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Food & Wine: Seasonal & Savory

Food & Wine: Seasonal & Savory

There are many downtown Westfield restaurants offering seasonal menus, wine dinners and happy hours. Many have also received great accolades in the press.

Feast Catering is Offering a Full Thanksgiving Catering Menu 

Whether you want to order the entire dinner or just need help with elements of it, they have you covered. Place your orders by November 18 for your Thanksgiving feast and your order will be ready Wednesday, November 22 between 1-4pm. Call or stop in. See the full menu here and on their website. 27 Elm St., 908.654.0045. www.feastcateringwestfield.com

Casa di Pizza has a Holiday Catering Menu

Let Casa cook your Thanksgiving meal entirely or simply supplement your efforts. Their holiday catering menu is now available on their website and offers both main dishes and sides. From stuffed turkey breast to roasted Brussels sprouts with pancetta, Casa offers half (for 6-8 people) or full trays (18-20 people). 50 Elm St., 908.654.3232. www.casadipizzawestfield.com/cateringmenu.html  

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Xocolatz is Remodeling

On October 19, Xocolatz will be unveiling their newly remodeled space! Enjoy the same location, same delicious food, same friendly service, in a new atmosphere. Join them for complimentary wine tasting during dinner 6pm-8pm from their friends at Old York Cellars.  235 Elmer St., 908.232.3962. www.xocolatznj.com 

Turning Point Restaurant Owner Wins Gold

Congratulations to Kirk Ruoff (Turning Point owner) who won the Gold Plate Award from the New Jersey Restaurant & Hospitality Association. This site announces the winners! 137 Central Ave., 908.264.8180.

Seasonal Balsamics at Patricia & Paul

Fall in love with the flavors of Autumn...Patricia & Paul has a wide variety of nutritious and delicious Extra-Virgin Olive Oils and Balsamics that is guaranteed to take any recipe to the next level. All month they will be featuring some of their favorite seasonal balsamics including red apple, cinnamon pear, and Vermont maple along with their mushroom sage, rosemary, garlic, and Tuscan herb oils. The team at Patricia & Paul will be happy to share recipes and tips for pairing, drizzling, dipping, marinating and sautéing. 20 Elm St., 908.232.EVOO (3866). www.Patriciaandpaul.com  

Seasonal Salads at The Salad House of Westfield

The Salad House has launched an all new menu packed with both seasonal and classic flavors. Chopped salad additions include the 'Black & Bleu' with pasture raised Angus steak and the 'Reel Love' with grilled ahi tuna, or create your own from 75+ fresh ingredients. Don't forget to try some of their housemade dressings and soup! Other new dishes include the Sweet Heat sandwich, the Sun Daze wrap, Housemade guac & chips, and Buffalo Poppers. And if you are looking to refresh your catering options, the Salad House is ready to deliver fresh vibes your way. 113 Quimby St., 908-233-2467. www.thesaladhouse.com 

NosVino Celebrates Fall

NosVino has great pairings for delicious Fall cuisine. The October Wine Club at NosVino is all about "BYO Selects," their favorite and most versatile food-friendly wines to accompany indoor and outdoor dining at the many BYO restaurants in town. Stop by for the BYO Selects wine tasting on Saturday, October 14 from 2pm-5pm. 127 Central Ave, 908-232-5050. www.nosvino.com 

 

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Autumn Flavors at Morano Gelato 

Morano Gelato launched its autumn flavors, which include seasonal fruit such as apple, pear and pumpkin. Special gelato flavors include Apple Cider sorbet, Caramel Apple, and Pear and Red Wine. Also on tap for the season is Hot Spiced Apple Cider - made with apple cider fresh-pressed at a New Jersey apple orchard. This cider is infused with cinnamon and other spices to provide a flavorful pick-me-up for cooler autumn days. Stop in and try some! 116 Elm St., 908.228.2150. www.moranogelato.com

Fudge Making at Kilwins

Kilwins is offering fudge making classes! Come make fudge, dip an apple or your favorite item in their amazing chocolate. Share some fun with your family or friends. Call for more information.

