Food & Drink

May 3, 2021

NEW JERSEY - Governor Murphy announced that New Jersey is launcing a "Shot and a Beer" program, encouraging eligible residents, ages 21 and over to get vaccinated. Any New Jerseyan who gets their first vaccine dose in the month of May and takes their vaccination card to a participating brewery ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — The Union County Board of County Commissioners are set to hold three emergency food distribution events for Union County residents in April to aid those affected by COVID-19. The food distributions are open to all Union County residents. Food will be distributed on a ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — About five angled parking spaces on Prospect Street have been blocked off by cement barricades covered in navy blue cloth. On Friday, bright orange cones placed in-between the barricades alerted drivers to the cordoned off spots, which will soon become space for outdoor dining ...

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BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ -- Don’t despair, while there may not be a parade on St. Patrick’s Day, the sound of bagpipes will fill the air at Goodman’s Deli, 400 Springfield Ave. March 17 marks one year since Goodman’s closed its dining room in an effort to slow the spread of COVID 19. Traditionally ...

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BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Governor Livingston freshman Abigail Ha has enjoyed baking for years, however, she never anticipated it becoming such a rewarding hobby.  Ha learned how to make macarons during quarantine and her friends inspired her to start selling her baked goods. Soon her love of ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Lifelong Fanwood resident and the catering genius behind Savory Selections in downtown Scotch Plains has made it to the semi-final round of the Favorite Chef competition.  Chefs from around the globe are competing in this online competition to be named the world's ...

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185-acre work-life campus welcomes three accomplished chefs to further enhance its growing dining scene  BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – The Connell Company, the developer behind the premier work-life campus, announced three prominent additions to the culinary team at The Park in Berkeley Heights, ...

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Governor Murphy Signs Executive Order Raising Indoor Capacity Limits from 25% to 35% for Certain Businesses Executive Order Also Ends Statewide 10 p.m. Curfew for In-Person Indoor Restaurant Service, and Adjusts Gathering Limits for Religious and Political Activities, Wedding Ceremonies, ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The COVID pandemic has taken its toll on many small businesses, but the news that the iconic Florence Ravioli in downtown Scotch Plains is closing hurts. The business, which dates back to 1943, has been a part of the fabric of Scotch Plains since 1968. Florence Ravioli ...

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Produce will be distributed on a first come-first served basis; Union County residents only. The Board of County Commissioners has rescheduled an emergency food distribution for Union County residents to aid those affected by COVID-19 that was originally scheduled for Jan. 26. The new date is ...

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NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - After the recent towing of cars at the former Bank of America lot behind Prestige Diner in New Providence, a community discussion ensued with close to 300 comments posted to the New Providence and Berkeley Heights Facebook forums to expose and warn the community. The cars ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The wait is over for an upscale hamburger restaurant and bar. The Bareburger location at 126 Central Ave. in Westfield is open for business, the chain announced on Instagram. Patrons could be seen dining at the establishment Friday evening. In 2018, Bareburger purchased the ...

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NEW JERSEY- The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced a recall of Nestle Lean Cuisine Baked Chicken meals for “possible extraneous materials, specifically pieces of white hard plastic.” The baked chicken meals were produced and packaged on September 2, 2020 with a “Best Before” date of ...

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NEW JERSEY -- A new program called Sustain and Serve NJ has been launched by the NJEDA that enables struggling New Jersey restaurants to prepare meals that would be distributed to nonprofit organizations to feed for needy residents. Sustain and Serve NJ is a COVID-19 relief effort that helps ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — After a brief hiatus due to a change in ownership, Westfield Seafood is back in business. Roberto Bonilla, who has worked in the fish business for 20 years, purchased the business from Vince Bruns, the longtime fish monger at Westfield Seafood. Bruns is retiring but staying on ...

