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  • Present at the Creation - Soup to Nuts - New Jersey Monthly
    years ago he headed for New York where he worked for famed chefs Jean Georges Vongerichten and David Bouley It wasn t long before he discovered the lower rents of Jersey City and its easy access to the city and moved there to live He got a good deal on a spacious 1500 square foot brownstone apartment But Jersey City was nothing at the time it was all bombed out he says Now I m proud of what it has turned into but it was pretty rough back then After awhile instead of commuting east into the city Kapitan began driving west to Whitehouse Station and the Ryland Inn then the epicenter of culinary excitement and innovation in New Jersey Working for executive chef Craig Shelton was an intense experience Kapitan says He is an incredible chef who could look across the entire kitchen at your mashed potatoes and know if you didn t have enough salt in them There are a few key chefs who have marked my soul greatly He s a badass who knows his stuff Recommended Reading NJ Father and Son s Wines Win Big Shortly after the devastating body blow that was 9 11 Jersey City resident Ralph Rodriguez a Wall Street consultant and native of Seville opened Marco Pepe on Grove Street in downtown Jersey City across the street from City Hall His goal he told NJM in 2007 was to recreate the comfort of a neighborhood tapas bar in Spain where people go to drink snack and meet up with friends Rodriguez hired the talented Kapitan as his opening chef and Kapitan with his sous chef Nicole Puzio swiftly put the restaurant on the New Jersey dining radar After a few years Kapitan moved on to the Light Horse Tavern about 10 blocks closer to the Hudson River and cemented his reputation as one of the city s culinary pioneers Kapitan left Light Horse to become chef of Alobar in Long Island City which was undergoing a Jersey City like renaissance Then Hurricane Sandy struck It literally shook the foundations of the brownstone and destroyed Kapitan s apartment Homeless and thinking about his mother who was struggling with kidney failure I found myself in the position of looking at my life he says I ve been away from Canada and my family for 20 plus years so I made the decision to help a friend open two restaurants in Toronto Kapitan is still involved in those projects Old School BBQ and Recess Diner Still he says he keeps the door open to a return to New Jersey I was accepted and loved by the state he says I have roots here I love the state and the area I d come back in a heartbeat In the meantime lucky for us his next Jersey appearance is just around the corner Escape 345 Bloomfield Avenue Montclair 973 744 0712 escapemontclair com SUZANNE ZIMMER LOWERY is a food writer pastry chef and culinary instructor at

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  • Shrubs: The New Hip Sip - Soup to Nuts - New Jersey Monthly
    drink made with lavender cranberry sugar and white balsamic vinegar Each glass is garnished with a savory fines herbes caviar De Novo calls its shrub D Devil The syrup is made from jalapeños cilantro sugar salt and apple cider vinegar Added to gin and Triple Sec the cocktail comes out green Grissini s shrub is made by boiling balsamic vinegar down to a syrup Balsamic makes expected appearances on our Italian menu says maire d Enzo Lentini but it s a surprise element in our Dirty Deed Martini The vinegar gives the cocktail a hint of sweetness and its great color Recommended Reading Super Snacks For Super Bowl 50 Shrub syrups can be made with so many different fruits and seasonal ingredients that the only limit is the bartender s imagination And they can be enjoyed on their own Just add soda says Jockey Hollow s Chris James and you have a great non alcoholic drink CANNON BALL SHRUB from Jockey Hollow Bar Kitchen in Morristown To make the spiced cranberry shrub 4 cups white sugar 3 cups apple cider vinegar 1 cup water 3 cups fresh cranberries 1 vanilla bean split and scraped 2 cinnamon sticks broken 10 dried allspice berries 4 thumbnails fresh ginger zest and juice of one orange Bring all to a boil and simmer over medium heat for 10 minuntes or until cranberries start to pop Let cool and strain before use To make the cocktail 1 ounce Botanist Gin 1 ounce cranberry shrub 1 1 4 teaspoons lime juice 1 dash Angostura bitters 1 1 2 ounces brut champagne Shake and double strain Top with champagne and garnish with an orange twist DIRTY DEED MARTINI from Grissini Restaurant in Englewood Cliffs To make the shrub syrup Boil a cup or so