paired with a beautiful early-fall meal. 5 courses, 5 wine pairings; $110 per person, all inclusive. See the Menu Here.
Beer vs. Wine Dinner, October 26

One of their most popular dinners! Each of the evening's five courses is paired with one wine and one beer. After each course, guests vote for which beverage they think paired best. At the end of the night, a winner is determined (last year wine came out on top!).  The Frog and the Peach 29 Dennis St., New Brunswick: For reservations: Call 732.846.3216.

The Early Autumn Menu has arrived at Nicholas
Be among the first to try the latest menu selections at Nicholas. They include:
Pan Seared Day Boat Sea Scallop, Avocado Lime Puree, Jalapeno, Confit Watermelon Rind
Rep Pepper Agnolotti, Fennel Marmalade, Almond, Black Olive Crumble, Curry Espuma
Hudson Valley Foie Gras Sphere, Huckleberry Gelée, Caramelized Apple, Brioche

Roasted Crescent Duck Breast, Acorn Squash Puree, Honey Crisp Apple, Port Reduction
Pan Roasted Pork Loin, Stone Ground Grits, Caramelized Peaches, Macadamia Nuts 
Snake River Farms Kobe Steak, Creamed Spinach, Tomato Jam, Russian Fingerling Potato
Pocono Rainbow Trout, Broccoli Puree, Hazelnut and Orange Salad
Pumpkin Barley Risotto, Mascarpone, Pumpkin Seeds, Organic Hen Egg
Local Bruléed Black Mission Figs, Chocolate Cake, Fig Sorbet, Port Wine Reduction
Dark Chocolate Chiboust, Caramel, Peanut Crunch, Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
Caramel Poached Apples, Cinnamon Ice Cream, Graham Streusel
Carrot Cake Soufflé, Cream Cheese Crumbs, Ginger Ice Cream
For Reservations, Please Call: 732-345-9977 or RESERVE ONLINE: Nicholas, 160 Route 35 S. (between Navesink River Rd. and Pine St.)

I  Want to Hear From YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

With the fall season, so many of you have discovered some new and exciting places to dine. Whether it’s seafood, steak, a sandwich shoppe, brewery, “Hole-in-the-Wall” or Neighborhood Joint, Upscale, fine-dining, or your favorite diner, please send me an email, or give me a call, and let me know your secret find.

Have a great week!

Happy October!!!!!!!