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Ridgewood Summertime Restaurant Week !

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First Time Ever-Restaurant Week During The Summer!
Sunday-Thursday, August 13-17th.
Sunday-Thursday, August 20-24th.
Time: 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM

Location: At participating restaurants in Ridgewood, all through the Ridgewood business district

For these two days, participating restaurants and caterers are offering you the chance to “experience” dining in Ridgewood or in your home.Each chef is preparing a tantalizing 3-course, prie-fixe menu at $30.17.

Visit these participating restaurants. Call for reservations and details.

Ridgewood Chamber of Commerce presents …
First time ever –

Sunday-Thursday, August 13-17th.
Sunday-Thursday, August 20-24th.
Offering a Pre-Fixe menu of a three course meal,
at $30.17 +tax and tip. Beverages not included.
This can be eating-in or take-out menu and/or catering.

Participating restaurant to date…more to come,
check back.

Blue Sushi-201-882-1700 (lunch/dinner)
Cravings-201-857-8533 (lunch/dinner)
Finca-201-444-1199 (lunch/Dinner)
Latour, JUST ADDED, 201-445-5056 (lunch/dinner)
Leon Mexican Cuisine-201-857-0297 (dinner)
Lisa’s Mediterranean Cuisine-201-251-8686
Park West Tavern & Loft 201-445-5400
Pearl Restaurant-201-857-5100 (dinner)
Piccolo Bistro-Italian-201-882-1111 (dinner only)
ROOTS Steakhouse 201-444-1922 (lunch only)
SMOKED2Go 201-447-6653 (dinner only)
Steel Wheel Tavern-201-882-1800 (lunch/dinner)
White Maple Café-201-201-857-0700

Specialty Foods
Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt-201-857-3711
Offering a small party box at $30.17 ($45 value)

Chestnut Catering-201-445-3031
week of 8/13 only – pick up-eat at home.

For restaurant questions, call restaurant directly.
all other-Ridgewood Chamber 201-445-2600

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Jersey peach production best in years, state says


CLAIRE LOWE Staff Writer

Jul 29, 2017

HAMMONTON — New Jersey peach farmers are reaping a bounty this summer with one of their largest crops.

New Jersey, which is the fourth-largest producer of peaches in the nation behind California, South Carolina and Georgia, is projected to produce between 55 million and 60 million pounds of peaches over 5,500 acres in 2017, according to the New Jersey Peach Promotion Council.

In 2015, farmers grew 42.2 million pounds on 4,700 acres valued at $27.6 million.

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NJ lottery started a pilot program to put Quick Draw at Mac Murphy’s

Mac Murphy's

July 28,2017

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, On July 17th, NJ lottery started a pilot program to put Quick Draw into selected bars in New Jersey.

They selected not franchised or chain restaurants, but local establishments. As of now, there are only a handful of places in Bergen County. One that was picked and already running is our favorite pub in town Mac Murphy’s.

Quick Draw is basically Lotto w/ 80 numbers to pick. It’s very popular over the border in New York. You can also play any other lottery game there.

“Mac’s” has expanded their outdoor dining area and chef Shamus from the “Old Country” will delight your culinary needs.

Stop by.. WIN and DINE…


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Radicchio Pasta and Risotto Co. in Ridgewood

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July 27,2017

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Chef Daniel Montoya with over 18 years of experience oversees the kitchen for Radicchio. He prepares classic home style Italian dishes for your enjoyment . He is the same Chef as when Raddicio’s was in Ridgewood originally.

Chef Montoya, will be overseeing the menu at the new restaurant and he and his team take great care in preparing classic pasta and risotto options like their hearty Spaghetti Bolognese, Penne a la Vodka, and Porcini Risotto, mindful of maintaining the same comforting emotional experience these favorites tend to evoke.

 For those looking for something outside their familiar tastes, will have plenty of options with hosts of signature dishes featuring bold flavors and inventive twists like the Shrimp and Leek Risotto, Black Seafood Linguine (mussels, clams, scallops, shrimp, calamari, and lobster tail) and Arrabiata Risotto.

Located at
34 Franklin Ave
Ridgewood, New Jersey
Call (201) 670-7311

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Reader says Ridgewood’s CBD has become the largest open air food court in Bergen County

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Ridgewood’s CBD has become the largest open air food court in Bergen County. We should embrace that and close Ridgewood Ave between Broad and Maple and make it a walking mall like Washington Street in Cape May, Main Street Charlottesville, Pearl Street Boulder, 4th Street Louisville, the list goes on. Sure NJ Transit bus people may complain, but fix that with a one-way (west obviously) Dayton Street. Changes like this would drive improvements on Franklin (while simplifying the intersections at Chestnut, Oak, Walnut and Cottage Place). It would push parking (or at least parking access) to the perimeter of that space and allow for a real walking village with diverse shops and restaurants to flourish. It would also make The Greek’s planters a non-issue! Who’s with me?