of balsamic vinegar down to a syrup To make the cocktail 3 slices fresh cucumber 9 shavings fresh ginger 4 leaves fresh mint 6 drops balsamic reduction Ice 3 oz Hendricks Gin Splash of sour mix Mint leaf Muddle the cucumber ginger and mint in a cocktail shaker Add the balsamic reduction Add ice gin and sour mix and shake 32 times Pour into a martini glass and garnish with mint D DEVIL from De Novo in Montclair To make the shrub syrup 1 lb jalapenos washed stems removed and chopped 2 bunches cilantro washed and chopped 4 cups sugar 1 2 cup salt 6 cups apple cider vinegar Toss all ingredients except the vinegar in a large bowl Let sit two to three days in the refrigerator until the juices from the mixture cover the solids Strain out solids Add apple cider vinegar to the jalapeno cilantro juice and let cure for another two days To make the cocktail combine 1 1 2 oz Greenall s Gin 1 oz Triple Sec 1 oz Cilantro Jalapeno Shrub UNION REPUBLIC SHRUB from Union Republic in Jersey City To make the shrub Combine equal parts fresh cranberries sugar and white balsamic vinegar Let marinate 48

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  • Jersey Girl Food Tours - Soup to Nuts - New Jersey Monthly
    Wine Merchants will pour wines imported by Selections de la Vina Cocktails will be available made with Don Q rums and Barrows Intense Ginger Liqueur The evening includes live music and a group art exhibit titled OBSOLESENCE It s a nice opportunity to bring the chefs to one place and also support a food related charity says Aron It s going to be a fun Tuesday night You can bring kids you can bring a date listen to music check out some art and eat really great food Tickets for the event are 75 Proceeds will benefit The Sharing Place a Jersey City food pantry In June when Aron started Jersey Girls Food Tours she brought experience in food sales and service including her day job managing a Manhattan social club Aron 26 along with partner Borroto 34 a local realtor came up with the idea of dine around walking tours of Jersey City where Aron has lived for three years Recommended Reading Meet the Monkey Together they scope out the best eateries and create personalized tasting tours for groups of up to 20 people The downtown itinerary includes hotspots like Park Sixth Kraverie and Razza Tours of the charming brownstone neighborhood of Hamilton Park sample dishes at GP s 9th Coles White Star Bar and Milk Sugar Love and also stop at two different food trucks There are tours of the Little Italy section on Newark Avenue and an eclectic outing through Borroto s childhood home town of Rutherford with stops to sample Peruvian Italian Caribbean Asian and Greek delicacies People always came to us for suggestions on restaurants says Aron so we put our heads together and started the company The tours and events range from grab and go bites to traditional sit down meals Tours last 2 to 3 hours make 5 to 7 stops and range in price from 45 to 55 Custom private excursions are available for any occasion In the spring Jersey Girls plans to offer tours of communities including New Brunswick Hoboken and Montclair jerseygirlsfoodtours com arthouseproductions org SUZANNE ZIMMER LOWERY is a food writer pastry chef and culinary instructor at a number of New Jersey cooking schools Find out more about her at suzannelowery com Click to enlarge images Read more Soup to Nuts articles By submitting comments you grant permission for all or part of those comments to appear in the print edition of New Jersey Monthly Dining Podcast If you love dining out have a passion for great food or want to hear about the latest food trends our new podcast Eating With Eric should be on your plate Listen to episodes Subscribe in iTunes 7 Songs to Comfort Christie on His Failed Presidential Bid Podcast Why We re Called The Garden State Table Hopping Jersey Shore Restaurant Week Melange in Somerville A Dress For Every Occasion NJ Father and Son s Wines Win Big 7 Dining Trends to Watch in 2016 February 2016 Best New Restaurants Table of Contents

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  • And Now, Tea Pairings - Soup to Nuts - New Jersey Monthly
