Posted: Saturday January 30, 2016, 11:15 AM
Daisy and Halle Richards (Photo by Richard Formicola)
Posted: Monday January 11, 2016, 08:00 AM
Chef Central in Paramus hosted the first round of its “Ultimate Chef New Jersey” cooking competition, where Chef Don MacMath of Twin Brooks Country Club faced off against Chef Todd Villani of Terre a Terre.
Paige Heiman (Teaneck); Laura Feltman (Teaneck); Shelby Han (Old Tappan) (Photo by Eugene Parciasepe Jr.)
Posted: Tuesday December 22, 2015, 01:00 PM
The Academy for Culinary Arts and Hospitality Administration (ACAHA) class of 2016 at Bergen County Academies presented their annual gingerbread project, with the theme “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and the Island of Misfit Toys.”
Jackie Smithson, Martina Krivankova and Michaela Krivankova (Photo by Jeremy Smith)
Posted: Monday October 19, 2015, 08:00 AM
Exposure North Jersey presented the Tri-State Food Truck Mash-Up at the New Meadowlands Racetrack, featuring a selection of the best food trucks from New Jersey, New York and Connecticut.
Irene Pisani, Mark Dell, Michele Bergen (Photo by Charlene Wisnewski)
Posted: Wednesday September 30, 2015, 11:20 AM
The Friends of the Library held its annual Taste of Westwood event at the Westwood Library.
Marianne, Laura, Kyle, Anna, Elaina, Lindsay and Daniela (Photo by Jeremy Smith)
Posted: Monday August 3, 2015, 08:00 AM
The first ever “Brews, Blues and BBQs,” hosted by Exposure North Jersey and NorthJersey.com, was held at the Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford.
| Make Your Bones | Roger Grand | Zujeiry Grand | Frank Romero | Trick Daddy Slick | Hugh Abernethy | James Dunn | Mitchell Lynn | Glenn Gross | Bill Lokey | Michael Kelley | Anna Patrick | Mike Forsthoff | Jenn Garcia | Paul Matarazzo | Natalie Matarazzo | Jessica Matarazzo | Keith Van Nelson | Jonathan Cabrera | Bryan Conner | Alexandra Palkovic | Jessica Pasqualetto | Jennifer D'Errico | Allie Rueda | Christina Jackson | Rebecca Cardenas | Victoria Abernethy | Alan Thiem | Amy Thiem | Blake Hishmeh | Emily Thiem | Mike Peeler | Edson Pereira | Erica Hernandez | Robert Sumter | Evelyn Sumter | Russell Maultsby | Evelyn Maultsby | Patrick Pesoli | Christine Pesoli | Chris D'Addario | Jessica Glavan | Roger Del Russo | Steve Dragoslavic | Cathy Dragoslavic | Jake Tokarzewski | Patti Tokarzewski | Steve Tokarzewski | Jose Rivera | Maria Sanchez | Maria Aristizabal | Laurie Goldzweig | Seth Goldzweig | Peter Goldzweig | Paul Luhrman | Patrick Cirelli | Jess Lezak | Terri Ramos | Andy Ramos | Jonathan Lopez | Larry Inserra | John Hughes | Paul Valetutti | Carl Inserra | Lauren Minardi | Lawrence Inserra III | Mike Jackson | Stacy Jackson | Mike Profeta | Mark Nerone | Will Schwartz | David Rodezno | Amer Bajuelos | Rosalia Cavallaro | Jerry Cavallaro | Eve Cannici | Scott Konstead | Ray Mercurio | Cat Mercurio | Tony Tartarilla | Eileen Tartarilla | Francine Smith | Tony Smith | Phyllis Caporino | Gary Baily | Kina Weaver | Renee Chandler | Trev Houston | Steve Vecchione | Elizabeth Vecchione | Sandy Tirrell | Phil Tirrell | Bob Lanza Blues Band | East Rutherford
Jules Hughes, Nancy Chu, Wendy Lees  (Photo by Paula Barbagallo)
Posted: Friday June 5, 2015, 10:31 AM
Local restaurants participated in the Taste of Ho-Ho-Kus, a food tasting event that took place throughout the downtown, allowing visitors to sample various cuisines in town on Wednesday.
Tammy D'Andrea and Jen Pentz (Photo by Jeremy Smith)
Posted: Monday June 1, 2015, 08:00 AM
Exposure North Jersey, North Jersey Media Group and Meadowlands Racing & Entertanment partnered up for the 2015 JerseyFest, featuring a New Jersey vs. Philadelphia Food Truck Mash-Up. Thousands came out to enjoy music, food offerings, entertainment, horse racing and more.
