Serving Jersey Fresh
Take it from the top chefs. The secret to getting
the best tasting food is to get it locally, fresh off the farm
or from the sea. Below is a sampling of what New Jersey chefs
have on their menu and when these items are available. Read
what our chefs have to say about using Jersey Fresh products
and you'll see they are not only passionate about quality and
great taste, but committed to their community. (Note: There are many more New Jersey restaurants that serve local food that are not on this list.)
|Los Amigos Tropical Salsa
Los Amigos Restaurant
Executive Chef Kevin Taylor
1926 Atlantic Ave.
Atlantic City, NJ
Also: 461 Rt. 73 North
West Berlin, NJ (Camden County)
Los Amigos Exective Chef, Kevin Taylor will be highlighting an entree and dessert centered around the exceptional fresh produce from our "local" farms every Friday and Saturday on our Special Menu. And as always our traditional menu items will continue to be prepared with the freshest "local" produce.
Steve & Cookie's By the Bay
Executive Chef Kevin Kelly
Chef d' Cuisine Warner Christy
9700 Amherst Ave.
Margate, NJ 08402
On the menu: Reed's Farm Tomato Salad with crumbled Blue Cheese,
Crispy Shallots and Sherry Vinaigrette; Grilled 12 oz. Strip
Steak with Local Organic Arugula, shaved Fennel and Celery,
Roasted Red Peppers and Fresh Mozzarella; 1/2 Roasted Chicken
from Griggstown Farms with Chorzio Fried Rice; Viking Village
Pan Seared Scallops preparation changes daily with produce
availability; Jersey Blueberry Pie
We use Jersey products seasonally, with the exception of frozen
blueberries from Paradise Hill Farm. We are working with a
local organic farmer, Matt from Jah's Creations, to grow some
greenhouse items in the colder months, starting in the fall.
Bacio Italian Cuisine
Chef Robert Minniti
2806 Chestnut Hill Plaza
Rte 130 N, Cinnaminson, NJ 08077
Sample on the menu: Roasted Asparagus Soup with herbed
mascarpone crostini - available seasonally through June
"Local, fresh quality ingredients are the focal point
of my entire spring and summer menu."
|Lamberti's Heirloom Tomato
Caffe Aldo Lambert
Executive Chef, William Fischer, C.E.C.
2011 Route 70 West, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
On the menu: Miso & Sesame Crusted NJ Black Bass, NJ Soft
Shell Crab Tempura, Day Boat Scallops from Barnegat, Jersey
Fresh White Corn from Johnny Boy’s, Heirloom Tomatoes
Available during growing season and seafood/fish changes with
the season and what is available.
"Daily selection of freshly picked sweet white corn,
there is no comparison. Vine ripened antique tomato varieties
have the ultimate flavor profiles. Tender young vegetables
for risottos, blossoms for stuffing, peaches for cobblers and
fresh local melons for soup du jour. Every day is a mystery
basket for what menus can be created when using Jersey Fresh."
| Catelli Restaurant's Jersey heirloom
tomato napoleon with Barata Cheese, Jersey roasted peppers,
tomato water, basil "sponge", Roasted tomato -basil sorbet,
basil oil and aged balsamic vinegar.
Executive Chef Lou Imbesi
Plaza 1000 Main St.
Voorhees, N.J. 08043
In season we use: Jersey Tomatoes
plum and heirloom tomatoes; cucumbers; asparagus; baby lettuce
varieties; microgreens varieties and all hydroponic herbs and
many other seasonal vegetables. Seasonal fruits available:
Cranberries, strawberries, blueberries, cherries, peaches,apples
etc. Jersey Scallops, oysters, clams, Black Bass, Tilapia and
whatever else may be seasonally available. Additionally
we use Jersey wines and will be featuring four Jersey wineries
during a summer promotion.
"We are so fortunate to live and work in the
Garden State where we have some of the best produce available
to us that we can use to showcase our State, menus and cuisine.
Many take for granted how blessed we are to cook and eat produce
at the peak of our local seasons."
|The Tortilla Press' Strawberry Tangle
The Tortilla Press
Head Chef/Owner Mark E. Smith
703 Haddon Avenue, Collingswood, NJ
On the menu: Our Tangle dishes - using fresh strawberries,
blueberries and peaches (as the season progresses) for desserts;
also a strawberry habanero vinaigrette for salads * Asparagus
quesadillas and asparagus soup * Chile Rellenos with Jersey
beet tips * Mesquites quesadillas (using Jersey corn and avocado)
* Spring mix lettuce salad with the strawberry habanero vinaigrette
We use Jersey Fresh products year round - when farms are no
longer harvesting we request Jersey Fresh from our produce
vendors. We also change our menus according to the season to
spotlight Jersey Fresh products.
"Any chef worth their salt wants to capitalize on
the love affair between NJ residents and their farmers. The
quality and taste of product is unbelievable. We even showcase
special "farm to fork" dinners whose menus are always centered
around the season's freshest produce and fruits."
517 Station Ave Haddon Heights NJ 08035
856 546 8840
On the menu: peach and blueberry pie, heirloom tomato salad, corn gazpacho and many more when available. We use New Jersey grown lamb, chicken and chicken eggs.
Cape May County
Sea Salt Restaurant
Head Chef: Lucas Manteca
8307 Third Avenue
Stone Harbor, NJ
"I work with two organic farms in South Jersey that they grow all my produce for my restaurant. I base my menu in the availability. We believe in a sustainable community as a source of health and rescue of the enviroment."
