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Zagat NJ Needs You; Jack Morrison on 30 Years in Seafood Biz; A Better Food Label?; More

Are You One of Those People Who Bemoan the Ratings in the Zagat Survey?

Then here’s your opportunity to eviscerate that stale has-been that gets sterling ratings year in and year out, and to speak up on behalf of that hole-in-the-wall or cool new spot that has been unjustly overlooked by those (ahem) jaded restaurant critics. The voting on NJ restaurants for the 2013/14 guide is going on now through December 2. Just sign up here and have at it – and you’ll get freebies to boot.


Are you a fan of Princeton’s Blue Point Grill or Witherspoon Grill? It all Started 30 Years ago with a little fish market that could…

Jack Morrison
photo courtesy of princetoninfo.com

These days Jack Morrison is a restaurateur, real estate developer, shopkeeper, farmers market founder, and Princeton mover-and-shaker. He got his start three decades ago with a modest seafood market at the “dead” end of town in the middle of a recession. On the occasion of Nassau Street Seafood‘s 30th anniversary, Morrison explains how and why it worked then – and now – in my report in the current issue of US 1.

 

Speaking of Princeton: Congrats to Jammin’ Crepes

This signature 20-layer crepe cake filled with lemon blossom mousse took The People’s Choice award at the recent dessert competition sponsored by Corner House, the counseling agency for Princeton area young people and their families confronting substance abuse and other emotional issues. Jammin Crepe‘s owners Kim Rizk’s and Kathy Klockenbrink’s crepes are wildly popular at area farmers markets.

Is the US Ready for an Improved Food Label?

How to understand and use the US Nutritional F...

In case you missed it in last Sunday’s NY Times, here’s Mark Bittman’s proposal on how to develop a food label that is quick and easy to read (unlike the current sample above) and provides actual useful information. I like that the one he promotes incorporates the Slow Food ideal of food that is good (tasting), clean (of harmful chemicals, pesticides, etc.), and fair (to animals and to the humans who raise and process them.)

Need Some Post-Holiday Pick-Me-Ups?

If like me you’re having trouble settling back into your routine after the holiday break, I offer three diversions:

Think You’ve Done Something Stupid in the Kitchen? Well, you have nothing on my friends, acquaintances, and family members, who gamely shared their best (worst?) cooking mishaps with me for my last In the Kitchen column of 2011 in The Princeton Packet. I would love to hear about your best cooking catastrophes, too.

Hey, I’m a Chapter in a Book! That’s a sentence I never thought I’d write. But it’s true: I am the subject of Chapter 7 of Locavore Adventures: One Chef’s Slow Food Journey by Jim Weaver, chef/owner of Tre Piani in Princeton’s Forrestal Village.

It tells the story of his founding of Slow Food Central NJ back in 1999 and how the success of this chapter – one of the first in the US – convinced Carlo Petrini and Slow Food International to establish Slow Food USA. I am proud to say that I was a co-founder of that chapter. The book is due out from Rutgers Press in a few weeks, but you can read all about it in my interview with Weaver in the current (Winter 2012) issue of Edible JerseyVisit the EJ website to find out where to pick up a copy of this free publication, including at Whole Foods Markets.

Suffering from Farmers Market Withdrawal? Every year around this time I begin to mourn the loss of weekly interaction with my favorite farmers. This year, though, there are more winter farmers markets than ever to tide me and you over til spring. Here are those I know about; please add any others you’re aware of:English: The City of Rockville Maryland farmer...

Saturday, Jan. 14, from 10 am to 2 pm at D&R Greenway in Princeton. This is one of two markets mounted by (ahem) Slow Food Central NJ. For directions visit the Greenway site.

Sunday, Feb. 19, from 11 am to 3 pm at Tre Piani in Princeton. The second of the above markets.

The Flemington Farmers Market at Historic Dvoor Farm will be open from 11 am to 1 pm on the third Sunday of the month all winter. Among the vendors is Griggstown Farm. Dates are: Jan. 15, Feb. 19, March 18, & April 15.

The Princeton Farmers Market will be held on the second Thursday of each month from 11 am to 5 pm inside the Princeton Public Library. Dates are: Jan. 12, Feb. 9, March 8, & April 12.

Finally, if you haven’t yet discovered the superb Stockton Farmers Market, it’s a year-round indoor market that I’ll be profiling in full in an upcoming issue of US 1. Winter hours are: Fri. 3 to 7, Sat. 9 to 4, & Sun. 10 am to 4 pm. Vendors include The Painted Truffle, the chocolates I’ve featured in recent posts.