Top of the Pop

Finally the snow is melting in New Jersey, but we know more may looming in the forecast. Enough of the bread and milk posts fodder, we are fans of popcorn. A sustainable storable snack that has options. With Superbowl 50 this weekend, we spoke to local chefs and Taste of Montclair supporters to find out what they love to toss with this boss snack, and their suggestions are nothing short of super.

Anthony Lauro of Anthony's Cheesecake, a Taste of Montclair favorite, is a huge toffee fan. The warm amber swirl of butter sugar& salt heated to a savory sauce and drizzled over freshly popped corn is a touchdown for the gang on Washington Avenue in Bloomfield.

On another Avenue, Eagle Rock to be exact, Chef Andrew Blume of newly opened Two Men And An Appetite, shared his pepperoni parmesan popcorn recipe. After rendering pepperoni in a frypan, take out the crisped pepperoni and use the oil to pop the corn. As soon as it finishes popping sprinkle parmesan cheese over the top. This will be Two Men And An Appetite's first appearance at Taste of Montclair and we think its going to be a good one.

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The amazing Chef Todd Villani of Terre `a Terre in Carlstadt, and Taste headliner, likes his own buffalo popcorn, tossing it in hot sauce, fresh ground pepper and salt and some olive oil. Look for Terre `a Terre on March 14.


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The Taste of Montclair jam-master, Kim Osterhoudt, the woman of Jams by Kim, likes her popcorn sweet and spicy. She suggests melting butter and adding her pepper jam to create a glaze to drizzle over the popcorn. Once drizzled a sprinkle of sea salt finishes this Super Bowl treat sweetly.

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Hipatia Lopez, creator of the Empanada Fork loves to melt fresh butter over popcorn and while its hot, sprinkle cheddar cheese over it as well. Hipatia will join Two Men as a debut at Taste this year.

Kimmy Buchannan makes some amazing cakes and sweet treats. When we asked her how she likes her popcorn, the answer had to be sweet. A savory caramel drizzle with toffee or chocolate chip add ins is a staple snack in her home. Kimmy's Kakes will debut at Taste of Montclair this year.

This list is sure to shake up your snacking, add to your Superbowl party and make the next snow day a little sweeter, spicier, saltier and savory. Catch all of these amazing food artists at Taste of Montclair on March 14 at The Manor. Here is an opportunity to get your tickets early and at a special discount rate.

Did you know that 100% of food at ‪Taste Of Montclair‬ is donated by the restaurants and food crafters participating. This way you know that every penny you spend on tickets goes to the charities supported by the Montclair Rotary Club
Take advantage of this opportunity to grab tickets for March 14th at a discount
use code Biggame at check out.

Photo credits John Lee

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One Response to Top of the Pop

  1. I love it so much