NJGreats Local Gift Guide 2016

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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 ([email protected] | (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, [email protected] | (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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That’s Why They Call Them The Blues

It's blueberry season across New Jersey as farmers markets are in blue-out mode. Jersey is the home of the blueberry capital of the world, Hammonton to be exact . While Blueberry Pie Oreos are actually a thing, we have uncovered six noteworthy noshes containing fresh jersey blues.


Great friends visionaries,and long time Taste of Montclair supporter Anthony's Cheesecake have a dessert line up like none other, but it did all begin with cheesecake. Anthony tops this incredibly sweet creamy delight with large juicy blues, a favorite atop a favorite. Keep them in mind for a wonderful Sunday Brunch experience as their Sunday hours just expanded.

We could not celebrate blueberries with out mentioning Jams By Kim. Of her many amazing jams, blueberry lemon is a staple favorite. Its a perfect blend of sweet blueberry and tart lemon and can accompany everything from cakes and muffins to grilled flatbreads and crackers. You can find Kim "jamming" at Montclair, Rutgers Gardens. and Summit Farmers Markets each week.

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Another, so hot its cool, blueberry treat comes from another Taste of Montclair supporter Gelotti. In the gelato case, you will find blueberry balsamic bursting with fresh blueberry flavor complemented by the balsamic edge and swirled into creamy gelato. No need to read anymore. Get to Gelotti in Caldwell and Montclair.

Hot off the presses and due for release this week, our friends Black Tie And Flip Flops broke the news today that Asalt & Buttery is introducing blueberry French macarons with blueberry preserve filling. Maureen's macs are the best, made with the best natural ingredients. Find these and more wonderful flavors on Bloomfield Avenune in Caldwell daily.

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Finishing up best in "blue", Black Tie And Flip Flops, raconteur in chief John Lee shares his Blueberry Balsamic Sauce with Maple and the recipe is right here .

As summer continues to roll in, enjoy those blues while they are here fresh and in stock. Local farmers markets are always the best place to get them, and shopping local is always best

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We Are Gonna Tell New Jersey’s Best Kept Secret

June 16, 2016 - While the town of Dover hosts a diverse cuisine through out the city streets, some of the best Morris county has ever tasted is located in the train station parking lot. You read that right. For ten years Big D's Dogs served up natural casing "hot dog truck" hot dogs; but that is not all. After securing a year round permit from the town, the menu expanded and got very interesting. Donny Angelone brings authentic homemade Italian cooking to the train station, and it's more than worth the trip.

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Monday's special is meatball sandwiches. Angelone deals with two famous Morris county bakeries known for real Italian bread, insuring freshness daily. He loads an italian roll with his mother's recipe meatballs, known through out Essex county, giving your Nonna's best a challenge. They are so good they are guaranteed "the best meatball sandwich you ever had or its free". Not one customer asked for their money back.

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Wednesday special is the "original" Italian hot dog. Real pizza bread filled with fried peppers, onions and potatoes or Angelone's signature hot potatoes. He says they are "Jimmy Buff style". Anybody that knows anything about Italian hot dogs knows they originated in Newark. Angelone brought them to Morris county and even years after, "pizza bread is a new concept for people here".

On Friday, Big D's serves sausage and pepper sandwiches made with pork sausage, vinegar peppers and onions and those hot potatoes on a fresh Italian roll. These specials sell out early and fast. The regular customers keep coming back.

So much more than just a dirty water dog truck, Angelone offers "the everything" dog with real cheddar cheese chili onions & sauerkraut. "IF stuff doesn't fall out, there ain't enough on it", Angelone says.

While quality ingredients and great homemade taste drives the business, its his loyal following that keeps the truck going. Return customers are a result of word of mouth, literally, as Angelone does not advertise and only recently started a Facebook page. The location serves many in the workforce that commute daily as well.

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As amazing as the food is at Big D's, equally as amazing is Angelone's best pals who are always at the truck with him. On a sunny day 2 or 3 of the guys sit right in front of the truck in lawn chairs, some are inside with him. Some travel over a half hour to get there, some take them home to their families, but all of them are like brothers, and if the best meatball you ever had doesn't bring you back at least once, sitting with these guys will. Angelone wakes up every day doing what he loves to do, most of the time with the guys he hangs out with, supporting him. His customers are regulars, he knows them by name. You may be standing in front of food truck but you feel like dinner with the family.

Find Donny Angelone & Big D's Dogs on Morris Street in Dover near the NJ Transit Station
Facebook Page Big D's Hot Dogs

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Six “buds” That Rocked Taste of Montclair

Earlier this year Taste of Montclair filled The Manor with wonderful local cuisine, hungry patrons and generous donations to the tune of 30K supporting Montclair Rotary Club charities.
Over 50 vendors more than brought their A game, but it was their T game that won over guests. T for taste and lots of it. Here are some we have tried and tried again.

Its only right that long-time taste supporter and NJ's Founding Father of flavor, John Sauchelli's Jersey Barn Fire top the list with Black Garlic. Deep flavor with just enough heat to fire things up, this makes a great topper of just about anything from potatoes to macaroni & cheese, even ice-cream if you desire a creamy cool counter part to a zesty hot.

Red Velvet "kake" pops from Kimmy's Kakes were a hit. Sweet creamy kake wrapped in rich chocolate. These are beyond a treat, they are a sweet sensation. Kimmy's beautiful artfully designed kakes taste as great as they look. Same goes for cake pops & truffles. They come in many flavors but the red velvet raises the bar.

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On the cooler side of sweet, we experienced blueberry basil sorbet from Gelotti, who not only Grand Opened in Montclair recently, but can be spotted at Yogi Berra Stadium at New Jersey Jackals home games.The fusion of sweet blueberry & basil is a perfect summertime..anytime treat.

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May we also suggest Yogic Chai of Montclair for a cool concoction, not just your average iced coffee either. The masters of Nitro Cold Brew Coffee began serving this coffee-ful brew for over a year now as large global brands are bringing theirs to market this month. An authentic Nitro Cold Brew is creamy and cool and is a perfect daytime /nighttime brew. The even cooler thing about Yogic Chai is their coffee/ chai cycle which operates all over Montclair.

On to some spicy smoky flavor, another Taste of Montclair treat debuting for the first time this year was Two Men And An Appetite's General Tso Meatballs. The blend of heat & sweet is a taste you may not expect on a meatball, but must try.

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We finish up this mini Taste of Montclair tour we have to share a treat that is near and dear Jane Yagoda's famouns Tomato soup with basil. A Gardener's Kitchen " connects my love for delicious healthy food, beautiful photography and the serenity of the garden" says Yagoda. This velvety smooth soup marked sharply with basil transcends seasons, yep we would eat it in August and would definitely #feelthebasil.

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These were just a sampling of this very special night Montclair Rotary puts together to support local charities. Thank you to John Lee for making every Taste event better than the last one and thank you to Anthony Torres for the amazing photography.

For more information about Taste of Montclair click here
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