The 4th annual JOCEF “Recipe for Success” gala will be held on Monday, March 27, 2017 at the Navesink Country Club in Middletown. The Joe Romanowski Culinary Education Foundation was established in the memory of chef Joseph Romanowski who mentored and nurtured many of the Jersey Shore’s finest up-and coming chefs. Romanowski was chef and owner at his highly acclaimed restaurants, Joe and Maggie’s Bistro in Long Branch and Bay Ave Trattoria in Highlands.
“It has been over 3 years since Joe left us but we have created this wonderful scholarship program as a tribute to his passion for food and devotion to mentoring students,” said, Maggie Lubcke, wife of Romanowski.
Funds raised at the annual event are awarded as scholarships to students at the Culinary Education Center in Asbury Park. Culinary Education Center is the collaboration between Brookdale Community College and the Monmouth County Vocational School District. In the first three years, JOCEF awarded more than $75,000 in scholarships. JOCEF forecasts that it will surpass $100,000 in total scholarships created since the nonprofit was formed in 2014.
General admission tickets are on sale now for this evening that features tastings from over 20 of the Jersey Shore’s best restaurants, samples of beer, wine and spirits, an oyster bar with ice luge, the opportunity to taste rare wines by the glass and live, silent and chance auctions.
Ama Ristorante, Sea Bright B2 Bistro + Bar, Red Bank The Bistro at Red Bank Cafe Mumford's, Tinton Falls Culinary Education Center at Brookdale Community College, Asbury Park Danny's Steakhouse, Red Bank D'jeet?, Shrewsbury Drew’s Bayshore Bistro, Keyport Graze Restaurant, Little Silver Kitch Organic, Red Bank Lusty Lobster, Highlands Piccola Italia, Ocean Twp. Porcini, Highlands Raven and the Peach, Fair Haven Salt Creek Grille, Rumson Sickles Market, Little Silver Teak, Red Bank Trama’s Trattoria, Long Branch Tuzzio's, Long Branch The Vintage Cake, Red Bank Yumi, Sea Bright
Beverages by: Shore Point J. Lohr Wine Estates Folio Fine Wine Family Constellation Wines
Silent, Live and Chance Auctions featuring:
Dinner for 8 and $400 voucher for cocktails with limo service Courtesy of Salt Creek Grille, Rumson
Sunset Boat Cruise for 6 Cruise the Navesink and Shrewsbury Rivers with hors d'oeuvres, seafood and adult beverages Courtesy of Lusty Lobster, Highlands
Custom-made Men's Suit Courtesy of Michael Duru Clothiers, Shrewsbury
"The Cooler of Deliciousness" Courtesy of Tiger’s Tale, Princeton and Lusty Lobster, Highlands
"Wagon of Cheer" wagon filled with premium liquor Courtesy of JOCEF
Mercedes Pedal Car Courtesy of Contemporary Motor Cars, Little Silver
"Cooking with Joe" basket - recipes and cookware Courtesy of JOCEF
SPONSORS Guaranteed Plants & Florists Ocean First Bank
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