Category Archives: Scene & Heard

Get the scoop on New Jersey’s hottest and hippest places to see and be seen. From the trendiest fashions and most stylish shopping spots, to delectable dining and eclectic events, Hip New Jersey breaks down the best places to shop, socialize, wine and dine in the Garden State. With sneak peeks at everything you need to know to stay in vogue, #HipNJ exposes everything our beautiful state has to offer.

volvo xc90

Prestige Volvo Introduces the All-New 2016 Volvo XC90

EDIT: **Check out photos from the event here**

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Prestige Volvo of East Hanover, the number one volume Volvo dealership in the United States, will introduce the all-new 2016 Volvo XC90 with a grand reopening celebration on Thursday, May 7 from 6pm to 8pm.

Prestige Volvo will host a lavish celebration to welcome the all-new XC90 with the executive team of Volvo Cars of North America, VIPs, and many guests to the newly remodeled dealership. The festivities will kick-off with a ribbon cutting ceremony with East Hanover town officials. Attendees will have the opportunity to test drive the all-new XC90 and learn more about Volvo’s entire new lineup. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres will be served throughout the night, and all guests will have the chance to win a trip to Europe for an overseas delivery that includes two roundtrip airline tickets and hotel accommodations.

The all-new Volvo XC90 is a visually striking, premium quality seven seat SUV with world leading safety features, new powertrain technologies, an unrivaled combination of power and fuel efficiency and a superlative interior finish. The new XC90 marks the beginning of a new chapter in Volvo’s history, capturing its future design direction, incorporating its own range of new technologies and utilizing its new Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) technology.

WHAT: Grand reopening of Prestige Volvo to unveil the all-new Volvo XC90

WHERE: Prestige Volvo | 285 State Route 10 | East Hanover, NJ 07936

WHEN: Thursday, May 7, 2015 6:00pm – 8:00pm

RSVP: Prestige Volvo |  973-884-2400

About Prestige Volvo: Prestige Volvo of East Hanover is celebrating 30 years of being New Jersey’s premiere Volvo dealer. The dealership was founded in 1980 by Leonard Haiken, and is the number one volume Volvo dealership in the United States. Prestige Volvo has been awarded Volvo’s President Club Award every year since 2006. For more information, visit or call (888) 299-6074.

st. joseph's children's hospital

St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital Eighth Annual Cooking for Kids

#HipNJ’s Kimberley Merlo joined 50 of the metropolitan area’s food and drink elite for St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital Eighth Annual Cooking for Kids: Gourmet Fare From Everywhere!

St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital marquee event was attended by over 600 guests.  A-list participants (many of whom have been featured on!) included:

Winner of the Food Network’s Chopped, Chef Ryan DePersio of Fascino in Montclair, Nico Kitchen + Bar at NJPAC and Battello in Jersey City;

Chef Eric B. Levine of Morris Tap & Grill in Randolph and Paragon Tap & Table of Clark and also a winner of Chopped;

Bravo’s Top Chef contestant Chef Ariane Duarte of Ariane Kitchen & Bar in Verona;

Food Network’s Sweet Genius contestant Chef Colleen Grapes of Oceana in New York City;

Chef Francesco Palmieri of The Orange Squirrel in Bloomfield and winner of the Food Network’s Cutthroat Kitchen;

Chef Anton Testino of the Mulberry Street Café in Waldwick and a contestant on this past season of FOX’s Hell’s Kitchen;

and Chef Michael Carrino from Pig & Prince Gastro Lounge in Montclair.

Chef DePersio and Chef Duarte won the Cook-Off for the second year in a row with their pretzel0 dusted chicken with ricotta and gnocchi!

In addition, over 30 other chefs dished out samples of their signature dishes.  Gary’s Wine & Marketplace served as the event’s Beverage Sponsor, offering guests tasting pours of fine wines and spirits.

“Cooking for Kids” has raised over one million dollars for the patients and families of St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital. Some of the  programs and projects funded include educational tutoring services for young patients; the purchase of specialized medical equipment; and funding for children and their families to participate in fun activities year-round.

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Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza

Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza of Marlboro

Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza just opened their 49th location in #HIPNJ! Partner and Hall of Fame Quarterback Dan Marino was there to enjoy the festivities. The location in Marlboro marks their sixth location in New Jersey!

While Sunday night’s entertainment was not announced to the general public, word quickly got out that Dan Marino was there and the restaurant was buzzing. Dan, a partner in the restaurant chain, kindly obliged to take pictures and sign autographs for dozens of fans and customers alike throughout the evening.

#HIPNJ’s Kendall Zoppa got a chance to chat with owner Anthony Bruno about his business and more specifically the pizza. “What makes (our pizza) different is the authenticity of it,” said Anthony. “We keep it really simple and we have a real coal oven, which makes a difference.”

Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza already has 49 locations across 5 states in only 13 years of operating.

“It’s amazing the level of excitement from the customers when they know we’re coming to town,” said Chief Marketing Officer Nick Castaldo. “Most pizza in the marketplace is middle of the road and when people hear that we’re coming and it’s the authentic coal oven pizza, they get excited.”

And it’s not just pizza that Anthony’s is known for; their buffalo wings and salad dressing are just as tasty and original as the pizza.

“We had the chicken wings and they were amazing,” affirmed customer Kevin McQuade. “Everything on the menu is just phenomenal.”

Dan believes that a big factor of his restaurant’s success is the vibe surrounding Anthony’s. “It a family atmosphere,” said Dan. “You can watch sports on TV and it’s a really comfortable place to go to and it’s been that way since we opened the first one.”

If you’re curious as to what’s next for Anthony Bruno and the gang, they plan to ship up to Boston to open more coal fired pizzerias in another big sports market.

For more information on Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza, please visit