#SCBDReview: .@SpuntinoWineBar with Wine Boy

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Wine Boy and I were craving small plates and wine after a long day of working together, so we headed to Clifton, New Jersey. Right by the AMC Theater is an Italian Wine Bar and Tapas restaurant called Spuntino, known for its fabulous selection of Italian wines and small plates. The atmosphere was welcoming and I loved the decoration of wine racks surrounding the entire restaurant. The restaurant was divided into two main parts: the bar area and the rest of the restaurant with tables and booths.

Wine Boy and I had the nicest waitress: her name was Allison, so I highly recommend grabbing a table that is served by Allison. That night, Wine Boy and I shared truffle French fries made with truffle oil, Parmigiano Reggiano, and Italian herbs. After that, we shared spaghetti alla carbonara with bacon, peas, Pecorina Romano, and egg yolk. Finally, we had speck, which is smoked prosciutto, from the Aldo Adige region in Italy, served on grilled crostini.

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He simply had a soda since he offered to be my designated driver, so I treated myself to a quartino of Moscato. The Moscato was a 2011 fruity, medium bodied white from Trentino, specifically Mezzocorona which is a commune in this northern Italian region. I’m absolutely in love with the wine list at Spuntino. All of the wines are Italian wines. Suffice to say I fell in love with the moscato. It was not super sweet, which I find to be a great thing if it’s only sweet enough. Instead, the moscato was fruity, and I could smell pears, apples, and other light fruits.

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Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas also takes OpenTable reservation. I highly recommend going to Spuntino either on a date or with a group of friends and/or family so you can all share these small plates. You can also buy the wines by the bottle. There are over 150 Italian wines to try from nearly all of Italy’s 20 wine regions. Saluti, cin cin, e buon appetito!

 

Cheers!

XOXO

Kelly

@bobellerz

 

Main Website                   http://spuntinowinebar.com/

Spuntino’s Twitter          @SpuntinoWineBar

Images courtesy of YELP.

#SCBDEventRecap The Village Voice Choice Eats Event 2014

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So, I’m not a foodie. In fact, if I could choose between eating and not, I’d take the latter. That’s just me though. But, when our editor-in-chief sent out an email stating she was ill and needed someone to attend The Village Voice “Choice Eats” Seventh Annual Tasting Event, I decided to dive in to help her out. It’s not like it was a burden because I was already in the city that night.

Getting there was a doozey because I hadn’t a clue where Basketball City was. But after I hopped onto the M line, got lost and hailed a cab, I was there. I forgot about everything else and focused on the event.

After checking in with the press table, how special I felt, it was time to mosey around. I had no clue where to start and I felt extremely disorganized. I’d never attended an event and I wanted to present myself as professional and organized as possible. My hope is that it showed.

The VIP area was upstairs and I made my way to check out the selections. Before my eyes were desserts, burgers, barbecued items, chicken, alcohol, you name it. Wherever food you were in the mood for, it was present. But, you must remember a fact about me, I’m all about health & fitness and even still, at an event such as this, I wanted to try to keep my cals in check.

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When I inquired about the amount of calories in one of my favorite desserts, the Peanut Butter & Blackberry Jam from Doughnut Plant, one of the women laughed at me and said, “Oh, honey, you can’t worry about calories at this event.” I mean, I totally wanted to be conscious of what I ate, but at the same time, I had to sample these delectable foods. Between you & I, some of the time, I bit half of it and then threw the rest away because that is the protocol at events like this, because there is food for days. I bet you’re thinking, “how dumb of you,” but, hey, I couldn’t enjoy it too much. I’m sort of trying to lose a couple of pounds.

Primarily, I was hooked to the back, where the desserts sat. I tried pastries, brownies, ice cream, butterscotch popcorn, Bubble tea and strawberry shortcake. Then, I made my rounds to the real food. I tried chicken burgers, a sandwich at Pickle Shack, Clarke’s famous cheeseburger, pork tacos and a vegan apple sage sausage sandwich. After that, I tried not to worry as much about calories. Oh well. I would just work out tomorrow harder.

