Creating amazing food takes a certain level of artistic talent and a passion for what is delicious. At BEX eatery & catering co., you can taste the creativity and passion for whole, healthy, and delicious food with each bite. Together, Becky Geisel and Joan Nitti have created a destination eatery that is slow-food delightfulness at its best.
Nestled in Califon, which is the epitome of small town USA, full of historical homes, a book shop, flower shop, fly fishing store, and a butcher shop, BEX can be found right next to the Columbia Trail. Geisel and Nitti chose this location because “it’s home.” Despite their small-town location, they have become a destination eatery with gourmets and bikers alike, many of whom travel great distances to nosh on their goods. In addition, they are often called upon to cater events as far away as Princeton, Manhattan, and Westchester, NY. When you produce a consistently delicious and memorable product, word of mouth is powerful.
So how did it all start and what makes BEX so uniquely delicious?
When Geisel’s mother was dying from breast cancer, the future BEX co-founder dove head first into learning about macrobiotic eating and started cooking not only for her family but for other cancer patients as well. Her passion and knowledge accidentally collided with Nitti’s planning expertise and together BEX kitchen was born.
BEX is all about simple, fresh, whole food and everything from their vinaigrettes to their roasted meats is sourced as locally and seasonally as possible and made on site. With a whole-food philosophy, their menu is simple and mouth-wateringly delicious. It’s all about “taste, texture, shape and design,” says Geisel.
I often pop into BEX to grab a latte that’s made with locally roasted organic coffee beans from River Roasters, and a gluten-free baked good for my oldest daughter and an indulgent chocolate croissant or white chocolate chip macadamia Cookie for myself. In addition, their brunch menu items are out of this world yummy, as are their salads like this beets and blue cheese spinach salad or roasted vegetables.
In addition, I never feel guilty grabbing food to go because they use Vegan Wear, an allergy friendly, sugar-based biodegradable and compostable product that is latex free.
BEX has an extensive catering service and specializes in everything from vegan weddings to pig roasts. On the first Friday of every month, BEX offers its Supper Club, with fun themes like a tribute to Julia Child. Locally sourced, farm-to-table dining that is gluten-free and vegan friendly: did I say that I love this place? So come out to smalltown USA to enjoy a lunch that will knock your socks off. Who knows, maybe I’ll even meet you there.
BEX eatery & catering co.
52 Main Street/P.O. Box 4
Monday – Closed (open for catering)
Tuesday – Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Friday & Saturday – 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Sunday Brunch – 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Jennifer Miller: I am a mom on a mission: to help others foster a love of eating and preparing wonderful food. I am a passionate home cook, wine enthusiast, meal-planning specialist and budding food blogger, with a love of eating, drinking, food photography and serving fresh farm to table meals. As a mother of three, I am committed to raising “foodie” children who enjoy farmer’s markets, restaurants and artisan food shops. In addition, I share healthy, in-season recipes and tips on my web site http://mealdiva.com and on Facebook as MealDiva. I am very excited to be contributing to Jersey Bites from Hunterdon County!