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SUMMIT, NJ - Shut down for two-plus weeks due to multiple positive COVID-19 cases among its staff, Roots Steakhouse in Summit is set to reopen November 28. Harvest Restaurant Group Owner / CEO Chip Grabowski confirmed via email to TAPinto Summit that the restaurant will, indeed, reopen for business ...

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SUMMIT, NJ - Harvest Restaurant Group of Morris Plains -- which operates 14 dining establishments in New Jersey, including Roots Steakhouse in Summit -- is getting grilled on social media over the way some claim it has handled a COVID-19 outbreak that caused the two-week closure of four of their ...

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SUMMIT, NJ - The City of Summit and the Westfield Regional Health Department have issued the following guidance regarding the COVID-19 outbreak at Roots Steakhouse in Summit. Multiple employees at the restaurant have tested positive for the virus and the establishment closed on November 12. The ...

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BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ -- Delicious Heights in Berkeley Heights is closed for business for an undetermined period of time beginning today because an employee tested positive for COVID-19. The restaurant let its patrons know of the closing by posting a message on Facebook. The employee "was in ...

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BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Governor Livingston High School has a celebrity chef in the making! Family and Consumer Sciences: Foods Teacher, Amy Wartel, is currently competing in 'The Greatest Baker' online competition. While teaching full time at GL in the Family and Consumer Sciences program, Wartel ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Steve Pantagis, who described himself as the director of the Pantagis corporation, contacted TAPintoSPF on Tuesday to confirm that, despite the assertions of Nick Pantagis last week, the iconic Snuffy's Pantagis Renaissance catering hall has closed its doors forever.  "I'm ...

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NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - New Jersey Monthly Magazine’s 37th Annual Restaurant Poll revealed their list of the best restaurants in New Jersey as decided by readers and critics alike. Fresh off the press, Prestige Diner in New Providence received the best diner for the North region. The voting took ...

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BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Lupa Ristorante opens in Berkeley Heights on Thursday, October 15, 2020. Executive Chef Adalfo Marisi comes full circle as the executive chef of Lupa Ristorante, formerly Giovanni’s Bistro, Bar and Catering in Berkeley Heights. With the re-opening of Nadine and Bob ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A shining chrome exterior, booths and a bar-like countertop, Vicki’s Diner is a quintessential New Jersey diner. And thanks to generosity of its customers, it is here to stay. Helen Rentoulis, 55, along with her husband, Peter, 60, have owned and operated the diner for 21 ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A shining chrome exterior, booths and a bar-like countertop, Vicki’s Diner is a quintessential New Jersey diner. And thanks to generosity of its customers, it is here to stay. Helen Rentoulis, 55, along with her husband, Peter, 60, have owned and operated the diner for 21 ...

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MORRISTOWN, NJ- The fall season will uncork once again when several of New Jersey’s finest wineries join together for the annual “Grand Harvest Wine Festival” on October 10 and 11 from 12 noon to 5 p.m. each day. Surrounded by the beauty of the autumn foliage this weekend of great New Jersey wine, ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A long-awaited restaurant and bar specializing in organic meat is still on track to open, despite coronavirus, the mayor said. Last week, Mayor Shelley Brindle said the owner of the Bareburger franchise conveyed to her that New Jersey’s rules for indoor dining capacity will ...

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BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ -- For those who are looking for some live entertainment nearby, make a reservation now for Sunday Sept. 13, for dinner and a comedy show at Marcellos Italian Ristorante. On the bill that night will be singer Joe De Gennaro, host of the TV show ‘Bringing Italy to You,’ and ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — For 21 years Vicki’s Diner on East Broad Street has been a staple of Downtown Westfield, and now its customers are hoping to make sure that it stays. When customers learned the diner might not make it through the pandemic, they pitched in with an online fundraiser that as of ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Purple sweet potato bars made from granola and blended with pure organic maple syrup, vanilla bean and cinnamon are among the items on offer at Lexi’s Bakery on Westfield’s south side. The bakery, which has been open for about a month, offers an array of gluten-free, dairy-free ...

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