I made my rounds. I couldn’t help but circle round and round. I told myself to stop, quit it, cut it out, but I couldn’t help myself.

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I would say my favorite was definitely the Chocolate chip cookie bar with chocolate ganache and pretzels from Robicelli’s in Brooklyn, NYC. The chocolate and pretzels went together well and I fell in love! I can’t hide it.

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My second was probably the OddFellows Ice Cream Company’s Cedar Creamiscle orange infused foam, graham cracker ice cream. It tasted so creamy and the graham cracker bits added to the taste.

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And, my third was from Fayda Bakery in Chinatown served their Strawberry Shortcake, which was out of this world! It was served with a strawberry and whipped cream on the top. Yummy much?

I was filled to capacity and needed to leave before I made another round. All in all, I believe this event allowed foodies to get a taste of popular desserts and foods of all kind. I was happy to attend and try everything from vegan, vegetarian to the not so healthy foods.

Happy eating!

#SCBDExclusive – FDU’s Best Kept Secret at Vanderbilt’s Sports and Spirits

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photo 1Up on a hill across blue parking spots at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s (FDU) College at Florham campus in Madison, there is a bar known as Vanderbilt’s. In the same way that Ted and the gang love the nonexistent MacLaren’s Pub in the Upper West Side, my friends and I love to go to Vanderbilt’s as our default bar of choice. (As a side note, if you want to see the bar that MacLaren’s is modeled after, it’s at a bar called McGee’s located in Midtown West on 55th Street between 8th Avenue and Broadway.)

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Vanderbilt’s holds a special place in my heart, especially considering all I have to do is walk more or less the same distance I do to get to class in order to get a change in scenery from the luscious greenery of the former Vanderbilt and Twombly estate to see the classy Wyndham Hotel bar. Vanderbilt’s is an interesting mix of young urban professionals on a Friday and Saturday night and the football fan crowd on a Sunday afternoon when they have 99 cent wings.

photo 2When in doubt, I enjoy my Smuttynose IPA and play a rousing game of pool. When I think of Vanderbilt’s, I think of pool tables, gin, great buffalo wings, and the friendly bartenders who know my drink of choice. They have specials every night of the week, and I have always found the relaxed, low-key vibe of Vanderbilt’s to be a more economical and relaxing alternative to the bar and pseudo-club scene at Morristown.

photo 4More important the simple and welcoming atmosphere at Vanderbilt’s Sports and Spirit are the memories you will make with your friends that you bring there. Vanderbilt’s is the place I hold near and dear to me where I  will always look back fondly on the heart-to-heart talks I had with my girlfriends there, talking about our college and personal lives, attempting to piece together the road map and journey of life one Samuel Adams® OctoberFest at a time. Here’s looking at the Spinach Artichoke Dip. Cheers!

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OFFICIAL WEBSITES

http://www.wyndham.com/hotels/new-jersey/florham-park/wyndham-hamilton-park/hotel-dining/vanderbilts

http://www.hamiltonparkhotel.com/vanderbilts-sports-bar-nj.html

#SCBDTravels: Do #LA the right way in 72 hours!

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About a month ago, I had the opportunity to travel to LA for my job at the time. It was my first time ever traveling to to the West Coast and I loved every bit of it. I stayed in Downtown LA in the Little Tokyo area which meant having ramen was a must.

Here are some of the spots I loved and checked out while I was in DTLA for 72 hours:
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1. El Pollo Loco (various locations)- It’s a chain but a great one, you can find down South in Texas and a long the West Coast. They serve some of the best rotisserie chicken, tortillas, rice and beans that fills you up!