| Jessi Van Buren | Marissa Cerullo | Amanda La Para | Maggie Grande | Simone Miller | Ashley Escamilla | Jess Ablonzy | Stefanie Rutigliano | Anisa Malji | Megan Funicelli | Alicia Rosato | Jacky Corcoran | Karen Corcoran | Tiffany Galluzzo | Jayme Giordano | Lori Aronsky | Jayson Buitrago | Danielle Podence | Patrick Nemes | Caitlyn Kelly | Dan Nicolas | Maxine Kutner | Zachary Hoch | Caroline Karp | Christian Restrepo | Jason Valentine | Daria Malone | Amanda Edwards | Jaché Willams | Ryan Barnett | Kelly Streicher | Mike Werner | Tracy Streicher | Patrick Barnett | Katie Barthold | Luke Gallo | Michele Koster | Helene Soldano | Bree Kehr | Renee DePillis | Cara Jenson | Lisa Jenson | Chris Jenson | Erika Olave | Jefferson Ortega | Taylor Hicks | Geoff Avery | Lilly Pontico | Thibaud Jourdan | Gauthier Gunan | Alex Caballero | Corey Gaarn | Blair DeLong | Daria DeLong | Dave DeLong | Lynn Carrelha | Lindsey Carrelha | Warren Voorhees | Samantha Voorhees | Dave Grbic | Sara Grbic | Matteo Giordano | Kelly Giordano | Megan Pietrowitz | Tom Motyka | Tara Motyka | Jillian Urban | Alexis Southway | Christine Southway | Shawn McGarr | Dominic Caiazzo | Kevin Hayes | Dilla Booker | Kelsey Lee | Kim Eichler | Ceyla Martone | Jess Williams | Chris Casteline | Dave Seugling | Phil Flannery | Michelle Osgood | Andrew Kruglinski | Peaches Vizzio | Phil Herbert | Paul Abgelsaid | Oscar Estacio | Susana Santos | Drew Sobotor | Lauren Buglione | Crystal Meyers | Thomas Markin | Joe Lattarulo | Lisa Lattarulo | Hamlet Martinez | Biannca Velez | T.H. Waldman | Mike Brady | Drece Brady | Brendan Phillips | Russell Joseph | Lisa Hubbard | Anaya Gonzalez | Maya Joseph | Fred Johnson | Beverly Johnson | B-Street Band | East Rutherford
Team: YO! Sushi at the Westfield Garden State Plaza (Photo by Seth Litroff)
Posted: Saturday May 2, 2015, 08:00 AM
YO! Sushi held a grand opening at Westfield Garden State Plaza in Paramus, making it the first U.S. location of the wildly popular international Japanese restaurant brand.
Marika and Stephanie (Photo by Richard Formicola)
Posted: Monday April 27, 2015, 12:21 PM
Callahan's held its grand opening celebration in Norwood. Customers enjoyed an interactive photo booth, a ribbon cutting ceremony, Callahan's merchandise and of course hot dogs.
Class of 2015 with Chef Mary Beth Brace and Chef John Branda (Photo by Eugene Parciasepe Jr.)
Posted: Tuesday March 24, 2015, 11:55 AM
Academy for Culinary Arts and Hospitality Administration (ACAHA) at Bergen County Academies hosted its annual chocolate competition, featuring a cake contest where students showed off their artistic cake designs.
Victoria Kuhn; Odette Moncayo; Giselle Diaz; Jagela Mercado; Marilyn Garcia (Photo by Seth Litroff)
Posted: Monday March 23, 2015, 11:45 AM
Giants of Generosity hosted the second annual Celebrity Food & Wine Show at the Clinton Inn Hotel & Event Center in Tenafly, featuring Master Chef Junior Winner Logan Guleff.
Lisa Mecray Rogers (right) distributing chocolate to Rosemary Minck and Linda Miko (Photo by Keith Smollin)
Posted: Sunday February 8, 2015, 03:45 PM
Upper Saddle River Library hosted its "Perfect Pairings: a Chocolate & Wine Tasting Experience," which featured two guest experts—an award-winning Master Chocolatier and a Wine Educator—from ChocoVin Chocolate and Wine Tastings, sponsored by the Friends of the USR Library.
Carolyn and Patrick (Photo by Richard Formicola)
Posted: Monday January 26, 2015, 08:00 AM
Chef Central in Paramus hosted the final round of its annual Ultimate Chef Bergen County cooking competition, where finalists Chef Carlos Valdez of Oceanaire Seafood Room faced off against Chef Aldo Diaz of Morton's Steakhouse.
Pete and Meg Youngberg, Pete and Jackie Bolten (Photo by Richard Formicola)
Posted: Friday January 23, 2015, 12:30 PM
Midland Park Elementary Parent Teacher Association hosted "A Taste of Midland Park" event at the Midland Park Firehouse, where local restaurants and eateries provided samples of their signature cuisine.
Linda and Lilly Grazzioso (Photo by Richard Formicola)
Posted: Monday January 19, 2015, 12:05 PM
Chef Central and Whole Food Market presented Round 2 of the 2015 Ultimate Chef Bergen County cooking competition, where Chef Ralph Perotti of St. Eve's cooked off against Chef Aldo Diaz of Mortons Steakhouse.
Patrick Taylor and Caroline Taylor (Photo by Jeremy Smith)
Posted: Monday January 12, 2015, 08:00 AM
Chef Central in Paramus hosted the first round of its annual Ultimate Chef Bergen County competition, featuring a cook-off between Chef Carlos Valdez of Oceanaire Seafood Room in Hackensack and Chef Giuseppe Lentini of Grissini Resturant in Englewood Cliffs.
Jessica Hill, Laura Vanpeenen, Jamie Morano, Jessica Hanczaryk, Danielle Graziani (Photo by Paula Barbagallo)
Posted: Monday September 15, 2014, 02:34 PM
Garden State Wine Growers Association presented its 2014 Jersey Skyline Wine Festival, hosted at Overpeck County Park in Ridgefield Park, featuring a day of wine tastings, music, family fun and more.
Allison, Sophia, Sam (Photo by Paula Barbagallo)
Posted: Wednesday September 10, 2014, 02:45 PM
Cresskill American Legion hosted its 3rd annual Red, White and Que BBQ Competition and Music Festival this past weekend at the Sports Complex in Cresskill. The competition barbecue team out of Rhode Island, ZBQ, brought home first place. Proceeds went to the Gary Sinise Foundation.
Stephanie, Rebecca, and Joyce Baik show off their salads during the Cooking Fresh class held at the Franklin Lakes Public Library (Photo by Tav Jinivizian)
Posted: Sunday August 17, 2014, 08:00 AM
Franklin Lakes Public Library held its "Cooking Fresh" class, hosted by Chef Andrea Higuera, where kids learned to prepare simple and healthy snacks.
Freeholder David Genz, Darlene Ayala, County Executive Kathleen Donovan & Liz Mason (Photo by Stephen Mazzella)
Posted: Sunday July 27, 2014, 08:00 AM
Zoe’s Cupcake Café celebrated its fifth anniversary in Teaneck, featuring music and free samples of cupcakes and other baked goods.
