* Panificio Bolea Artisan Bakery & Café in Ho-Ho-Kus: The bakery, owned by Sullivan Street veteran Robert Bronizewski, offers Italian and French-style breads, panini, Roman-style pizzas and Argentine-style pastries. 611 N. Maple Ave., Ho-Ho-Kus, 201-444-0881.
Food & dining news
* Pink yogurt and bagels for Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Cups Frozen Yogurt in Clifton will donate a portion of its sales from two pink flavors — Very Strawberry and Pomegranate Raspberry Sorbet — to the North Jersey Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Clifton Commons, 852 Route 3, Clifton; cupsfrozenyogurt.com. Panera Bread bakery cafés also support breast cancer research through sales of its pink ribbon bagel made with dried cherries and cranberries. panerabread.com.
* Café Matisse takes a break: Café Matisse in Rutherford will be closed for vacation from Oct. 30 to Nov. 7 and will reopen on Nov. 8. 167 Park Ave., Rutherford; 201-935-2995; cafematisse.com.
Food & dining events
* UCBC Qualification Round and Meatball Throwdown: Chef Ninamarie Bojekian of Ooh La La Catering in Franklin Lakes and Johnny DeCarlo (otherwise known as Johnny Meatballs) of Moonachie will square off at 6 tonight in a qualification round for the fifth annual Ultimate Chef Bergen County at Chef Central in Paramus. Both chefs will have one hour to prepare three dishes from three different regions of Italy, which will be judged by Record Food Editor Susan Leigh Sherrill, Rosie Saferstein of NJ Monthly and John Piliouras, chef of Nisi in Englewood. The contestants will also compete in a meatball throwdown, judged by the audience. The winner will qualify to compete in the 2012 UCBC competition, which begins in January. 240 Route 17 north, Paramus, 201-576-0100; chefcentral.com.
* Madeleine's Petit Paris Oktoberfest buffet: The restaurant may be French, but owners Gaspard and Madeleine Caloz are getting into the seasonal spirit with an Oktoberfest buffet at 1 p.m. Sunday. The menu will include Swiss knockwurst salad, sauerbraten, choucroute, red cabbage, spaetzle, bratwurst, weisswurst, pork schnitzel, knockwurst, pig knuckle, apple and raisin strudel, plum tart, Black Forest cake and more. The cost is $27.50 per person; reservations required. 416 Tappan Road, Northvale; 201-767-0063; madeleinespetitparis.com.
* Conversation With the Chef at St. Eve's: The series, sponsored by the Bergen County YJCC in the Washington Township, continues at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 26 at Steve Christianson's restaurant in Ho-Ho-Kus. The cost including lunch is $48; $38 for YJCC members. To register, contact Jill Brown, YJCC adult services director, at 201-221-5812 or firstname.lastname@example.org. 611 N. Maple Ave, Ho-Ho-Kus.
* Beer dinner at Harvest Bistro: Chef Denis Whitton will welcome fall with a five-course harvest dinner at 7 p.m. Oct. 27. The menu will include creamed spinach gnocchi ravioli, grilled Mayan prawns over smoked fettuccini, roasted suckling pig, braised drunken buffalo short ribs and flourless chocolate soufflé. The cost is $60 per person, including tax and gratuity; reservations required. 252 Schraalenburgh Road, Closter; 201-750-9966; harvestbistro.com.
* Halloween family fun day: On Oct. 29 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., several A&P and Waldbaum's stores will host a "Howl'oween" family fun day costume event sponsored by the Nestlé Family of Brands. There will be giveaways, games and in-store activities for children. Residents are encouraged to bring their pets dressed in Halloween costumes to take part in the fun. A&P and Waldbaum's are hosting activities in the store, while representatives from Nestlé will have treats for kids and pets at a giveaway table outside. For more information and to find participating store locations throughout New Jersey and New York, visit the promotion pages at apfreshonline.com; waldbaums.com.
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