Dec 05


North Jersey Foodies was thrilled to be invited to a tasting of Bongiovi pasta sauces held on November 18th at Bon Jovi’s Soul Kitchen in Red Bank, New Jersey.

The Bongiovi tasting was a charity event held to raise money for the JBJ Soul Foundation. Even though the rocker himself, Jon Bon Jovi was in attendance the highlight of the evening were the freshly prepared meals by John Bongiovi Sr, or Mr. B, as he likes to be called.
DSC_2244**photo of JBJ Soul Kitchen

The sauces are “passed down through three generations, the Bongiovi family recipe originated in the town of Sciacca on the southwest coast of Sicily in the late 1800’s.” After much encouragement and many “you need to bottle this sauce”, Mr. B along with his sons Anthony and Matthew have taken their beloved secret family recipe and put it in a jar for all families to now enjoy.

The menu for the evening included seven family recipes prepared by Mr. B and some friends. He was delighted to be hands on in the kitchen serving up the dishes. You can see the smile on his face not only watching his family; Matthew and Jon Bon Jovi enjoy the meal but his new friends and family. Mr. B treated everyone in the room like family.
DSC_2207** Lou Morreale (L) & Mr. B (R)

The great thing about the Bongiovi Brand Sauces is they are all natural. They are made with fresh ingredients, no preservatives, and are gluten free. You can pronounce everything on the label! The pasta sauces are made in small patches to keep the homemade taste.

We were able to try all three sauces. The Marinara is tangy and you can see the freshness in how bright red the sauce pours out of the jar. The Garden Style has a chunky consistency with fresh bell peppers, garlic, onions and other vegetables. The Arrabbiate had a hint of hot peppers but not so much that is was over powering.

At the end of a the evening speaking with Mr. B we asked why at 75 when you could enjoy your retirement are you doing all of this and sharing your family recipe. He smiled a warm genuine smile and said: “This is what I do”.

You can find The Bongiovi Brand Sauces in Shop Rites and Wegmans. A special Thank you to Saker Shop Rites that donate 95% of the food to the Bon Jovi Soul Kitchen and Ken Scaggs for organizing the guest list.

You can find our more information at Bongiovi Brand Sauces.

**Photos courtesy Savvy Studios. For more photos like us on North Jersey Foodies Facebook.


Nov 28

Black Friday & Cyber Monday Foodie Shopping Deals

Black Friday and Cyber Monday Foodie Shopping Deals

Barnes & Noble. Now read your favorite cookbook on a Nook.

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Buy the coffee, get the press for free. Purchase 3 bags of Starbucks® whole bean coffee and get a free coffee press. Shop Coffee *Valid 11/28 through 11/29 or While supplies last.Along with other great deals.


Beginning Thurdsay November 28th through Sunday December 1st. Taste Of Home Specials.

Shop Taste of Home

Popcorn Factory. Black Friday Deal.
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Save over 60% on Wusthof Black Friday Deals at!Our Lowest Price Ever on KitchenAid Stand Mixers – Only $299.99
Rachael Ray Dinnerware Sale – only $49.99



Holiday 2010


Cuisinart 4-Cup Mini-Prep Plus Food Processor

Cuisinart 4-Cup Mini-Prep Plus Food Processor. Multiple Colors Available.


Legal Sea Foods provides a combination Lobster, Shrimp and Chowder package.

Legal Sea Foods


Mar 29

Upcoming Events

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Saturday March 30th – Heights Beer and Wine Emporium. From 1:00-5:00PM CupCakeApallozza an in store cooking demo, meet & greet, cupcakes & Cupcake wine pairing with Food Networks Cupcake Wars Season 4 Episode 8 winner Michelle Spell, owner of Ava’s Cupcakes of Rockaway NJ. Michelle will be in store to work her Cupcake magic. Of course her delicious creations will be paired with Cupcake wines & the Heights Wine Barbarian will be happy to tell us why they go so well together. Come treat yourself to an afternoon learning from & speaking with Michelle & tasting wine!

Mar 26

New Jersey Chocolate Shops


Bitter Sweet Stop – Wood Ridge. Home made chocolates, Jelly Bellys, etc
Bromilow Chocolates – Woodland Park Factory & West Caldwell.
Chocolate Box – Hawthorne. Homemade chocolates, baskets, etc.
Chocolate Etc – Wycoff. Homemade chocolates, pretzels, M&M display.
Chocolate Treasures – Wayne. Chocolate making supplies.
Enjou Chocolatiers Inc – Morristown.
Genevieve’s Gift Shop- 174 Ray St Garfield, NJ. 973-772-8816. No website.
Holsten’s Brookdale Bakery – Bloomfield.
Krause’s Homemade Candy– Paramus. Homemade chocolates, truffles, all occasions.
Nagels – Wayne and Randolph. The mecca of all chocolate shops. No website.

Contact to be added to our list or leave a comment about your favorite chocolate shop.