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2. Ford’s Filling Station (Culver City) – My first night in LA, I spent going out with my cousin who lives in the area and we went to Ford’s for dinner. They serve homestyle classic American food with a Modern twist. I’d definitely come back since it was hip spot. The food was delicious and filling like they mention in the title.

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3. Sprinkles Cupcakes (various locations)- Home of the first cupcake shop in the US. Sprinkles is a staple in LA. The cupcakes are delicious and all they are cracked up to be. I enjoyed a classic cupcake– chocolate cake with chocolate frosting. The cupcakes are delicious and #SCBDApproved.

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4. The Original Pantry Cafe (DTLA)- This downtown LA restaurant is a staple in the area. They serve a homestyle breakfast so I decided to go with sausage gravy with biscuits. It was delicious and I’d definitely go back but keep in mind they only take cash!

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5.  Citadel Outlets (Citadel) – About a 20 minute drive from DTLA (without traffic), this outlet is huge and even has an American Apparel Outlet Store in it. I loved and had a great time shopping there. I would definitely come back on a weekend when I had more time on my hands.

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6. Daikokuya Ramen (Little Tokyo)- For about $10 and change you can get a hefty bowl of ramen and a soft drink. It’s delicious and LA local favorite. Keep in mind that they only take cash and be ready to wait and put your name down before your seated. It’s totally worth the wait!

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7. LA Live- The new place to eat, drink, and enjoy LA sports teams. I went to the Yardhouse while I was there and the spot was definitely the place to be. Check out there website, to see what other restaurants that are in LA Live.

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8.  JiST Cafe (Little Tokyo) – JiST is a hidden breakfast nook in Little Tokyo. They serve classic breakfast dishes with an Asian twist. I got chocolate chip and banana pancakes and the serving was huge and delicious! It was a perfect breakfast before my last day working in LA.

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9. In & Out Burger- No trip to LA or even to the West Coast is complete without stopping here. Yes, it’s fast food but its the bomb. I really loved my burger and fries and will be asking for animal sauce next time. It was such a deal and was only $5 too! No complaints!

I still can’t believe I went to as many places as I did in 3 days while I was in Cali! I definitely would love to live there eventually but until then I’ll be finding my way to vacation back! I got to take a peek into so many places I’d love really get to spend a day or two at to get the full experience, including Santa Monica Blvd.

Stay tuned for more travel posts!

Cheers,

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#SCBDExclusive: St. Patrick’s Day Fun in the Tri-State!

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Whether you’re Irish by blood or Irish in spirit, you can find tons of fun ways to celebrate this St. Patrick’s Day in New Jersey. The top bars and restaurants are hosting events all weekend long to help celebrate the Luck of the Irish! Check out these cool events happening in your neighborhood:

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NCAA March Madness at The Village Pourhouse Hoboken | Sunday, March 17th – Monday, April 7th

The only place to watch the NCAA March Madness tournament is with us! With specials on everything from pitchers of beer, to our signature wings and burgers, and enough HDTV’s to watch every minute of every game….how could you say no? Join us for “March Madness” and reserve your space now! For additional information and reservations, visit this site!

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Kegs & Eggs “Green Breakfast” St. Patty’s Weekend at Manhattan’s SideBAR | Saturday, March 15th – Monday, March 17th

iAdventure.com and SideBAR (115 E 15. St, NYC) bring Manhattan their 3rd Annual Kegs & Eggs “Green Breakfast” weekend bash! Join us for a weekend of everything green…Green Beer, Green Eggs, Green Bagels, Green Pancakes & of course, Lucky Charms. Tickets, including our breakfast buffet & open bar options, are available here.

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Carnival Style Deep-Fried Oreo & Ice Cream Sliders | Little Town Hoboken

Little Town’s Executive Chef Jordan Andino is whipping up his New “Secret Menu Item!”

Try chef’s Carnival Style Deep-Fried Oreo & Ice Cream Sliders, with a scoop of Chocolate, Vanilla & Strawberry ice cream sandwiched between each warm cookie. For more information & menus please visit their website.

