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LIFESTYLE LETTER

NOVEMBER 2019 PUBLISHER

Marc Schwartz | marc.schwartz@lifestylepubs.com EDITORIAL COORDINATOR

Kris Pepper | kris.pepper@lifestylepubs.com CREATIVE MANAGER

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So Much for Which to be Thankful AS NOVEMBER ROLLS AROUND, WE’RE ANXIOUSLY AWAITING THE

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APPROACH OF THANKSGIVING, THE HOLIDAY SEASON AND TIME SPENT

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WITH OUR LOVED ONES. The winding down of the year always brings about a

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time of reflection for us—remembering everything we’ve done or accomplished in

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months past; looking back on turkey disaster stories from years ago, cold mornings

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watching the Thanksgiving Day parade, or afternoons spent curled up on the couch watching our favorite football teams. Personally, I’m thinking of the people, experiences and things we’ve been blessed with during the last year. As we press pause on the hustle and bustle of life, and we take a break from our publishing responsibilities, we look back and reflect. The best memories we have here at Northwest Bergen Lifestyle are the stories from all of you, who have made what we do possible. We also take this chance to think of those less fortunate and encourage you to take the opportunity this giving season to donate to local organizations or charities. We hope that as you read this issue,

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you—like us—find inspiration in the lives and experiences of your neighbors and the

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connections that have been made.

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And last but certainly not least, a big shoutout and much gratitude to our reader-

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ship and our advertisers. As November marks our one-year anniversary, I personally

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thank all of you for your generous support, wonderful reviews and commitment to keeping what we do together and that is… keeping it local! Happy Thanksgiving!

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INSIDE THE ISSUE NOVEMBER 2019

FEATURES 16 Mahwah’s Ramapo Valley Road A Thoroughfare Extraordinaire

20 Cause an Effect The Difference You Make Makes All the Difference

24 Homegrown Holidays at Abma's Super Side Dishes to Top Off Your Thanksgiving Table

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30 Jack's Rolls are the 'Maine' Event Go Coastal in Ridgewood

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DEPARTMENTS 4

Lifestyle Letter

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Good Times

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Around Town

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Culinary Creations

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Times Past

20 Giving Back 24 Locally Owned 30 Local Limelight 32 Lifestyle Calendar 34 Parting Thoughts


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Christian Health Care Center's Family Fun Night and Car Show The Christian Health Care Center in Wyckoff recently celebrated with a Family Fun Night

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1. A beautiful day for a show! | 2. Ellsworth and Diana Whiteman and Vicky, Juliana and Douglas Struyk | 3. Classics and Muscle Cars | 4. People’s Choice winners, from left: Joe Moranar; Bret Contreras and Keith Krehel; with CHCC's President and CEO Douglas A. Struyk, CPA, LNHA | 5. David and Cyndie Bach | 6. Michael and Kirsten Rispoli

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ECCR Hosts 'Golf 4 Flo' Outing The Eastern Christian Children’s Retreat (ECCR) in Wyckoff serves more than 110 individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The group recently held its "Golf 4 Flo" outing at Haworth Country Club. The event was established by John Teresi and his family as

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a way to honor their sister, Florence Teresi, who has lived at ECCR since 1973.

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1. Marlene Griffin, Jayne Press, Kimberly Salles, Bianca Teresi, Tony Richardson, Joan Walsh, Ed Galenkamp | 2. Ed Galenkamp, Tim Parker, Garrett Miller and Cliff Grief | 3. The Teresi Family: Bianca, Christopher, John and Robert with Flo, honoree | 4. Peter Farrell, John Teresi (ECCR G4F Chairman), Tony Richardson, Ken DeRiggi, Ravi Reddy | 5. George Martin, David Bushman, Pete Damsma and Bob Sietsma | 6. Linda Felldin, Cheryl Leach, Gail Boylan and Diane Stripe 8

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Happy Thanksgiving!

