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The Trouble With Restaurant Websites

March 04, 2015 03:11 PM ET | Eric Levin | Permanent Link

Many restaurant websites make it hard to find basic info. It's the opposite of whack-a-mole: instead of smacking down things that pop up, you have to look under every lid to find fundamentals like hours, credit cards accepted, sometimes even phone and address.

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Strange Magic: Weird Inheritances Make for Compelling TV

February 23, 2015 07:14 PM ET | Maryrose Mullen | Permanent Link

Have you ever accepted an odd artifact from a distant relative and held onto it for sentimental reasons? What if that old bag or dusty tome tucked away in the corner of the attic was actually worth a fortune. A new program on FOX Business Network has launched a new reality series, Strange Inheritance, that explores the family treasure troves that may get overlooked.

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Flaky Tart Makes Beard Short List

February 18, 2015 07:50 PM ET | Eric Levin | Permanent Link

The James Beard Foundation today named the 2015 semifinalists for its 21-category Chef and Restaurant Awards. New Jersey had four semi-finalists, all but one predictable. The one that leaped out to me was Marie Jackson of Flaky Tart in Atlantic Highlands, nominated for Outstanding Baker in the U.S.

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New Chef, New Friendly Focus, at Top 25 Restaurant Latour

February 04, 2015 06:34 PM ET | Eric Levin | Permanent Link

Executive chef Jean-Paul Lourdes, who brought new heights of artistry to Restaurant Latour at the Crystal Springs Resort, has stepped down. The native New Zealander is nearing the end of a three-year work visa, so the move is not unexpected.

The new executive chef, already on the job and managing the transition, is Anthony Bucco. Over the last decade, Bucco, 39, has earned critical acclaim as executive chef of restaurants including Stage Left in New Brunswick, Uproot in Warren and the Ryland Inn in Whitehouse Station.

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Out of Africa...With a Frenzy

January 25, 2015 02:41 AM ET | Eric Levin | Permanent Link

Early in Saturday night's American premiere of a work by the South African choreographer Robyn Orlin, the dancers of the all-male Senegalese troupe Jant-Bi begin to advance steadfastly toward and then literally into the audience--standing on the backs and armrests of occupied seats and striking a pose of invincible, unyielding bravado.

At that point, who could guess that this pinwheeling, sometimes perplexing, affair at Montclair State's Kasser Theater would culminate in a flood of joy uniting audience and performers?

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Light of Day Shines Brightest with The Boss

January 19, 2015 02:18 PM ET | Tammy La Gorce | Permanent Link

Dispatches from Light of Day’s “big show” — a multi-artist concert held annually at Asbury Park’s Paramount Theatre that closes a weeklong, statewide music festival — generally center around a single burning question: Did Springsteen show up to play?

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Cakebread and Agricola, a Dynamic Duo

January 09, 2015 05:42 PM ET | Pat Tanner | Permanent Link

Cakebread Cellars, for four decades a well-regarded Napa Valley winery, has a colorful name that is actually the name of the family that founded and runs it. On February 10, Dennis Cakebread will team up with Josh Thomsen, executive chef of Agricola in Princeton, for a dinner featuring several rare Cakebread wines.

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