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The conference center at Montclair State University was buzzing on March 9, when nearly 500 people entered to experience Taste of Montclair. Devil Gourmet editor and raconteur John Lee broke a few rules and packed the house, as he and the team at Rotary of Montclair not only sold out tickets, but brought in $30,000.00 with every cent goes to help those in need through organizations like Toni’s Kitchen, Human Needs Food Pantry and The Salvation Army.
The best and bountiful line up included the amazing Chef Todd Villani's Terre a’ Terre, Chef Bryan Gregg’s Escape Montclair , Fin Raw Bar and Kitchen, who just opened Salugo Bistro in East Hanover Ah’Pizz and Brick Lane Curry House. Exciting additions to the Taste Line up included Kona Ice, the frozen treat that was hot that night. Maureen O’Neill’s Asalt & Buttery authentic and original french macarons made a beautiful display and just in time for the new store location opening this week. A must try and great addition to the menu, Stuffed; 100% grass fed organic burgers served bacon jam garlic aioli burgers. The Philadelphia Pretzel Factory also invited diners to taste hot pretzels in many choice dips and toppings; great idea for party or tailgate.
The always crowd pleasing Anthony's Cheesecake went above and beyond. Along with offering three kinds of cheesecake Phil created an antique cheesecake chandelier. And the night could not be complete with out the magical mixology of Warren Boborow, The Cocktail Whisperer. Cant forget the ladies of Java Love Roasters who have redefined the formerly tabu decaffeinated coffee.
Hats off to Robbie Furman, Sandra Soehngen and the amazing John Lee for a show-stopping evening. Here's to Taste of Montclair 2016; hope to see you there.