Category Archives: Rising Stars

Hip New Jersey sits with the state’s up-and-comers before they hit the mainstream. We’ll find out what motivates them on their journey to the top!

Cara Di Falco’s Easter Food Guide

Jelly beans and chocolate bunnies may be Easter staples, but we’ve got some delicious ideas from none other than Cara Di Falco.

HipNJ’s Maria Falzo gets a quick culinary tour of Italy, courtesy of Cara’s amazing Easter dishes.

Our first stop is Nonni’s Spinach Torta, which was introduced to Cara by her great-grandmother from the Piedmont region of Italy. This dish bursts with green colors and herbaceous flavors, meant to symbolize the beginning of spring. With hearty flavors like spinach, sautéed onion and parmesan cheese, this dish will quickly become a favorite for your family. If you need a gluten free option, you can omit the bread crumbs!

Next, we head to Southern Italy and are making Grammy’s Pizza Gain or Pizza Rustica. After fasting for Lent and not eating a lot of meat, this dish rewards you with ham, pepperoni, sweet Italian sausage meat and fresh cheeses. Cara’s recipe makes two, but can easily be modified. Trust us, you’ll want to make two.

Our last stop is a bit on the sweeter side. Cara’s opting to keep it light and fresh with her Strawberry Compote with Whipped Ricotta. This dish is perfect for a lighter dessert or a sweet appetizer, but it really shines as part of an Easter Brunch.

For these recipes and so much more, like a FREE healthy meal plan, visit 

Lynette Barbieri: Helping Women Entrepreneurs


The #HipNJ studio welcomes back Vanessa Coppes, co-founder of ETTWomen!

On this trip to the studio, Vanessa is introducing her business partner, Lynette Barbieri. Lynette has built her career on the power of networking; building strong relationships and connecting with other women entrepreneurs.

Lynette has channeled her ability to bring people together into helping female entrepreneurs achieve their own business goals. She is the co-founder of ETTWomen, which aims to encourage and inspire other women to start their own businesses.

ETTWomen has recently opened their own headquarters, located in Morganville. This space doubles as the headquarters of the ETTWomen Foundation, which is a NJ non-profit organization dedicated to offering financial, educational, and planning assistance to female victims of domestic violence, as well as emotional, sexual, or financial abuse. This cozy, comfortable environment is open for members to utilize as well.

In addition to her work at ETTWomen, Lynette is the founder of LynetteWork. Over the last 20 years, Lynette met “women from all different businesses, all different agencies, all different backgrounds” and wanted to be able to give something back to the expansive network she grew.

LynetteWork offers a wide variety of consultant services, specializing in helping women entrepreneurs. Her site, is an amazing resources for any women thinking of starting her own business, looking to re-brand herself or simply in need of some inspiration!

To learn more about ETTWomen events, like March’s Power of Connection Conference, visit ETTWomen and be sure to follow HipNewJersey on social media.

For The Hayters


#HipNJ interviews the creators of For The Hayters to learn more about the message they are sending out to the world. 

“Though Becky, Laura, and Devin once walked down three separate and distinct paths, theirs crossed upon realizing they all shared a passion for one simple but unifying thing: telling a story.”

Becky Hayter, Laura Carrione and Devin Lyons combined there individual passions of graphic design, writing, photography and film to shed light on the hidden struggles everyone deals with. For The Hayters is a platform and community for people from all walks of life to bond over life’s shortcomings. 

This #SocialSaturday, we are sharing the For The Haters message and thanking them for spreading love to those who need it the most. To learn more about For The Haters, you can find them on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter