John Lee Gathers Garden State Greats For Charity

March 13, 2017 West Orange, NJ - 'Twas the night before winter storm Stella and all across the state, vendors, sponsors and the staff at the historic Manor did anxiously await. But, not for long as the doors of Taste of Montclair 2017 opened, patrons filled the rooms with desirous palates and gracious wallets. For the past several years, Taste of Montclair drives Montclair Rotary's largest fund-raising efforts under the direction of John Lee. Lee, journalist culinary raconteur and philanthropist has consistently supported rotary efforts; Taste being the pinnacle. His relationships with local eateries all over the state, combined with his desire to serve the community makes for a wonderful evening that gives small businesses a great platform share their culinary delight with guests who's ticket fee goes to local charity.



Returning, Kimmy's Kakes, of West Orange, dazzled with her confections including Jameson ganache filled mini-cupcakes; "cuppies", and a Budweiser cake design that disappeared before the end of the night. Stuffed Grass-Fed burgers always raises the taste bar with 100% grass fed burgers cooked to perfection. A Best of Essex winner, Stuffed recently featured a French Toast Burger. If your mouth isn't watering, you may want to check your pulse.

Vital Dining and new to the line up, The Blooming Oven, shared their flavorfully good for you fare, while Claremont Distillery poured award-winning libations in festive St. Patricks Day green. Fresh from Centric TV's Queen Boss Kim Osterhoudt was jammin her amazing jams paired with Bonbutters exceptionally good nut butters and alongside of her the culinary and musical stylings of South Orange Chef Jesse Jones, serving and singing ultimately sharing his gift.

Sponsor Vendor Tracey Diamond Designs again helped promote the event with her talent to bring brands visual presence. IF you missed the signature Gelotti carts you missed out. Long time friend of Lee, Taste and community supporter Mike Guerriero stocked them with signature gelato flavors that topped of the evening in the sweetest of ways.



Some new faces left lasting impressions including Jola Coffee due to open in North Caldwell in the Spring, Stamma Greek Taverna of Bloomfield, adding authentic Greek cuisine to the table, The Guac Spot of Little Falls, and Steep For The Trees, of Nutley, expanded Taste's reach brought in by John Lee. For a complete list of vendors and sponsors visit Taste of Montclair on Facebook The entire event was captured beautifully by Anthony Torres who donates his creativity and shares all over the place. Visit his pages for more great views from Taste 2017.

As the event drew to a close, many left with full bellies and happy hearts, knowing all the efforts of the evening were donated to charity. Special thanks to John Lee, who at the time of publication has completed his role with the Rotary Club and has moved on, but that is another story for another time.


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Its a Party and Everyone is Invited

February 18,2017 RedBank-- NJ Heading south on the Garden State Parkway on a Saturday night can only lead to something wonderful. Parking just a block from Count Basie Theatre on an unseasonably warm February evening, carried the excitement of the pending event and faint salty breeze from the Navesink. Decades Rewind was about to begin. I had no idea I was in for a night like this. The sound of Journey, Prince and Michael Jackson erased the last 27 years along with a powerful, moving performance by vocalist Coya Jones, who absolutely can sing "Whitney in Jersey". Just as the essence of Aquanet washed over me, everyone got out of their seats and danced to Gloria Gaynor, the Commodores and Donna Summer. The disco ball fired up and the iconic Studio 54 logo was everywhere. The more the music played, the more memories flashed across the screen and through my mind.



As the 60s era rolled out audience participation was full capacity, everyone was singing or dancing. The emotional imagery, the tributes to greats like Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison and the Beatles had everyone on their feet. The footage from Viet Nam and Woodstock had our hearts on overdrive.



Truly a magical meld of music and imagery, evoking all kinds of emotion . A perfectly timed hiatus from the stress of the world of today as the musicians & vocalists brought us back to a world of yesterday. Bring your besties and get tickets for a venue near you, its a not to be missed night to remember. As creator Peter Gatti says, its not a show, its not a concert, it is a party.... and everyone is invited.

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Ten Years Later ~ The Read For The Next Ten Years

"think of the misery I could have avoided if the scenario played out earlier! However, if I had a husband, 2.5 kids and a dog surrounded by a white picket fence like everyone else here, I would have been pissed off at all I would have missed out on. Myself"
Carla D'Agostino


We have all been there.
Standing at the door of your high school reunion, wishing an earthquake hit at that exact moment. Waking up slightly hung over when your mom is brighter than the morning sun. Dating your dream crush and finding out how less than fabulous they really are.Even enduring unfair treatment on the job because of your gender or not seeing true love right in front of your face. These are the days that fill up the years that make our lives.


Enter Carla D’Agastino,.
She is the unsung hero of small town, New Jersey. She navigates the ocean of irony like Captain Ahab. She is from a small town but works for the country’s biggest radio program. She is a loyal hard worker, but gets snickered at for wanting to move up and passed over for some non-talent with a big name and no real game. She wages every woman’s war of significance, when her natural gift is to see the talent in others. Her determination equaled that of Jumbo Elliot taking the line of scrimmage, and yet, could catch the eye of everyone in the room with the grace of Jackie O.



The clock is ticking.
While she wants to accomplish 10 years of life in 12 months, life hands her double the surprises.
Over brunch, at the kitchen table, in the control room, in a text message or even in the headlines, Carla catches her breath, takes action and beneath the surface of self-denial and fear, activates a heart of gold and an unstoppable spirit. She may hail from a small town, but she is a skyscraper of a woman, once she realizes all that she desires is just with in her reach.

Follow Carla’s story seeking the perfect job, the pursuit of real love and the journey of self discovery. Her story crosses generations. Author Lisa Marie Latino writes conversationally. It flows easy and is so visual, its like she is in the room with the reader, beckoning the turning of each page to the next destination. We look forward to the movie.
Read the story of Carla D’Agostino in Lisa Marie Latino’s new book Ten Years Later.
Available on Amazon
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for upcoming book signings
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NJGreats Local Gift Guide 2016

Its the NJ Greats 2016 Gift Guide Follow our Instagram and Facebook pages for great gift ideas made right here in the great Garden State. Know someone who would like to be featured? Comment here or contact us on any social platform. Happy Shopping



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Veterans Day Deals

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Happy Veterans Day!
Thank you to all who serve

Since we are Twitter fanatics we thought we would share some of the love here. Support these great businesses who take of those who give & gave bravely,selflessly and for the love of country.

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Old York Cellars Cheers to our #Veterans! Free tastings to military Friday-Sunday w/proper ID. #veteransday

Morristown
Whole Foods Morristown In honor of #VeteransDay,we’re pleased to offer active &former members of the US military a #free 8oz hot @AllegroCoffee & #cookie tomorrow!

Edison Union Jersey City Clifton & more
IHOP FREE Red, White and Blue Pancakes for vets and those in the active duty military! http://spr.ly/6016814Zp

Collingswood Jersey City
@krispykreme We're thanking US veterans on 11/11. A free doughnut of choice & small coffee to all vets at participating US shops: http://krispykreme.com/VeteransDay

Hackensack
Parisian Beauty Acadmey All Veterans receive 50% services on Nov 11th!
Call 201-257-5956 for an appt; walk-ins welcome
#VeteransDay #ThanksVeterans

Roxbury Chester Denville Morris Plains Bedminster Wharton Edgewater Short Hills
GreatClips On Nov. 11 Veterans get a free haircut or card to use later, & paying customers get a free haircut card to give to a Vet in their life.

Thank you to all who bravely served this country and served this country
Happy Veterans Day

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Celebrate with Lisa Marie Latino “Ten Years Later” And Shop For A Great Cause

September 28, 2016 Join local CEO, author, HipNJ host and New York Giants radio producer, Lisa Marie Latino for meet and greet celebrating the launch of her new book Ten Years Later October 8th, noon-2pm Bloomingdales at the Mall at Short Hills. Bloomingdales will donate 10% of group sales to Tom Coughlin Jay Fund, helping families dealing with childhood cancer. Don't miss this wonderful opportunity to give back in a fun-fabulous way, and show Jersey's own some love.


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To Learn more about Lisa Marie Latino click here
Follow her on Twitter and Instagram And get your copy of Ten Years Later here


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First Ever Nutley Restaurant Week Happening Now

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Peach Party & Perfect Peach Pie Baking Contest at the Nutley Farmers Market

Sunday August 7, 2016 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. | Municipal Parking Lot #1, William Street

Nutley, NJ, July 26, 2016—It’s peach season in the Garden State and August is Jersey Fresh Peach Month! To celebrate this delectable Jersey fruit, Mayor Joseph P. Scarpelli, the Greenutley Committee, and the New Jersey Peach Promotion Council invite you to the Nutley Farmers Market Peach Party on Sunday August 7th. This year’s Peach Party will feature a Perfect Peach Pie Baking Contest, raffle, tastings, recipes, and more to celebrate New Jersey’s own locally grown peaches.