St. Patrick’s Day Festivities @ Red Knot @ Galloping Hill Golf Course

From Executive Chef Ralph Romano: a series of delicious Dinner Specials, including Corned Beef Sandwiches, Shepherd’s Pie and Guinness-Steamed Mussels as well as (of course!) a traditional Corned Beef Dinner ($18) with potatoes, cabbage
and carrots. Irish Soda Bread, too.

This special menu will be available Friday night, March 14th through Monday night, March 17th. Additionally: From Friday to Monday, Red Knot will be decorated for the holiday and (recorded) Irish music will be playing BUT on Saturday night, a Live band playing Irish music will be featured!

For more information and to register for these events, visit the Galloping Hill Golf Course website.

 

#SCBDRecipe: Whiskey Meatballs

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Happy National Meatball Day!!
I tried out this delicious-looking recipe on some friends on Super Bowl Sunday. Good thing most of them like whiskey since I added too much. Oops. I probably added a little more than double the Jack that is called for. (It was what was left in the bottle and I thought, “it can’t hurt!”) I would not suggest following my lead with that step.  Not terrible but very overpowering.
The meatballs were really strong but once we added BBQ sauce, it diluted the liquor and the little balls of meat were soon gone.
I’m looking forward to giving it a second go sometime and following the recipe a little more closely.
 
1 Trusty Crockpot
1 bag (1 lb.) frozen meatballs
1/2 heaping c. Ketchup
1/2 c. Packed Brown Sugar
1/4 c. Whiskey
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
 In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients except your meatballs. Mix up really well.

Place your frozen meatballs into your crock pot, and pour the whiskey sauce in on top. Mix it up all around so each meatball is coated with the whiskey sauce.
Now turn up the heat to high. Leave it on high for about an hour, stirring a couple times.
Once it appears that the meatballs have somewhat thawed, go ahead and turn your crockpot down to low.

Recipe courtesy of My Homemade Life.

#SCBDReview: In Heaven at Veggie Heaven in Denville, NJ

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I decided to try this restaurant I pass by all the time in Denville, NJ. It is called Veggie heaven. It is a 100% natural vegetarian cuisine restaurant. They pride themselves to being super healthy and vegetarian. They cook with pure olive oil and other healthy oils that all have positive nutritional value. They are an Asian inspired place as well. They create their dishes with vegetables and vegetable derivatives. They even quote on their menu that “our ‘meat’, ‘poultry’, and ‘seafood’ are made from ingenious blends of bean curd, taro root, wheat gluten, mushrooms, yams, and other vegetables.”

They are located right on the main street in the center of Denville. They start out by giving you water and a dish of a cabbage mix. It was sweet and so tasty. A great start to the meal.

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For my meal I decided to go with a lunch special. It costs $6.95 and included a choice of soup or spring roll. The main dish had a choice of white or brown rice. I decided to start with the spring roll. It came with sweet and sour sauce to dip it in. The taste was so fresh. It was delicious and honestly was the best spring roll I have ever had. The crust was flakey but not super oily.

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For the main dish I ordered the sweet and sour ‘chicken’ with brown rice.

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This was outstanding. I asked if it was fried, and she said it is lightly but can be cooked without it being friend, so I took that option. Everything was delicious. The rice was soft and good, it came with broccoli and mushrooms. These were soft and fresh. The sauce I got medium spice, it was the right amount of kick to enjoy. The ‘chicken’ was delicious. It was better than chicken, it was full of flavor and was a cool consistency. It was soft but not too soft. It had a consistency similar to tofu, but more hard. It was outstanding. I even had a little left over that I brought home. It was a good portion for lunch!

I also ordered the house tea. They do have other flavors but I was unaware of this when I ordered. It was similar to Chinese tea but not as strong. It was a delicious combination to accompany my meal. This was also no additional fee for the tea.

