The owner of Marzullo’s Restaurant and Caffe’ in Montclair has sold after 31 years in business. Aki Kaneda, owner of Dai-Kichi and Upstairs, and his business partner Jeff Munoz, formerly of Osteria Giotto, purchased the restaurant yesterday, Kaneda confirmed to Baristanet.
Kaneda wouldn’t give us details on the type of cuisine to expect just yet, “Today we’re looking at the set-up and discussing everything, ” he said.
She may be famous for her inspired seafood, but Montclair chef and Top Chef veteran Ariane Duarte of Culinariane won the premiere episode of “Cook Your Ass Off” (yes, that is the name) on HLN with a classic comfort food — grilled cheese. Continue Reading
Recovering from preparing Thanksgiving for your family? Imagine if you had to feed 400.
Michael Carrino, chef/partner of Pig & Prince Restaurant & Gatrolounge in Montclair, donated 400 traditional Thanksgiving Day meals to the Salvation Army to feed the local hungry. Major Larry Ashcraft arrived Thanksgiving morning to accept the donation. Continue Reading
Ask someone how to cook the Thanksgiving turkey and you’ll get very different advice. Brine it. Don’t brine it. Use butter. Use olive oil. Roast it breast down. Roast it breast up. Forget about roasting—fry the bird! See what I mean? However, there are some basics that everyone can agree on and we put them together in our Turkey 411 list:
Buy 1 pound of turkey for every guest. If you want a lot of leftovers, and who doesn’t?, make that 1 ½ pounds per person.
There are three ways to thaw your turkey safely — in the refrigerator, in cold water, or in the microwave oven.
Don’t forget to remove the neck and giblets from inside.
With the many different foods you’ll be eating on Thanksgiving, finding the perfect drink can be difficult. Baristanet reached out to local drink experts and has put together a list of wine, beer and a delicious season cocktail for you to enjoy this holiday.
The fine folks at Amanti Vino on Church Street in Montclair share some great tips for choosing wine for your Thanksgiving dinner:
Whether you want to bring a pie to Thanksgiving dinner, or if you are hosting and want to lighten your own load, there is an abundance of delicious Thanksgiving pie options.
Little Daisy Bake Shopin Upper Montclair is offering apple, pumpkin and (new!) mince pie this year. If you’ve never tried mince, this delicious version (which debuted in mini form at the Grape Expectations event) features apples, dried fruits — currants, cherries — spices and brandy. Also available — pumpkin pie bars starting later this week, for a taste of Thanksgiving without having to get an entire pie. Pies are $20-$25; order fast as owner Jen Snyder expects to be booked by this weekend.
The second annual Montclair Fall Food Classic was held on Friday, November 15 and offered the packed room of guests a wonderful meal for a very good cause—raising funds for The Salvation Army’s hot meal program at the Citadel.
The tables were beautifully decorated topped with floral centerpieces donated by Kings Food Markets, live jazz performed by John Ehlis set the scene, great baskets were offered for raffles, and the food was amazing.