Shil Dekalo, Sara Rubin, Noy Aluf, Harek Oliver (Photo by Paula Barbagallo)
Posted: Monday June 16, 2014, 12:53 PM
Chef Art Smith hosted a cooking demonstration and book signing at Modiani Kitchens in Englewood, where guests enjoyed an evening of food, wine and fun while supporting the ELEM/Youth in Distress program to support homeless and at-risk youth.
Tom McNerny (Area Director), Rich Durante (COO), Jessica Gasser (VP HR), Vince Gramuglia (Manager), Judy Spires (CEO), Karen Roche (Directing Manger), Joe Parisi (VP Operations), Paul Kneeland (VP Produce)  (Photo by Richard Formicola)
Posted: Thursday May 8, 2014, 03:48 PM
Kings Food Markets unveiled its newly inspired store in Ridgewood this passed week featuring a brand new wine and spirits store.
Jasmine Backman (Mindy Cakes), Tara Hall (My Belizean Gourmet), Tonh Hall (My Belizean Gourmet) (Photo by Richard Formicola)
Posted: Wednesday May 7, 2014, 02:47 PM
The Rotary Club of Teaneck held its third annual Taste of Teaneck food event, featuring a variety of local restaurants showcasing some of their most popular menu items at the Teaneck Marriott at Glenpointe.
Sadie Alfano, 7, of Demarest and Juliet Schwartz, 8, of Alpine (Photo by Bernadette Marciniak)
Posted: Sunday April 20, 2014, 08:00 AM
Closter Farmers Market held the opening day of its 2014 season this past Sunday, featuring farm-fresh produce and more, held at St. Mary’s Church parking lot in Closter.
Posted: Thursday March 27, 2014, 02:40 PM
We round up some places to watch the game over a classic American pairing.
Posted: Friday March 14, 2014, 04:15 PM
Nothing marks the beginning of August quite like biting into a ripe, juicy peach. North Jersey farms stand ready as peach season hits its high point
Posted: Friday March 14, 2014, 04:21 PM
A decadent, signature dessert from the celebrated Momofuku Milk Bar.
The uninitiated might think Thai food is all noodles in peanut sauce, but Pimaan in Emerson leads diners through the cuisine's many flavorful highlights, including drunken noodles (Sauteed flat rice noodles with vegetables, fresh basil & chili pepper). (Photo by Anthony Bianciella)
Posted: Friday March 14, 2014, 02:52 PM
Alongside burgers and cupcakes, Asian cuisine reigns supreme in the U.S., but we tend to think in terms of sushi, hibachi and Chinese takeout. But recent years have seen other Asian fare, notably Thai food, shed obscurity and scale the food pyramid.
Iris Schwartz, Stephanie Goldman, Eva H. Cohen and Wendy Hammer (Photo by Jeremy Smith)
Posted: Thursday March 5, 2015, 07:00 AM
The Parkinson’s Disease Foundation hosted “An Evening of Vodka Tasting” at Harvest Bistro & Bar in Closter. Funds raised benefit the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, which supports the scientific research and ideas that will improve the lives and futures of people who are touched by Parkinson’s disease.
Daniel Lapin, Alexis Vitez, Peter Demarest, Brady Lubrano, Joe DeGise, Cheryl Franklin, Melissa Franklin and Emery Vitez (Photo by Chris Marksbury)
Posted: Monday August 18, 2014, 08:00 AM
Demarest Farms in Hillsdale hosted its 2014 Wine Festival, featuring samples of some of the area's best wineries.
(Photo by Richard Formicola)
Posted: Wednesday August 13, 2014, 08:00 AM
Dog & Cask hosted the third edition of its Homebrewers Night, where 10 local brewers shared their home-made fruit-infused beers for guests to enjoy.
Longhop IPA India Pale Ale; There's No Rye-ing In Basebull Rye Beer; Ragin' Bull Amber Lager; Blackhorn American Black Lager; Happy Buck'n Anniversary Imperial Porter (Photo by Anne-Marie Caruso)
Posted: Tuesday June 17, 2014, 05:00 PM
Nothing goes with barbecue like an ice-cold beer, and that's no bull. Bolero Snort Brewery, founded in Ridgefield Park by Bob Olson and Andrew Maiorana, has just the thing with its growing line of craft beers.
Top row: Pink Lemonade Martini, Gin Martini, Electric Blue Martini, Grape Pucker Martini.
Bottom row: Pineapple Martini, Cosmopolitan, Mango Martini.
(Photo by Anne-Marie Caruso)
Posted: Monday March 31, 2014, 02:46 PM
Whether you're painting a portrait, writing the next great American novel or throwing a fabulous cocktail party, letting your creative side loose is thirsty work.
An assortment of drinks from The Orange Lantern in Paramus, NJ. For the Super Bowl themed In Good Spirits section of (201) Magazine, February 2014 issue.
Photo by Anne-Marie Caruso
Posted: Friday March 14, 2014, 03:10 PM
New Jersey's first Super Bowl is right here in Bergen, so it's time for good friends, good food and good brews. A super party needs more than just a few cold beers.
Brothers Ron (left) and Don Carter are the owners of The Wine Seller, located at 6 W. Ridgewood Ave. in the village.
Posted: Friday August 19, 2011, 12:30 AM
Brothers turn commuter gripes into wine business
Dr. Jennifer Ashton, of Englewood, supports the recent Harvard study that found women who consume even moderate amounts of alcohol have a higher risk of developing breast cancer.
Posted: Saturday November 5, 2011, 02:50 PM
Women who love the occasional glass of wine are undettered by the recent report link light alcohol consumption with increased breast cancer risk.
Left to Right: The Pink Bonnet, Spring Fever, Income Tax, April Shower and Jelly Bean Cocktail. Photographed at the Axia Taverna in Tenafly. Photo by: Anne-Marie Caruso
Posted: Tuesday April 3, 2012, 04:32 PM
Cocktails for spring, Easter and April 15th
Al Pascale, top, a bartender at Martini Grill in Wood-Ridge, says gin is a seasonal favorite. "It screams summer," he says.
