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Holiday gift cards and Cookbook…..

So it’s that time of the year kids!! Happy Holidays! @paragontapandtable and @morristapandgrill we have gift cards for you to share in your love for our food, beverage and amazing service #craftexperienceredefined plus we have my cookbooks for you to give to that special cook in your life. It’s a win win. Also available on […]

Mozzarella Perlini with Red Onion Salad and Olive Vinaigrette

This little dish can be made ahead of time, 4-6 hours before sharing. the flavors will develop and be come more intense. Ingredients/Mozzarella Perlini 6 oz mozzarella perlini (small balls of mozzarella) 1 cup sundried tomatoes 2 sprigs fresh rosemary leaves, chopped 5 garlic cloves, chopped 1 cup olive oil kosher salt white pepper Method/Mozzarella […]

Pasta to the People!

Happy Friday!  The countdown continues- we’re rolling out my line of hand crafted ravioli on Sunday, October 18th! Production is underway! And the Media has taken notice! Nothing will stop the Revolution from coming!  Like us on Facebook! And if you are in the NYC area, come and Taste the Revolution at 12:00pm on Sunday, […]

Chocolate Cheesecake and Peanut Butter Cheesecake with Toasted Hazelnuts

Chocolate and peanut butter– a marriage that will last an eternity.  These ingredients stand well on their own, but when combined, it’s magic.  They just work together! And no matter how you try to dress them up with other elements, it is the way they complement each other that makes a chocolate and peanut dish work, […]

I’m Firing It Up With Pick On Us! Easy. Simple. Done.

I’ve worked with Pick On Us products for years and I am so excited to announce that my partnership with Pick On Us continues!  We are offering amazing culinary development services to refresh and enhance your hospitality business. These services are for restaurants, catering companies, hotels and food service companies that are looking for cutting edge […]

Mozzarella Perlini with Red Onion Salad and Olive Vinaigrette

It’s Recipe Wednesday!  Today I want to celebrate the flavors of summer.  The other day I had a delicious Jersey vine ripened tomato for lunch with basil from my back yard and it was so quintessentially summer, I started thinking about sharing a recipe that captures those fresh flavors.  My Mozzarella Perlini with Red Onion Salad […]

Strawberry and Mint Julep Mousse with Lemon Biscotti

Happy Wednesday everyone!  This week’s recipe is sure to be a crowd pleaser at your 4th of July picnic this weekend.  It’s fruity, cold, creamy, slightly boozy and packed with fresh summer flavor.  I hope you enjoy my Strawberry and Mint Julep Mousse with Lemon Biscotti!  Have a fun and safe holiday weekend kids and Fire It Up! Chef Eric

Alright it’s Hot. Let’s Not (just this once) Fire It Up…the Oven That Is!

We, in the the Mid-Atlantic and South East, are experiencing our first “heatwave” of the season.  It seems as though we should have had another week or two of perfect 72 degree weather this early into June, but no. Just like that, we feel as though we’re in the midst of the dog days of […]

Sticks, Spoons and Glasses to Enhance Your Brunch

Do you have a graduation or post-wedding brunch coming up this weekend?  This week I am sharing some amazing hors d’oeuvres and a sweet bite that are sure to punch up your brunch menu!  At a casual home brunch I like to offer a buffet with dishes I can assemble the day or night before and chill […]

Tuna Tartar Spoon with Guacamole and Soy Crisps

Happy Wednesday!  My Book Stick It, Spoon It, Put It In A Glass is out of print and sold out so I decided to share the recipes here for you all to enjoy. Thank you to all of you who bought it and also my most recent book Small Bites, Big Flavor! This week’s recipe is light, yet packed with […]


Today is the day Kids! The guys and gals (a.k.a. #teamkickass!) of the Morris Tap & Grill kitchen have been brining, pickling, curing and smoking our own meats, seafood, fruits and veggies for a complete overhaul of our menu and handcrafted cocktails! And #evolutionmtg is rolling out today! We’ve never been average and have always […]

Check Out My Healthy Seasonal Recipes on Pazoo.Com

As we in the Mid-Atlantic States continue to anxiously await warmer weather, I’ve been sharing tips and recipes for eating with the season with Pazoo readers.  Head on over to for healthy recipes like Italian Bean “Meatballs” with Spaghetti Squash and Orange Crepe Stacks with Orange Curd.  And come back often, I share a new recipe every week! […]

Seafood Paella

Calamari has become a staple at many restaurants.  You’ll find it fried with marinara, drizzled with a sweet chili sauce, or cold in a seafood salad.  I remember my Hippie mom adding it to spaghetti sauce and back then it was just called squid – not by its fancy Mediterranean name!  My brother and I […]