Terra Tea Salon and Fair Trade Eco Market
Owner/Chef: Grace Chow Grund
10 Church Street
Montclair, NJ 07042
Terra Tea Salon and Fair Trade Eco Market has been sourcing locally grown and organic ingredients from New Jersey farmers since the tearoom opened its doors in 2006. Terra serves lunch and afternoon tea six days a week, serving Jersey Fresh salads, made-from-scratch soups, cheese, fruit and breads - all from local farmers and bakers. We work with Starbrite Farm and a host of farms including ER & Sons, Terhune, Manoff, Paradise Hill, Blooming Glen, Cherry Grove, Oak Grove, Bobolink, and Valley Shepherd. We're involved with Slow Food NJ and have helped out at Food Alliance ad other local food related community events.
|Grotticella's Regional Ruchetta
Head Chef Nino Chirico
745 Corkery Lane
Williamstown, NJ 08094
Sample: Insalata Ruchetta:
Arugala, sliced tomatoes, red onions, radicchio lettuce are all the
ingredients from Pontano Farms in Vineland. Available farm fresh during the months of May through October.
"I prefer when in season to use the local farm products because of the
freshness and shelf life."
|Tre Piani's Garden State Seafood Panzanella
Tre Piani Restaurant
Executive Chef/Owner Jim Weaver
120 Rockingham Row
Princeton, NJ 08540
Princeton Forrestal Village
We use local ingredients year round whenever available
"Our menu reflects the local growing season and we
incorporate as many things local as possible year round. Besides
produce we also incorporate lots of local seafood, poultry,
meats, cheeses and more. Our style is very European, in that
we look to the seasons for menu and special inspiration."
|The Brother's Moon NYC bread with Jersey
Fresh tomato pesto, basil pesto, asparagus and arugula
from Honeybrook and Terhune Farms
The Brothers Moon
Head Chef William Mooney
7 W. Broad St. Hopewell, NJ 08525
On the menu: Seared scallops over local organic Oak Grove
Mill polenta with buttered asparagus - roasted Griggstown
Farm chicken with braised leek, asparagus and chicken quesadilla
with cheese from Valley Shepherd - Organic grass-fed beef burger
form Simply Grazin' Farm
Meats and cheeses and eggs year round, produce is seasonal
"I enjoy the fact that I know where my food comes
from. I am proud of these farms and farmers. I know what I
am feeding my family, my children."
| Mediterra's Tomato Cucumber Gazpacho with Macerated Basil and Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Lawrence Robinson, Executive Chef
29 Hulfish Street, Princeton, NJ 08542
Hand made Valley Shepherd Creamery Sheep's Milk Ricotta Gnocchi, Griggstown Farm Young Spring Chicken, Simply Grazin Certified Organic and Grass Fed Beef Carpaccio, Terhune Orchard Apple Crisp.
Our menu is very seasonal, sourcing from numerous farmers throughout central and southern New Jersey. Weekly tasting menu's are designed to feature the freshest of what New Jersey agriculture has to offer.
"Eating is an incredibly intimate act. It is necessary to have not only confidence in the food that you consume, but in the source of it as well. Where better to source my products than in the place I was born and bred, the place where I will raise my children, the place whose success I am vesting in: New Jersey."
The Frog and The Peach
Hothouse Jersey Tomato with Celleryroot remoulade, walnuts,
The Frog and The Peach
Chef Bruce Lefebvre
29 Dennis Street. New Brunswick, NJ 08901
On the menu: Peach Carpaccio and Duck Confit; Watermelon and
Chèvre Tart, Hothouse Jersey Tomato; Almond Crusted
Day Boat Sea Scallops; Rhubarb-Strawberry Bread Pudding
Produce available in season, hothouse tomatoes Feb. - June
and Oct./Nov. Scallops available year round.
"Using New Jersey harvested ingredients is something
to be proud of because not only does it support local farms
and workers, but it puts the best available product on our
Bay Avenue Trattoria
122 Bay Avenue
"I pride myself in buying as much local Jersey ingredients I can get my hands on - whether it's blueberries from outside of AC; corn from Freehold; tomatoes from Long Branch; scallops from Barnegat or fluke or black sea bass from the Highlands (I'm 5 minutes away from 5 marinas) or from my garden behind the restaurant. I try to use ALL Jersey ingredients when I can. I was recently nominated for a James Beard Award because of my cuisine and regionality."
Doris & Ed's
348 Shore Drive
Highlands, NJ 07732
Crisp Black Sea Bass with Broccoli Rabe, Chorizo Hash, Jersey Clams and Saffron Cream Sea bass, broccoli rabe, clams, tomatoes and fresh herbs are all Jersey fresh ingredients.
"When we cook with Jersey Fresh products, we accomplish two great things. It assures our customers that we are using the freshest products available, and we support our State economy by purchasing from small fisherman and other local farmers and business people."
| Day-boat Sea Scallops with Basil Sauce, Garlic Chips, and Zucchini
995 Mount Kemble Avenue
Morris County rhubarb crisp, May asparagus soup, May organic garlic, late summer and fall local strawberries and raspberries, June and July roasted white peaches, July green vegetables, June, July, August, September barnagat bay scallops with corn, tomatoes, and basil, July, August, September local sea bass, when available local tilefish, when available local monkfish, when available local apples, September through December We work with local farmers and get direct shipments of seafood from the Jersey shore year round.
Red's Lobster Pot
57 Inlet Drive
Pt. Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742
On the menu: Steamed Lobsters and Pan seared sea scallops
available year round. In season: weakfish francaise; arugula
salad; tomato/cilantro salsa; and corn on the cob
"We think globally, but act locally."
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