Posted: Tuesday August 9, 2011, 05:13 PM
Summer brings a craving for a refreshing drink. To some, that translates into a desire for a crisp, clear gin and tonic at the end of a long, hot day. There is no denying this is the season for gin.
"The Rack" features smoked ribs with Stone's Arrogant Bastard Ale barbecue sauce, coleslaw and fries, served at The Office Beer Bar & Grill. (Photo by Anne-Marie Caruso)
Posted: Friday August 3, 2012, 08:40 PM
Four notable Bergen bars cook up delicious meals to enjoy with a cold one.
Candy Apple, Big Apple Martini, Apple and Bourbon Fizz, Apple Pie Martini, and Bibi'z Blossom and Green Apple Martini. (Photo by Anne-Marie Caruso)
Posted: Monday September 10, 2012, 06:13 PM
Take a "bite" out of some scrumptious apple cocktails.
Mexi-tini; El Diablo Anejo; Mexican Peach; Zen Garden; Grapes Over Mexico (Photo by Anne-Marie Caruso)
Posted: Thursday May 2, 2013, 12:34 AM
It's hard to find someone who doesn't love a margarita on Cinco de Mayo, but here are some alternatives to help celebrate the day.
L to R: Black and Tan, Granny Smith Martini, Bel Frappé, New Fashioned, Ariana, Toasted Almond Fudge and Sangria Martini (Photo by Anne-Marie Caruso)
Posted: Friday December 13, 2013, 04:03 PM
Welcome to the most wonderful time of the year: holiday cocktail season!
The Betsy Ross, Midori June Bug, Stars and Stripes, Jealous June and Army & Navy cocktails. (Photo by: Anne-Marie Caruso)
Posted: Monday June 4, 2012, 10:38 AM
Potent and patriotic potables to celebrate the month of June
Exclusivly Refreshing
Posted: Friday August 3, 2012, 02:09 PM
Refreshing cocktails from Exclusiv for a hot summer day.
Gingerbread Martini; Blackberry Cider; Raspberry Cheesecake Martini; Maple Spiced Martini; Apple Pie on the Rocks (Photo by Anne-Marie Caruso)
Posted: Thursday November 28, 2013, 08:05 AM
Fall flavors are here, and that doesn't just mean the food. (201) asked The Shannon Rose, with locations in Ramsey and Clifton, to showcase some of its signature autumn cocktails. And the results just scream to be sipped.
Drinks L to R: Peaches and Cream, Best Bellini Ever, Royal Peach, Fuzzy Navel Crush and Peach Julip. (Photo by: Anne-Marie Caruso)
Posted: Tuesday May 1, 2012, 02:00 PM
Fruit-flavored drinks set the mood for May
Winter Drinks from Ho-Ho-Kus Inn & Tavern.
Left to right: Snow Ball, Whispers of the Frost, Polar Cocktail, Pomegranate Poinsettia and Frostini. 
Photo by Anne-Marie Caruso
Posted: Tuesday January 3, 2012, 11:53 AM
Five winter cocktails to warm up your winter.
L to R: Emerald Isle, Galway Ice Tea, Shamrocker, Tipperary Apple, and Sparkling Shamrock, with William Brownrigg. Photo by: Anne-Marie Caruso
Posted: Thursday March 1, 2012, 04:05 AM
Even the drinks are Irish on St. Patrick's Day.
L to R: Lotus Blossom, Melon Ball, Dynasty Special, Planter's Punch, Mai Tai, Pineapple Passion, Scorpion Bowl (Photographed at Golden Dynasty, Hillsdale; Photo by Anne-Marie Caruso)
Posted: Saturday January 25, 2014, 12:00 AM
Happy Chinese New Year! It's the year of the horse, so pony up to the bar and try some classic – and maybe not-so-classic – China-inflected cocktails. Golden Dynasty in Hillsdale was...
Saddle River Mayor Samuel and Tina Raia with honoree Robert Garrett, Graceann and Jerry Decrosta (Photo by Tav Jinivizian)
Posted: Wednesday October 23, 2013, 08:00 AM
Buehler Challenger & Science Center held its 19th anniversary wine tasting and silent auction at Bergen Community College in Paramus.
Kristina Feist; Michele Escrobar; Jacqui Glowzenski. (Photo by Eugene Parciasepe, Jr.)
Posted: Monday September 16, 2013, 01:45 PM
Mason's Cellar in Rutherford hosted a Johnnie Walker Platinum Label launch party, featuring a history of Johnnie Walker by Peter O'Connor, bottle engravings and tastings of the newest member of the Johnnie Walker family.
Kyle, Angela, Adria, Frank. (Photo by Richard Formicola)
Posted: Tuesday August 27, 2013, 01:21 PM
The Winemaker's Cellar held a Wine Tasting and Pig Roast end-of-summer harvest party in Hawthorne.
Gloria and Devon Bumbaco, Janine Cancdcchia. (Photo by Charlene Wisnewski)
Posted: Tuesday August 27, 2013, 08:05 AM
Bergen County Historical Society held its 2013 Wine Festival this past Saturday at New Bridge Landing in River Edge.
Posted: Friday April 12, 2013, 01:44 PM
Popular, easy-drinking pinot grigio is America's favorite Italian white wine.
Posted: Wednesday March 27, 2013, 03:15 PM
The many microclimates of California have made it a hotbed for viticultural experimentation.
Four Irish whiskeys for St. Patrick's Day
Posted: Friday March 15, 2013, 10:05 AM
The word whiskey comes from the Gaelic phrase uisce beatha, meaning "water of life."
Posted: Thursday January 31, 2013, 01:39 PM
Tuthilltown Distillery produces the first whiskey in New York State since Prohibition.
Set a festive holiday table. (Anne-Marie Caruso)
Posted: Friday December 9, 2011, 09:43 AM
Tips for setting a festive table for the holidays.
