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#HipNJ‘s Cara Di Falco sat down for lunch at Montclair‘s Vital with Chef Kwame Williams to hear about his family’s journey through the restaurant world!

#HipNJ’s Lisa Marie Latino and Cara Di Falco of Cara’s Cucina stopped by the #BBQ, #Bourbon & #Biergarten #Festival in #Montclair to get some inside scoop from #chefs, vendors, and more!

#HipNJ’s Cara Di Falco brings us to Restaurant Latour at the Crystal Springs Resort in Sussex County. This restaurant's whole menu is done in tastings--so you can try as many plates as you want! More at: http://hipnewjersey.com/restaurant-latour-crystal-springs-resort/ #HipNJ #NewJersey #Restaurants #Yum #Food #Foodie #Love

#HipNJ’s Cara Di Falco visited Bloomfield‘s latest neighborhood haunt, Essex Junction! Essex Junction, located steps away from the popular New Jersey Transit train stop, features an array of gourmet options for lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch. Mixologists specialize in “Local Legends” cocktails, and also pour a variety of craft beers, including many Garden State-brewed favorites! #craftbeer #essexcounty #newjersey

The world’s top winemakers and chefs recently assembled in Sussex County, New Jersey at the wildly popular Crystal Springs Resort Wine and Food Festival! The festival featured some of the world’s best wine and winemakers, while also embracing talented chefs on the local and national level. Funds were raised to support the James Beard Foundation to provide educational programs to inspire America’s diverse culinary heritage.

#HipNJ’s Peter Falzo got an exclusive look at one of #HipNJ‘s hottest restaurants, Bloomfield’s Orange Squirrel! Owner and executive chef Francesco Palmieri wanted to bring his unique vision to his hometown. While the concept of “farm to table” is now all the rage, Chef Frank has been growing his own products since his restaurant opened six years ago.

Do you love tacos and tequila? Then your next stop in #HipNJ should definitely be The Red Cadillac in Union! #HipNJ’s Peter Falzo sat with The Red Cadillac’s owners over their infused tequila and one-of-a-kind tacos! Husband, restaurateur, and chef Joe Montes explains where the idea of this hip restaurant came to be. He even lets us in on how he makes his sinful peanut butter and jelly tequila shot

The 33rd Annual QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning. It’s one of the largest summertime hot air balloon and music festivals in North America, and it’s right here in #HipNJ! Over 100 balloons will float on the New Jersey horizon twice a day with scenic views of the Hunterdon County countryside. The festival also offers fireworks, live concerts, a human cannonball, a 5K challenge, interactive exhibits, and more.

Paterson is playing host to the Paterson Falls Film Festival on June 14 and 15. The film festival will feature over 40 films and documentaries at the Fabian 8 inside the Center City Mall and at Ivanhoe Artists Mosaic. #HipNJ’s Gina Cerniglia chatted with Paterson Falls Film Festival Creative Director, Tazio Ruffilo, about bringing attention to the arts of Paterson.

“Females, Football, and Philanthropy” kicked off Super Bowl weekend in glam style. Powerhouse New Jersey women (and some men!) filled the Upper Montclair Country Club in Clifton, NJ to hobnob with celebrity chefs and CBS Sports Radio personalities, shop an exclusive silent auction, and sip on custom cocktails by Punzone Vodka. The Wellness Lounge treated guests to massages, chiropractic adjustments, ear candling, and reflexology. And what’s a tailgate party without some football?