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Glass Bottles, Glass Ceilings

Cynthia Lohr

In 2005, New York City-based tech marketing guru Deborah Brenner took a trip to Napa that would change her life—and the role of women in wine—forever. During her tour of the area’s famous wineries, she discovered how male-dominated the wine industry is. She even learned of several cases where a winery made a conscious decision to omit a female winemaker’s ... Read More »

Grape Ideas from Make Wine With Us


Making wine is any wine lover’s dream—the perfect blend of tasting and crafting. Luckily for New Jersey oenophiles, Make Wine With Us in Wallington offers both experiences in one location. All it takes to get started is a passion for good wine and a desire to learn. Make Wine With Us has simplified the winemaking process so that each step ... Read More »

Dreaming Big with Drew Nieporent


“You have to dream big if you’re gonna win.” Sound advice from America’s legendary restaurateur, Drew Nieporent. As founder of Myriad Restaurant Group (which operates Tribecca Grill, Nobu New York City, Nobu Fifty Seven, Nobu London, Nobu Next Door, Bâtard, and Crush Wine & Spirits), Nieporent is no stranger to winning. With 35 restaurants worldwide under the Myriad umbrella—most recently ... Read More »

Doggie Bag


Longtime residents of New Jersey, Marge and Mark Dabakian are foodies through and through. “We love to eat out,” Marge says. Which works out for both of them, since she hates cooking. “There are lots of places we love to go, but we’re regulars at Jersey Boys Grill in New Milford. They have great specials, but Mark and I will ... Read More »

Cold Weather Comforts

kitchen at grove dish

When the holidays are over, many of us start to feel the winter blues. That’s when we crave comfort foods—the rib-sticking goodness that invariably boosts our mood. DiningOut asked three New Jersey chefs what their most popular comfort food items are this season. When you get the craving for something warm and hearty, take their advice for soul-satisfying indulgences. David ... Read More »

PAC’ing Full Houses for 13 Years and Much More

Barry Manilow

Natalie Cole, George Benson, Barry Manilow, Elvis Costello, Paul Anka, Brian Setzer, and Joan Rivers are just a few of the many big names that have performed at the Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC) since it re-opened the doors in fall of 2004. Formerly known as the John Harms Center, the PAC has been known as a leader in cultural ... Read More »

Food Talk

Dan Jurafsky

In “The Language of Food,” Stanford University linguistics professor and chair Dan Jurafsky journeys into the linguistic history of all things culinary. Jurafsky explores food terminology with easy-to-digest etymologies, entertaining anecdotes, and even snippets of ancient recipes—as well as some not-so-ancient ones, like Emily Dickinson’s recipe for coconut cake. “The Language of Food” asks questions about the similarities between words like macaroon, macaron, and ... Read More »

Chase ‘N Our Face


When Chase Bailey was just 11 years old, he started his own cooking show: Chase ‘N Yur Face. Working with his hands in the kitchen, interviewing chefs, and acting in front of the camera have helped him conquer the challenges of his autism diagnosis. Together with his mom, Mary, he blogs regularly and films a couple episodes each month in ... Read More »

Chase Bailey’s Apricot Amazeballs Recipe

Apricot Amazeballs

Apricot Amazeballs from Chef Chase Bailey of Chase ‘N Yur Face serves five Ingredients 15 whole fresh apricots 15 small mozzarella bocconcini 1 jalapeño, diced (optional) 1 c flour 1 Tbsp cornstarch 1-1/2 c soda water 1-2 Tbsp sugar* 1-1/2 qts canola oil *Sugar is only necessary if you’re making the Amazeballs as a dessert. Method Cut apricots in half ... Read More »

European Health Secrets

Beyond the Mediterranean

Paleo. Gluten-free. Raw foods. Which of these dietary trends have you or someone you know tested in the recent past? Award-winning culinary nutritionist and Boulder-based author Layne Lieberman, RD, believes the key to a healthy lifestyle is simpler than these passing fads. While living in Switzerland, she discovered the eating habits that allow the Swiss to enjoy the second longest ... Read More »