Instagram is always buzzing with drool-worthy visuals of delicious food. Because we at #DiningOutNJ love to fill your feeds with all our favorite dishes, we teamed up with a lively group of local food bloggers and enthusiasts to capture all the action at social media tastings we’ve hosted at various restaurants throughout Bergen County. This past spring, this tasting gang ventured to Paolo’s in Westwood, Annabella’s House of Mozzarella in East Rutherford, Sayola in Tenafly, La Taberna in Dumont, Sofia in Englewood and GRK Bar and Grill in Cresskill, Brasserie Bonjour and Yogart Frozen Yogurt Studio in Edgewater to take a deep dive into all the flavors and culture these eclectic gems have to offer. Here, we bring you a melting pot of hot-off-the-grill cuisine spanning Greek, Italian, Spanish, French and Portuguese for your viewing (and future tasting) pleasures.
Anchal_Sayola: Food blogger Anchal Jain sinks a fork into some tasty tapas at Sayola in Tenafly.
Annabellas3: General Manager Donna Complitano of Annabella’s House of Mozzarella is all smiles as she emerges from the kitchen with plates of the Italian restaurant’s signature dishes.
AnnabellasGroup: DiningOut Magazine Publisher Paul Turpanjian, Annabellas’s House of Mozzarella owner Billy Pompeo and food blogger Kathy McNeil pose for a quick group shot before a tasting.
BrasserieBonjour: Food bloggers, including Brian Juarbe, center, a food photographer and public figure notably known as @myinnerfatkidisout on Instagram, grab shots of steak and frites and sliced, five-spice duck at French bistro Brasserie Bonjour in Edgewater.
CelliRiveraGRKBarandGrill: Food blogger Celli Rivera takes a swig from an inventive cocktail shaken up by co-owner Elizabeth Siounis at GRK Bar and Grill in Cresskill.
GRKBarandGrillDessert: Biscotti & Nutella Cream is one of GRK Bar and Grill’s decadent desserts.
GroupShot: The tasting gang’s all here! Food bloggers gather at a communal table in the greenhouse of Sofia in Englewood priming for a fine feast.
Harvey: Food blogger Harvey Hirsch raises his glass of vodka, cranberry and a splash of orange juice at GRK Bar and Grill for the camera.
LaTaberna: Potato croquettes are heavenly at La Taberna in Dumont.
LaTaberna: Tender octopus grilled to perfection is served at La Taberna.
Paolos:Paolo with Lori Salvia, Linda Barba, Chef Francesca Canciari and Paul Turpanjian pose inside Paolo’s Gourmet in Westwood.
PepperoniPizza: Guests enjoyed oven-fresh pepperoni pizza, one of many signature dishes at Paolo’s.
Sayola1: Paella valenciana is mucho delicioso at Sayola in Tenafly.
Sayola2: Bartender David pours up some Spanish wine at the bar in Sayola.
Sofia: Mozzarella Di Bufala, imported buffalo mozzarella with roasted peppers, is another palatable appetizer at Sofia.
Sofia2: Cocktails are refreshing and pack the perfect punch at Sofia.
Sofia3: Food blogger Greyly Boscan takes the perfect shot of a smorgasbord of fish, herb roasted chicken, four-cheese ravioli and steak at Sofia.