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The meal finished with the bill and a fortune cookie. I love finishing my tea with a fortune cookie; the combination of the two is delightful. My fortune cookie read ‘solid gains are possible today, but with a headache.’ I can relate to this. It has been a long day, but one where I accomplished a lot of difficult things. I love fortunes.

Finally my bill was under $10, it cost $7.44 with tax. Then I left a tip on top of that. It was a great deal for some amazing food. Even the average meat lover would love this place. I love a good steak, chicken, or pork dinner, but this place is outstanding no matter what type of eater you are.

I rate this place an A plus. Service was outstanding and alert, really friendly too. The food is beyond outstanding and the atmosphere is so relaxing and pleasant, it is like a getaway. Please try this place, a must go in Denville.

 

http://www.veggieheavennj.com/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Veggie-Heaven/106379826139652

They do have other independently owned locations, listed below.

Veggie Heaven Teaneck: www.veggieheaventeaneck.com

Veggie Heaven Montclair: www.veggieheavenmontclair.com

Veggie Heaven New City: www.veggieheavennewcity.com

#SCBDRecipe: Overnight Oats

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What started as an Instagram-inspired experiment has become a breakfast ritual. I am quite literally motivated to get out of bed every morning by the knowledge that my bowl of overnight oats is waiting in the refrigerator. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and it makes such a difference if you enjoy it to the fullest. My schedule varies on a day-to-day basis, but this one is consistent: I am busy. Thankfully I have found the solution to the struggle of not having time to cook after my morning gym session and trying to avoid the temptation of a loaded bagel.

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The best part about overnight oats is the inherent simplicity. Two ingredients are necessary: oats (I prefer whole rolled oats or steel-cut) and milk (I use almond milk). The preparation is easy: combine equal parts oats and milk, stir, and leave in the fridge overnight. While in the fridge, the oats absorb the liquid overnight and you’re left no-cook oatmeal (overnight oats, so clever!). Because I have a huge day ahead of me each morning, other ingredients have become crucial.

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For MY oats each night I use:

  • ¼ cup rolled oats
  • ¼ cup almond milk
  • 1 container (5.30z) fat-free Greek yogurt
  • ½ tablespoon chia seeds

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When I wake up in the morning, I like to stir in a tablespoon of peanut butter and top it with ¼ cup granola or cereal for some crunch, although the possibilities for toppings are endless. Flavored yogurts can also change things up. I definitely recommend trying it out and tweeting your creations to @HHRiede!

#SCBDEvent: 2014 .@ChoiceEats takes place March 25th in #NYC

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The Village Voice’s seventh annual tasting event, “Choice Eats,” announces a fourth round of participating restaurants today, bringing the total up to 75 participants. The 18 newly added restaurants are: Black Tree, Buka, Chandni, Charles’ Country Pan Fried Chicken, Doughnut Plant, Grandaisy Bakery, Jones Wood Foundry, Juliette Restaurant, Khe Yo, Kuma Inn, Liddabit Sweets, Mexico Lindo, Mooncake Foods, Mrs. Dorsey’s Kitchen, Ovenly, Peppa’s Jerk Chicken, Rosamunde Sausage Grill and Rubirosa.

Today’s newly announced restaurants will join previously announced restaurants: 606 R&D, Alobar, Ample Hills Creamery, Anella, Bear, Beecher’s Handmade Cheese, Bhatti Indian Grill, Bien Cuit, Bobwhite Lunch and Supper Counter, Brooklyn Kolache Co., Bunker, Butter & Scotch, Carlo’s Bakery, Coppelia, Devi, Dirt Candy, Edi and the Wolf, Egg, El Almacen, Fay Da Bakery, Fletcher’s Brooklyn Barbecue, Fonda, Indian Clove, Jimmy’s No. 43, John Brown Smokehouse, Kaia Wine Bar, La Newyorkina, Larb Ubol, Little Prince, Littleneck, Louro, Luke’s Lobster, Mables Smokehouse, Maima’s Liberian Bistro, Martha, Max, No. 7, Oda House, OddFellows Ice Cream Co., Ovelia Psistaria, Pete Zaaz, Queens Comfort, Red Hook Lobster Pound, Robicelli’s, SCRATCHbread, Sheep Station, Spicy Bampa, Swine, Tabata Noodle Restaurant, Telepan Local, The Kati Roll Company, The Meatball Shop, The Pines, Thistle Hill Tavern, Xe May Sandwich Shop, Yunnan Kitchen and Zenon Taverna.

