Jersey Girl Food Tours

After joining forces to create Jersey Girls Food Tours of Jersey City, Alessia Aron and Janis Borroto have now created a major tasting event to show off the city's food boom.

Jersey Girls Food Tours
Janis Borroto, left, and Alessia Aron, creators of Jersey Girls Food Tours.
photo courtesy Jersey Girls Food Tours

On Tuesday, October 28, from 7 to 10 pm, the two Jersey City residents will bring local chefs together at the new Art House Productions space in Journal Square.

You can taste the offerings of…

– GP’s, an Italian restaurant
– VB3, an Italian restaurant
– Battello, an eclectic Italian restaurant
– Left Bank Burger
– Orale Mexican Kitchen
– BROA, Portuguese bistro
– Lighthorse Tavern, New American food
– White Star Bar
– Cholita Dessert Bar
– Milk Sugar Love ice creams
– The Hudson Cakery
– Urban Foodie Catering, LLC
– Mod Cup Coffee

New Jersey Beer Co. of North Bergen will provide a selection of its brews, and Jersey 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.

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.


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

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