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Safety Tips for the Summertime Grill Master

Grill Master

July 9,2017

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, the Ridgewood blog received these safety tips courtesy of  Ramon Hache ,Keller Williams Realty . Summer is the season for grilling. However, an average of 8,900 home fires involving grills, hibachis, or barbecues occur each year in the United States. In 2014, 16,600 patients went to emergency rooms due to injuries involving grills, and 1,600 children under age five suffered thermal burns, caused by touching a hot surface. Safety aside, grilling-related fires cause about $118 million in property damage each year.

Clearly, it’s important to keep safety in the forefront when enjoying all that your grill has to offer.

Here are a few common sense reminders on keeping your family and your home safe:

  • Keep the grill well away from your home and deck railings, and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
  • Remove grease or fat buildup from the grill and in trays below the grill.
  • Never leave your grill unattended, and keep children and pets at least three feet away from the grill at all times.
  • Always make sure the lid of a gas grill is open before lighting.
  • If using starter fluid for a charcoal grill, use only charcoal starter fluid, and never add charcoal fluid or any other flammable liquid to the fire. Keep charcoal fluid out of the reach of children and away from heat sources.
  • If your charcoal grill has an electric starter, use an extension cord.
  • When finished grilling, let the coals cool completely, then dispose in a metal container.

Tips compliments of and the National Fire Protection Association.

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Ridgewood Farmers Market 9am to 3pm Sunday

Sun, June 25, 2017 – Sun, November 19, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Location: Train Station Parking Lot, Godwin Ave & W Ridgewood Ave

Celebrating 17 years with
Farm to table, fresh and delicious produce.

Ridgewood’s Farmers’ Market
Every Sunday from 9am-3pm
westside of NJ Transit train station…

Enjoy our farmers vegetables and fruit until

Stroll and get some fresh Mozzarella.
Homemade Jams-with flavors you cannot get any other place.
Fresh baked goods, preservative free.
Pickles on a stick for the kids and more.
Beautiful flowers for your yard.

FARM – and more – TO your TABLE…
for more details – [email protected]

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Now’s the Perfect Time for Fresh-Picked Peaches

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Last Edited: Jul 05, 2017 4:29 PM EDT
By Brenna Weick,


The summer peach season is well underway and the farmers at Holtzhauser Farms know why Jersey peaches are the best around.

“We have an ideal climate for the growing season,” said Tom Holtzhauser, co-owner and operator of Holtzhauser Farms. “We get the perfect sun and temperature during the summer and it makes for an ideal peach.”

While New Jersey is typically known for its perfect peach-growing conditions, last year gave farmers an unusual challenge.

“On April 4th, 2016, the weather went down to 25 degrees … and it killed every single blossom in the orchard,” said Holtzhauser. “We lost our entire crop.”

Holtzhauser acknowledged that it’s always in the back of area farmers’ minds that a weather disaster can occur at any time.

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How to live to 100: Secrets of the world’s healthiest village revealed


THEY say a little of what you fancy does you good. But it seems the old adage may be wrong when it comes to living a long and healthy life – unless it’s in strict moderation.

PUBLISHED: 00:01, Mon, Jun 26, 2017 | UPDATED: 08:02, Mon, Jun 26, 2017

A doctor has revealed the secrets behind the “world’s healthiest village”– and there it all comes down to eating less sugar.

Cardiologist Dr Aseem Malhotra – who describes himself as a former sugar addict – has spent years studying the reasons behind rocketing rates of heart disease and obesity in Britain.

Key to his research were residents of the village of Pioppi, in southern Italy, where diabetes is unheard of and many live to over the age of 100.

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Radicchio Pasta and Risotto Co. Rolls Out friends and family privileges

Radicchio Pasta and Risotto Co
June 25,2017
the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, Radicchio Pasta and Risotto open for Lunch every day and they have a special promotion for everyone who works in the neighborhood. Just let your server know where you work and ask him/her about our friends and family privileges.

Chef Daniel Montoya with over 18 years of experience will oversee the kitchen in the newest location for Radicchio. He will prepare classic home style Italian dishes for your enjoyment.

34 Franklin Ave
Ridgewood, New Jersey
Get Directions
Call (201) 670-7311