“Choice Eats” will be accepting volunteer applications until March 7th to assist The Village Voice team on-site at the event. All volunteers will receive a free general admission ticket to The Village Voice‘s Third annual “Choice Streets” Food Truck Tasting Event to be held in May 2014 (specific date TBA). To apply, you must be 21 years or older and fill out this application, here: http://bit.ly/CEvolunteer.

VIP tickets for “Choice Eats” 2014 officially sold out in minutes since going on sale on January 29th and only a limited number of General Admission tickets are still available. Purchase tickets, here: www.villagevoice.com/choiceeats. The event will take place on Tuesday, March 25th at Basketball City at Pier 36 located in Lower Manhattan from 7:00PM-10:00PM with a VIP-only hour from 6:00PM-7:00PM.

Brooklyn indie-rockers DIIV will DJ this year’s “Choice Eats” event. DIIV is the nom-de-plume of Z. Cole Smith, musical provocateur and front-man of an atmospheric and autumnally-charged new four-piece. The band is signed to Captured Tracks and has been hailed by Pitchfork, Stereogum and their likes for their dreamy, psychedelic style. DIIV have performed on the Late Show with David Letterman and at major music festivals including Coachella, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, and more.

“Choice Eats” is one of New York City’s most unique food events where 3,000 attendees sample food from over 60 of the most sought after restaurants across all the city’s boroughs from over 35 countries, all handpicked by The Village Voice’s food critics and previously featured in theFork In The Road blog.

Back by popular demand, “Choice Eats” will offer all ticketholders an array of dessert offerings in the “Choice Sweets” section of the event. Choice Sweets participants will be featured on the main floor, with a select few exclusive to the VIP lounge.

Typically held at the 69th Armory, this year’s “Choice Eats” will move to a new downtown location, Pier 36 @ Basketball City, the state of the art Lower Manhattan venue that will enable the event to grow its footprint plus expand the number of attendees, participating restaurants, demos and more. The venue regularly transforms its seven side-by-side basketball courts to an elegant event space for expos, corporate events and now for the Village Voice’s Seventh Annual “Choice Eats.”

Sponsors confirmed for Choice Eats 2014 include: Stella Artois, Great Brewers, Southern Wine & Spirits, Whole Foods Market, Disney NEWSIES on Broadway, Diamond Vision, Asahi Beer USA, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, Blueprint Brands, Asahi Beer, Verizon FIOS, New York Health & Racquet Club, Pisco Portón, Abita Brewing Company, Alphabet City Brewing Company, Blue Point Brewing Company, Brewery

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Ommegang, Crabbies Original Alcoholic Ginger Beer, Lagunitas Brewing Company, MOA Brewing Co., Oskar Blues Brewery, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Singha Beer, Sixpoint Brewery, Smuttynose Brewing Company, Black Dirt Distillery, Catoctin Creek, Dulce Vida Organic Tequila, New Holland Brewing, Rogue Spirits, Suerte Tequila, Virginia Distillery Company, Woody Creek Distillers, SingleCut Beer, Four Roses Bourbon, Cabot Creamery and Hot 97.