    tea I mix the herbs together and let the vanilla beans permeate for about a week to infuse that rich vanilla flavor Cason says Diners are welcome to bring their own alcoholic beverages but much like a traditional wine tasting Cason and the chefs have put a great deal of thought into determining what Villani calls the best collaboration of flavors for each course For example The duck Villani says is fatty and buttery Cason chose his tea spices to stand up to it just like you would if it were wine Cason says that blending Earl Grey and Lapsang Souchong produces a flavor profile a little more tannic more acidic one that will really cut through and cleanse the palate of the fattiness of the duck It s all about balance If my tea overpowers his dish or if my tea isn t strong enough for his dish neither one is going to harmonize Recommended Reading Super Snacks For Super Bowl 50 The chefs and the tea sommelier envision the evening as a journey that will range from hot tea to a 24 hour chilled tea to a cold brew in which hot water never touches the leaves explains Cason The tea leaves are added to cold water and allowed to steep for up to 36 hours It s much more subtle This technique will be applied to the combination of sweet floral jasmine tea and German peppermint tea that will start the meal Cason says he will soon release a bottled iced tea he calls The Genius He plans to unveil it in the rich pork belly course It features the natural sweetness of Korean plums Cason 35 author of A Guide to Tea founded Tavalon in 2005 with partners John Paul Lee and Sonny Caberwal The trio found that both the ceremonious Asian tea traditions and the English put your pinky in the air tea culture do not translate well in America We started having urban tea parties in New York Cason says Instead of sticking with classic teas we did our own take creating new blends Instead of English Breakfast we have what we call New York City Breakfast which is a blend of three teas from different countries It s a little malty a little spicy and hearty at the same time We are creating teas for the American palate Cason adds That s why our slogan is The Future of Tea Tavalon teas can be purchased from local King s Supermarkets or ordered online at tavalon com The price of the tea pairing dinner is 79 per person Reserve your seats at Terre a Terre You may wonder whether you will horrify the connoisseurs if you ask for milk or sugar with any of these teas Here s the answer I advise people to try it in its natural state first Cason says but simple syrup will be on the table if diners prefer a little sweetness These teas are a bit subtle so

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  • Hail the Humble Lima! - Soup to Nuts - New Jersey Monthly
    you have to be a little loony to love limas so when I sheepishly admitted to Flanegan that to put it mildly lima beans are not my favorite vegetable she laughed and said It s nobody s until you go to the Lima Bean Festival It s all about the fun of sampling crazy food and dancing to live bands as well as a bit of drama involved in the dubious distinction of being crowned the lima bean king and queen People stuff the ballot box all day with nominations and then the two winners are picked at random You have to be there to earn the honor of wearing the lima crown and cape Some harbor a burning desire to be crowned Women who have been called up to be the queen have burst into tears saying This is what I ve wanted to be all my life says Flanegan apparently not in jest Recommended Reading Meet the Monkey When the festival started in 1985 West Cape May called itself The Lima Bean Capital of the World because the Hanover Foods Corporation contracted with local farmers to grow tons of beans for their processed vegetables Sometime in the 1990s the Hanover contract was pulled explains Flanegan but by then the festival was such an event and such an iconic quirky thing that people decided to continue it to celebrate the agricultural heritage of West Cape May Today limas are grown in massive quantities in Maryland Delaware and Virginia but some local farmers still grow them and bring to the festival fresh picked beans which are rarely seen in their curved flat oblong pods Limas are sometimes called butter beans because of their alleged buttery flavor and texture They were first cultivated thousands of years ago in South America Here their reputation was dimmed by the canning era in the early to mid 1900s Nevertheless healthwise they are a bit of a miracle food high in fiber vitamin B1 folic acid iron magnesium potassium and antioxidants Studies have suggested that regular consumption can lower cholesterol and help prevent diabetes and breast cancer Whether you love em or hate em to quote a past festival theme It s Lima Tima West Cape May Lima Bean Festival Saturday October 11 9 am 5 pm Raindate Sunday October 12 Wilbraham Park There are no photos with those IDs or post 89667 does not have any attached images Read more Soup to Nuts articles By submitting comments you grant permission for all or part of those comments to appear in the print edition of New Jersey Monthly Dining Podcast If you love dining out have a passion for great food or want to hear about the latest food trends our new podcast Eating With Eric should be on your plate Listen to episodes Subscribe in iTunes 7 Songs to Comfort Christie on His Failed Presidential Bid Podcast Why We re Called The Garden State Table Hopping Jersey Shore Restaurant Week Melange in Somerville A

