Books and More – SNJ Today

Small business shopping may be more important than ever. Local support means the world to such businesses as the Bogart Bookstore and Café in Millville. This South Jersey gem offers the comfort of a cafe with the fare of a fine restaurant, as owner Rich Ford uses his experience in the restaurant business to create divine dishes using locally sourced ingredients.

You can continue to support the community by using your Xspero™ digital gift cards to pay for your visit. When you use Xspero™ at Bogart’s Bookstore & Café, 20% of your purchase is donated to the community through a charity of your choice.

Behind the artisan dishes, Ford employs his skills acquired over 10 years of experience at a South Jersey restaurant known for its signature cuisine and luxurious setting. Working in the kitchen influenced Ford’s use of select ingredients. When asked about the “trick of the trade”, Rich said in an interview for 99.9 POP FM radio that “it’s learning how to do something well”. Ford sees himself as a “student of the craft”, constantly evolving to produce dishes that will satisfy. “We aim for perfection,” he added – and his dishes don’t disagree.

So what kind of food do they offer at Bogart’s Bookstore & Café? Depending on the season, the menu may vary. The selected menu changes constantly, using seasonal foods from local sources to create delicious dishes, from pierogi to caprese sandwiches. This means that each time you pass, you can try out an exciting new discovery. A favorite? The Grilled Cheese BBB made with brie, bacon and blackberry jam, which goes perfectly with a new book that you can discover on the shelves of Bogart.

Aside from the menu, Ford wakes up early to whip up fresh baked goods, including scones and brownies. The alluring aroma that emanates from the Bogart Bookstore and Café is sure to attract many. Be sure to head over to Bogart’s to check out the menu for the week, featuring foods from your favorite local farmers markets, maybe even a helping of blueberry cobbler to end things on a sweet note!

Want to find other hidden gems like the Bogart Bookstore and Cafe? The Xspero™ app is full of opportunities to give back to the community while experiencing life. Download the Xspero™ app from the Apple App Store and Google Play to find something to suit your taste buds.

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