On March 15, from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in Garden State Plaza (lower level, concierge area) in Paramus, NJ, NJ/NY’s best pitmaster, chefs, and restaurants are coming together to showcase their skills as well as compete as the Best of the Best with three categories: Experts Panel (Esther Davidowitz, Food Editor of The Record, Deborah Smith, founder and executive editor of Jersey Bites, and Marc Mangano (Certified KCBS judge); Bloggers Choice (@gothamburgersocialclub, @omgitsbomb, @yeahfoodbeer, @revcianco, @mattbruck @myinnerfatkidisout); and People’s Choice.
Participating in this tasting event are Hugh Magnum of Mighty Quinn’s (NYC/Paramus), named Top 23 BBQ Restaurants in America by Time Out, Handsome Devil (Newburgh), who won Best BBQ at NYCWFF ’17, Smoked (Ridgewood), featured in 201 Magazine, Red, White, and Que (Kearny), named Best BBQ in NJ ’16 by Thrillist, Robert Austin Cho, who recently went head to head with Bobby Flay on Beat Bobby Flay, which aired February 22, Empanada Mania (Bergenfield), Best Empanadas by NJ.com, Glaze Donuts (New Milford), who won Best Donuts in NYC ’16, Mr. Cupcakes (Paramus), Fink’s BBQ (Dumont), voted Best BBQ in NJ by Bergen Magazine, Carlito’s Trailer (Jersey City), a new food truck featuring homemade tortillas, Hamilton Pork (Jersey City), Best New Restaurants ’17 by NJ Monthly, and Kimchi Smoke (Westwood), Best BBQ ’17 by NJ Monthly.
“The reason I’m organizing this event is to bring more BBQ awareness to North Jersey and to the local businesses. We now have some very good ‘Cue options here and I wanted to bring the the BBQ community together. We can all brag we’re the best but at the end of the day, we support each other. We want to eat, hang out, have a great time while we’re at it. And of course, take some good pics for the Gram,” said Robert Austin Cho.
What You Need to Know
Adults: $50; children under 12: $20.
Limited tickets may be available at door.
Entry allows samples from all the restaurants. Cash bar available.