Oscar’s Party

Birdman, Boyhood, American Sniper, Selma, Whiplash, The Imitation Game, The Theory of Everything… Bradley Cooper, Benedict Cumberbatch, Meryl Streep, Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawk… the level of talent represented in this year’s Academy Awards Nominations is amazing!  It’s difficult to pick a favorite or to predict the winners, but it’s fun to watch the show.  I’d […]

Dark Chocolate Bites

Valentine’s Day – it’s known as the most romantic day of the year!  But did you know that it’s also a day when many people like to get together with their family and friends?  When I look at the reservations for Morris Tap & Grill and Paragon Tap & Table, most are for parties of […]

Pan-seared Quail with Brussels Sprout & Mushroom Hash, Salsify Puree and Cranberry Reduction – Gluten Free

Last week at Morris Tap & Grill it was all about wild game.  Has everyone tried some form of wild game?  Most grocery stores now carry bison steaks and ground bison but did you know that some are also carrying meats that are a bit more unusual?  At my local grocer, they have a pretty nice […]

Grilled Roasted and Pickled

So, what do Chefs do on a snow day?  I imagine that most rest and relax with their family and friends after shoveling the driveway but many of them – me included – use this as an opportunity to create new recipes.  Last week was the Juno Blizzard that closed both of our restaurants for […]

A New Twist on Hummus

If you’ve been reading my columns on, you already know that I like hummus and adding different flavors and spices to shake it up.  Serving it with pita chips is the norm, but I woke up thinking about making a handheld cone that would serve as the vessel for the hummus.  So, what could […]

Bringing Black Trumpet Mushrooms To The Table

This week I’ve been creating recipes with Black Trumpet mushrooms. They are also known as Horns of Plenty or King Trumpet Mushroom and are one of my favorite mushrooms. They can easily be found dried, but you may need to look a bit harder for fresh, or buy them online. I’ve seen them available in […]

Chef Eric’s Merry-Happy Year-End Food Traditions!

Hopefully your home is decorated, you’ve finished your shopping and the gifts are wrapped.  Have you decided what foods you’ll be making for Hanukkah or Christmas dinner?  Every family I know has their own traditions (green bean casserole, anyone?) and foods they just have to have to make it feel special. When I was a […]

Family Reach Foundation

I do this for Emma. I met Emma at the Family Reach Cooking Live event a couple of weeks ago.   I do this for parents who have a child with cancer. For families who refuse to lose hope, who savor every moment they have with their children.  I do this for those who fight and pray every day […]

We’re Open! Paragon Tap & Table

We’re open!  Paragon Tap & Table features Chef Eric LeVine’s award winning creations paired with twenty artisan craft beers on tap. The Gastropub experience is enhanced by our friendly and knowledgeable staff, five large screen TVs in the bar area and a special private dining room.  Come to Paragon Tap & Table, a relaxing spot […]

How Do You Blue? Salemville Amish Cheeses’ Blue Cheese Recipe Contest!

I know you love the recipes I’ve created for Salemville Blue Cheeses, now its your turn to be the chef!  Enter your favorite recipe (according to the contest directions) and you could win a great prize – and your recipe could be featured on their website!  Click here to enter your winning recipe and Fire it up!  

My $1 Million Dollar Marathon Journey

Ok kids….this gets real now….the goal is to raise $1 million dollars for Team Continuum, No Kid Hungry and The Community Food Bank of New Jersey! I hope to get all of your support on one or more! I have decided to run the NYC Marathon on November 2nd, 2014.  I am training hard and […]

Tailgating Recipes: As Seen On Fox & Friends On Super Bowl Sunday

Tune in to Fox & Friends on Super Bowl Sunday at 9:20 am EST as I prepare live, some Super Bowl tailgate dishes. Representing the Denver Broncos: Mini Braised Short Rib Taco Bites!  Click here for a printable recipe. And for the Seattle Seahawks: Smoked Salmon Belly Pops with Cucumber Dipping Sauce!  Click here for a […]

The New York City Wine & Food Festival

My Sous Chefs and I had a blast at the ABSOLUT Best Bloody Mary Brunch hosted by the Cast of Chopped. It was not only wonderful seeing the cast of Chopped again, it was also so cool to meet so many fans of the show.  The best part though, is that all of these amazing people […]

