Food & Drink

May 9, 2021

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Union County Commissioners reminds residents of the emergency food distribution events for Union County residents May to aid those affected by COVID-19. The next distribution in Scotch Plains will be Saturday, May 22, at 8:00 a.m. at Union County Vocational Technical School ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The waiting was the hardest part. Ralph’s Famous Italian Ices & Ice Cream of Westfield opened this weekend, more than a year later than originally anticipated due to the pandemic. A crowd of fans big and small lined up on the corner of Central Avenue and Park Street ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- In a year that has often featured disappointments for the Class of 2021, one annual tradition that returned as a smashing success was the Food Truck Festival, which helps raise money for end-of-the-year activities for seniors.  This year's Food Truck Festival raised ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Saturday brought the long-awaited return of the Scotch Plains Farmers Market in downtown Scotch Plains.  The event features annual vendors, such as Ort Farms, and Stella's Empanadas, as well as new vendors, such as award-winning Jersey Spirits Distilling Co., which produces ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The always popular Scotch Plains Farmers' Market will return on Saturday, May 1, two weeks earlier than usual, in an effort to promote the returning and new vendors further and to take advantage of the return of warm weather.  This will be the 29th season for the market, ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The annual Scotch Plains-Fanwood HS Food Truck Festival will roll into town on Sunday, May 2, 2021, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event will take place at the high school's Westfield Road entrance with a social distancing layout. Face masks will be mandatory. The Food ...

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Legislation is Part of a $100 Million Relief Package for New Jersey Small Businesses ATLANTIC CITY, NJ  – Gov.Phil Murphy today signed into law A-5444, which provides $35 million in federal COVID-19 relief aid for restaurants throughout New Jersey. The bill provides aid to a particularly hard ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Mayor Josh Losardo and Scotch Plains officials helped cut the ribbon outside Grano Pizzeria & Italian Tavern (435 Park Ave., the former site of Alfonso's Pizza) in downtown Scotch Plains on Tuesday evening.  Mayor Losardo, Township Manager Al Mirabella, Deputy Manager ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ – Felton Jones of Savory Selections Catering has advanced to the semi-final round of the online competition to be named Favorite Chef. If he receives the most votes in his group by the time balloting ends on Thursday, he would move on to the final round.  "I've made it ...

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Produce will be distributed on a first come-first served basis at events in Scotch Plains, Union, and Plainfield The Union County Board of County Commissioners will hold three additional emergency food distribution events for Union County residents in March, and its first food distribution event ...

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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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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School PTA is continuing to raise money for Class of 2021 activities through supporting our local businesses. Savory Selections, is offering a Friday Fish Fry taking place on Friday, Feb. 26 with a portion of the proceeds to benefit to ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Scotch Plains community is mourning not only the closure of Florence Ravioli on Park Avenue Saturday, but also the death of Ralph Losanno, whose grandparents founded the business in 1943 and moved it to Scotch Plains in 1968. It's a double hit for fans of the iconic ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – With word that the state is lifting its 10 p.m. closing time mandate for restaurants and bars, the Township of Scotch Plains is reverting to its ordinance with a 2:00 a.m. closing time. The township ordinance went into effect Friday, Feb. 5, 2021, just in time for Super Bowl ...

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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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CLARK, N.J. – Clark’s Deutscher Club is offering takeout three nights a week. Takeout service is open to the public. The club began offering takeout last spring, the club’s manager and chef, Ewald Holinger, told TAPinto Clark. “I cook original German food, authentic German food,” said Holinger, ...

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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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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The JCC is inviting folks to a "Big Night IN" on Saturday, Feb. 27, at 8:00 p.m. on Zoom. The fundraiser will provide support for the JCC's vital programs and services for the entire community that educate, enrich, and empower - from generation to generation. The ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ — Jessica’s Café is excited to share that a new lunch menu is now available at our Plainfield restaurant. We continue to use local vendors and high quality seasonal ingredients to serve you our popular, delicious meals. Grab a burger, enjoy some pizza, or a special sandwich and ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- As 2020 comes to a close and 2021 begins, TAPintoSPF is taking a look at the biggest stories of 2020. Today, we revisit the top Food stories of the year. Head of Pantagis Company Apologizes, Confirms Closure of Snuffy's in Scotch Plains Scotch Plains' Iconic ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Old Man Rafferty’s, a downtown restaurant that has served savory French onion soup and overstuffed reubens to generations of theatergoers, Rutgers students and Johnson & Johnson’s workers, has closed its doors. Owner Mark Jakuboski said the landmark restaurant on Albany ...

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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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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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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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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — With the hospitality industry facing unprecedented hardship in the current economic environment, many restaurants are pleading for new revenue streams just to make their businesses sustainable. With municipalities across New Jersey at risk of seeing their downtowns downtrodden ...

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TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy announced that New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal and the Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) are seeking liquor license suspensions for bars and restaurants that have violated public health executive orders. "The reason I'm doing this is that the ...

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Produce will be distributed on a first come-first served basis at drive-up event Scotch Plains and walk-up event in Plainfield. UNION COUNTY, NJ — The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders will make two food distribution sites, including one in Plainfield, available to all Union County ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A popular restaurant and bar on Prospect Street is set to reopen Tuesday following its closure due to an employee testing positive for COVID-19. Tim Boyle, co-owner of 16 Prospect Wine Bar & Bistro, said the restaurant had closed Nov. 26 after one employee tested positive for ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Due to unpleasant weather in the forecast for this weekend, the Scotch Plains Farmers Market has been canceled for Saturday, December 5th. The market hopes to be back open on Saturday, Dec. 12th and 19th. For more information and updates on the Farmers Market, ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- A "giveback" fundraiser hosted at Fabio's Bistro on Tuesday raised $800 for The New Jersey Institute for Disabilities (NJID), the designated charity of the famous Fanwood Christmas Tree House.  Greg Roser stopped by the eatery at 217 South Ave., Fanwood, to collect a check for ...

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