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Mother's Day Dinner at Sweet Waters Steak House

Sweet Waters will be open Mother's Day from 1pm-9pm serving dinner all day. Sunday brunch will resume the following week. Also, on Saturday May 6 for the Kentucky Derby, they will be offering $6 Sweet Waters Mint Juleps, as well as 1/2 price drinks and appetizers from noon-7pm at the bar and outside patio. 43 Elm St., 908.317.2599. www.sweetwatersnj.com 

Mother's Day Brunch at Xocolatz

Appreciate mom on Mother's Day May 14 with a reservation for brunch at Xocolatz. They will be offering a special brunch and dinner menu, so plan ahead and make your reservation early. 235 Elmer St., 908.232.3962. www.xocolatznj.com 


New Owners, Chef and Renovation at Chez Catherine
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. Read more... 431 North Ave. W., 908.654.4011. www.chezcatherine.com  

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Chez Catherine Renovation Nearing Completion

Chez Catherine Renovation Nearing Completion

After 38 years, Chez Catherine, a Westfield institution, is undergoing a complete renovation.  In addition to the dining rooms, many improvements including a new heating and air conditioning system will provide a more comfortable and quieter experience year ‘round.

The restaurant welcomed the third owners in its history in October 2016 when Stephane Bocket, a familiar face and long serving Maitre d’Hotel, joined with partner Michael Cowan to purchase the business from Didier Jouvenet. Planning for the renovation began well before the temporary closing with big ideas and dreams. For years Stephane had been waiting his turn to run this French fine dining institution. His dream was to give it more of a feel of Provence.

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Food & Wine Highlights in March

Food & Wine Highlights in March

Besides Dine Out Westfield, there are many other things going on for foodies this month. 


The Brick Oven to Continue Prix Fixe Lunch

Brick Oven plans to continue their Dine Out Westfield prix fixe lunch menu mid-week through the end of March. Enjoy a 2-course lunch Monday-Thursday for $10 through the end of this month. 117 Quimby St., 908.317.9500. www.thebrickovenwestfield.com 

Custom Salad Bar at Casa Di Pizza

Casa Di Pizza features a "create your own" custom salad bar with over thirty different toppings to choose from, including fresh grilled shrimp, chicken breast and Icelandic salmon. Their homemade soups are also a fan favorite made daily. Either a salad or a soup (or both) creates a healthy option on an already great menu! 50 Elm St., 908.654.3232. www.casadipizzawestfield.com 

Spring Truffles and Fresh Fruit Sorbets at The Chocolate Bar

The Chocolate Bar is jumping into Spring with fresh dipped spring truffles and store made Easter bunnies! Stop in to taste the coconut and new fresh fruit sorbets. Chocolates and gelato are made daily in the store from the finest quality and freshest ingredients by Neil, owner since 2004. 112 Quimby St., 908.389.9000. www.thechocolatebarwestfield.com 

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Grand Openings in February 2017

Grand Openings in February 2017

Amazing Lash Studio is now open at 225 E. Broad St. and is dedicated to raising the bar on perfection, lasting beauty and professionalism in eyelash extensions. Get your first set of eyelash extensions for only $79.99, so stop in today. 908.312.3770.

www.amazinglashstudio.com

Rock 'n' Joe Coffee Bar is under new ownership. You may see the familiar face of longtime resident Greg Gradel who is busy making changes to the interior, exterior and menu. 20 Prospect St., 908.232.1660. www.rocknjoe.com 

Next Cleaners is now Yellow Bear Cleaners. The brand relaunched its company and brand into a full service, eco-friendly dry cleaners with free pickup and delivery as well as a new app. Enjoy their Winter special with 20% off for two months, February and March. Will even offer same day service! 335 South Ave. W., 908.228.7889. www.ybcleaners.com 

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Food & Wine: Valentine's Day Reservations, Super Bowl Catering & More

Food & Wine: Valentine's Day Reservations, Super Bowl Catering & More

This month is all about Valentine's menus, catering for Super Bowl, coffee deals and wine recommendations. 

