* Blind Boar BBQ in Norwood:
This remake of The Porter House Grill marks the return of barbecue king, chef Jay Lippin, formerly of Backwoods BBQ & Grill in Westwood, to a Bergen restaurant. The menu includes his signature brisket and award-winning ribs.
* Scotch dinner at Chakra:
At 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, chef Thomas Ciszak hosts a four-course Glenfiddich single malt scotch dinner at Chakra in Paramus. The 12-, 15-, 18-, and 21-year versions will be featured. The cost is $60 plus tax and gratuity. For reservations, call 201-556-1530. West 144 Route 4 east, Paramus; chakrarestaurant.com.
* Coming up at Chef Central:
Free knife sharpening:
From 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, bring in up to two, non-serrated knives to be sharpened at the popular "Cutlery Day." Between noon and 3:30 p.m. there will also be a variety of instructional seminars and a special presentation by HaraldWusthof of Wusthof Cutlery.
* Meatball throwdown: At 6 p.m. on Oct. 17 chefs Johnny DeCarlo and Nina Maria Bojekian go stove-to-stove in Chef Central's demonstration kitchen. Each chef will have one hour to create three dishes from three different regions of Italy; they will also square off in a meatball throwdown that will be judged by the audience. This special event will serve as the qualifying round for the fifth-annual Ultimate Chef Bergen County competition. The event is free and open to the public. 240 Route 17 south, Paramus, 201-576-0178; chefcentral. com
* Channeling dinner at St. Eve's: St. Eve's in Ho-Ho-Kus will hold a "HallowEVE! party" at 5 p.m. Oct. 30 featuring passed hors d'oeuvres and a three-course autumn menu. In between courses, local ghost-hunter Craig McManus will talk about "his most spine-tingling encounters with the paranormal." After dinner, McManus will hold a group channeling session. The event is $90 per person, which includes tax and tip. Reservations required;
611 N. Maple Ave., Ho-Ho- Kus; 201-857-4717; stevesnj.com.Closings
* Pourqoui Pas? in Westwood:
Chef/owner Bernard Vard has served the last dinner at Pourquoi Pas?, his French bistro in Westwood. Vard opened the original Pourquoi Pas? in Ho-Ho-Kus in 1993 and moved to Westwood in 2002. Despite his many fans, Vard had wanted out of the restaurant business for years, and after attempts to sell were unsuccessful, decided to close.
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