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The Man Behind Agricola; Big Wins for 2 NJ Cookbooks & Kids’ Cooking Magazine

Meet Jim Nawn, who traded in his holdings in 37 Panera Bread cafes in NJ to establish Agricola, the state’s hottest new restaurant – and hired a French Laundry alum for the kitchen and an artist who worked on Cristo’s “The Gates” to manage his farm, which supplies the farm-to-table restaurant. All in my May 1st cover story for US 1.US 1 Agricola

Maricel Presilla & the Canal House Gals Win Big at Beard Book Awards

Once again, congratulations are in order, big time. beard award image

Presilla’s Gran Cocina Latina: The Food of Latin America took top honors – Cookbook of the Year – at the 2013 James Beard Book Awards, held on Friday, May 3rd. This comes on top of the also prestigious IACP award for best general cookbook.

The latest in Melissa Hamilton & Christopher Hersheimer’s Canal House series, Canal House Cooks Every Day won in the General Cooking category.

The 2013 restaurant and chef award winners will be announced on Monday night, May 6th. Last year Maricel Presilla won in the Mid-Atlantic category. Sadly, no NJ chefs are in the running this year.

In the journalism category, the publication of the ChopChop Magazineyear is ChopChop, a cooking magazine for kids. The only tie it has to the Garden State (as far as I know) is that I gave 2 subscriptions as Christmas gifts last year. I highly recommend it!

For the complete list of 2013 Beard Book, Journalism & Broadcast Award winners, click here.

Uproot Review; Irish Julep Recipe; Agricola Opens; ‘Outstanding in the Field’ Comes to NJ; Edible Jersey Names Local Heroes

That’s a lot packed inside here – and yet there’s more. This post marks my 100th at dinewithpat! Thank you, thank you, thank you for the support and encouragement you’ve given me over the last 99. I’d be so grateful if you would help me celebrate by getting another food-loving friend to subscribe, or by following me on Twitter and Facebook. Yay me!

Uproot 2.0

This restaurant in Warren changed its focus and uprooted its menu (sorry; couldn’t resist) after its opening chef, Anthony Bucco, moved on to the Ryland Inn. Here’s my NJ Monthly review of the “new” Uproot, from the March issue. (Beer lovers will want to check out the cover stories as well.)

NJ Monthly cover mar13

For St. Patrick’s Day: No Green Beer Here!clipart shamrock

This year the folks at Salt Creek Grill in Princeton are saving us from that particular alcoholic monstrosity. Their alternative – the Irish Julep – is inspired. It’s made, predictably, with Jameson – but also with a particularly intriguing twist: Amaro Averna from Sicily. Here’s the recipe:

Salt Creek Grill's Irish Julep

Salt Creek Grill’s Irish Julep

Salt Creek Grill’s Irish Julep

1.5 ounces Jameson Irish Whiskey
¼ ounce Averna Amaro
½ ounce simple syrup
6 mint leaves
1 mint sprig
1/2 ounce water
Crushed Ice

Muddle mint leaves, simple syrup, and water in a highball glass.
Add crushed ice and Jameson Irish Whiskey.
Float Averna Amaro on top and garnish with mint sprig.

Breaking News on My Previous Breaking News: Agricola is Open

Agricola opening date

In my last post I reported that this long-awaited Princeton restaurant would open sometime in March. Well, that sometime is here: Sunday, March 10. Check out the opening menus at the Agricola website.

2 NJ Dates for ‘Outstanding in the Field’ Dinners

Last season, this company that mounts chef/farmer dinners around the country (and the world) in the middle of farm fields, on ranches, etc. did not hold an event in our fair state. This coming season, there are two of what they term “roving culinary adventures.” Tickets go on sale at the Outstanding the Field website on March 20th and, even at $200 a head, they sell out fast. Here’s a heads-up on the NJ dinners:

9/15 at Great Road Farm, Skillman (owned by Jim Nawn of Agricola). Chef is Josh Thomsen (Agricola) and farmer is Steve Tomlinson.