from your Northwest Bergen Lifestyle family


AROUND TOWN

CHRISTIAN HEALTH CARE CENTER WINS NATIONAL AWARD

UNION CEMETERY RESEARCH TO BE PRESENTED BY LOCAL HISTORIAN

The Christian Health Care Center, located in

Local historian Peggy Norris will present a pro-

Wyckoff, has been recognized by the American

gram focusing on Union Cemetery and its impor-

Health Care Association and the National Center

tance for genealogy research and family ancestry

for Assisted Living. The Excellence in Quality Gold

discoveries at the Wyckoff Public Library. The pro-

Award is given to five care organizations nation-

gram will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 19, from 7–9 p.m.

wide. As of 2019, the Christian Health Care Center

Wyckoff Historical Society, WyckoffHistory.org

is the first and only recipient in Bergen County to guished itself nationally by earning this prestigious

RIDGEWOOD SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA PERFORMS BRAHMS THIRD SYMPHONY

quality award and continuing to meet the highest

Enjoy great classical music close to home

standards each and every day in service to their

at West Side Presbyterian Church on Friday,

residents and communities in New Jersey,” says

Nov. 22, at  8  p.m.  The program, kicking off

Jon Dolan, the president and CEO of the Health

the 80th season of the Ridgewood Symphony

Care Association of New Jersey, in a press release.

Orchestra, includes Glinka's Ruslan and Ludmilla

The Christian Health Care Center, founded in 1911,

Overture, Liebermann's Piccolo Concerto with

is a nonprofit organization and offers services for

Kathleen Nester and Brahms' Symphony No. 3.

be recognized with the award. “CHCC has distin-

About the soloist:

assisted living, nursing care and mental health ser-

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra flutist and

vices. ChristianHealthCare.org

RAMAPO COLLEGE CELEBRATES 50TH ANNIVERSARY

piccoloist Kathleen Nester has been a member of the NJSO woodwind section for more than 25 years. In addition to the NJSO, Kathleen is a mem-

Ramapo College celebrated the 50th anni-

ber of the Stamford Symphony Orchestra (CT). She

versary of its charter this past September. The

has performed with the New York Philharmonic

college, established in 1969, hosted events and a

and The Orchestra of St. Luke’s and has been a

groundbreaking ceremony to commemorate the

flutist for many musicals on Broadway. A longtime

milestone. The new Learning Commons project

member of the NYU flute faculty, Kathleen holds a

is an addition to the George T. Potter Library. It

Master of Music degree in performance from the

will add an extra 20,000 square feet to the library,

Manhattan School of Music. RidgewoodSymphony.org

increase seating capacity by 65% and have a modern look. It will add new study rooms, classCommons will also house the Gross Center for

GRAND OPENING OF ROOTS AND WINGS MINDFULNESS CENTER

Holocaust and Genocide Studies, the Krame

Led by Jenny Mills, M.Ed, Roots and Wings helps

Center for Mindful Living and other special collec-

students learn, teachers teach, and families

tions. The project is a $40 million renovation and

communicate by incorporating mindfulness-based

will take approximately three years to complete.

practices into their daily routines.

Ramapo is also hosting a series of lectures on its

Services include mindfulness and meditation

50th anniversary. The first talk, “The Evolution

courses, K-12 teacher training, and more.

of the College Presidency,” moderated by Tom

RootsAndWingsOnline.org

room space and technology labs. The Learning

Dunn, will be on Wednesday, Nov. 6, at 4 p.m. in the Trustees Pavilion. Ramapo.edu

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CULINARY CREATIONS

KARA TAKES THE KAKE

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WITH FRESH, LIGHT PINK DECOR AND DELICIOUS DESSERTS INCLUDING CUPCAKES, COOKIE DOUGH, CAKE POPS AND S’MOREO BARS, KARA KAKES HAS MORE THAN ENOUGH CHOICES TO SATISFY ANY SWEET TOOTH. “We constantly change things up here,” says Kara Schnaidt, owner and founder of the award-winning bakery. Kara made her passion for baking a reality when she was just a senior in high school. She started her own baking business in her

