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Friday, Oct. 12 Is National Gumbo Day

October 11, 2018

FANWOOD, NJ -- A zesty, stew-like dish is celebrated on National Gumbo Day, observed annually on October 12.

According to, gumbo originated in southern Louisiana during the 18th century. The dish typically consists of a stock flavored with Cajun spices, meat or shellfish, okra, filé powder (a thickener), and the "holy ...

The Dessert Ladies Sweeten The Day

STIRLING, NJ -- The Dessert Ladies first began sweetening the area in 2010. For the first 2 years and before buying an initial commercial kitchen, Geraldine Keogh, CEO, and her partners Lindsey Smith and Nina Byron were baking out of their own homes. In 2012, they opened the doors to their headquarters in Stirling, NJ. The new space was a catalyst to the growth of their ...

Chick-fil-A Unconfirmed as Tenant for Sears Site at Route 22 and Terrill Road

WATCHUNG, NJ -- Chick-fil-A restaurant would not confirm reports that it would open a new location at the shopping center being built at the former Sears at the intersection of Route 22 and Terrill Road.

“We are always evaluating potential new locations in the hopes of serving existing and new customers great food with remarkable service," said Jackie Jags, a spokesperson ...

Hot Dog Nation Descends on Fanwood

FANWOOD, NJ -- They came, they ate, they took some to go.

A busload of 55 hot dog connaisseurs from throughout the Garden State and as far as Colorado made the Fanwood Grille their third stop on a daylong excursion of New Jersey's "weiner wonderland." 

While a few went for the traditional hot dog and sauerkraut, most of the tour members went for chili ...

Hot Dog Nation Tour of New Jersey to Roll into Fanwood on Sat, Sept. 29

FANWOOD, NJ -- The 15th annual Hot Dog Nation Tour of New Jersey will bring a coach bus filled with more than 50 connaisseurs to the Fanwood Grille for the eatery's foot-long Shickhaus hot dogs and famed toppings including sauerkraut, chili, bacon and cheese, and "Cowboy Tony" (spicy meat) topping.

"It's a huge honor to be selected for ...

Scotch Plains Farmers Market Welcomes Mexi-Boys

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Scotch Plains Farmers Market welcomed its newest vendor, Mexi-Boys, on Saturday.

The co-owners, who worked together at a food truck previously and then ventured on their own, opened for business just a few months ago but have developed a strong following in Jersey City and in Union. 

The Scotch Plains Farmers Market is open every Saturday from ...

September Starts Soup Season for the Fanwood Grille

FANWOOD/SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Having won the title of Best Soup in New Jersey from food website The Daily Meal, the Fanwood Grille has expanded the availability of its award-winning soups to the Scotch Plains Farmers Market this fall.

Among the soups that the eatery has sold at the market are its famed lobster bisque and New England clam chowder, the popular chicken noodle soup, and ...

Scenes from the Scotch Plains Farm-to-Table Fundraiser for Veterans Programs

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The second annual "From Farm to Table" fundraising dinner treated attendees with a six-course meal prepared by Brian Kirpan, from BK Private Dining and Catering, and other local chefs on Saturday, Sept. 15, on the "hedge property" next to the Scotch Plains Municipal Building.

Kirpan created the gourmet meal using farm fresh ...

Fanwood Grille Debuts at Scotch Plains Farmers Market

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Selling its award-winning lobster bisque, butternut squash and chicken noodle soups and New Orleans gumbo, the Fanwood Grille became the newest vendor to join the Scotch Plains Farmers Market on Saturday. 

"The Fanwood Grille has joined our 'Best of the Best Vendors' here at the Scotch Plains Farmers' Market," said Jeff Stein, who ...

Rabbi Serves Congregation Ice Cream on 90+ Degree Day

FANWOOD, NJ -- What could be better than ice cream on a 90+ degree summer day? (Yes, it is still technically summer until Sept. 21).

The answer is having it served by "celebrity scooper" Rabbi Howard Tilman of Congregation Beth Israel, who made his second annual guest appearance at Rocko's Ice Cream on Wednesday.

The Rabbi said that the event is a great way to ...


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