 

For more information on “Choice Eats” please have a bite here:

www.villagevoice.com/choiceeats

https://www.facebook.com/voicechoiceeats

https://twitter.com/ChoiceEats

 

Event Details:

Choice Eats 7th Annual Tasting Event

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

TICKETS: On Sale Now: http://www.villagevoice.com/choiceeats

VENUE: Basketball City | 299 South St. | New York, NY 10002

COST: $85 – VIP (SOLD OUT)

$60 – General Admission (STILL AVAILABLE)

6:00-7:00pm – VIP HOUR

7:00-10:00pm – EVENT

 

Getting There:

The event’s new venue, Basketball City, is conveniently located just north of the Manhattan bridge and steps away from F Train on the East Broadway Stop. It is also accessible by buses and the J, M line at Essex Street.

#SCBDEventRecap: #SCBDTeam takes Pizza Making Class at .@MilliesOldWorld

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Recently, the SCBD Team attended a pizza making class at Morristown, New Jersey’s own Millie’s Old World Meatballs and Pizza. Millie’s is a family style restaurant that was first opened by two brothers in honor of their grandmother and boasts an extensive menu of authentic Italian cuisine prepared in wood-fire and coal-burning ovens. Read what the team had to say about Millie’s, but be warned: your taste buds will soon be screaming for a taste of Millie’s dinner menu!

Being founder & Editor-in-chief of SCBD, I am always happy and love to give my team and I awesome experiences that we all love, whether it be a food and beverage adventure, fitness, etc! I came across Millie’s this summer when Jason & I were walking through Morristown looking for a place to have dinner. We didn’t want to go to a place we ate at before and Millie’s looked interesting, and we really liked the menu. We had a superb experience that time we went so once I saw Millie’s offered pizza making classes I knew the SCBD Team and I had to check it out and fill you in on the amazing experience.

Mind you, I was jetlagged that day due to work travel the week before and I had a great time and tried not to let it get in my way. Our instructor was the executive chef, Pete. He gave us the basics on the pizza dough, showed us how to properly roll it and last, create and cook our pizzas. We were treated to lunch filled with Millie’s specialties from their vodka and marinara meatballs, signature salads, prosciutto and handmade mozzarella and more. They also provided us with their variety of fountain drinks and they had ice for us to put our wine in.  I would recommend this to any foodie who wants to have a fun party or celebration, you learn a lot about pizza making and get to enjoy the great food serve.
 - Sara Monica, The Small Chick

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This Small Chick, Big Deals team event was a Pizza Making Event, and I do recommend doing this with your friends or family. We were taught how to properly roll out the dough, some history of the restaurant, and the options of pizza we have. Then, our instructor explained all the choices of toppings, cheese, and sauces we could use. They had a ton of choices. I couldn’t choose just one, so I split my pizza into three sections. The first two sections I put red sauce and a white pizza base with a vegetable mix (which included eggplant, peppers, artichokes, zucchini, and mushrooms,) and I topped it with basil. The final section was a white truffle cream and Prosciutto. Once the toppings were on it, we had the chef take the pizza and cook it. It took less than 90 seconds to bake! Then it was done. I loved all three types, but my absolute favorite was the Truffle cream and Prosciutto.

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Once we got back to the table, we had meatballs waiting for us in two different sauces: Vodka and Marinara. We also had two salads, the Arcadian Salad (which had candied walnuts, gorgonzola with apple smoked bacon in an apricot vinaigrette) and an Antipasto Salad. Everything was so good, the meatballs were so big and tasted so fresh. I couldn’t choose which sauce I liked better, both were so tasty. -Kristen Heard 

My first time at Millie’s was definitely a memorable one. Pete, our instructor, was very friendly and patient with us pizza novices, and I really enjoyed learning about what it takes to make some delicious pizza. I loved how hands-on the experience was and that we could make mistakes and Pete was there to help us get it right. The best part was being able to be behind the counter and make my pizza just like the employees do. Watching the process while dining is one thing but to be a part of it was fun and exciting. The sauces and toppings to choose from were delicious from freshly made mozzarella to a truffle sauce, (what?!) which were both absolutely amazing on my pizza. After making our pizzas we came back to a table full of meatballs, salads, fresh mozzarella and prosciutto as well as an antipasto. We ended the meal with a Nutella pie which was the cherry on top of a delicious meal. I highly recommend going to Millie’s for some amazing food and a friendly staff. I will definitely go back for more deliciousness! -Kristen Lefkus 

