Mehrdad Zarrabikia and Azar Valoozi didn't know much English when they arrived in New Jersey. But they dreamed of opening a restaurant where they could prepare and serve the meaty stews, saffron-flecked rice dishes, and tart doogh yogurt drinks of their homeland, Iran. Mehrad worked at a gas station, Azar took a job at a nursery school, and each took eight years of English lessons, planning out their restaurant along the way. The hard work paid off: the duo were not only able to open up their own restaurant, but their Persian specialties have since received praise from The New York Times.
Visitors to Negeen Persian Grill can often spot Azar in the elegant dining room, where she greets guests and directs servers beneath the glow of colorful glass mosaic lights. Mehrdad can usually be found in the kitchen, whipping up the authentic stews and basmati rice dishes. The seasoned chef grills and stews lamb, veal, and chicken, seasoning meats in typical spices such as saffron and cumin. His dishes pair well with the restaurant's extensive selection of teas. They feature flavorful blends of exotic fruits such as mangos grown in tropical climates and strawberries raised on the eastern side of the moon.
Playwrights Theatre stages productions of up-and-coming plays each year through its New Play Development program. The 2010–2011 season keeps the theatre's long-standing commitment to fresh ars theatrica with three works: Lost Boy Found in Whole Foods by Tammy Ryan, MoM A Rock Concert Musical by Richard Caliban, and Across the Wide and Lonesome Prairie by Julie Jensen. Your season subscription to Playwrights Theatre entitles you to view all three performances, receive a 50% discount on two tickets for family or friends, gain admittance to opening-night parties, and attend post-show talkbacks about new-play development and the inside story on plays. You'll also receive a pass to the FORUM staged reading series, enough to attend a reading of each of the series' 13 new plays and discuss the material with artists in an intimate setting.
Every morning, Yummy Good's owners rise, pluck fresh fruits and vegetables from their crates, and cast them into presses to squeeze every last drop of juice out. The resulting bottled concoctions – which blend the liquids of raw fruits and veggies into flavors such as rabbit juice or lemon love – wait to be picked up by or delivered to thirsty clients. With juice in hand, customers cleanse their insides with infusions of pure, raw nutrients in prescribed three- to five-day plans.
Benvenuti Italian Specialties & Catering first opened in Bari, Italy before packing up for Garwood, New Jersey in the early 1900's. Chefs still carry on the traditions of the Old World, though, crafting classic Italian entrees and contemporary dishes. They draw from a vast menu that includes everything from more than 20 varieties of housemade ravioli to a chicken Benvenuti, which is sautéed with peppers, artichoke hearts, mushrooms, and capers. The kitchen also transports meals from its catering menu to luncheons, banquets, and other events throughout the area.
Cured meats hang above Benvenuti's glass deli cases, which teem with olives and rounds of fresh mozzarella. Meanwhile, pastas, bottles of olive oil, and other Italian imports line the main shop floor.
Ironing bridesmaids’ dresses, dealing with late limos, and fixing uncomfortable garters. These are but a few of the situations Donna DeFrancesco and her team of dedicated planners at Majestic Moments Event Planning find themselves in while making sure each client’s wedding day is perfectly executed. It’s with that dedication and attention to detail that the seasoned event planner and her team have earned ratings of five out of five stars from previous clients on both WeddingWire and Project Wedding. Each service, however big or small, helps ease the frustration of planning as the team steps in to organize, coordinate, and execute wedding days. They also work to accomplish the client’s ideal vision of matrimony, from executing shabby-chic sunset ceremonies to helping choose a color for the papier-mâché groomsman tuxes. Majestic Moments’ team also plans and executes other special occasions, from bar mitzvahs and engagement parties to corporate events.