From the Editors

The Irish native takes over the highly-rated Princeton restaurant....
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UPDATE 2: Chef Zod Arifai's 16-year-old daughter gives him a new perspective on his big experiment....
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Only 2 NJ Holes Make Best 18!...
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The 70 South Gallery in Morristown is calling photographers to submit images for an exhibit it is mounting to coincide… Read the rest

The James Beard Foundation announced today that Maricel Presilla, chef/co-owner of Cucharamama and Zafra in Hoboken, will be inducted into the culinary organization's Who's Who of Food & Beverage in America....
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Have you mastered the ability to stomach faddish habanero-flavored foods without choking down a cold glass of beer, water, or even milk? If so, we applaud you. But we also warn you: don’t get too comfortable with your chili-pepper prowess. When it comes to food trends, heat is hotter than ever this year....
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Still looking for New Year's Eve plans? Look no further than New Jersey....
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Family, friends, colleagues and legions of admirers said goodbye today to Clement Alexander Price, one of the staunchest advocates the city of Newark has known....
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Tickets are now on sale for the New Jersey portions of the Light of Day Winterfest 2015, an annual grassroots music festival to raise funds to combat Parkinson’s disease....
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Talk about racking up bragging rights. New Brunswick’s Stage Left Restaurant is giving 20 lucky (and presumably well-heeled) whisky aficionados the opportunity to hand over $1,800 for a single, one-ounce shot of a rare 50-year-old Scotch....
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Israeli cookbook author Janna Gur—one of the pre-eminent experts on the Israeli food scene—is coming to New Jersey to make two appearances next month. Discover why some see her becoming the Julia Child of Israeli cooking....
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Armed with a cotton candy machine, an aerolatte milk frother and a Ninja-brand professional blender, bartender John Jansma of Serenade in Chatham whirred and stirred his way to top place at last night’s Iron Shaker state-wide cocktail competition, organized by West Caldwell-based R &R Marketing and sponsored by New Jersey Monthly. Jansma’s four drinks took first place or tied for first in each category, from sweet to sour then savory and finally, spicy....
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The Great Oak Awards inaugural dinner, held at The Palace at Somerset Park, honored New Jersey businesses that demonstrate the highest level of commitment to local and statewide charitable institutions and social causes....
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