Valentine's Dinner at Xocolatz 

Join Xocolatz on February 14 for a special Valentine's Day menu including complimentary non-alcoholic Passion Fruit mimosas and a romantic four-course dinner, $40 per person. See the menu on their website. In addition, let Xocolatz help you celebrate the playoffs with an unforgettable Super Bowl party. Plan ahead and order your party trays. Hot and cold appetizers, salads and sandwich platters and more are available. See their full catering menu online. 235 Elmer St., 908.232.3962. www.xocolatznj.com 

A Romantic Dinner at Limani Seafood Grill 

Limani is offering a romantic dinner Tuesday evening, February 14. Enjoy their regular menu plus Valentine's day specials a la carte and chocolate dipped strawberries for dessert. (Bring your own champagne or wine.) Call for details and reservations. 235 North Ave. W., 908.233.0052. www.njyp.com/limaniseafoodgrill 

Prix Fixe Valentine's Dinner at Chez Catherine 

Chez Catherine will celebrate Valentine's Day in style with a special 3-course dinner on Tuesday, February 14. Their $80 per person prix fixe meal features lobster bisque, filet mignon and chocolate mousse cheesecake. Along with your wonderful meal, enjoy an amuse bouche and coffee. See their menu online. Reservations begin at 5pm and are a must. 431 North Ave., 908.654.4011. www.chezcatherine.com  

Special Farm to Table Valentine's Dinner at Mulberry House Restaurant 

Mulberry House is offering a special 5-course Valentine's menu on February 14 by reservation (only). Seatings are available at 7pm or 7:30pm. The delicious 5-course menu is $75 per person plus tax & gratuity. Courses include truffled potato soup, root vegetable salad, roasted salmon, seared filet mignon and a Valentine's dessert plate. Remember to bring your special bottle of wine or Champagne to enjoy with your meal. Make your reservation today! View the full menu online. 415 Westfield Ave., 908.233.3562.  www.mulberryhouserestaurant.com 

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Dine Out Westfield is Now a Food & Wine Event

Dine Out Westfield is Now a Food & Wine Event

Coming February 26-March 9, 2017

Dine Out Westfield, the popular Restaurant Week event sponsored by Downtown Westfield Corporation, is now offering wine pairing menus and recommendations. Participating restaurants with liquor licenses will be offering options for wine pairings along with their food menus. Local liquor stores NosVino and The Liquor Basket will be making wine recommendations for other restaurants. NosVino will even deliver a wine bottle tableside if you order in advance! 

Dine Out Westfield offers diners great deals on tasty prix fixe lunch or dinner menus (or both) from February 26-March 9, 2017. Price and number of courses vary by restaurant, so browse to find one that fits your appetite and your budget. Tax and gratuity not included. Call the restaurant directly for reservations.


Sponsored by the Downtown Westfield Corporation, Dine Out Westfield is organized twice per year and most all of Westfield NJ's restaurants are happy to offer special menus with value for food lovers.

Read Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) and view the list of participating restaurants at www.westfieldtoday.com.

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Duke’s Deli & Convenience in Westfield Celebrates Grand Opening

Duke’s Deli & Convenience in Westfield Celebrates Grand Opening

Duke’s Deli, a shop with a long history in Westfield, reopened recently under new owners Asad and Sofia Hussain as Duke's Deli & Convenience. The couple, with staff and their family, celebrated Saturday with free tastings of Indian and Pakistani food and a ribbon cutting with Mayor Andy Skibitsky, representatives of the Downtown Westfield Corporation and members of the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce.

The original Duke’s Deli was a Westfield staple, known for its sub sandwiches. That restaurant closed more than 10 years ago and has since been both a pasta bar and a bakery. Duke’s was resurrected in the same spot, 339 South Avenue West (across from the train station) by former Duke’s employee Dominic DeStefanis in 2015.

