Food & Drink

October 11, 2018

FANWOOD, NJ -- A zesty, stew-like dish is celebrated on National Gumbo Day, observed annually on October 12. According to NationalCalendar.com, gumbo originated in southern Louisiana during the 18th century. The dish typically consists of a stock flavored with Cajun spices, meat or ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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) ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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CLARK, NJ – Thailand Restaurant fans might be surprised to hear their favorite restaurant is making a comeback of sorts.  The restaurant is slotted to reopen soon under the new ownership of Sunti Pansa-Ad and Arunee Tsui.  Acquaintances of the former owners, the new duo plan to keep the name and ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- Rabbi Howard Tilman, of Congregation Beth Israel (CBI) will return on Wednesday, Sept. 5, as a “celebrity scooper” at Rocko’s Ice Cream (38 S. Martine Ave., Fanwood), at the temple's back-to-school social from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. The event is sponsored by CBI’s Religious School, which ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The St. Bart's Italian Festival opened on Friday evening with new rides, old friends, delicious food and lots of fun, despite early evening rain that canceled the live music performance by Wolf Creek. The schedule for Saturday, Sept. 1, is as follows:  Mass in Italian ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM) 8th graders hosted a summer brunch fon Thursday, Aug. 30, for senior citizens who live in the area.  The event featured breakfast, sweet treats from The Dessert Ladies, and Bingo. This is a free event, but RSVP is needed in order to ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Tickets are now on sale for the second annual "From Farm to Table" fundraising dinner with food artfully prepared by local chef extraordinaire, Brian Kirpan, from BK Private Dining and Catering on Saturday, Sept. 15, beginning at 5:00 p.m. Chef Brian will create an ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The St. Bart's Italian Festival is an annual tradition in Scotch Plains that bids farewell to summer and kicks off the fall calendar. Founded in 1974, the festival features live music, amusement park rides, games, and, of course, great food, including pizza, pasta, clams, ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- High heat and humidity this week, combined with a performance issues of a new air conditioning unit, led to two unexpected days off for the Fanwood Grille (34 South Martine Ave., Fanwood) on Tuesday and Wednesday this week. "We hate to disappoint anyone, but it was too hot for our ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- August 5-11 is National Farmers Market Week, an annual celebration sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that highlights the important role farmers markets play in the nation’s food system. Now in its 19th season, National Farmers Market Week takes place ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Scotch Plains Farmers Market's highly-anticipated From Farm to Table benefit dinner will take place on Saturday, Sept 15, 2018, outside at the Scotch Plains Municipal Building (430 Park Ave.). The proceeds of this special event will benefit Operation Chillout Homeless ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Osaka Japanese Restaurant (427 Park Ave.) has reopened in downtown Scotch Plains following renovations after a fire.  Osaka restaurant, which is located across the street from the Municipal Building, offers a wide array of Japanese dishes, such as Miso soup, house salad, ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Sunny skies on a beautiful summer day resulted in bustling business for the Scotch Plains Farmers Market on Saturday, July 28. The market, which is run by the Scotch Plains Business and Professional Association, is open every Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. until ...

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WESTFIELD NJ — Farinolio, a Tuscan bakery-café in Downtown Westfield, opened for the first time Tuesday for lunch. Located at 121 East Broad St. where Let’s YO! once was, the shop offers breakfast items (such as croissants in flavors including chocolate and ham-and-cheese), lunch (including flat ...

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FANWOOD/SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Thursday, July 26, will be a "Dog Day of Summer" in downtown Fanwood. Three local businesses -- at Nick's Pizza, Rocko's Ice Cream, and Fanwood Grille -- are joining forces to raise money for the North Shore Animal League on Thursday, July 26,  when each will donate ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Boxwood Coffee is officially open in Downtown Westfield. The coffee shop and café, at 143 East Broad St. where Panera was, hosted a friends and family event on Wednesday evening to celebrate what owner Stephen Bellamy is calling a “slow open.” “We are planning to phase in items ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- After a week of blistering heat and humidity, the area was treated to beautiful weather on Saturday, July 7, at the Scotch Plains Farmer's Market.  Patrons were able to purchase seasonal fruits and vegetables, along with prepared foods and other items at the market. The ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- The Fanwood Grille (34 South Martine Ave.) marked its 1st anniversary on Saturday, July 7, with $1 hot dogs and other specials. Many of the eatery's regular customers -- including Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr and Scotch Plains Township Manager Al Mirabella came in to help celebrate ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- Shortly after opening last summer, the Fanwood Grille (34 South Martine Ave. in downtown Fanwood) quickly gained a reputation for its Maine lobster rolls and was profiled in the Courier News as a "retro diner." In January 2018, the eatery was voted Best Soup in New Jersey by The ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- Rocko's Ice Cream celebrated its 2nd anniversary on Sunday, the hottest day of the year, which no doubt helped keep sales brisk at the local ice cream store in downtown Fanwood. In particular, customers were willing to try Rocko's newest introduction: refreshing acai bowls topped ...

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FANWOOD, NJ – Rocko’s Ice Cream (38 S. Martine Ave., Fanwood) has become a go-to destination in downtown Fanwood for an evening treat, birthday parties, post-game celebrations, fundraising events, and other special occasions. On Sunday, July 1, the ice cream story will celebrate its own special ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Addams Tavern, which is undergoing court-ordered renovations, may re-open in September, according to Chip Grabowski, CEO of Harvest Restaurant Group. The restaurant at 115 Elm St. has been closed since December. Recently, firefighters extinguished a minor fire on one of the ...

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