Tue, Jul 31, 2012

Culture, Food, Health, Lincoln Park

Fresh, Healthy Twist on LPMF Vending

BY Blake Turner

Fresh, Healthy Twist on LPMF Vending

The Lincoln Park Music Festival is known for many things, primarily MUSIC. Another BIG draw, and one of my personal favorite things about the festival is the FOOD! Ten – fifteen food vendors stretch around the park’s path dishing out the best of Newark. This year we saw something a bit refreshing and HEALTHY. Vonda’s Kitchen, located on W. Kinney in Newark, brought delicious Southern Cuisine with healthy twist to the LPMF.

Vonda’s fun, fresh, “green” tent stood out at the festival. Their menu included some of our favorites; Braised Oxtails, Short Ribs, Smothered Turkey Wings, Catfish/Whiting, and Baked Chicken, served up with all of your typical sides and more. Salads were made on sight with a demonstration to promote healthy living.

Every day of the festival between 5 – 6pm, a 1-hour event created by the Sustainability Office of the City of Newark called “Turn-Table Tastings” took place. This hour was full of real food demos, free samplings, and stories about the connection between the African Diaspora’s culinary and musical traditions will be celebrated. Head chef of Vonda’s Kitchen, Vonda McPherson provided free samples and recipes of dishes made especially for Turn-Table Tastings.

Visit Vonda’s Kitchen at 183 – 5 W. Kinney St. in Newark or on the web at Like Vonda’s on facebook at for updates on the menu and weekly specials. For Catering or questions call (973) 732-4532.

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4 Responses to “Fresh, Healthy Twist on LPMF Vending”

  1. Elizabeth Says:

    Thanks Glocally Newark!

    Vonda’s Turn-Table Tastings dishes incorporated Newark-grown collards, swiss chard, and zucchini from The Greater Newark Conservancy’s urban farm on Court Street. We chose Vonda’s Kitchen to be our first Turn-Table Tastings chef because she has been serving up “Delicious, Healthy, Comfort Food” since March 2012 on W. Kinney. But Vonda herself has been catering for years. Check out her salad tip on her blo!/2011/11/vondas-cooking-tip-1-first-name-salad.html

    Turn-Table Tastings is a cultural and educational event created by the Sustainability Office of the City of Newark to celebrate Real Food Nourishing Newark ingredients and chefs with music connected to the cuisine featured. For more information on becoming a chef at the next Turn-Table Tastings event contact Food Policy Director, Elizabeth Reynoso at


  2. healthysara Says:

    Would love to see more of this kind of food vendor there. The majority of the food is fried and heavy. Cheers to Vonda’s for bringing the Fresh!


  3. Blake Turner Says:

    Thanks for the additional info Elizabeth. @healthysara- totally agree!


  4. Maria Alberta Says:

    Love is all you need


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