Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Former owner of The Brick Oven of Morristown opening new business in space formerly occupied by Villa Cafe.
It didn't take long for Alan Valenti to decide to get back in the restaurant game after he and his partners sold The Brick Oven of Morristown in 2010. Valenti, a 10-year Morris Township resident originally from Brooklyn, said he knew for many years—even during his time on Wall Street—that he wanted to get into the business. And while that South Street restaurant had proven successful, as one of three partners, Valenti did not have as much creative control he was seeking, which he said his new business venture offers. That venture, Olive Lucy's Kitchen Table, is expected to open by the end of January in the space formery occupied by Villa Cafe on Speedwell Avenue. The restaurateur knew he wanted his next venture to stay in Morristown. It …
Thursday, June 7, 2012
This Mine Hill-based family food truck is mostly camped out at Speedwell Lake, but Patch caught up with them recently during a family fun event at Alfred Vail School.
If there's one thing Morristown is known for, besides its deep history, is its many, many (many) dining options. We have steaks, seafood, Chinese, Italian, Persian, Afghani, Indian, Japanese, American, French, Irish ... and waffles. If you drove by Speedwell Lake recently, or happened to be venturing down Patriots Path, you might have noticed a big yellow food truck stationed near the old fire pit. That truck, The Royal Waffle, is owned by husband and wife team Agnes and Thomas Briganti, who is a former landscaper of 35 years. After the years of stress and hard work in that business, Thomas Briganti decided to take on the stress and hard work of the food service industry, which he said had been a lifelong dream. "I always wanted to do this…
Monday, June 4, 2012
Many local restaurants, businesses participating.
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Monday, June 4, 2012
Do you or someone you know own a food service business that is looking to take what may be extra quantities of food and donate them to feed the less-fortunate? Then, the Community Soup Kitchen would like to hear from you. The organization recently launched its "Kitchen-to-Kitchen" program, which pairs up those businesses with the CSK, which has served lunch every day straight for over 10,000 days. The press release is below: Take a local Soup Kitchen that has always found a way to feed the hungry, 365 days a year, never missing a day in over 10,000 days. Then add the challenge of complying with Board of Health regulations that volunteers can no longer prepare food at home. Add a dash of creativity and a pinch of determination. Mix with a …
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Alexander Hamilton students get advice on project from Tim Schafer's, Blue Morel.
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Fifth-graders at Alexander Hamilton Elementary School recently participated in a Foundation for Free Enterprise contest, where they were tasked with creating business model for a successful restaurant. Thanks to Thomas Schranck, a teacher at Alexander Hamilton School, for the write-up and photos. Alexander Hamilton Students Excel in Restaurant Project Thanks to Local Restaurateurs Fifth grade students in Alexander Hamilton recently participated in a contest sponsored by the Foundation for Free Enterprise (FFFE). Students had to create a business model for a successful restaurant. The President of the FFFE, Kathryn English, awarded a group of students from Alexander Hamilton trophies for their presentation of a business proposal for a new …
Saturday, August 20, 2011
Freshly-squeezed, frothy limeade was the highlight of a meal that, for the most part, left us searching for flavor.
“Surf and turf” may conjure images of a filet mignon and lobster tail, perhaps with a hearty baked potato. But, at El Portal on Speedwell Avenue, the words "tierra y mar" carry a similar connotation, with a Colombian twist. Think rice and fried plantains alongside a sirloin steak and piece of South American fish. Morristown residents should be no strangers to Colombian food, as several Latin American eateries line the stretch of Speedwell Avenue beyond the movie theater. Like many of those eateries, El Portal displays a Colombian flag in the dining area and plays Univision from a TV in the back. The menu includes a "tipica" Colombian plate, usually a piece of steak, chorizo, pork rinds, rice, plantains, a fried egg and more. When it comes …
Thursday, June 2, 2011
G.K.'s Red Dog Tavern Keeps Keller Family Tradition Alive
Siblings Richard, Peter, and Gene Keller, along with their sister Kathy Donohoe, have opened G.K's Red Dog Tavern, a business named for their dad, Gerard "Rod" Keller, and his beloved Irish Setter. The 120-seat restaurant, which shares a roof with the popular Rod's Steak and Seafood Grille, includes the original log cabin where their father opened Rod's Ranch House in 1951. "We've cut our prices but not the quality," said Richard Keller, who added that the concept for the Red Dog has been marinating for the past two to three years. "We've got burgers, dogs, sandwiches and light entrees, all with Rod's quality." A raw bar and the prime, dry aged steaks served at Rod's are also available in the tavern. Keller said he seeks to satisfy the …
Monday, January 10, 2011
Gives Morris Plains restaurant high marks
I search all over New Jersey for real charcoal-cooked foods. The aromas and flavors are indelibly imprinted in my culinary memories. Just across the street from the Morris Plains train station, you'll find an area with a number of fine restaurant choices. Walk south down Speedwell Avenue. Now, turn your head slightly and let your nose lead you directly into the wafting, sweetly-cheery smoke, woven of exotic spices. It comes from a sliver of a storefront that reads, Carmel Haifa. Exotic Middle Eastern food is one of my passions. The sweet, gamey taste of grilled lamb, just moments after its juices were dripping, then popping over a real fire, is hard to match. As an example, bite into the Lamb Shish Kebab sandwich from Carmel Haifa. …
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
The Colombian chicken dinners are fresh and inexpensive.
Don't let the fact that you don't speak Spanish keep you from trying out Pollos Pucalor in Morris Township, because the owner has made an effort to help you feel welcome. Menu items are listed in Spanish and English, as are some of the signs. There's always at least one employee on duty who can help you to order the especialidades de la casa–specialties of the house–even if you can't pronounce them. However, there is one thing to worry about: when you get a take-out meal, you'd better hope you don't get caught in traffic. The aromas that waft from the bag are so mouth-watering, the wait will be sheer torture. And no, you shouldn't try grabbing a chicken leg to nibble en route, not with a bird this juicy (We have reasons for knowing this…