Falling for Fall Flavors

The team at is so excited about the launch of Chef Eric’s new book, Small Bites, Big Flavor:  Simple, Savory and Sophisticated Recipes For Entertaining, debuting November 5th, but we are equally “Fired Up!” about the new fall menu at Morris Tap & Grill.  We’ve been curing our own pastrami, bacon and pancetta and having […]

Burrata with Arugula Pesto and Marinated Heirloom Tomato

Summer is in full swing and to me that means highlighting the best tomatoes.  Is there a better way than with fresh herbs, great olive oil and hand crafted burrata?  How do you achieve the Italian treat of a fresh mozzarella shell filled with a creamy ricotta-like mozzarella cheese?  Well, I’ll tell you… Hand-crafted Burrata […]

Alessi Autentico

So, you may have noticed their products on the shelves at your local market and well, guess what?  I have partnered with them and I am proud to have been welcomed into their family!  Alessi, a family owned and operated company located in Tampa Florida, has not only sponsored my new cookbook (coming out November 5th) […]

Odyssey Dining Cruises

CDDG received a nice accolade from Jim Evans of Entertainment Cruises after our consultation with them last month. “When we began planning a new food station menu for our Odyssey dining cruises, we knew it was important to bring in fresh ideas from outside the organization.  We were attracted to Chef Eric’s creativity and willingness […]

CDDG Has Partnered with Entertainment Cruises

Chef Eric and photographer Tony Calarco have joined creative forces to form the Culinary Development and Design Group, specializing in food photography, menu development and consulting.  The CDDG team has partnered with Entertainment Cruises in Chicago to develop menus, interactive stations and marketing materials for the cruise line.  Here’s a clip from their spot on […]


When you come to Morris Tap and Grill you can order dessert that is “painted” on a parchment paper canvas right before your eyes.  Go ahead, lick the table clean, we won’t judge. DessertScape from Tony Calarco on Vimeo.  

Fish, Seafood and Sustainable Information

CHOOSING SUSTAINABLE Sustainable seafood is a hot topic these days. “Sustainability” is based on a simple principle – meeting today’s needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs; for example, using a resource but leaving some for the future. In terms of seafood, this means catching or farming seafood responsibly, with […]

Summer Fruits and Vegetables, Shopping the Farmers Market

Look for these summer fruits and vegetables at farmers markets and in produce departments for the best flavor (and greatest value) in season. Specific crops and harvest dates will depend on your region’s climate-see Seasons by Region and Seasons by State for more details. For more fruits and vegetables, see this Year-round Seasonality Guide. Or, […]

The Bacon Bash

Its all about the bacon! Everything is better with Bacon! In the words of Vince from Pulp fiction….”Bacon is good” and it is. At my restaurant, Morris Tap and Grill we offer a weekly special menu using bacon, here’s a sample of the TASTE of BACON Menu; Taste the Bacon Buffalo Chicken and Bacon Dip […]

Juicing for health, flavor and fun

Is juicing healthier than eating whole fruits or vegetables? Answer Juicing probably is not any healthier than eating whole fruits and vegetables. Juicing extracts the juice from fresh fruits or vegetables. The resulting liquid contains most of the vitamins, minerals and plant chemicals (phytonutrients) found in the whole fruit. However, whole fruits and vegetables also […]

For the love of Gelato

As you may or may not know I am partners of Twisted by Sotto Zero. I figured now, being the summer, would be a fun time to share some thoughts about the world of gelato. The difference between gelato and ice cream. Gelato has less fat than ice cream (3% to 9% to ice cream’s […]

East India Trading Company to Release The ‘Red Witch’

MIAMI, FL — The East India Trading Company, a subsidiary of the Gurkha Cigar Group, Inc., are proud to announce the upcoming launch of the ‘Red Witch’, which will ‘set sail’at this year’s IPCPR trade show at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL on August 2-6th. Red Witch is the second cigar release […]

Global Revolution

Don’t let the sign on the door of West Village wine shop Le Vigne confuse you. It says “Italian Wine Merchant,” but the shelves hold much more than a strict regiment of bottles from “the Boot.” Originally opened with an Italian focus, Le Vigne has recently extended its global reach to heavyweights such France and […]

A sweet Cigar on this great Summer Day

arlos Toraño Loyal Robusto Country of Origin: Nicaragua Size: 5″ x 56 Strength: Medium Wrapper: Dark Ecuadorian Sumatra Filler: Nicaraguan and Dominican Binder: Nicaraguan Presentation: Boxes of 21 cigars, 5-packs, singles Location smoked: Office Paired with: Bitter Lemon Construction and Overall Appearance: Dark, rustic-looking and somewhat toothy wrapper, nice thick triple cap. Well packed. Draw: […]

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