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If you have a chance to take one of Millie’s Worlds Pizza making classes, it is definitely a must do! Not only do you get to make your own pizza, you also get to eat it along with learning some cool facts about Millie’s Restaurant. While attending this class, I learned about two different kinds of ovens they use for their pizza making: coal-fired and wood-fired, each adding a little different touch. Peter the Chef at Millie’s teaches the class and gives hands on instructions of how to properly roll, flatten and prepare your pizza. Next, we went over to the kitchen where we were able to get creative with as many toppings and sauces as we would like. Since I couldn’t choose just one, I made four different slices in one! Our pizzas were cooking in the wood-fired oven, which bakes at 900 degrees and is finished in a matter of 90 seconds. When our pizza was finished we got to try some of their antipasti salads and their fresh mozzarella platter with prosciutto. We also had their famous meatballs! This recipe was passed down by the owner’s grandmother. You have a choice of marinara meatballs or meatballs with vodka sauce. Everything was to die for at Millie’s, but my absolute favorite was the Nutella pie for dessert which is topped with fresh cannoli cream. My experience at Millie’s was so good, I was back the next week for more! -Jessica Danto 

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Despite running late due to a “light dusting” of snow, I had a really awesome experience at Millie’s Old World Meatballs and Pizza. I walked in to a table full of beautiful salads, mozzarella cheese platters, and meatballs. I started with a plate of the arugula salad and some homemade mozzarella. The salad worked so well together, especially with the prosciutto-wrapped breadsticks. I tried the arcadian mix salad next and was equally impressed; however, the star of the dish was the applewood smoked bacon. The strips were thick and crispy, with a really deep smoky flavor. The mozzarella was creamy and incredibly fresh. There is a huge difference between mozzarella made in house and mozzarella that is brought in. Because I was late, my pizza lesson was a private lesson. I went into the kitchen prepared to show off my pizza-making abilities only to find that Neapolitan pizza is very unique. After a valiant first attempt at stretching the dough, I was ready to top my pizza. I decided to make a ½ margherita, ½ Helena pizza. I topped the margherita side with fresh basil, homemade mozzarella, tomato sauce, and sprinkled it with parmigiano reggiano. The Helena side was my own creation of white truffle cream sauce, broccoli rabe, roasted tomatoes, mushrooms, and diced onion. The pizza was so light and crispy and restored my confidence in my pizza craftsmanship. For dessert, we had nutella pizza with scoops of cannoli filling on each slice. Pizza, nutella, and cannoli: there is so much beauty in this world. I am so glad that we had this experience as a team, and I will definitely be back soon. -Helena Riede

I am so pleased that I was able to take part in the experience of learning how to make wood-fire pizza at Millie’s Old World Meatballs & Pizza. Chef Peter and the staff provided a fun and interactive class for our group. What made the class special was learning the background and technique of what makes Millie’s pizza dough so unique. Chef Peter exudes passion for everything from the fresh and homemade ingredients down to the final product. This really shone through in his teachings and demonstrations. Savoring our homemade pizzas paired with some other house specialties that Millie’s shared with the group was the perfect end to a great afternoon. Millie’s Old World Meatballs & Pizza will definitely become a regular in my restaurant rotation!  -Missy Somers

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The Wood Fire Pizza Making Class is new to Millie’s. It is around $25 per person (tax & tip not included) and involves you making your own pizza, meatballs & salad for the table. Contact 973.267.9616 or email events@milliesoldworld.com for more information or about having your own event or private party!

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