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mom’s kitchen, then studied at the Institute of Culinary Education in New York. In 2015, she opened Kara Kakes in Franklin Lakes. In addition to staple flavors like vanilla, chocolate, red velvet and Funfetti, seasonal options include Everything Fall and pumpkin cannoli cupcakes along with the alcohol-infused Drunken Pumpkin cupcake—a perfect addition to any adult gathering.  Kara Kakes offers custom-made cupcakes, cakes, chocolate-covered strawberries, cookie bars and platters for all occasions.  Kara’s tips for  decorating your own fallthemed cupcakes at home include making mini pies to place on top of cupcakes or pumpkin cookies. “You get two desserts in one!” Kara says. Cream cheese frosting is a perfect pairing with pumpkin cake, but she  recommends switching to buttercream if you wish to color the frosting as it holds color better. Cupcakes are the perfect dessert for birthday parties, holiday get-togethers  or catching up with friends and family. Kara Kakes opens at 10 a.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

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“Cupcakes are the perfect dessert for birthday parties, holiday get-togethers or catching up with friends and family.”


PUMPKIN CUPCAKES INGREDIENTS + 2 cups all-purpose flour + 2 teaspoons baking powder + 1 teaspoon baking soda + 1 teaspoon salt + 1½ teaspoons ground cinnamon + 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice + 1 cup canola or vegetable oil + 4 large eggs + 1 cup packed light or dark brown sugar + 1/2 cup granulated sugar + 1 15-ounce can pumpkin puree + 1½ teaspoons pure vanilla extract

METHOD 1. Preheat oven to 350 F. 2. In a large bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon  and pumpkin pie spice. Set aside. Whisk together oil, eggs, brown sugar, granulated sugar, pumpkin and vanilla extract. Pour wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until combined. 3. Drop batter in a lined muffin tin. Bake for 30–36 minutes. Cake is done when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Set pan on a wire rack to cool completely.

CREAM CHEESE FROSTING INGREDIENTS + 8 ounces cream cheese, softened + 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened + 3 cups confectioners sugar + 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract + 1/8 teaspoon salt

METHOD 1. Use a mixer to beat the cream cheese and butter together on high speed until smooth. Add confectioners sugar, vanilla  and salt. Beat on low for 30 seconds, then on high for 2 minutes. Spread on the cooled cake. Refrigerate 30 minutes before serving.

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TIMES PAST

Mahwah’s Ramapo

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o Valley Road

A THOROUGHFARE EXTRAORDINAIRE

DRIVING THROUGH TIME. We do it all the time without an awareness of the history around us. In a high-tech world of Bluetooth- and Wi-Fi-equipped vehicles, we often drive roadways that take us back generations to a simpler time. Every town in Bergen County has a thoroughfare, a major road that passes through the center of town and usually connects one town to another. These thoroughfares are often paved representations of hunting trails or warpaths used by Native Americans centuries ago. Often, they are rimmed with a photo album of visual reminders of a town’s past. For Mahwah, Ramapo Valley Road (Route 202) is a thoroughfare extraordinaire. The township of Mahwah, or Mawewi, the name bestowed on the town by the Lenni Lenape, is a unique community that combines the rustic charm of native wilderness with the active life of a modern suburb. Yet a casual drive down Ramapo Valley Road will transport one through centuries of time. So let us begin with the Continental Soldiers Memorial Highway Markers that identify Ramapo Valley Road as the route of the strategic Washington-Rochambeau march

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Gen. Rochambeau, French troops traveled south from Suffern, New York, through New Jersey en route to Yorktown, Virginia, the site of the most decisive and clinching battle of the Revolutionary War. If one starts this Ramapo Valley Road journey by traveling north of Bear Swamp Road, one will find the Winter Farmhouse, one of the last representations of Mahwah’s agricultural past.  The Winter family built CONTINUED >

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This spacious brick mansion became the residence of Theodore Havemeyer in 1878 and remained in the family until 1993.” this home in 1844 and established their prominence as farm and dairy entrepreneurs as well as community leaders. Unfortunately, despite proactive attempts by the Mahwah Historic Preservation Commission to preserve this house, its state of disrepair has put its future in question. North of the Winter Farmhouse, perpendicular to Campgaw Road is the stunning Darlington Schoolhouse, built in 1891. This architecturally unique schoolhouse was financed by Theodore Havemeyer, an innovative partner in the Havemeyer and Elder Sugar Refining Company; and Alfred B. Darling, the owner of the Fifth Avenue Hotel in New York and the Valley Stock Farm in the Ramapo Valley. This fieldstone structure was originally designed as a school for the children of local farm workers. The first-floor schoolroom was designed to facilitate grades 1 through 8, while the second floor was designated as a meeting place for public events. Beautifully and authentically restored by the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference, it is the new location of the organization’s headquarters. Speaking of the Havemeyers, located a few tenths of a mile north of the schoolhouse is the stately Havemeyer House.  This home was built in 1849 by Henry Hagerman, a New York militia colonel and a local political leader, for his son Andrew and his wife. This spacious brick mansion became the residence of Theodore Havemeyer in 1878 and remained in the family until 1993.  Enhanced by several renovations, the mansion currently serves as the home of the president of Ramapo College.   The ease with which one can drive in and out of centuries on Ramapo Valley Road only ends where the thoroughfare itself ends, at the border of Suffern, New York. Along this route, there are many other historic landmarks including the Laroe-Van Horn House, which sits near the location of an early Indian trading post established by the adventurous widow  Blandina Bayard. Continue your drive north to pass the Mahrapo Farms, originally part of Theodore Havemeyer’s Mountain Side Farm and currently home to rescue and boarding horses. Should you round the curve at the end of the line, you will find the American Brake Shoe Factory. Established as the Ramapo Foundry in 1901, it produced brake shoes for trains, serving a national market. The American Brake Shoe and Foundry eventually transitioned into the production of hydraulics and automotive products; during WWII the company filled defense contracts for shell casings, explosive compounds for munitions and even contributed to the research for the Manhattan Project. No matter what time period you fancy, a Ramapo Valley Road drive through time will not disappoint! 18

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GIVING BACK

Cause An Effect THE DIFFERENCE YOU MAKE MAKES ALL THE DIFFERENCE

ARTICLE KRIS PEPPER | PHOTOGRAPHY JEAN TERMAN GIVING BACK…PAY IT FORWARD. There are various “directions” one can take when inspired to get involved in community service, whether it is through an organization or just by helping a neighbor through a challenging time. During this month of Thanksgiving, Northwest Bergen Lifestyle chose to introduce two individuals in our community who embody the spirit of giving and caring for others in a variety of ways. “Giving Back” and “Paying it Forward” not only pertain to buying the person behind you a cup of coffee, paying a toll or donating to a charity. To  Linda Webster Cennerazzo and Lee Parker, it means sharing the selflessness, generosity and sense of responsibility they learned from the people who inspired them: their parents. Read on and consider the legacy of giving back with your own families. Happy Thanksgiving!

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NAME: Lee Parker BUSINESS: Owner, 3 Chicas Mexican Kitchen, Wyckoff As the president of the Wyckoff Y’s Board of Directors and an active Rotarian, Lee Parker has a strong connection with the community in which he has lived for the past 25 years. With his ongoing involvement in other initiatives such as the Bergen Buddy Walk, Wyckoff Day and several charity golf outings, some people wonder how he does it all—in addition to running a business. Lee would tell you it’s just second nature. As one of five boys growing up in Paramus, Lee’s parents and grandparents considered “giving” a part of everyday life. His family was active in church outreach and special causes; his grandmother, widowed at a young age, took in dozens of foster children throughout her lifetime. “Sometimes someone just needs a boost, some counsel, a break, a job or some food,” he says. “When I hear about someone in town going through cancer treatments, I give them some dinners. I try to connect them with the help they need.” Lee says his true reward is in the example he hopes to set for his own family. “If I can pass down just 10% of that giving DNA along with what I was privileged to experience growing up to my own kids…I will consider that a huge success and a continuation of our legacy!” CONTINUED >