Amateur bakers of any age are invited to compete in the Perfect Peach Pie Baking Contest sponsored by the New Jersey Peach Promotion Council. Bakers should deliver their peach pie or cobbler and printed recipe to the Greenutley table at the Market between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, August 7 where they will complete a short registration form including name, email address, phone number, and recipe title. Entries can also be submitted in advance by emailing the information to Among our panel of local pie connoisseurs who will judge entries are John Lee of Taste of Montclair and Black Tie & Flip Flops as well as Nutley Mayor Dr. Joseph P. Scarpelli. The judges will begin tasting pies at 11:00 a.m. and one winner will be announced after the tastings and deliberation conclude. Market patrons will also have the opportunity to taste pies!
The winner selected by the judges will go on to compete for a $300 grand prize in a second round of judging (date and northern NJ location to be announced) awarded by the New Jersey Peach Promotion Council. The grand prize winner will also have his or her recipe published by the Council on their website jerseypeaches.com and in related communications.
Local eateries such as Jarets Stuffed Cupcake (231 N. Franklin Ave, Nutley), Gelotti (571 Bloomfield Ave, Montclair), and Luna Wood Fire Tavern (223 N Franklin Ave, Nutley) will join the Nutley Farmers Market Peach Party to celebrate this healthy, delicious, seasonal fruit with special peach-themed offerings at their establishments throughout the month of August. Visit the Nutley Farmers Market and Greenutley on Facebook for a complete list.
Everyone is invited to share original peach-themed recipes, which will be posted on Nutley Farmers Market and Greenutley social media during Jersey Fresh Peach Month.
For more information, visit the Nutley Farmers Market on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram or contact Meredith Blank (mblank@nutleynj.org | (973) 284-4951, xt. 2424).
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About the Nutley Farmers Market
The Nutley Farmers Market, established in 2009, features fresh local foods, live musical entertainment, special guests and events, and a weekly walking group in which walkers have the opportunity to chat each week with an expert from a wide variety of fields such as health, wellness, fitness, education, government, law, art, design, writing, and more.
The Market runs 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Sundays from mid-June through October in centrally located Municipal Parking Lot #1 (William Street on the east side of Franklin Avenue).
Recycling initiatives are featured throughout the season, focusing on items that aren't part of the regular curbside recycling such as trophies, textiles, and large plastics. Special events include our Peach Party, Eco-Fest, Food Fest, School Pride Day, and Civic Pride Day. Featured vendors, demonstrations, and community outreach days with the Nutley Public Library and the Montclair Township Animal Shelter occur regularly. Each week, the Nutley Farmers Market accepts food and monetary donations on behalf of the Nutley Family Service Bureau Food Pantry.
The Nutley Farmers Market (nutleynj.org/farmersmarket) helps support New Jersey family farmers and local food producers; enables our community to meet and ask questions of the people who grow and make our food; brings shoppers into our local business district; and is a great place to meet friends and neighbors.

Like Nutley Farmers Market on Facebook and Follow Nutley Farmers Market on Twitter and Instagram for all the latest news and events. Be part of the conversation with #nutleyfarmersmarket.
Contact: Meredith Blank, Nutley Department of Health, mblank@nutleynj.org | (973) 284-4951, xt. 2424

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Gelotti Brings The Community Together In A Sweet Way

July 31, 2016 Its National Night Out, celebrated August 2 through out communities across the United States. A tradition rich in history and that began twenty years ago is coming to our streets at a most opportune time. Mike Guerriero and his wonderful world of frozen treats, Gelotti will participate for the third consecutive year, supporting three communities with sweet confections and neighborhood connections.


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Gelotti has supported Fairfield Night Out for a few years. This year Guerriero himself organized the event in Caldwell with festivities at The Grover Cleveland Historical Site. All law enforcement and first responders are treated to ice cream. Guerriero's idea, Cones with a Cop, is a great way to say thank you. His newly opened Montclair location will sponsor the event happening on South Street.

For more information and family fun, click on TAP Into West Essex

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A Sad Goodbye and a Sweet Hello

There was a sense of comfort felt the minute you stepped into the dinning room of Terre a Terre before a course was served, before Chef Todd Villani came to the table to greet you, even before a glance at the menu. It started with the locally sourced decor, some from local artists, some treasures from the ruins of Hurricane Sandy and some that may be growing in your back yard. When you sat down, you felt at home.

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Champion of local sourcing nearly everything you see and taste, Todd Villani closed the doors of Carlstadts Terre a Terre. Not before making local a priority, and in the forefront of the New Jersey food scene, not before sharing his culinary creativity in seasonal menus that blended some well served favorites with unique ingredients and flavors, not before making Supper Clubs cool again, not before getting top ratings from the food press including the Star Ledgers Bucket list and not before making history at the James Beard House being a New Jersey chef and selling out his Garden State Bounty debut. But definitely before making one of the most powerful debuts of his life and that is the role of Dad. As this goes to press, the Villani's are expecting their first, a boy, due any moment.

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But to quote Villani, this is not good bye, more like "see you later". His desire to be a "dad who is around" and his innate talent to create has lead to Villani partnering with Hudson Greene Market in Jersey City. Villani's new role includes in-home catering for any special event. Imagine Chef Todd catering in your kitchen. It is with tremendous gratitude and honor, I thank you Todd for giving me back stage passes into your kitchen. I await the news of your son's arrival and to both you and Beth Ann, enjoy the journey of parenthood. Thank you to your staff who always made me feel at home. Very special thanks to Auntie Lisa, I need to tell your story. Congratulations on this exciting new chapter in the story of your life.

For more on Hudson Greene Market visit Facebook


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