Diane von Furstenberg "Issie" sequin dress $598, Bloomingdale's, The Shops at Riverside
Posted: Friday March 14, 2014, 02:56 PM
Host the most fashionable party around.
Veda Girishkumar (third from left in top row) shares her traditional Indian outfits with her friends for the Diwali party. The teens are excited to wear the beautiful outfits and happy to pose for a photo. (Anne-Marie Caruso)
Posted: Tuesday November 8, 2011, 10:03 PM
The Girishkumar family celebrates Diwali, the Indian festival of lights.
Beth Berman Wechsler, Tracy Silna Zur and Michal Levison. (Photo by Chris Marksbury)
Posted: Wednesday July 10, 2013, 09:39 AM
A stormy afternoon in May couldn't dampen the festivities in Saddle River for "A Big Taste of Israel" in support of Gerrard Berman Day School, Solomon Schechter of North Jersey in Oakland.
Pan-seared shrimp and scallops with a cilantro gremolata, available at Mediterraneo in Ridgewood. (Photo by Anne-Marie Caruso)
Posted: Wednesday May 30, 2012, 02:23 PM
Cilantro, both herb and spice, adds unique flavor to dishes.
Lori Trovini, Shadow, Darian Henry, Bridgette Kramer and Casey Trovini.
Photo by: Anne-Marie Caruso
Posted: Thursday June 28, 2012, 11:45 AM
Trovini family of Washington Township hosts a deluxe backyard barbecue.
Head over to Raymond's on Ridgewood Avenue in Ridgewood for a delicious homemade sweet potato pie. (Photo by Anne-Marie Caruso)
Posted: Wednesday November 27, 2013, 01:35 PM
Naturally sweet and nutrient-packed, sweet potatoes lend themselves to a wide variety of dishes – from simple mashes and casseroles to gratins and pies.
Alissa's brother, Joey Napoletano and his girlfriend, Dana Patire, enjoy dessert (Photo by Anne-Marie Caruso)
Posted: Tuesday December 24, 2013, 08:10 AM
Every Christmas Eve, John Vitale, owner and chef of Caffe Anello in Westwood, along with his wife, Alissa, prepare the traditional Italian meal known as the Feast of the Seven Fishes for their families.
Shannon Maura, Emily Maura, Haley DeMuro, Morgan Micaleff, Kim Micaleff, Emily Drake and Hope Delle Bovi enjoy a picnic. (Photo by Anne-Marie Caruso)
Posted: Wednesday August 14, 2013, 08:10 AM
There's a lot of gorgeous ground to cover in Bergen County and no better way to see it than atop a beautiful horse.
Bodum Frykat Green Grill $60 Crate & Barrel, Paramus
Hot Dog & Sausage Griller $20 Crate & Barrel, Paramus
(Photo by Anne-Marie Caruso)
Posted: Tuesday June 12, 2012, 11:35 AM
Putting the healthful in hot dog.
Charlie was all dressed up in jacket and tie to mark the important tradition of his first Holy Communion. (Photo by Greg Pallante)
Posted: Tuesday May 15, 2012, 02:00 PM
A festive family celebration in Tenafly.
Six styles of mustard (see below). (Photo by Anne-Marie Caruso)
Posted: Monday August 5, 2013, 03:24 PM
There was a time when mustard was only used on hot dogs and the condiment was sold in yellow plastic squeeze bottles. Today, mustard is sold in a variety of types and textures – and can hold its own on everything from a sandwich to a gourmet recipe.
Irish Eyes Are Smiling: A table set with Nicolas Mosse dishes from Irish Eyes Imports and the first course of an Irish feast, prepared by chef Kim Phelan of Celtic Kitchen, awaits the guests. Photo by: Anne-Marie Caruso
Posted: Thursday March 1, 2012, 04:55 AM
The Callaghan family of Ridgewood creates a festive St. Patrick's Day dinner party.
Talented event stylists Lorraine and Gabrielle Wile from Wile Event Styling, who styled then hall table and dining room. (Photo by Anne-Marie Caruso)
Posted: Thursday December 20, 2012, 11:59 AM
The winter solstice occurs exactly when the Earth's tilt is the farthest away from the sun. At that moment, we are moving from increasing darkness to increasing light. Although the winter solstice...
A pizza cooks on the brick surface of a wood-fired oven. (Photos by Elaine Isaacson)
Posted: Tuesday May 22, 2012, 10:35 AM
Building your own backyard wood-fired, clay oven
Some of the Kims' closest friends enjoying the night. (Photo by Greg Pallante)
Posted: Tuesday January 15, 2013, 03:16 PM
To commemorate the publication of his book, War With Pigeons, Tae Kim and his wife, Hyun, recently hosted a beautiful party at their home with their closest friends and supporters to celebrate the anniversary of his debut novel.
Mary Ellen DePaul making Irish soda bread at home in River Edge. "My favorite thing is to deliver it hot," she says. (Photo by Elizabeth Lara)
Posted: Thursday March 14, 2013, 02:05 PM
Mary Ellen DePaul of River Edge makes Irish soda bread and delivers it to friends and family around St. Patrick's Day.
Alexis Miranda strapless sheer-skirt maxi dress $795, Neiman Marcus, Westfield Garden State Plaza
Posted: Friday May 3, 2013, 02:24 PM
When it comes to hosting a top-notch party, careful planning is key, but don't forget to look the part by spicing up your fashion to match the festive décor. ¡Olé!
Posted: Thursday December 27, 2012, 11:36 AM
Joe Iurato offers four suggestions to toast to on New Year's Eve.
Apprentice chefs Jaden, Olivia, Josh, Ayla and Stephanie learn from WannaBee chef owner Rama Ginde. (Photo by Anne-Marie Caruso)
Posted: Thursday November 8, 2012, 08:48 AM
Gathering the generations around a groaning table is a Thanksgiving tradition. But so is having a kitchen full of assistants helping with the feast.