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  • Knish and Tell - Soup to Nuts - New Jersey Monthly
    her from New York to the Midwest and on to France Israel and Poland where I found out that my mother s mom was born in Knyszyn Poland and that I am in fact a direct descendant of the knish She says this ancestral town lies in the knish corridor that includes Lithuania Ukraine Belarus and Romania I like to say that the knish found me she says It s a birthright and when it was gone I found myself out of sorts so I had to take action She refers to this simple comfort food as part of a global family of dough wrapped knishing cousins that includes the empanada dumpling samosa gyoza and calzone A grant from Brandeis University enabled her to complete the project and produce her 280 page book Silver reports that New Jersey is home to a champion knish eater Recommended Reading Super Snacks For Super Bowl 50 In July of 2009 crowds came to Coney Island from Bensonhurst Flatbush the Bronx and the Upper West Side of Manhattan to see the 242 pound competitive eater Joel Podelsky of Iselin gobble down 5 bulging knishes in five minutes to beat out ten knish noshers and win a pair of tickets to a Mets game In recent years Podelsky has changed his ways and now weighs 100 pounds less than he did in his competitive eating days In fact he s become a weight loss guru Knishes can be purchased at several New Jersey locations including Deli King of Linden Deli King of Clark Harold s Deli Edison Lox Stock Deli Milltown Silver s journey also took her to Conte s Pasta a business in Vineland that purchased the rights to Mrs Stahl s knish recipe when Mrs Stahl s closed For awhile Conte s baked knishes and shipped them to the distributors who were continuing to provide Stahl knishes to various retail stores delis and so on One by one those distributors stopped distributing knishes Due to dramatically shrinking demand Silver says Conte s has ceased production and wants to sell the recipe Fortunately Silver was able to get Mrs Stahl s granddaughters to recreate the potato variety and the recipe is included in the book so readers can make their own knishes the old fashioned way SUZANNE ZIMMER LOWERY is a food writer pastry chef and culinary instructor at a number of New Jersey cooking schools Find out more about her at suzannelowery com Click to enlarge images laurasilver Read more Soup to Nuts articles By submitting comments you grant permission for all or part of those comments to appear in the print edition of New Jersey Monthly Dining Podcast If you love dining out have a passion for great food or want to hear about the latest food trends our new podcast Eating With Eric should be on your plate Listen to episodes Subscribe in iTunes 7 Songs to Comfort Christie on His Failed Presidential Bid Podcast Why We re Called The Garden

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  • Wine to Go: Hear it Growl - Soup to Nuts - New Jersey Monthly
    Instead of having to produce a thousand gallon batch we could produce very small batches We can do a five gallon keg and try it out They installed four pressure sealed steel kegs with taps One provides a steady flow of their popular Fiesta Sangria while the other three rotate new wines All the wines available by the growler are also available by the glass at any time Pino says Anyone of legal drinking age is welcome to come to the tasting room for a sample he adds The growlers become a great way to take home wines that you can get only at the winery The Quarella family has grown crops on Bellview s 150 acres for a century Owner Jim Quarella always had a passion for winemaking and believed that winemaking would diversify the farm s output and possibilities Beginning in 1999 they planted 40 acres of grapes Now while still growing fruits and vegetables Bellview produces 9000 cases of wine per year Recommended Reading Eat Drink And Meet Amanda Freitag We make about ten different dry reds five or six dry whites a few semi sweet wines and four or five fruit wines Pino says Bellview also makes a dandelion wine