Mar 18

46 Farmers Market

Spring is almost here and most cannot wait until they can enjoy Jersey fresh fruits and vegetables. Our state has some of the most beautiful farms and best produce. However, if you cannot wait until May to get your Jersey strawberries or July to get those beefsteak tomatoes the next best thing is fresh produce at a reasonable price. This is what you will find in abundance at the 46 Farmers Market in Totowa. IMG_0288

The 46 Farmers Market is not a true farmers market in the sense of local or organic. My lettuce was from California, blackberries from Guatemala, and blueberries from Chili. The produce is of high quality though. There are always numerous workers on the floor sorting through mounds of fruits and vegetables clearing out any old or undesirable produce. I have never come home with food I had to throw out the next day because it had spoiled. On a recent visit I purchased a plethora of produce for $33.47 which will last at least 10 days. It was a treat to have summer watermelon on a cold winter day which was juicy and delicious. The blueberries and blackberries have lasted more than a week. DSC06571

The 46 Farmers Market has fresh herbs such as, parsley, dill, chives, cilantro, all at their low price point. There are items such as spices, pastas, teas, nuts, rolls, and honeys.

A nice aspect of the 46 Farmers Market is not only the reasonably priced produce but the large floral department and deli area with the same low prices. The floral department carries seasonal favorites: tulips, mums, or pansies depending on the season. Fresh cut flowers and arrangements.

The deli department carries Italian specialty oils, roasted peppers, artichokes, olives, mushrooms and any other item for antipasto. The meats are Boars Head and always fresh because of the volume sold. The prices beat most local grocery stores. IMG_0293

I have found it best to avoid early Monday morning hours because that is the day they replenish from the very busy weekends. It is definitely a place to check out.

The 46 Farmers Market is actually owned by the New Jersey Farmers Market Group headquartered in Cranford. There are 9 locations through out North Jersey, Totowa, Belleville, South Amboy, Hillsborough, Freehold, Bergenfield, Middlesex, Livingston, and East Rutherford. The 46 Farmers Market is located 430 US Highway 46 East, Totowa NJ 07512. Phone 973-256-9592. Business Hours M – S 8:00 am to 7:45 and Sunday 8:00 am to 5:45 pm.

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Mar 13

Foodie Shopping Deals

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Need to bake for Easter? Oneida Professional 5 piece Bakeware Set on sale for $19.99 with 20% off gets you this set for $15.99 or $3.20 per piece. That’s great shopping.Take an Extra 20% off all orders with promo code MH20 for a limited time at!

Oneida Professional 5 Piece Bakeware Set

Personalization Mall has marked down up to 30% all Easter gifts and baskets. Personalization FREE. These cute embroidered mini egg baskets were originally $12.95 marked down to $9.05 and with coupon code SHOPEARLY you get an additional 15% off for a final cost of $7.70. Click here: 15% Off Personalized Easter Gifts with code SHOPEARLY at checkout – Offer Ends 3/24

Mar 04

Upcoming Restaurant Week in New Jersey


“Restaurant Weeks” have been popping up all over the country and not in just major cities like Chicago or NYC. Local towns are also now participating. It is a great way for customers to try a restaurant that they thought may be out of their budget. During restaurant weeks the restaurants offer prix fixe lunch and dinner specials. They are normally under $30.00 for dinner and $20.00 for lunch. Few even offer their full menu with a percentage off the bill. Towns are also getting involved by offering free metered parking during lunch or dinner hours.



Maplewood offers some of the most eclectic and award winning restaurants in North Jersey. This year there are close to 25 participating restaurants. Click here for a full list or restaurants:
Maplewood Restaurant week.


This is one of the best restaurant weeks in New Jersey. There are over 100 participating restaurants to choose from. You have the old charm of the Atlantic City Country club or a fabulous casino restaurant like Wolfgang Pucks, Carmines, or Cuba Libre to name a few. You can choose from many culinary varieties all with a reasonable price of $33.13 for dinner and $15.13 for lunch. Reservations are recommended. Many hotels are also offering discounted rates. Click here to find out more information on Atlantic City Restaurant week.

Please leave a comment if you know of or experienced any great restaurant weeks in New Jersey.

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Mar 01

Foodie Events

MAPLE SUGAR FESTIVAL, Saturday March 02, 2013. Maple syrup snow cones, taste tests, tree tapping demos and more! There will be crafts, games and hikes. This is fun for the whole family. Location is The Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center in Chatham Township. Admission $4.00 per person. Please click here for additional information: Maple Sugar Festival Maple-Sugar-1

RAMSEY INDOOR FARMERS MARKET, Sundays until March 24th, 10:00 to 2:00. Established by the Ramsey Historical Association it supports eating, growing, and buying local and fresh. There is something for everyone: local made honey, breads, nuts, and cheeses. For a full list of vendors please click here: Ramsey Indoor Market.

A TASTE OF MORRISTOWN, Monday March 04, 2013 from 6:00 to 9:00 at the Hanover Marriott. This is the 11th annual charity event for the Morristown Rotary Club. This year there are 30 vendors highlighting the event. It is a great way to sample some of the finest restaurants in and around Morristown. There is also wine and whiskey tasting. This is a great event for a great cause for only $60.00. Please click here for additional information: A Taste of Morristown.taste_jpg-1

SAVOR FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL, Monday March 04, 2013 from 5:00 to 8:30 at the Preakness Country Club, Wayne. This is the 13th Annual event for the North Jersey Regional Chamber of Commerce. It is a great networking event but also a night out to sample some local restaurants and top notch wines. There is also entertainment, a mystic reader, and free chair message all for $50.00. Please click here for more information: Savor Food & Wine Festival.