Posted: Thursday February 2, 2012, 12:05 AM
To make sure you’re prepared, here’s a Super Bowl party checklist to keep handy as you plan your Sunday extravaganza.
Dave Augustine takes his turn at bocce ball while Ahren Frey and Eric and Lucas Kruegel look on. (Anne-Marie Caruso)
Posted: Wednesday July 6, 2011, 03:43 PM
Kevin's Thyme in Ho-Ho-Kus caters some Independence Day revelry in River Vale.
Posted: Friday June 8, 2012, 01:30 PM
Create the perfect grilling station.
Cookie Rooney, right, and sister Dina Manzo discuss plans for a special event  on "Dina's Party."
Posted: Monday November 21, 2011, 03:40 PM
Cookie Laurita Rooney helps guide hosts through the day with different kinds of guests.
Chips, Dips and Drink combos for the Main Dish and In Good Spirits section of (201) Magazine, August 2011 issue. (Photo by: Anne-Marie Caruso)
Posted: Monday August 1, 2011, 02:10 PM
Fresh salsa of red, orange, green and yellow peppers, pineapple mango salsa, and corn, avocado and black bean salsa are perfect with homemade tortilla chips and...
From the fanciful ambience to the flavorful dishes, Café Matisse paints a delicious picture. In a menu of highlights, standouts include the tuna sushi sourdough crostini. (Photo by Anthony Bianciella)
Posted: Wednesday April 16, 2014, 01:06 PM
From the fanciful ambience to the flavorful dishes, Café Matisse paints a delicious picture.
ENGLEWOOD - 07/12/11 - DOUGH HEADS BAKERY -  Chris Heslin and Megan Olund own Dough Heads Bakery on West Hudson Street in Englewood. DAVID BERGELAND/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
Posted: Wednesday August 10, 2011, 10:30 AM
Bakery's profile is on the rise in vintage space in Englewood.
Members of Girl Scout Troop 234 of Ridgewood, from left, Danielle Cameron, Alexa Petrick and Jessica Gonzalez cheer for their knight at Medieval Times in Lyndhurst - for the summer Fun series. Lyndhurst 6/17/2011 MEDIEVAL TIMES (LESLIE BARBARO / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER)
Posted: Monday July 11, 2011, 11:30 AM
What's fun about that? Staff writer Bill Ervolino checks out the castle scene and finds jousts, sword fights, knights on horseback and lots and lots of food.
A Boom Burger double is two patties molded together with cheese in between. (Photo by Kevin Wexler)
Posted: Tuesday May 8, 2012, 12:47 AM
Officially, May is National Burger Month. All well and good for the rest of the country, but around here, every month is burger month.
Chilean sea bass on top of an orange carrot puree, sautéed snow peas and wild mushrooms with a crispy shredded potato prepared by Red Parrot Bistro’s Executive Chef Aladin Nasser and Sous Chef Vasilios Kokoronis. (Photo by Danielle Parhizkaran)
Posted: Thursday August 9, 2012, 02:37 PM
Experience the best in New-style American cuisine at the Red Parrot Bistro in Englewood.
Bushido in Cliffside Park offers a Japanese tapas menu inclding diver scallops with lobster (Photo by Anthony Bianciella)
Posted: Wednesday April 11, 2012, 08:40 AM
Small Plates, Big Taste
IRISH FOR MORE FOOD: Biddy O'Malley's in Northvale offers a wide variety of Irish fare, including Biddy's meatloaf with mushroom duxelle and Chianti demi-glace, served with mashed potatoes. (Photos by Anthony Bianciella)
Posted: Thursday March 1, 2012, 05:25 AM
A Bit of the Old Sod with a Local Flair.
Just outside Westfield Garden State Plaza, you'll find Woodstone Pizza, with its wide open dining room and litany of solid Italian dishes. Highlights include the wood-fired pizza (above), the cannoli and the pappardelle alla toscana. (Photo by Anthony Bianciella)
Posted: Tuesday January 7, 2014, 01:10 PM
Woodstone Pizza Bar & Grill 352 W. Passaic St., Rochelle Park (201) 845-7600
Veal d'Elia (Stuffed with prosciutto, spinach, ricotta, and topped with mozzarella and plum tomato sauce). (Photo by Anthony Bianciella)
Posted: Wednesday January 16, 2013, 08:00 AM
If Italian restaurants are a dime a dozen in Bergen County, the solid food and extensive menu at Bel Posto in Hackensack are worth at least a few quarters.
5 Seasons Bistro in Ridgewood offers a wide range of fresh flavors in dishes like rabbit in olive oil, white wine, lemon, rosemary, sage, grape must finish and creamed baby red onions (pictured).
Posted: Wednesday February 1, 2012, 02:29 AM
Laurie Cera, chef and owner of 5 Seasons Bistro in Ridgewood, combines indoor growing and the use of greenhouses and sun-drying to provide year-round access to fresh produce and fresh flavors. With...
Grilled fish brushed with olive oil, lemon and oregano.
Posted: Tuesday October 18, 2011, 09:38 AM
Co-owners and husband-and-wife team Prashanth and Mehrnoush Rayapudi say their goal is to serve authentic Mediterranean cuisine in a casual yet sophisticated setting.
(Photo by Michael Karas)
Posted: Friday April 19, 2013, 11:32 AM
With fine Turkish specialties as the primary fare, the name Europe Café & Grill at first seems misleading. Co-owner Ersin Iscan says there are good reasons for it, though — most important being that it's meant to reflect wider regional influences in the cuisine he offers.
Owners Dan DeMiglio and Keith Roche at The Bowerie in Old Tappan enjoy a table setting with some exquisite cuisine. (Photo by Anthony Bianciella)
Posted: Thursday March 14, 2013, 03:25 PM
The Bouwerie, is where intrepid travelers will find an excellent meal and friendly service in Old Tappan.