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NAME: Linda Webster Cennerazzo Franklin Lakes Growing up in Mahwah, Linda Webster Cennerazzo remembers helping her mom carry and deliver items for donation to those in need. “My mother was a true giver,” Linda says. “She was tireless in making a difference in the lives of others.” Giving back was also a large part of her high school‘s culture at Immaculate Heart Academy. “I learned about the spirit of volunteerism and fundraising during those years.” Having been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2003, Linda is a staunch advocate for people with disabilities and champions for their accessibility and functional needs. She is a supporter of the Bergen County United Way, Madeline Special Needs Housing, Adler Aphasia Center, Multiple Sclerosis Society, Holy Name MS Center, Valley Hospital, Hackensack University Medical Center and many other organizations. She is also an appointed member of the Bergen County Division on Disability Services Advisory Board. After her mom passed away in 2011, Linda and her family decided to donate 1.2 acres of land for a plan in collaboration with the Township of Mahwah, Bergen County United Way and Madeline Corporation to build Mahwah Commons in her memory. The special needs portion of the housing has been recently completed, and affordable senior housing is slated to be completed next summer. “Who would ever think our gift would give back to us? It’s the gift that keeps on giving,” Linda says. “It puts a smile on your face to help someone else.”

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LOCALLY OWNED

HOMEGROWN HOLIDAYS AT A BM A'S

SUPER SIDE DISHES TO TOP OFF YOUR THANKSGIVING TABLE

WHEN THE FALL SEASON MAKES YOU NOS-

each crop on a daily basis. This ensures the fresh-

TALGIC FOR PICTURESQUE COUNTRY LIVING,

est, most nutrient-filled produce locally available.

STOP AT ABMA’S FARM IN WYCKOFF. One of the

In addition to produce, Abma’s offers eggs from

only remaining working farms in Bergen County,

approximately 2,000 White Leghorn and Rhode Island

Abma’s has been part of the fabric of our community

Red hens on the property. They also offer honey from

since 1929, and the Abma family is now raising its

on-site hives; freshly baked cakes, breads and treats

fifth generation of farmers.

made on the premises in their bakery; and their

Managing the administrative office as well as many of the day-to-day operations is Pam Abma.

greenhouses are filled with beautiful and seasonal annuals and perennials for your home and garden.

She’s married to third-generation Jim Abma Sr.,

As a homegrown attraction, Abma’s Farm also fea-

who runs the greenhouse and farm market. Fourth-

tures children’s birthday parties, school break camps,

generation sons Jim Jr. and Joshua along with their

educational programs, floral and cooking workshops

wives, Anna and Valerie, have also dedicated their

and unique events for the whole family. Bring the kids

careers to life on the family farm.

to visit their barnyard petting zoo during your shop-

Located on a scenic tract of land on Lawlins

ping trip; it’s located right behind the market.

Avenue, the farm is graced by its original farmhouse

In preparation for the upcoming Thanksgiving

and country store, which is a 200-year-old Dutch

holiday, Abma’s head chef, Tiziana—or “T” as

barn. Both were built circa 1790.

she is better known—has graciously whipped up

“The barn was originally a three-story chicken coop that was converted into our farm market,” Pam says.

some turkey-friendly side dish recipes for your Thanksgiving table.

The farm-to-table movement has been alive and well for generations, as far as the Abma family is concerned. They grow and sell more than 95 variet-

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ies of produce throughout the year and plant small

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BUT TERNUT SQUASH SOUP METHOD Preheat oven to 425 F. Line a rimmed baking sheet. Slice squash in half and turn it face down. Add a little water, and roast until it is tender and completely cooked through, about 45–50 minutes. Set the squash aside until it’s cool enough to handle, about 10 minutes. Use a large spoon to scoop the butternut squash flesh into a bowl and discard the tough skin. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, saute onion in butter. Add squash, salt, pepper and nutmeg. Bring to a boil. Carefully use an immersion blender to blend the soup completely. Add a bit more water if you wish to thin out the soup. Stir in heavy cream. Taste and stir in salt and pepper. Garnish with pumpkin seeds.

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1. 2 large butternut squash, about 6 pounds | 2. 1/4 onion, sautéed | 3. 1 cup heavy cream | 4. 1 teaspoon nutmeg | 5. pumpkin seeds for garnish | 6. 3 cups water or more for desired consistency | 7. 1 tablespoon butter | 8. 2 teaspoons salt | 9. 1/2 teaspoon pepper CONTINUED >

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CR ANBERRY SAUCE METHOD In a heavy-bottomed pot, bring first 3 ingredients to a simmer. Simmer approximately 30–40 minutes. Chill and add orange zest.

