JOCEF “Recipe for Success” on March 25 Features Shore’s Best Restaurants, Creates Scholarships
The 6th annual JOCEF “Recipe for Success” gala will be held on Monday, March 25, 2019 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.
“We have created this wonderful scholarship program as a tribute to Joe’s 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. Since the nonprofit was formed in 2014, JOCEF awarded more than $150,000 in scholarships.
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, the opportunity to taste rare wines by the glass, 50/50 and live, silent and chance auctions.
Tickets are available at www.culinaryjoe.org
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Participating Restaurants and Partners
2nd Floor Restaurant, Long Branch
Apple Street Kitchen, Tinton Falls
B2 Bistro + Bar, Red Bank
Blu Grotto, Oceanport
Chef Chris Mumford
Culinary Education Center at Brookdale Community College, Asbury Park
Danny’s Steakhouse, Red Bank
Drew’s Bayshore Bistro, Keyport
Hudson Café, Atlantic Highlands
Johnny Piancone’s, Long Branch
Lusty Lobster, Highlands
Piccola Italia, Ocean Twp.
Salt Creek Grille, Rumson
Semolina, Red Bank
Sickles Market, Little Silver
Sweet Dani B’s, Asbury Park
Trama’s Trattoria, Long Branch
Tuzzio’s, Long Branch
Val’s Tavern, Rumson
The Vintage Cake, Atlantic Highlands
Yumi, Sea Bright
Beverage Tastings by:
Asbury Park Distilling Co.
Folio Fine Wine Partners
J. Lohr Vineyards and Wines
Misunderstood Ginger Spiced Whiskey
Opici Family Distributing
Shore Point Distributors
Spiribam Fine Rum Specialists
Trinchero Family Estates
Silent, Live and Chance Auctions featuring:
Dinner for 8 courtesy of Salt Creek Grille
Sunday Cocktail Party for 10 courtesy of Danny’s Steakhouse
Sunset Cruise to Nowhere courtesy of Captain Doug Douty
“Cooler of Deliciousness” Premium Seafood and Meats courtesy of Tiger’s Tale Restaurant and Lusty Lobster
“Wagon of Cheer” Cooler
Mercedez Benz child’s bicycle courtesy of Contemporary Motor Cars Inc.
Gift Certificate Tree – A beautiful tropical plant laden with gift certificates from the best restaurants at the Jersey shore
“Cooking with Joe” Basket – recipes and cookware courtesy of JOCEF 50/50
Guaranteed Plants & Florists
Johnson’s Restaurant Equipment
The Lichtenau Family
Ocean First Bank
Sponsorship opportunities are still available. More information at www. culinaryjoe.org
Photos by James J. Connolly