With a warm atmosphere inside and an airy patio in the summer months, Fort Lee's Santorini Taverna features a menu of capably prepared standards, including slow-cooked lamb on a bed of orzo (above) and grilled haloumi cheese. (Photo by Anthony Bianciella)
Posted: Thursday November 8, 2012, 11:24 AM
With a warm atmosphere inside and an airy patio in the summer months, Fort Lee's Santorini Taverna features a menu of capably prepared standards.
Cliffs Steakhouse succeeds as a high-end steakhouse on the back of quality steaks, like its much-loved porterhouse for two. (Photo by Anthony Bianciella)
Posted: Thursday August 15, 2013, 12:59 AM
There are steakhouses and there are steakhouses. The former slap some half-decent meat on a plate, throw some sides at you and call themselves a steakhouse. The latter serve up gorgeous cuts of meat with relentless service and a touch of attitude. Cliffs Steakhouse stands firmly among the latter.
Sergio's Missione pleases with its warm, welcoming atmosphere and with its comfortingly good food. Consider the rack of lamb with wild mushrooms and a rosemary marsala sauce (Photo by Anthony Bianciella)
Posted: Sunday December 15, 2013, 02:20 PM
If Sergio's Missione aims to satisfy on all fronts, from eminently eatable food to impeccable service, then I have just two words for you: mission accomplished.
Greek Island Grill, 77 Main Street, brings part of the Mediterranean back to Hackensack.
Posted: Wednesday July 6, 2011, 02:54 PM
HACKENSACK — Owners Artemisia and Gina Tarkazikis serve authentic Greek cuisine at their family-owned eatery that has become known for not only its fresh food and traditional Greek dishes, but...
St. Eve's presents one of its gorgeous appetizers, consisting of Mediterranean salad, grilled eggplant and zucchini, watermelon, Greek olives, feta cheese, cucumber, red onion and sundried tomato vinaigrette. (Photo by Anthony Bianciella)
Posted: Thursday August 2, 2012, 01:39 PM
The rustic eatery opened on North Maple Avenue in April 2011, and the menu reads like a five-step guide to achieving wood-grilled, farm-raised gastronomic bliss.
Pasta e Pollo in Ridgewood has served excellent Italian dishes for 14 years. Highlights include appetizers of grilled portobello mushrooms over broccoli rabe and roasted red peppers (above). (Photo by Anthony Bianciella)
Posted: Friday June 29, 2012, 09:00 AM
Pasta e Pollo in Ridgewood has served excellent Italian dishes for 14 years.
Karisik meze, a cold mixed appetizer at Lisa's Mediterranean Kitchen (Photo by Michael Karas)
Posted: Monday April 15, 2013, 01:58 PM
Lisa's Mediterranean Kitchen is homey and good.
Dino's Restaurant in Harrington Park specializes in Italian standards, very well prepared and served impeccably in a cozy atmosphere. Even when the kitchen adds a twist, as with the sweet potato ravioli topped with crumbled amaretto cookies (above) the results are top notch. (Photo by Anthony Bianciella)
Posted: Thursday April 4, 2013, 10:23 AM
Standing out amid the legions of Italian restaurants in Bergen can be tough. But if combining impeccable service, charming ambience and delicious food is the way to do it, then Dino's Restaurant is well on its way.
Shrimp broiled with roasted garlic and served with rice and corn soufflé. (Photo by Marko Georgiev)
Posted: Friday March 29, 2013, 02:06 PM
Dave "Fink" Finkelstein brings good barbecue back to Bergen at his eponymous restaurant.
Samosas, a hit during one of the dining visits. (Photo by Michael Karas)
Posted: Friday March 22, 2013, 03:27 PM
On good nights — say, when the monolithic TV is tuned to the Retro station and diners are entertained by kitschy Bollywood musical numbers from the Fifties, Sixties and Seventies — eating at Diwani can feel homey, like dining in front of the tube with takeout.
Raymond's opening in Ridgewood was delayed to set up the space right, a level of care apparent in the menu. (Photo by Carmine Galasso)
Posted: Tuesday March 19, 2013, 10:11 AM
Popular Montclair restaurant Raymond's opens in Ridgewood
Chilean sea bass with potato dumplings, organic spinach, baby carrots and caramelized shiitake mushrooms. (Photo by Michael Karas)
Posted: Friday March 8, 2013, 02:18 PM
Red Hen Bistro in Wood-Ridge couldn't stray further from the "go big" model. The 22-seat restaurant is open only on Fridays and Saturdays, and walk-ins are not encouraged.
Homemade baked Alaska Julius. (Photo by Michael Karas)
Posted: Friday January 25, 2013, 09:58 AM
In its new location, The Kitchen offers a swanky backdrop for Chef Wade New's remarkable food.
Fare includes lechon asado, shredded pork shoulder with mojo sauce. (Photo by Marko Georgiev)
Posted: Friday January 18, 2013, 12:22 AM
Dos Cubanos offers an easy way for those unfamiliar with Cuban food to try it in a lively setting.
Organic chicken was a comfort on a cold night. (Photo by Ted Axelrod/Special to The Record)
Posted: Friday January 11, 2013, 12:04 AM
Bat Barry's is an upscale and striking addition to downtown Westwood.
Some, but not all, of Chinese Mirch's dishes pack the promised heat. From left: The hot and sour soup with paneer lives up to its name; chicken lollipops are fiery, too; the Mirch 65's "red-hot chiles" fall a bit short. (Photo by Mitsu Yasukawa)
Posted: Thursday January 10, 2013, 10:52 AM
Their foods are often so distinctly different, it's easy to forget that China and India share a border. But when Chinese immigrants started moving to India, the flavors of each cuisine began to combine into a hybrid cuisine that remains popular in India to this day.
Chef Danielle Saunders prepares a meal. (Photo by Anne-Marie Caruso)
Posted: Sunday November 17, 2013, 10:05 AM
"I think that the food and company are the most important things you need for a perfect meal, at least for me," says chef Danielle Saunders, who also notes the need for great ambience, the right music and good drinks.