from a 70 year old family recipe and a port Bellview s bottled wines are available at 150 liquor stores in New Jersey Ten of the state s restaurants sell their wine exclusively while others feature them on their wine lists A one liter glass bottle with a flip top costs 5 at the winery It s theirs to keep Pino says They can bring it back and refill it with wine they can put flowers in it they can do whatever they want Bellview charges about the same for a filled growler as for a standard 750 ml bottle of the same wine but the growler holds about 1 cups more making it a bit of a bargain Reusing the bottle cuts down on recycling for the consumer and packaging for the winery The main difference Pino explains is that wine in a growler is not meant for long term storage He recommends consuming it within a month This is a very drinking local thing he says It s a cool concept Bellview Winery 150 Atlantic Street Landisville 856 697 7172 bellviewwinery com SUZANNE ZIMMER LOWERY is a food writer pastry chef and culinary instructor at a number of New Jersey cooking schools Find out more about her at suzannelowery com Click to enlarge images Read more Soup to Nuts articles By submitting comments you grant permission for all or part of those comments to appear in the print edition of New Jersey Monthly Dining Podcast If you love dining out have a passion for great food or want to hear about the latest food trends our new podcast Eating With Eric should be on your plate Listen to episodes Subscribe in iTunes 7 Songs to Comfort Christie on His Failed Presidential Bid Podcast Why

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  • Gender-Reveal Cakes, a Runaway Hit - Soup to Nuts - New Jersey Monthly
    between the layers blue or pink some things never change The cake as a whole was frosted in neutral white Its surface said Congratulations It s a Christine got the idea after speaking with a colleague awaiting his third child He did it to make the announcement exciting for his oldest daughter who s five she says She was more enthralled with the idea of eating blue frosting than the fact that she would have another brother When Christine s results were ready no one in her doctor s office dropped a hint or winked as they handed her the sealed envelope She took it straight to the bakery of the Wegman s supermarket in Manalapan and handed it over with strict instructions not to reveal the gender to anyone not even herself Having the doctor tell me over the phone seemed sort of anticlimactic she told me I wanted to have some sort of fun with it Recommended Reading Meet the Monkey Gender reveal parties have become such a hit that party supply stores now carry specialized plates napkins balloons paper tablecloths bunting you name it Typically plates are half blue and half pink an equal number of pink and blue balloons are included and everything from napkins to bunting are covered with question marks Female celebrities have helped spur the trend cutting into gender reveal cakes of their own on talk shows and episodes of various food and lifestyle programs Jeanne Colleluori a spokesperson for Wegman s the 84 store Rochester New York based chain has seven locations in New Jersey told me Although we don t track the number of requests all our stores have received sealed envelopes from a doctor Our employees really enjoy making these cakes because it connects them with the customer In my family s little gender reveal drama excitement and anticipation reached fever pitch as Christine picked up the cake knife In upstate New York the young nephews were rooting for a boy When the cake slice was cut and the interior frosting color revealed they hung their heads and went briefly silent Amazing as today s technology is there was no way they could be handed a consoling piece of cake with the pink frosting between the layers Tim Cook are you listening SUZANNE ZIMMER LOWERY is a food writer pastry chef and culinary instructor at a number of New Jersey cooking schools Find out more about her at suzannelowery com Click to enlarge images Read more Soup to Nuts articles By submitting comments you grant permission for all or part of those comments to appear in the print edition of New Jersey Monthly Dining Podcast If you love dining out have a passion for great food or want to hear about the latest food trends our new podcast Eating With Eric should be on your plate Listen to episodes Subscribe in iTunes 7 Songs to Comfort Christie on His Failed Presidential Bid Podcast Why We re Called The Garden State

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