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If you’ve ever been curious about Italian delicacies, now’s your chance to check them out. This summer, we’re taking guests on a culinary tour of Italy at Piattino, celebrating the unique dishes from different regions throughout the country.

We’re starting with Calabria, which is located in southwest Italy. It comprises the “toe” of Italy’s boot-shaped peninsula and is known for its warm climate, mountains, villages and beautiful beaches.

We’re offering dried pastas, pork sausages, chilies, herbs, honey and jams. Our menu includes a warm spinach salad with fresh mozzarella, shaved red onion, pancetta and grape tomato; chili-glazed swordfish, caponata and stone-fired potatoes; and a dish cal...

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In the mood to travel but can’t get away? Join the OFFICE Tavern Grill on a culinary trip around the country. We’ll be highlighting the specialties from different states every six weeks.

So far, we’ve “visited” California, and we’ll be stopping in other places along the way. Our menus showcase regional classics in a fun way—for instance, the L.A. “Drive-Through” burger on the California menu.

Our chef incorporates local seasonal ingredients into the menu, as well as ones typically found in the state. For our California menu, we focus on foods low in saturated fats and high in fresh vegetables and fruits with lean meats and seafood from the California coast. Common international influe...

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Think you can only pair wine with food? Not so. We discovered that beer can also accompany delicious meals.

We recently held our first beer pairing dinner at The OFFICE Tavern and Grill, and it was a great success. We featured beer from Ommegang Brewery in Cooperstown, NY, which is known for spicing their beers in a subtle way.

Our first course was chilled white grape gazpacho, which was paired with Glimmerglass, a limited edition brew with pear, apple and citrus aromas and a touch of spiciness. The second course was spring lamb meatballs, which we served with Witte, a traditional Belgian wheat ale, brewed with sweet orange peel and coriander. Our third course was slow-braised short rib, which we paired with Three Philosophers, a Belgian...

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This is a great time of year to infuse fresh herbs, fruits and veggies into your family’s meals. At The Black Horse Tavern, our chef does exactly that. He selects delicious ingredients from the restaurant’s garden to accent many of our dishes. For instance, our smoked pork chop is served with micro spring herbs and a blueberry gastrique. Our other restaurants use local purveyors with the freshest, best quality produce. We often add mint, basil, cilantro, asparagus, corn and strawberries to entrees—and even drinks. Our summer cocktail menu includes drinks garnished with fresh mint and lemon.

If you want to add fresh, seasonal touches to your home-cooked meals, consider planting your own garden. Blueberries are considered...

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This summer, we’re serving up a variety of seasonal craft beers at The OFFICE Tavern Grill. You’ve probably heard of craft beer, but what does the term really mean? Craft beers are produced by small breweries—ones that distribute fewer than 6 million barrels of beer each year. And most of the beers have flavors that come from innovative ingredients or brewing processes.
Here’s the lowdown on what’s on tap this summer. Several of these beers come from local breweries.

  • Summer Love Ale, Victory Brewing Company: This light-bodied golden ale has a refreshing lemon taste. It pairs nicely with pizza, chicken and salads.

  • Hell or High Watermelon, 21st Amendment Brewery: With this straw-colored beer, the flavor is pure watermelon. It’s brewed as an American wheat beer, then undergoes another fermentation using fresh watermelon.

  • Monkey Chased the Weasel, Carton Brewing: This sour ale is infused with mulberry fruit, which comes from a tree in the backyard of the Atlantic Highlands, NJ-based brewery.

  • Farmhouse Summer Ale, Flying Fish Brewing Co.: This light beer has an earthy, spicy flavor with a rich, creamy head. It’s the perfect accompaniment to spicy foods, fish, salads and grilled dishes. It makes a great marinade too!

  • Jersey Summer Breakfast Ale, Cricket Hill Brewery: With this beer, the flavor is tangy fruit and cloves. It’s a great match for bacon and eggs, as well as a backyard barbecue.

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These days, with poultry and meat prices rising, veggies are taking center stage at lunch and dinner. Our executive chef, Kevin Felice, has transformed simple veggies into beautiful main dishes. One ingredient we’re focusing on is carrots. At The Black Horse Tavern, we’re serving a creamy risotto with roasted heirloom carrots, sherry sweet cream, truffle oil, shaved asparagus and herbs.

In recent years, vegetables have been edging out whole grains and meat in popularity because they’re low in calories, high in fiber and rich in nutrients. But you don’t have to sacrifice taste or satiety to eat vegetables for a main course. Consider preparing crabcakes that feature hearts of palm and corn instead of crab. Or try a ...

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Everyone loves a good burger. Why not shake things up a bit and try a more exotic version? Consider creating one of these innovative recipes:

Beef burgers with peanut-chipotle barbecue sauce

The secret to making this burger a standout is in the sauce. It consists of a blend of tomato puree, two types of smoky chili—ancho chili powder and chipotle in adobo sauce—and peanut butter. You can make the sauce in advance and refrigerate it for up to two months, so the next time you whip up burgers you’ll have it on hand.

Rachael’s southwest turkey burgers

Got 25 minutes? That’s all the time you’ll need to create these delicious burgers. The turkey meat is combined with garlic, shallot or onion, thyme, cilantro...

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You probably know what fruits and veggies are in season in the spring, summer and fall. But did you know that plenty of produce is in season during the months of December, January and February?

Here are some of our favorites:

Clementines

These small, sweet orange fruits are an excellent source of vitamin C. They are fat-, cholesterol- and sodium-free. Serve them up as an after-school snack or pack them in your (or your child’s) lunch!

Kiwifruit

These sweet green fruits are a good source of fiber, vitamin E and potassium. They are also low fat and sodium- and cholesterol-free. Did you know they can be used as a natural meat tenderizer? Cut the fruit in half and rub the cut end over the meat—or mash the fruit with a fork and sp...

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In the dead of winter, there’s nothing like waking up to a hot, flavorful bowl of oatmeal.

Not only is oatmeal good for you—it’s rich in fiber, which may benefit your heart and may help you feel full longer—but it can be downright delicious. Here are some recipes to inspire you:

Crunchy baked oatmeal with caramelized strawberries

This recipe takes a little time to prepare, but it’s bursting with sweet flavor and crunchy texture. It’s a blend of oats, quinoa, sugar, cinnamon and coconut milk topped with strawberries, brown sugar and coconut. You can even add some whipped cream and milk for extra richness.

The best bowl of oatmeal ever

With a name like that, how could you not try it? This recipe is simpl...

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When the temperatures are freezing, there’s nothing better than a hot and hearty meal. Winter is the perfect time to indulge in comfort foods.

Skillet gnocchi with chard and white beans

This one-skillet blend of leafy greens, diced tomatoes, white beans, gnocchi and mozzarella will please everyone in your family. It serves six and takes just 30 minutes to prepare.

Potato-leek focaccia

You have to make the dough and the topping for this savory recipe, but it’s worth the extra effort. The dough is made from potatoes and extra-virgin olive oil, and the topping consists of leeks, thyme leaves, olive oil, white truffle oil and Emmental cheese. It takes about 50 minutes to prepare, and it’s healthy and delicious.

Chicken pot ...

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