Posted: Thursday February 16, 2012, 11:23 AM
Low-fat doesn't necessarily mean healthier with muffins, so Harvard and the CIA come to the rescue wtih the healthiest muffin recipes.
Audrey Park; Conrad Park; Mira Park, MiraBest.com. (Photo by Eugene Parciasepe, Jr.)
Posted: Wednesday July 17, 2013, 03:09 PM
Brace yourself for one of the wildest flavor combos ever to grace your dessert plate: guacamole ice cream. It’s about to take center stage in Rosa Mexicano’s Festival de Helados. That’s right – the Ice Cream Festival returns.
91-year old Wilhelmine "Willie" LaRusso, teaches her two great-granddaughters Myah (age 12)  and Kali (age 16) Wolfer of Ridgewood how to make her famous meatballs & gravy. (Photo by Thomas E. Franklin)
Posted: Wednesday January 16, 2013, 12:53 AM
Wilhelmine "Willie" LaRusso is quite petite compared to her tall offspring, but when it comes to making meatballs, the great-grandmother stands head and shoulders over everyone in the family.
The Czarneckis: Richard of South Hackensack and Rich of Wayne bring their scientific training to bear on Caesar salad recipes. (Photo by Kevin R. Wexler)
Posted: Tuesday January 8, 2013, 11:59 AM
In the long history of father-son rivalries, families have been divided over power, pride and property, but have they ever fought over salad? Meet the Czarnecki family of North Jersey. Richard, 76, of South Hackensack and Rich, 51, of Wayne, have been competing for years over who makes the best Caesar salad.
Justin Antiorio of Lyndhurst and Dana Cohen of River Vale are contenders on the 10th season of FOX's "Hell's Kitchen." (Photo by Anne-Marie Caruso)
Posted: Tuesday November 6, 2012, 11:25 AM
Bergen reality show contestants find out it's best to stay in the kitchen when it's heating up
Monster toes served with mustard dip. (Photo by Anne-Marie Caruso)
Posted: Thursday October 25, 2012, 01:23 PM
Simple healthy fare for party fun.
Marina Espinosa (left) with husband-and-wife co-owners of Panifico Bolea Robert Bolea (Executive Baker) and Elina Broniszewski. (Photo by Anne-Marie Caruso)
Posted: Thursday October 18, 2012, 03:36 PM
Whether you are looking for a traditional pumpkin loaf or the unexpected, such as a pumpkin crème brûlée, you'll find something to love at Panificio Bolea.
Four cocktails made with craft rums from the Carribean.
Posted: Thursday August 16, 2012, 01:59 PM
Spirits expert Bob Probert takes a look at four rums with different flavor profiles and the cocktails best suited for each of them
Photo by Ted Axelrod/Special to The Record)
Posted: Wednesday August 8, 2012, 10:28 AM
As a cookbook, there is little that is new or novel, but that is just the point. “Contained within these pages are the tried and true recipes that we have enjoyed as a family, and which we love to serve to our guests when we entertain.”
HealthBarn USA, in Wyckoff NJ offers a summer program that teaches kids all about nutrition, farming and healthy eating. (Photo by Anne-Marie Caruso)
Posted: Wednesday August 1, 2012, 03:15 PM
Kids in the garden and the kitchen.
Posted: Monday June 25, 2012, 10:18 AM
Grilling season is in full swing. And lately it seems as if we're cooking nearly everything over a charcoal, gas or wood-fired flame, including pizza, romaine lettuce for a twist on the Caesar salad, even fruit for dessert.
(Photos by Ted Axelrod)
Posted: Wednesday May 9, 2012, 03:16 PM
Mother’s Day and rhubarb are always connected in my mind. This is a perfect example of the way in which recipes originally cooked on an open fire can be adapted to produce the most delicious results today.
Posted: Thursday May 3, 2012, 01:54 PM
They'll run the Kentucky Derby on Cinco de Mayo this year, giving party menus all kinds of fun possibilities.
(Photo by Ted Axelrod/Special to The Record)
Posted: Wednesday May 2, 2012, 12:42 AM
Served with cold Mexican beer, these tacos would make an outstanding meal for Cinco de Mayo.
Deirdre Imus; Dr Manny Alvarez, FOX News Channel medical contributor. (Photo by Eugene Parciasepe, Jr.)
Posted: Thursday April 26, 2012, 07:25 AM
Deirdre Imus holds Healthy Eating Cooking Demonstration at the John Theurer Cancer Center.
(Photo by Ted Axelrod)
Posted: Wednesday April 18, 2012, 10:53 AM
Ian Knauer has some serious kitchen chops. A former food editor of the late, much-missed Gourmet and regular contributor to a host of other top-flight food magazines and websites, he is a food TV...
Photo by Ted Axelrod
Posted: Wednesday March 28, 2012, 10:44 AM
This simple almond-shallot topping goes with just about any simply-cooked vegetable, but it tastes best with green beans.
Ho-Ho-Kus Inn's Ralph Perroti lost weight with help from this meal.
Posted: Tuesday March 27, 2012, 10:46 AM
Ralph Perrotti, executive chef of the Ho-Ho-Kus Inn, and caterer Jesse Jones put their spins on boneless skinless chicken breasts.
(Photo by Ted Axelrod)
Posted: Wednesday March 21, 2012, 11:52 AM
Banoffee pie may be unfamiliar here, but it’s a wildly favorite pudding (dessert) in Britain, where they love anything banoffee, including ice cream and even cheesecake.
Posted: Friday March 16, 2012, 02:35 PM
Irish Soda Bread recipe
Twisted Elm in Elmwood Park offers several menu items made with beer. Clockwise from top: house chili; beer braised corned beef on marble rye; beer battered fish and chips. (Photo by Carmine Gallasso)
Posted: Thursday March 15, 2012, 01:12 PM
At Twisted Elm, beer features prominently as an ingredient in the corned beef, chili, fish and chips, and even an ice cream float.