Food & Drink

May 23, 2020

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Scotch Plains Farmers Market reopened on Saturday, May 23, with social distancing rules in place. Masks are required and people in line at vendors must stay six feet apart. Many longtime JerseyFresh™ farmers -- including Ort Farms, Asprocolas Acres, and Corner-Copia -- ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- This Saturday, May 23, will be Opening Day at the Scotch Plains Farmers Market featuring the "Best of the Best" vendors. "Three of our incredible, longtime, local, conventional JerseyFresh™ farmers -- including Ort Farms, Asprocolas Acres, and Corner-Copia -- will be here, ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The venerable Scotchwood Diner on Route 22 in Scotch Plains reopened last week after closing for a long COVID-19 closure. Owners Aris Vlachas and Nick Zalokostas are looking ahead to seeing their customers again and took the opportunity to overhaul their ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Downtown Scotch Plains can look forward to getting its long-awaited coffee shop when Black Drop Coffee opens sometime this summer. The independently owned coffee shop will specialize in coffee and espresso along with teas, other beverages, such as fresh squeezed lemonade, ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- After the story detailing his battle against coronavirus appeared in TAPintoSPF, Sheelen's Crossing owner Sean Flannery heard from customers, relatives, friends and fraternity brothers who had not known that he was ill and overcame the virus.  Related: Fanwood Bar Owner Sean ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Since they closed on March 15, fans of Chinese food in Scotch Plains and Fanwood have had two choices: go without it or find another place outside of town. Now, they no longer have to make that choice as most of the Chinese restaurants returned to operation after a ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- Fanwood Liquors (61 South Ave.) announced on its Instagram page that the store will reopen on Friday, April 24, at 12:00 Noon. "We can't wait to see you!", the liquor store posted.   On April 13, the store announced that it would close briefly:  Out of safety concerns ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- In a stunning move, the owners of the local Chinese restaurants in Scotch Plains and Fanwood last month got together and mutually decided to close for two weeks (or longer) on March 16. Business had been down significant for all the local restaurants, prompting the ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- If any industry has become the symbol of the hardships caused by the coronavirus, it's the bar/restaurant industry, which has seen its revenues dwindle to a fraction of what they were just two short weeks ago. On Tuesday, March 24, the homebound (almost all of us) ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Just one day after publicizing a $22.95 Family Meal Deal (for four people) that would help raise money to feed struggling local families, the Stage House Tavern ended the program, citing safety concerns and government crackdown as the reason, according to the eatery's Facebook ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Some signs of business life in Scotch Plains -- for the Stage House, at least. The Stage House Tavern (366 Park Ave, Scotch Plains), which is offering family meals (to feed a family of four) at a price of $22.95 has seen an uptick in business since announcing the deal, which ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The volume of information related to coronavirus is at times overwhelming, and often depressing. During the COVID-19 crisis -- and maybe even longer -- TAPintoSPF will try to post an uplifting/positive story of the day. We are calling this feature "Postively ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Perhaps no industry has been hit harder by the coronavirus crisis than the restaurant industry. Some eateries have experienced sales declines of 50% or more, and with the imposition of a curfew and the restriction on bars and restaurants to prepare meals for delivery ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- In what is likely an unprecedented move, the owners of the local Chinese restaurants in Scotch Plains and Fanwood got together and mutually decided to close for two weeks (and possibly longer) as they monitor the Coronavirus situation.  Sue Lin, the owner of No. 1 ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – Not unexpectedly, Food Network Chopped Sweets winner Joe Murphy of Scotch Plains says his phone has been constantly ringing since the conclusion of the show, which aired on Monday, Feb. 24. On the other end of the phone were friends calling to congratulate him and to ask about ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Foodies and friends of Scotch Plains resident Chef Joe Murphy who tuned in to watch him compete on the Food Network's “Chopped Sweets” on Monday, Feb. 24 were not disappointed. The corporate pastry chef for the Jean-Georges Vongerichten's famed Jean-Georges Restaurant ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- If the contestant on the Food Network's Chopped Sweets! episode on Monday, Feb. 24, looks familiar to you, there's a good reason: he might be your neighbor.  Scotch Plains resident Joe Murphy, a corporate pastry chef for the legendary restaurateur Jean-Georges Vongerichten, ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Scotch Plains Council has once again approved the use of the Township's hedge property and a portion of the municipal parking lot for Darby Road's annual St. Patrick's Day Festival. Restaurateur Joe Mortarulo was invited to the microphone to discuss details of the event, ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Scotch Plains Rescue Squad will hold its annual Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020 from 8:00 a,m,to 12:00 p.m. at its building located at 1916 Bartle Ave. This event is hosted by the Scotch Plains Rescue Squad Auxiliary, which raises funds for the all-volunteer ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Max's Pizza, run by Scotch Plains resident Max Perrone, officially opened to the public on Monday, Dec. 30, 2019, at the former site of Maria's Pizza. The pizzeria owner also owned Nunzio's before selling several years ago and also ran the successful Ciro's on Lake Ave. in ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- As the year comes to an end, TAPintoSPF is taking a look at the biggest stories of 2019. Today, we revisit the top Food stories of the year. The iconic Snuffy's catering hall in Scotch Plains will close and become a Lidl supermarket. Fanwood gets a grocery ...

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FLORHAM PARK, NJ -- With the holiday season in full swing, party hosts often lighten the mood with a signature cocktail handed to guests as they come in the door. It makes for a great ice breaker as people walk into a corporate event which might attract guests who might not know each other.

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FANWOOD, NJ -- Forgot an ingredient for a Thanksgiving recipe? The Fanwood Larder may be able to help! The new grocery store in downtown Fanwood  announced special holiday hours, (9:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon) on Thursday, Nov. 28 (Thanksgiving Day), for those who may have forgotten or run out of a ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Jersey music legend Southside Johnny will headline the fifth annual "Pig Gig" at Italian American Club (1976 Valley Ave., Scotch Plains) on Sunday, Nov. 10, from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m., will benefit the Fibrolamellar Cancer Foundation. The event was founded by Scotch ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Scotch Plains Farmers' Market, Scotch Plains Business and Professional Association, and the Township of Scotch Plains hosted the third annual "From Farm to Table" Benefit Dinner on Saturday, Sept. 28. Proceeds from the event will benefit Operation Chillout (Homeless ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- One of the founding members of the Scotch Plains Garden Club and a Scotch Plains Councilwoman, Rose Checchio, lost her battle to breast cancer in October 2018. She was passionate about her community, love for the outdoors and finding peace through meditation. In an effort to ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- For the third year in a row, Nick's Pizza & Deli has been voted a Neighborhood Favorite in the Pizza category by social media site Nextdoor.com. "Neighborhood Favorites" is Nextdoor.com's annual awards program that gives neighbors an opportunity to recognize the most beloved ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- The 16th annual Hot Dog Nation Tour of New Jersey stopped at six locations that serve some of the best hot dogs in the state, including the Fanwood Grille (34 South Martine Ave.), where the “tourists” met boxing legend -- and Fanwood resident -- Gerry Cooney, who stopped in for lunch ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Eat local for a great cause. On Saturday, Sept. 28, the Scotch Plains Farmers' Market, Scotch Plains Business and Professional Association, and the Township of Scotch Plains will once again host the "From Farm to Table" Benefit Dinner. The event will raise funds for ...

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NEW JERSEY -- The 16th annual Hot Dog Nation Tour of New Jersey will stop at six locations that serve the best hot dogs in the state.  For the second year in a row, Fanwood Grille (34 So. Martine Ave., Fanwood) will be one of them. “We had such a good time at the Fanwood Grille last year that we ...

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