9 Elm St., 908.264.7476. www.kilwins.com/westfield

New Fall Flavors at The Chocolate Bar

Stop in to taste the new fall gelato flavors at The Chocolate Bar, including 'Toble', which features the delicious and velvety smooth combination of chocolate, orange and Torrone grains (an Italian nougat candy). Also, come in to vote in their flavor contest. These flavors are designed by customers and voted on by customers like you! The Chocolate Bar has narrowed it down to the top five flavors for which customers can vote! 112 Quimby St., 908.389.9000. www.thechocolatebarwestfield.com 

Pumpkin Pie Lattes at Ahrre's Coffee Roastery

Ahrre's has Spiced Pumpkin Pie Latte! Enjoy the flavor of the season in a cup or take a pound of Spiced Pumpkin Pie Coffee Beans home. Both are available until November 17. Plus, they always offer brewed 'coffee of the day' at half price 5pm-6pm Weekdays. 104 Elm St., 908.232.7977. www.ahrre.com  

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Food & Wine Latest News

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Fiamma is on NJ.com's list of NJ's best pizzerias!
Of the 50 semi-finalists, half were selected by Pete Genovese of nj.com based on his years of eating pizza across the state. This is one of NJ's best showdowns. Congrats to Fiamma Wood Fired Pizza for being one of Pete's top picks. 108 Quimby St., 908.654.0400.  Read more....

** Fiamma Photo Contest: DWC has teamed up with Fiamma to sponsor a photo contest on Instagram and give away $100! Just post your favorite Fiamma dish photos to #fiammapizza during the month of September for a chance to win a $100 Fiamma gift card! Contest ends September 30 and winner to be announced.

 

Ferraro's is Expanding their 3rd Floor
Ferraro's Restaurant of Westfield is under construction to build out their third floor to accommodate larger parties and events. Previously empty space, their liquor license now allows for a ballroom. Ferraro's will be well equipped on their new level for your next private or corporate party! 14 Elm St., 908.232.1105. www.ferrarosrestaurant.com 

Thursday Night BOGO at Kilwins

Kilwins is extending their family night thru September. Every Thursday night from 5pm until closing, buy a double or single scoop ice cream and get a second single scoop free!! 9 Elm St., 908.264.7476.  www.Kilwins.com/westfield 

 

Savory Spice Shop Launches New Chicharron Salt  
Savory Spice is now offering Chicharron Salt, a combination salt with ground pork rinds and spices to give a delicious porkiness to anything you shake it on! Sprinkle on grilled meats or veggies, French fries, popcorn, or salads. Great for encrusting white fish or adding flavor to breadcrumb toppings. Use it to add body to broths and soups. It's also perfect for taking desserts in an unexpected direction. 138 E. Broad St., 908.264.8947. www.savoryspiceshop.com 
 
Tequila Tasting at NosVino
Join NosVino Friday, September 15th from 5pm-8pm for free tequila tasting! Tequila Ocho is the first tequila to designate both the year it was produced and the precise field from which the agave was harvested as is done with fine wines. Each estate or "rancho" produces a limited amount of agave, so each vintage of Ocho is both rare and collectable. Taste and learn with them, just in time for the Mexican celebration of Grito de Dolores! 127 Central Ave., 908.232.5050. www.nosvino.com 
New Flavors at Emack & Bolio's Westfield
Stop in to try their new flavors: Malted whoppers and Dough (Malted ice cream with whoppers and cookie dough), Triple Raspberry Truffle (Raspberry ice cream, raspberry swirl and raspberry truffles), Gabba Gabba Goobah (Chocolate ice cream, marsh "mellow" swirl and chocolate covered peanuts, and the new s'moreo favorite, Toasted S'moreo (Toasted marsh "mellow" ice cream, graham cracker swirl and Oreos.  
258 E Broad St., 908.228.3967.
 
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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.

 

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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.

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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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