 

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Food & Wine in January

Food & Wine in January

Whiskey at NosVino 

NosVino is your Winter Whiskey destination. Stop by to browse their ever-expanding selection of Bourbon, Rye, Single Malt and small-batch whiskies. They currently stock two very limited edition single-barrel whiskies, exclusive to NosVino and hand-selected by their tasting team. Visit their website for information about private label products and tastings. 127 Central Ave., 908.232.5050. www.nosvino.com

Valentine's Candy at Kilwins

Already thinking about Valentines Day? Let Kilwins customize the perfect gift for your loved one. From Chocolate Dipped Strawberries to Edibile Chocolate Heart Shaped Boxes filled with your sweethearts favorite delights, they have everything you need to make it a truly special day. Stop by Kilwins and let one of their associates assist you today. 9 Elm St., 908.264.7476. www.kilwins.com/westfield

Brunch at Sweet Waters Steak House

Join Sweet Waters for Brunch on Sundays from 11am-3pm. Enjoy Steak & Eggs, Eggs Benedict, Pancakes, French Toast, Omelettes and more.  They offer juices and cocktails as well as unlimited Mimosas, Bloody Mary's, and Margaritas for 1.5 hours for $15! Sweet Waters also has Happy Hour Monday-Friday from 3-6pm with 1/2 price drink and appetizers, as well as a $7 small plate menu. For promotions and special events, follow on Instagram @sweetwatersnj or Facebook. 43 Elm St., 908.283.9402. 

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Grand Openings in January 2017

Grand Openings in January 2017

Club Pilates Westfield is now open at 225 E. Broad St. January 7 & 8 take advantage of their Grand Opening weekend to take a FREE demo class, enter raffles to win free clothing and classes, and take advantage of limited time membership discounts. Why should Pilates be a part of your 2017? Pilates elongates and strengthens your muscles, improving elasticity and joint mobility. The strength and flexibility you will gain at Club Pilates won't just benefit you while you're exercising, it can become the key to living a happier, healthier and more fulfilling life. Book your demo class now! Or stop in for a full class schedule. 225 E. Broad St., 908.233.0950. www.clubpilates.com/westfield

Brunella Portuguese Coffee & Deli is now open at 615 South Ave. W. With a brand new interior (shown in picture at right), Brunella serves delicious Portuguese custard cups, spectacular sandwiches, empanadas, coffee and more. Their Portuguese cheese steak is becoming a customer favorite. 908.588.2080. Find them on Facebook

Allstate Insurance - Ron Bansky & Associates Agency has moved to 502 E. Broad St. and is having a ribbon cutting for their new location on January 21st at noon. Immediately following the ribbon cutting join their open house from 12-3pm. Friends, customers, business partners, and anyone from the community who would like to see their newly renovated building are welcome to visit during the open house. 908.301.0711. www.ronbansky.com

Urban Sewciety has expanded and moved to a new location at 307 South Ave. W., directly across from the south side train station parking lot. See their website for new class offerings and events, including their Grand (Re)Opening event on Saturday, January 28th from 11am to 4pm. They will have huge giveaways for classes and fabric, as well as free mini-sewing projects for kids (no sewing experience needed) and a store-wide sale on fabrics, notions, and handmade gifts. Don't miss it! 908.232.0600. www.urbansewciety.com 

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Our Town Gets Even Cheesier: Grilled Cheese Shoppe Opens

Our Town Gets Even Cheesier: Grilled Cheese Shoppe Opens

The Grilled Cheese Shoppe, an eatery that has just opened within the past month at 113 Quimby Street, is a remarkable, hip, and cheesy place. From the gooey cheese in the sandwich to the cheese related puns on the interior signage, one being a rewritten verse of “Sweet Dreams” by the Eurythmics, this environment and food can be eaten up by people of all ages.

The options on the menu are incredible; when people think of grilled cheese they think of a very traditional sandwich, but owner, Nick Louros, put his own twist on his menu. On his website Louros states in his About Us tab that there is no exact google definition of a grilled cheese, so with that in mind he took the idea and ran with it to create 13 different sandwiches.

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