Tag Archives: Aurelio’s Princeton

Brick Farm Tavern Names Opening Chef; Local Handmade French Candies; Do You Yelp?

Double Brook Farm’s Restaurant, on Track  for November Debut, Snags Opening Chef from Colorado

Chef Greg Vassos

Chef Greg Vassos

For a while it looked as though Aaron Philipson of Hopewell’s Blue Bottle Cafe was going to team up with Robin & Jon McConaughy for their first full-service restaurant, but when that fell through the couple broadened the searched to the national scene. Find out why they’ve signed on Greg Vassos for their Brick Farm Tavern in my “Food for Thought” column in the October Princeton Echo.

Les Delices D’Annelise: Handmade, All-Natural Calisson, Nougat, Caramel, and other French Confections

Calissons, Les Delices D'Annelise

Calissons, Les Delices D’Annelise

In that same space, be sure to read further on to learn about the French woman in Princeton who concocts the above and more (e.g., soft, fresh, violet-flavored marshmallows) and where and how to get your hands on them. (You can thank me later.) If you can’t make it to Princeton for Madame Mugnier’s confections, email her at les.delices.annelise@gmail.com.

You, Me, & Yelp

Aurelio's Tortilla Chips

Aurelio’s Tortilla Chips

For my monthly food feature in the October Echo, I tell why and how I find Yelp reviews helpful – and not – using Yelp entries for Princeton restaurants to make my points. Would you be surprised to learn, for example, that number 3 on Yelp’s “10 Best Restaurants in Princeton” list is a place called Aurelio’s Cocina Latina? I was. Above is my photo of the very good tortilla chips and salsas I enjoyed there, but still and all….

All-Princeton Post: Scott Anderson Dishes on the New Elements; Manuel Perez Departs The Peacock Inn; Aurelio’s Opens on Leigh Ave.

Everything You Wanted to Know about the Re-launching of Elements

Turns out that since its closing last year to relocate to a new space on Witherspoon Street, every aspect of the Elements experience has been examined, reconsidered, and altered – if not radically transformed. I sat down with chef/owner Scott Anderson and got the who, what, where, why, when, and how of the new Elements, which is expected to debut within weeks. Here’s my 2,500-word report, in the July issue of The Princeton Echo.

Scott Anderson, The Princeton Echo, July 2015

Scott Anderson, The Princeton Echo, July 2015

Change of Chef at The Peacock Inn

Manuel Perez, who had been executive chef since the Peacock Inn’s own relaunch five years ago, has departed. Barry Sussman, the owner, is expected to announce his replacement at any moment. Here are the details, as I reported them in my Food for Thought column in that same issue of The Echo:

Manuel Perez Representing the Peacock Inn at Epicurean Palate, 2012

Manuel Perez Representing the Peacock Inn at Epicurean Palate, 2012

“Owner Barry Sussman announced in mid-June that Perez, who had been executive chef since 2010, when the inn and restaurant’s dramatic, multi-million dollar renovation debuted, was leaving to become chef de cuisine at Bouley restaurant in New York. Perez had worked for famed chef David Bouley early in his career, eventually moving to NJ to work at Restaurant Nicholas in Red Bank and then moving over to the Peacock. Departing with Perez is his wife, Cynthia, who was the restaurant’s pastry chef. At press time Sussman was close to naming a replacement. He told New Jersey Monthly that chefs from two-star Michelin restaurants were in the running. Stay tuned.”
Update: Sam Byrne, formerly of Cross & Orange in Asbury Park, has been tapped for this position.

Aurelio’s Cocina Latina Opens on Leigh Avenue

Aurelio's Princeton

Aurelio’s Princeton

Rocio Lopez hails from Oaxaca; her husband, Marco Gonzalez, from Guatemala. The menu of their cheerful, lemon-yellow cafe reflects both homelands. In truth, I wish the menu had more Guatemalan dishes, because the standout dish on a recent lunch was housemade pupusas with chicharron and cabbage slaw.  Aurelio’s took over the quarters of what had been Tortuga’s Mexican Village, before that restaurant moved directly across the street. Tortuga’s is a longtime favorite of Princetonians. Lopez says she’s not worried, though.

Sweet flowers at Aurelio's, Princeton

Sweet flowers at Aurelio’s, Princeton

More details are here, in my July Food for Thought column in The Echo, along with tidbits about two new Central NJ farmers markets that have out-of-the-ordinary missions and unique rosters of farms. And, oh yes: I divulge my favorite source for fennel pollen.