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Chez Catherine: A New Touch on a French Classic

Chez Catherine: A New Touch on a French Classic

Westfield NJ -- A new wine cellar and tasting room for private parties, a summer menu, a renovated dining room, new owners and a new chef….. This is what you can expect at Chez Catherine in Westfield NJ, a restaurant known as one of New Jersey’s top destinations since 1979 for classic French cuisine.

Former maître d'hôtel, now restaurateur Stephan Bocket and his business partner Michael Cowan recently purchased this renowned restaurant and have invigorated the Westfield staple in many ways, including a fresh staff headed by Executive Chef Christine Migton.

The grand re‐opening showcases a fresh and elegant European feel to its dining room with a plaster stone effect on the walls, a beautiful coffered ceiling with elegant lighting, all creating a warm comfortable ambiance.

The new menu offers many classic dishes including Dover Sole prepared tableside and other enticing new dishes prepared by Executive Chef Migton. The wild, whole Dover Sole is sautéed in brown butter with fresh lemon juice and is delicious and simple. For dessert, the soufflés are superb and come in a variety of seasonal flavors including hazelnut, mango, lemon and Grand Marnier. Seasonal menus are always changing. Don’t miss their mid-week lunch special (Tuesday – Friday) featuring two-courses for $25.

The wine cellar and tasting room downstairs can accommodate private parties up to 20 people with prix fixe menus. A fresco painted wall and wine bottle storage displays make for an intimate and sophisticated event space.

Chez Catherine has its own special monthly events as well, such as wine dinners and a Bastille Day celebration in July. Subscribe to their mailing list to be notified of upcoming events.

Owner Stephan Bocket brings 32 years of hospitality experience into this new venture. Stephan has worked alongside many renowned chefs and restaurateurs including Chef Alain Ducasse in both Paris and New York. It is with these experiences that Stephan brings a heightened level of consistency to the operations of the Chez Catherine creating an extraordinary experience with impeccable service.

Executive Chef Christine Migton started her career at Chez Catherine in 2003 as a Chef Tourant and has honed her culinary skillset at some of New Jersey’s best restaurants before her recent return to Chez Catherine’s kitchen as Sous Chef. Now elevated to Executive Chef, Christine brings traditional classic French cuisine to a new generation of sophisticated diners.

Call for reservations at this reimagined classic. You won’t be disappointed. Free self-parking is provided on the premises.

431 North Ave. W., 908.654.4011.  www.chezcatherine.com 

Photo:  Executive Chef Christine Migton and Co-owner Stephan Bocket welcome diners to a new renovated Chez Catherine. Photo courtesy of Chez Catherine.

 

New Outdoor Space to Eat & Drink at NosVino

New Outdoor Space to Eat & Drink at NosVino

With Jazz Festival coming to Westfield every Tuesday night in July and August, it’s good to know that NosVino now has outdoor seating for its customers! Having acquired a sidewalk café license, they provide an outdoor space for people to eat, drink and enjoy snacks along with their great wine and craft beer.

Whether you're waiting for a table to open at your favorite restaurant, looking for a spot to sit, sip and relax, in need of that perfect rendez-vous spot for date night or making sure the evening doesn't end when dinner is over ... NosVino offers a new option.

You know them for the best wine and craft beer in the area. Now you can also help yourself to a selection of cheeses, charcuterie, crackers, jams and chocolates. Purchase what you want inside and then sit outside at one of their tables and serve yourself!

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Rail Coalition Urges Funding for Gateway Project

Rail Coalition Urges Funding for Gateway Project

The President’s Transportation Infrastructure plan is being rolled out this week, and for New Jersey that means that all eyes should be on securing funding for the long-awaited Gateway Project, according to the Raritan Valley Rail Coalition.

“The Gateway Project is the most important transportation infrastructure project in the United States and includes new Hudson River tunnels, the Portal Bridge replacement, and reconstruction of New York’s Penn Station,” said Somerset County Freeholder Director and Rail Coalition Chairman Peter S. Palmer.

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NJWA Summer Symphony Orchestra Registering for 2017

NJWA Summer Symphony Orchestra Registering for 2017

As the New Jersey Workshop for the Arts Summer Symphony begins its 18th. season, director Janet Lyman shows her enthusiasm  for  this popular group.

She commented “We will be playing a lot of great music this summer.  There will be operas, overtures, symphonies, and the best of the masters.  Come play with us.”     

Qualified instrumentalists  of all ages may register  to perform with this  prominent   music group. String players should be able to play 5 scales in 2 octaves.  Woodwind and brass players should be prepared to play in the keys of C, G, D, F and Bb. Percussionists who play snare drum, bass drum, timpani and trap are also needed.  Tuition for the summer orchestra is $175. All musicians are asked to bring a music stand to rehearsal. 

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Flower Baskets Have Arrived!

Flower Baskets Have Arrived!

Beautiful hanging baskets of flowers have arrived downtown! Thanks to the DWC for funding the flowers, Williams Nursery for supplying them, and most importantly the DPW (Craig Gibson and crew Rock Stewart, Omar Lucas, Vinny Brodo) for hanging them! 

Video Corner

Video Corner

Enjoy a short video about Westfield's connection to the Addams Family:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iSgQbvmwvRA

 

See Daniel Damesek's recent video blog about Di Farina Pizzeria: https://vimeo.com/217422384  

Customer Appreciation Days in Westfield are Coming June 22-25

Customer Appreciation Days in Westfield are Coming June 22-25

The Downtown Westfield Corporation (DWC) welcomes the community to shop at the Customer Appreciation Sale Days from Thursday, June 22 through Sunday, June 25. Retailers will have sales inside their stores and some will have their merchandise out on the sidewalks of Downtown Westfield. Inside and out will be filled with great items at discounted prices. Get ready for summer with bargains! Shop locally, rain or shine. 

Here is a sampling of sales for the day:

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Shopping Best Bets

Shopping Best Bets

Jude Connally

Jude has perfect gifts for that awesome teacher or graduating student in your life. Stop in to see their beautiful weekend bags, keychains, cosmetic bags and pouches, all made from their signature fabrics. 111 Central Ave., 908.889.0900. www.judeconnally.com 

Evalyn Dunn Gallery

Evalyn Dunn has a nice selection of Father's Day gifts including wine bottle stoppers in a variety of beautiful woods and lots of Father's Day cards. They are also having their 2nd annual Art Appraisal and Restoration Fair on Saturday, June 17 from 10:30am-5pm. You must call for an appointment. This is a terrific opportunity to find out the market value of that piece that has been hanging in your family's home for generations or discuss cleaning or restoration. 549 South Ave W., 908.232.0412.  www.evalyndunngallery.com

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Fitness Specials & Events

Fitness Specials & Events

Student Specials at POE Yoga

POE is offering students unlimited yoga & fire barre classes! Their summer special allows students to practice with POE for 3 full months, as many times as they want for $199 yoga, $199 fire barre, $249 yoga & fire barre. Stop by the studio with your student ID and they'll get you signed up. 128 Elm St., 908.264.7995. www.poeyoga.com

Student Special at Club Pilates

Are you a full-time student home for the summer and committed to maintaining your fitness routine? Club Pilates Westfield is offering a 10% discount off two or three month memberships. Contact them for more details on special summer student rates or stop in for a free demo! 225 E. Broad St., 908.233.0950. www.clubpilates.com/location/westfield

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The 16th Annual Downtown Westfield 5K & Pizza Extravaganza To Take Place July 26

The 16th Annual Downtown Westfield 5K & Pizza Extravaganza To Take Place July 26

Online registration is now open! 

The 5K Pizza Run, one of the largest non-corporate 5K races in the state, attracts over 2,200 runners and over 6,000 spectators for an evening of running, pizza, prizes, DJ entertainment, and live music by Michael Craig Band & FOG. Tech shirts to the first 2,500 entrants and caps to the first 600. This year's Downtown Westfield 5K & Pizza Extravaganza will be held on July 26, 2017. Among the sponsors, the DWC welcomes Presenting Sponsor Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey and Platinum Sponsor Trinitas Regional Medical Center.

To register and for more information about the race and our sponsors, click here.