3 Princeton Area Chefs Tell Their Stories of Working Their Way from the Bottom Rung to the Top of the Restaurant Kitchen Ladder
For the 2016 Harvest Dining issue of US 1, I approached executive chefs at 3 of the Princeton area’s most popular and revered food establishments for the stories of how they navigated their way from the lowest to the top position. That all 3 are Hispanic immigrants with no English at the start speaks volumes. (Donald T***p please take note.) Read about the journeys of Juan Mercado of One53, Jose Lopez of Nassau Street Seafood, and Edgar Urias of Blue Point Grill here.
Nature-as-Muse Workshops at Princeton’s Mountain Lakes Preserve Feature Successful Perfumer, Food Artisan, Graphic Designer, and Poet
Gab Carbone of the Bent Spoon, Courtesy Princeton Echo
The bad news is that this series of October workshops mounted by Friends of Princeton Open Space is sold out. The good news is there probably will be more to come. So if you’re interested in upping your creativity quotient, check out this unique series of open-air walks and a related workshop. Each is led by a different successful professional on four consecutive Sundays: a perfumer from Firmenich (scent), an independent graphic designer (color), a poet (words), and the inimitable Gab Carbone of the Bent Spoon ice cream shop (flavor).
I share all the fascinating details here, in the October issue of the Princeton Echo. Bonus: Get to know Princeton mover-and-shaker Fran McManus, the genius behind the workshops.
Halloween Fun for Grown-ups and New Milestones for Brick Farm Tavern and First Field (the NJ Ketchup Folks)
Check out my “Food for Thought” column in October’s Princeton Echo for details on:
- Tre Piani & Planet Apothecary teaming up for their Witches & Warlocks Ball
- Menu details for the upcoming (and already sold out) dinner at the Beard House by Brick Farm Tavern Chef Greg Vassos on October 22
- The newest product from the First Field Jersey Ketchup folks which surprised even owners Theresa Viggiano & Patrick Leger in its popularity. (Hint: it’s not ketchup)
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Tagged bent spoon ice cream, Blue Point Grill Princeton, Brick Farm Tavern, Chef Edgar Urias, Chef Greg Vassos, Chef Jose Lopez, Chef Juan Mercado, First Field ketchup, Fran McManus, Gab Carbone, Mountain Lakes Preserve, Nassau Street Seafood, Nature as Muse workshops, One53, Patrick Leger, Planet Apothecary, Princeton Echo, Theresa Viggiano, Tre Piani restaurant, US 1 Fall Dining, US 1 newspaper
Midnight Madness: NJ Chefs Share Zany New Year’s Tales
Most of us get a little nutty when New Year’s Eve rolls around. But chefs – who have a loony job every day of the year – seem to go to extremes more than most. Here in the holiday 2015 issue of Edible Jersey (starting on page 71) I poll chefs around the state for their most memorable December 31st. They live up to their profession’s reputation in spades.
My thanks to Juan Mercado (One53), Ben Nerenhausen (Mistral), Christine Nunn (Picnic on the Square), Larry Robinson (Ceriello Marketplace, Medford), Marilyn Schlossbach (Langosta Lounge & others), & Chris Siversen (Maritime Parc & BURG).
‘Crazy for Cookbooks’ Panel Discussion at Princeton Public Library. Join Me & Other Food Writers, Chefs, Cookbook Authors, & Publishers
I jumped at the chance to participate in this fun evening, coming up on Wednesday, December 2, at 7 p.m at the Princeton Library:
The event is free and will be followed by the participating authors’ book sale and signing. Attendees are encouraged to bring along their own personal favorite cookbook because there will be a photo booth set up where they can be photographed with it in tow. The resulting pics will be shared by the library on social media.
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Tagged Ben Nerenhausen, BURG Newark, Ceriello Marketplace, Chris Siversen, Christine Nunn, Crazy for Cookbooks, Edible Jersey holiday, Juan Mercado, Langosta Lounge, Larry Robinson, Marilyn Schlossbach, Maritime Parc, Mistral Princeton, One53, Picnic on the Square, Princeton Library