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1. 1 pound whole cranberries | 2. 1 cup orange juice | 3. 1 cup sugar | 4. Orange zest

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HERB STUFFING METHOD Cube and dry bread. Saute onion and celery in butter, add all ingredients and mix. Place in baking dish and bake 20–30 minutes.

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1. 16 ounces bread cubes | 2. 1/2 cup butter | 3. 1 cup celery | 4. 1 cup onion | 5. 2 teaspoons fresh sage | 6. 2 teaspoons fresh thyme | 7. 2 teaspoons rosemary | 8. 2 tablespoons parsley | 9. 3 cups turkey stock | 10. 1 teaspoon salt | 11. 1/2 teaspoon pepper

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SUMMER VACATIONS ON LONG ISLAND PLANTED THE SEED FOR A FRESH IDEA IN RESTAURANT CUISINE FOR JACK TABIBIAN. Growing up catching lobsters from the Long Island Sound with five traps (called pots), Jack and his friends and family enjoyed lobsters all weekend and would then throw the pots back in on

“I ENJOY THE EXPERIENCED CUSTOMER WHO KNOWS LOBSTER. IF THEY ARE COMING TO MY RESTAURANT AFTER ENJOYING LOBSTER IN NEW ENGLAND, THAT TELLS ME WE ARE DOING SOMETHING RIGHT!”

Sunday night for the following week. Jack moved on to work within the food industry throughout his career in a variety of ven-

ues from snack stores to catering halls and bagel shops. Those summer memories stuck with Jack as he vacationed in Maine six years ago and once again enjoyed fresh lobsters. He and his wife, Aline, were visiting a lobster shack in Kennebunkport, Maine, and Jack realized there was nothing like this in New Jersey apart from the coastal areas. Why not open a lobster shack a little farther inland? “The key was to open away from the coastal area so that it could be a year-round business as opposed to a seasonal one,” Jack says. “Many people think of lobster in the summer. I wanted to feature it 12 months a year.” The popularity of the lobster roll continues to grow. Jack finds that many of his customers reminisce about growing up or going to school in New England. “I enjoy the experienced customer who knows lobster. If they are coming to my restaurant after enjoying lobster in New England, that tells me we are doing something right!” Jack explains that lobster rolls can hit one’s wallet with a bit of sticker shock, partly because a 1 1/2-pounder only yields a quarter pound of meat from the tail and claws. Yet, it’s well worth the splurge, and Jack features several different types of lobster rolls including a Maine Lobster Roll, which is served cold with a touch of mayonnaise on a New England bun; and a Connecticut Lobster Roll, which is served with warm butter on top. Jack’s larger restaurants in Edgewater, Montclair and Cresskill have seen great success. Ridgewood is a smaller concept venue serving lobster rolls, homemade soup, lobster and shrimp tacos, salads  and crabcakes, which have been praised by The New York Times as being as good as what’s to be found in Manhattan. Generously sized crabcakes are another big seller at Jack’s, featuring all lump crabmeat with no fillers. The restaurant offers indoor and seasonal outdoor dining and has an expansive catering menu offering unique options for holiday entertaining. Make lobster one of your “seven fishes” this Christmas! 194 E. Ridgewood Ave., Ridgewood 201.882.1244, JacksLobsterRolls.com November 2019 | Northwest Bergen Lifestyle

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NOVEMBER

LIFESTYLE CALENDAR

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HOLIDAY CRAFT SHOW

CREATIVE WAYS POTTERY WORKSHOP

FRESH FOCACCIA CULINARY WORKSHOP

Creations Boutique Holiday Craft

Looking to bring out your artistic

Stop by the Creative Den in Glen Rock

Show at The Hermitage Museum,

side? Take this pottery class, taught

to learn how to bake your own warm,

which runs throughout November,

by accomplished clay artist Peter

fresh focaccia bread. Pastry chef

to pick up handmade, original holi-

Lagomarsino, and learn how to make

Cristina Vazquez, owner of the Petal

day collectibles. Admission benefits

clay mugs, trays, vases and more. No

Dust Cakery in Fair Lawn, will guide

the museum and is $8 for three

prior pottery experience necessary.

the lesson. Students will take home

visits. Open Wednesdays through

$25 for full members, $30 for program

a tray of their own and a recipe card.

