Cheers to the weekend! August may be the Sunday of summer, but that’s no reason to keep the good times from rolling. #HipNJ is dedicated to bringing you round-the-clock coverage of everything going on #NJ-related. Here’s what went down this weekend in our weekend recap.
Friday, August 5th
The 2016 Summer Olympic Games kicked off in Rio de Janeiro on Friday with a huge opening ceremony that paid tribute to the history of Brazil’s rich culture and climate change. Up to 11,000 athletes from 206 countries marched into the arena. Of those included the 31 NJ-native American athletes. Check out non-stop coverage of the games until August 21st and see them show the entire world what the #GardenState is made of.
Spirited green opening ceremony of Rio Olympics. Rain forests and environment centre stage. Thanks – so inspiring! pic.twitter.com/KFY7XgW2pu
iPic, Bergen County’s first dine-in movie theatre located in Fort Lee, opened to the public on Friday. The theatre is the first of its kind in that it’s a bit more upscale than traditional movie theatres. The meals offered are prepared by top-tier chefs and are finger foods for the most part. Ticket options include Premium, which grants a customer soft leather seating and personal pull-out tables, and Premium Plus, which allows customers a personal two or three-person pod with reclining seats, waiter service and unlimited popcorn. Yum! Premium tickets are $19 while Premium Plus tickets are $27. There’s only eight screens and 528 seats, so make your reservation today!
In what seemed like a follow-up to Taylor Swift’s NJ wedding crash earlier this summer, Steven Van Zandt made a surprise appearance and joined The Infernos Band on stage at a Florham Park wedding. Van Zandt is a member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band and is also known for his acting career which includes a starring role in The Sopranos.
Legendary E Street Band guitarist and Rock & Roll Hall of Famer "Little Steven" van Zandt was a guest this… https://t.co/junPk9eGKg
Music legend Paul McCartney made a stop at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford as part of his One on One Tour. There’s no telling of when the 74-year-old will stop blessing us with live renditions of his own material and The Beatle’s tunes. So we’re just going to let it be.
New Jersey native Jeffrey Zurofsky, Co-founder and Partner of ‘wichcraft, and Co-host of Bravo TV’s “Best New Restaurant,” sat down with Joanna Gagis on “Life & Living” to discuss entrepreneurship in the culinary arts.
The Fort Lee native says that it is important to teach young entrepreneurs to grow. “If you do not repeat the mistakes you make, and learn from them and move forward, you will grow.” He cites the phrase, “only make new mistakes.”
“Best New Restaurant” acts as a way for restaurants to compete in the hopes of being known as the best new restaurant. This show is different than others of the same genre because it shows the restaurant staff in their own environment, chronicling the everyday challenges of running a business.
“You see them in their own environment, working in their own conditions,” Zurofsky states. “Every contestant on the show said that the competitions that we had given them were some of the toughest challenges they had.”
Zurofsky says that growing up, he learned how to cook from the television programs he would watch in his New Jersey home. “I learned how to cook from PBS.”
Believing that good food should be more accessible than just at fine dining restaurants, Zurofsky opened ‘wichcraft, a sandwich shop based on ingredients from the farmer’s market.
To learn more about Jeffrey Zurofsky, check out his profile on BravoTV.com. To learn more about ‘wichcract, head over to their website.