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New Parklet on Elm Street

New Parklet on Elm Street

Our dedicated DPW crew implemented Westfield's first parklet on Elm Street in front of Theresa's and Sweet Waters. 

Parklets are extensions of the sidewalk from the curb into the street: they are installations of public seating, art, plants and other elements, typically located in one or more parking spots and protected from traffic. They are places to gather, eat and drink, celebrate and create, work, play, and build community. With numerous placemaking benefits, these public spaces can make downtowns a more desirable place to live and work, and a more attractive destination. While a relatively new concept in New Jersey, parklets have been successfully implemented in places across the country.  

Westfield is implementing its parklet as a pilot coinciding with the sidewalk café season.  Using only one parking space, the experience and public use will be evaluated ongoingly.  

 

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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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  

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Not all Olive Oil is Created Equal

Not all Olive Oil is Created Equal

By Patricia A. Hanigan, Owner of Patricia & Paul Artisans of Fine Oils & Balsamics, 20 Elm Street, Westfield NJ

In 2011 Tom Mueller, one of the leading authorities on Extra Virgin Olive Oil, released his book “Extra Virginity: The sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil.” In it he revealed a world of deception where low quality oils and artificial coloring were being passed off as extra-virgin olive oils to the American public. In Europe, you would be breaking the law if you were mixing refined oils with Extra Virgin and labeling it 100% Extra-Virgin Olive Oil. Unfortunately, here in the states we do not have strict regulations and thus there are a lot of fraudulent bottled Extra-Virgin Olive Oils on the market. When companies taint the oil, the consumer loses the health benefits of anti-inflammatories and antioxidants.

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DWC Design Committee Recent Projects

DWC Design Committee Recent Projects

For over 25 years, the DWC Design Committee has administered their successful Façade Renovation Incentive Grant Program to over 150 different storefronts.  From historic restorations to new signs or awnings, the DWC staff and committee work with tenants and property owners using historic photos, materials, and often photoshop renderings to collaborate design changes.  

Two recent examples of major storefront renovations and expansions include Michael Robert Construction and Limani Seafood Grill.  Pictured are: Michael, Ellie Mroz (and children) at Michael Robert Construction, 400 W. Broad Street. George and Vasilia Vastardis of Limani Seafood Grill, 235 North Ave. W., were also presented with a Façade Renovation Incentive Grant check from Councilman Sam Della Fera, DWC board member and Council liaison.  

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Legal Battle Over Westfield Stop & Shop Expansion Moves Forward

Legal Battle Over Westfield Stop & Shop Expansion Moves Forward

A years-long legal battle over the proposed expansion of Downtown Westfield's Stop & Shop could be over by September, Town Attorney Russell Finestein told the Westfield Town Council during this week's conference meeting. A superior court judge's decision in the summer of 2015 to dismiss the case against the expansion was appealed that August. "After two years of waiting, we finally have oral arguments scheduled before the appellate division on May 16," Finestein told the council Tuesday.

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Grand Openings in May

Grand Openings in May

Blende Custom Beauty is opening May 2 at 106 Elm St. after completing a beautiful restoration. Celebrity makeup artist Keira Karlin, Blende's co-owner, has worked on TV shows including Law and Order SVU, The Blacklist, The Affair, Blue Bloods and SNL. She has been the personal makeup artist for celebrities and dignitaries such as Debra Messing, Lucy Liu, Kevin Costner and President Bill Clinton. Her partner Nikki Tardibuono is a Makeup Artist and Licensed Esthetician certified in Microblading, with many years of retail management experience. Both women are working moms, living in the Westfield area for the past 17 years. This duo brings their talents to their new shop in the heart of Downtown Westfield. Blende specializes in custom blended makeup and lip bar, microblading and brow sculpting, private and group lessons, weddings and parties. 908.588.2094. Read more... www.blendebeauty.com 

Hand Picked, featuring urban wear and Supreme clothing, including sneakers and caps, is open at 107 Prospect St. (across from Bovella's). www.handpickednj.com 

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Girl's Day & Night Out is Coming May 11 with Free Parking and Celebrity Guest Vern Yip

Girl's Day & Night Out is Coming May 11 with Free Parking and Celebrity Guest Vern Yip
Enjoy FREE PARKING and Special Guest Vern Yip at The Farmhouse Store
 
Ladies, it's time to shop! Girls' Night Out Returns to Westfield May 11, 2017 as a Day & Night Event! Typically an evening event, you can now enjoy the festivities all day for shopping and refreshments AND into the evening until 9pm. The Town of Westfield is offering FREE parking all day & night! Special guests will be at The Farmhouse Store (221 E. Broad St.) from 6-9pm -- HGTV's Vern Yip and Good Housekeeping 's Meaghan Murphy! 
 
Come out to shop for Mother's Day gifts, discover unique shops, pamper yourself with promotions & special events, and relax with complimentary refreshments as you stroll among the retailers in Downtown Westfield. Be one of the first 1,500 lucky ladies to register and receive a complimentary gift from Downtown Westfield Corporation (a secret until arrival)! Rain or shine. Bag sponsors include Athleta and Keller-Williams Realty. A brochure of participating businesses along with their promotions for the evening will be published soon on www.westfieldtoday.com.
 
 
 
 
 

 

Chez Catherine Completes Restaurant Renovations with New Ownership & New Executive Chef

Chez Catherine Completes Restaurant Renovations with New Ownership & New Executive Chef

Chez Catherine Restaurant in Westfield NJ has been known as one of New Jersey’s top destinations since 1979 for classic French cuisine. Former maître d'hôtel, now Restauranteur Stephan Bocket and his business partner Michael Cowan recently purchased this renowned restaurant and have invigorated this Westfield staple with beautiful renovations, new menus and a fresh staff headed by Executive Chef Christine Migton.

The soft grand re‐opening in March met the anticipation with substance. The restaurant has now ushered in a new modern elegant European feel to its dining room with a plaster stone effect on the walls, a beautiful coffered ceiling with elegant unobtrusive lighting creating a wonderfully warm comfortable ambiance. The new menu offers many classic dishes including Dover Sole prepared tableside as well as enticing new‐era dishes prepared by Executive Chef Migton that are a wonderful exemplification of culinary excellence from food quality to preparation and presentation. The new menu when paired with Chez Catherine’s exceptional wine list creates a truly special dining experience.

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