9/17 at Stonybrook Meadows, Hopewell (an equine and sustainable meats & produce farm). Chef is Laura Del Campo (an alum of elements in Princeton) and farmers is Anne Del Campo (her mom).

Congratulations to Edible Jersey’s 2013 ‘Local Heroes’

Here are this year’s award winners, selected by Edible Jersey magazine’s readers.  Well done & well deserved all. Cheers!

Sometimes you just gotta pop some Champagne.

Sometimes you just gotta pop some Champagne. (Photo credit: ganesha.isis)

River Horse Brewing Company, Lambertville (Beverage Artisan)
Matthew Gregg, Forty North Oyster Farms, Mantoloking (Farm/Farmer)
First Field, Princeton (Food Artisan)
Marilyn Schlossbach, Langosta Lounge, Asbury Park (Chef/Restaurant)
Basil Bandwagon and Natural Market, Flemington (Food Shop)
Hunterdon Land Trust, Flemington (Nonprofit)

Breaking News! First Look inside Agricola in Princeton

Last Friday I got a sneak peak – and a guided behind-the-scenes tour – from chef Josh Thomsen of his highly anticipated farm-to-table restaurant set to open in a few short weeks. Check it out in this blog post on NJMonthly.com. Agricola sign

Restaurants: US 1 Fall Dining Issue; Review of Just in Old Bridge; Elements Special Dinner

Before I get to the restaurant stuff, I want to let you know you’ll be getting a second posting from me today. On Monday I composed and thought I had published a post on what restaurants are doing to raise funds for Hurricane Sandy relief. Somehow I forgot to press the “publish” button. I’m blaming that on Sandy. Although I was one of the lucky ones – only 3 days without power, no damage – I have noticed that I’m not multitasking as efficiently as usual. Have you noticed the same?

US 1 Fall Dining

Despite the soft economy, some veteran restaurateurs in Central NJ are adding sibling restaurants to their existing stable. Read my profile of them and their new and forthcoming restaurants in the 2012 Fall Dining Issue of US 1.

Among the restaurants: A second Osteria Procaccini, a second PJ’s Pancake House, North End Bistro, Masa Sushi, and Centro Grille. That last, btw, is from the current owner of Acacia in Lawrenceville.

Just: A Fine Dining Restaurant on Route 9 in Old Bridge

Read my review of this ambitious undertaking on an unlikely stretch of that roadway, from the November issue of New Jersey Monthly.

Elements Collaborative Dinner Thursday, November 15

An interesting lineup of NJ chefs is cooking up a collaborative feast for a good cause at Scott Anderson’s elements in Princeton. A portion of the proceeds goes to the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association. Taking on one course each are David Felton of 90 Acres, Josh Thomsen of the highly anticipated Agricola, Gabby Carbone of the Bent Spoon, Will Mooney of the Brothers Moon, and Chris Albrecht of Eno Terra. The evening will begin with hors d’oeuvres at 6pm. For information and reservations click here.

Lahiere’s Site to Become ‘Agricola’ in the Fall

Princeton Patch just broke the first details on what the new restaurant taking over the space of the erstwhile Lahiere’s in downtown Princeton  will be. Here is the Agricola site, which divulges a few tantalizing details.

To fill in a bit more: the scuttlebutt (unverified) is that the fellow behind Agricola – and the farm that the site mentions – made his money as a franchiser of Panera Bread operations in Northern & Central NJ. Although the restaurant’s site says Agricola is opening this fall, that seems a tad ambitious. Last week when I checked on the progress at the Witherspoon Street space, it was still basically an excavation site. There remains the same charmingly dated facade – a jumble of dark-green wood panels and ancient glass window panes in the doors. And while work was definitely in progress, there was still pretty much nothing but daylight behind the windows. Here’s hoping…

Agricola is the second new restaurant scheduled to open this fall in downtown Princeton. As reported here previously, the team behind elements – including chef Scott Anderson – hopes to launch their second restaurant, Mistral, then, too.

Want to know how restaurants are managing your visit behind your back? Discover some charming (and not so charming) restaurant lingo, courtesy of the NY Times: here.