Gearing up for a storm, means hunkering down in your kitchen for some real comfort food.....then when the weather settles, heading out to your favorite restaurant or making reservations for one you’ve been longing to visit.

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Tomato Dinners at Restaurant Serenade in Chatham

Let’s hope the driving rain did not disturb Proprietor-Executive Chef James Laird’s gorgeous tomatoes. Plan to visit Restaurant Serenade and enjoy their annual toast to the Tomato Season. Starting now, and going straight through to the end of the bountiful season, guests can enjoy a five-course tomato dinner with or without wine pairings. 

Five-course Tomato Dinner, ($120 with wine; $80 without),

Hawaiian prawns with green tomato marmalade, almonds, and zucchini flowers: (2009 Do Ferreiro Albariño, Rias Baixas, Spain)

King salmon paillard with Red Brandywine tomatoes, beurre noisette, organic soy sauce, and capers: (2009 Chateau de Fuisse Pouilly-Fuisse Les Brules, Mâcon, France)

Tomato salad with fresh mozzarella croquettes, extra-virgin olive oil, and opal basil: (2009 Domaine de Nerleux Samur-Champigny Clos des Chatains, Loire, France)

Roasted rack of lamb with couscous roulade, preserved lemon, and harissa tomato broth: (2007 La Serena Andrea Mantengoli Brunello di Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy)

Tomato tart with lemon ricotta and pineapple sorbet: (2009 La Spinetta Moscato d’Asti Bricco Quaglia, Piedmont, Italy)

Tomatoes used in each of the dishes arrive from Melick’s Farm in Oldwick as well as Chef James Laird’s own half-acre garden. Restaurant Serenade, 6 Roosevelt Avenue, Chatham. Call for reservations: 973-701-0303.

The Winelist at The Manor Receives “Best Of” Wine Spectator Award 

The Knowles family recently announced that Wine Spectator Magazine has once again awarded The Manor the “Best Of” Award of Excellence for their outstanding, well-thought out, and fairly priced wine list. The Manor, 111 Prospect Avenue, West Orange. Call:973.731.2360.

Sunday Evenings at Restaurant Nicholas

Restaurant Nicholas will be open Sunday evenings. Why not call and make a reservation in the dining room, or stop by Bar N for a specialty from their a la carte menu?


Baby Field Greens, Caramelized Hazelnuts, Beaufort Cheese

2010 Entre-Deux-Mers, Sauvignon Blanc, Chateau Turcaud

Main Course

Glazed Long Island Duck Breast, Summer Succotash, Corn Pudding, Duck Prosciutto

2009 Provence, Syrah, Domaine Magellan


Milk Chocolate Mousse Bombe, Peanut Caramel, Blondie, Graham Cracker Ice Cream

2006 Maury, Vintage Reserve, Mas Amiel

Sunday's 3 Course Bar N Menu $29 or with Wine Tasting Flight $49. Restaurant Nicholas, 160 Highway 35 South, Red Bank: Call for reservations: 732.345.9977.

Grand Opening Union’s Hibachi Grill & Supreme Buffet

The new Hibahi Grill & Supreme Buffet offers over 150 different items on the bar plus a Hibachi Grill and Buffet. Choices include: Rib-Eye Steak, Salmon, Butter and Black Pepper Shrimp, General Tso’s Chicken, a selection of Sushi, salads, fruit, and dessert.

Hours: Lunch: Monday to Saturday: 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; Dinner: Monday to Saturday: 3:30 to 10:30 p.m.; Sunday: 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Union’s Hibachi Grill & Supreme Buffet, 1235 W. Chestnut St., Union: Call: 908.688.8393.


MKB: August 22, 2011: Please don’t forget to vote for your favorite restaurants! or Mkbrody@TheAlternativePress.Com