Sundays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  and

members, $35 for non-members.

Registration is $75 and may be done

Thursdays from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m.

Register online. WyckoffYMCA.org

online. Shop.CreativeDenLLC.com

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VALLEY HOSPITAL FRANKLIN LAKES AUXILIARY BRANCH HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE

THANKSGIVING CENTERPIECE WORKSHOP

Indian Trail Club, Franklin Lakes

Impress friends and family this

Vincent van Gogh at the Mahwah

Get your holiday shopping fin-

Thanksgiving with your own crafted

Public Library in a fun and engaging

ished early and support the Franklin

centerpiece made of gourds, pump-

presentation by Dr. Michael Norris.

Lakes Branch of the Valley Hospital

kins and fall flowers. The class is part

The presentation will focus on van

Auxiliary. There will be a silent auc-

of an ongoing series of morning fall

Gogh’s pieces in the Metropolitan

tion, a 50/50 raffle and more than

workshops at Abma’s. All craft mate-

Museum of Art and how his life influ-

40 vendors selling jewelry, boutique

rials included. Registration may be

enced his artwork. The event is free,

clothing, home goods and more.

done online, and the fee is $20, which

and seats are on a first-come, first-

Proceeds contribute to the Auxiliary’s

will be applied to the final cost of your

served basis. MahwahLibrary.org

pledge to raise funds for pediatric

design. AbmasFarm.com

The Hermitage Museum, Ho-Ho-Kus

Visit

the

40th

Annual

Classic

Creative Den, Glen Rock

Wyckoff YMCA

TheHermitage.org

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GO, VAN GOGH!

Mahwah Public Library

Explore the life and artwork of

Abma's Farm, Wyckoff

care. Tickets are $48 and include

3 NATIVE LANDSCAPING WORKDAY

New York/New Jersey Trail Conference Headquarters, Mahwah

Help care for the native plant land-

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brunch. ValleyHealth.com

13 PROHIBITION YEARS LUNCHEON Ramsey Country Club, Ramsey

about

Northwest

Glen Rock Municipal Pool

Compete in a 5k Run at 9am on a

scape surrounding New York-New

Learn

Bergen

USATF-certified course starting and

Jersey Trail Conference headquarters

County’s dilemma of the 1920s:

ending at the Glen Rock Municipal

in Mahwah. This volunteer opportu-

the Prohibition Act. The event is

Pool (390 Doremus Avenue). Come

nity is also educational, as you will

co-sponsored by the Northwest

out and burn off some calories

be able to learn about native plants

Bergen History Coalition and the

before that big Thanksgiving dinner!

along the way. Registration is free

Historical

There will also be a kids fun run

and can be done online. BYOGT

County and includes a luncheon,

starting at 9:45am.

(bring your own gardening tools).

storytelling and panel presenta-

Register online:

NYNJTC.org

tions. Tickets are $50 and may be

runsignup.com/Race/NJ/GlenRock/

purchased with the reservation form

TheGlenRockThanksgivingDayRun

Society

of

Rockland

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PARTING THOUGHTS

ARTICLE KRIS PEPPER | PHOTOGRAPHY JEAN TERMAN

Twelve Months of Glad Tidings

IT'S OUR FIRST ANNIVERSARY!

THIS MARKS THE FIRST ANNIVERSARY OF NORTHWEST

We hope that the passion we have for our “slice of Bergen” shows

BERGEN LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE. We began publishing in

through in everything we do. We believe it does because we have

November 2018 and never looked back! Our staff strives to advocate

gotten such positive feedback from the subjects of our articles, our

for the communities and businesses of northwest Bergen County

readers and our loyal advertisers. Thanks to all of you for joining us

through every article, local announcement and advertisement.

on this journey, and here’s to many more years!

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