Rosie Saferstein Bids Farewell to Table Hopping

Veteran writer Andrea Clurfeld to take over the NJM dining blog.

Rosie Saferstein on the job. Photo: Eric Levin
Rosie Saferstein on the job. Photo: Eric Levin

Longtime food correspondent Rosie Saferstein is saying goodbye to her njmonthly.com dining blog, Table Hopping With Rosie.

In her farewell blog, to be posted Friday, Saferstein calls her authorship of Table Hopping “the best job in the world.”

Effective Tuesday, January 3, veteran food writer Andrea Clurfeld will take over as the editor and principal writer for Table Hopping, which will continue to be posted every weekday.

Saferstein introduced Table Hopping at njmonthly.com on January 10, 2001. In time, it increased to a daily blog and became must reading for anyone interested in the New Jersey dining scene. Saferstein covered news of restaurants, chefs and dining events, while also sharing observations about the visits she made to restaurants around the state with her husband, Lowell, who provided the photographs for many of her posts.

“Over 15 years, Lowell and I ate out on the average of three times a week, which means that we have experienced more than 2,400 dinners,” Saferstein writes in her closing blog. “We loved it.”

“Rosie has been a marquee attraction on our website for more than a decade,” says New Jersey Monthly editor Ken Schlager. “She is a valued contributor and an important source of breaking news. But Rosie also has been a cherished friend and dining companion for many of us on the NJM staff.”

Earlier this year, Total Food Service magazine named Saferstein a Top Woman in Metro New York Food Service and Hospitality.

Saferstein plans to continue writing under the Table Hopping umbrella at least once a month. She will be among several contributors to the blog, which will be edited by Clurfeld and overseen by Eric Levin, deputy editor/dining editor of New Jersey Monthly.

Clurfeld is a former food critic for the Asbury Park Press. She also served as an investigative reporter for the Press; in 2010 she was a Pulitzer Prize finalist as part of an investigations team that produced a series on property taxes. Clurfeld served as the New Jersey editor of Zagat’s from 1995 to 2005. Most recently, she was features editor for Radius magazine in Newark. She also has written for Saveur, Gourmet and Town & Country magazines; and has served as a consultant for Wine Academy Superstores and wine director for Buy-Rite Liquors.

Clurfeld has been affiliated with the James Beard Awards since 1994, serving on the national Restaurant and Chef Awards committee from 1997 to 2013. Her first Table Hopping post will appear next week at njmonthly.com.

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  1. John Cifelli

    What a loss for the NJ food and beverage community! Enjoy retirement, Rosie, keep eating well. Congratulations to Ms. Clurfeld, it will be exciting to see what’s next for the NJ Monthly food team.
    -John Cifelli, GM, Unionville Vineyards & Executive Director, The Winemakers Co-Op

  2. Lynn O'Neill

    We will miss you! Thank you for your contributions over the past 15 years, I learned a lot from you and respected your assessments. Best wishes to you, I hope and suspect your future is bright.

  3. Rosie

    Thank you Lynn and John.