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LITTLE SILVER: A DANCE TO HERITAGE AT RBR

MulticulturalstudetnsStudents and staff who produced and performed in the Hispanic Heritage program at Red Bank Regional High School included, back row, left to right:  Guadalupe Rodriguez, Brandon Trani, Guadalupe Luna, Mizani DelValle, Mya Nunnally, Multi Cultural Club Co- Advisor Odilia Lligui. Front row, left to right:  RBR Principal Risa Clay, Tyler Brunson, Emily Lugos, Skyler (Kyle) Eber, Yaritza Ortega. Not pictured is Multi-Cultural Club Advisor Karina Tedeschi.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

Every October, the Red Bank Regional High School community looks forward to its multi-cultural club’s celebration of Hispanic Heritage. The school recognizes the many countries that compose the Hispanic American experience for both their uniqueness and rich culture, which is also commemorated with performances by the school’s Visual and Performing Arts students.

This year, RBR senior Guadalupe Luna introduced the event in Spanish (translated into English by Principal Risa Clay), stating, “Most Hispanic and Latinos share one significant item, a common passion for food.  To us food represents more than a simple dish. It represents family, sharing and love.”

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WHAT’S FOR LUNCH? CEBICHE AT RUNA

runa 2Lunch at Runa: cebiche two ways and chicken empanadas. Below, the fried sweet potato. (Photo by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge)

By JIM WILLIS

runa 1PieHole and our frequent lunch companion rolled into Runa at about 1pm, excited to try out Red Bank’s Peruvian restaurant that opened recently after two years of gestation.

We didn’t know exactly what to expect, but had heard that fish featured prominently on the menu. So we came armed with a chilled bottle of vinho verde leftover from a recent pork belly party.

The restaurant had two other tables of lively lunch guests animatedly discussing the food that they’d just been served.

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BELIEVE IT: RUNA TO OPEN IN RED BANK

runa 082114 2At Runa: a quinoa croquette appetizer topped with avocado, heirloom tomato and aji amarillo pepper. Runa owner and chef Marita Lynn, below.  (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

marita lynn 082114The runway to Runa turned out to be long and bumpy, but Red Bank’s first Peruvian restaurant is finally about to open.

Really, definitely this time, says owner Marita Lynn.

The Monmouth Street eatery, which has been “coming soon” for two years, is set to soft-open by August 30, Lynn told redbankgreen Thursday, shortly after clearing one of her final inspections by the borough.

What took so long?

“I had the wrong perception of what it takes to open a restaurant,” Lynn said, standing in the brightly painted, 44-seat BYOB-er. She calls the interim “a great learning experience and a personal journey.”

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RED BANK: RUNA EYES SUMMER OPENING

runa 061914morsels mediumRuna, a proposed Peruvian restaurant on Monmouth Street in Red Bank that’s been “coming soon” for two years, will open this summer, owner-chef Marita Lynn writes in a new blog post.

“I got paralyzed by fear” after realizing that “cooking is not the same as running a business, and I didn’t have the full knowledge of opening and running a business,” Lynn writes at a site called called PlanDay, but the restaurant “is going to open this summer,” she says.

As reported by PieHole in May, Runa is the subject of a Kickstarter campaign. (Click to enlarge)

 

 

 

 

RED BANK: KICKSTARTING PERUVIAN EATERY

marita lynn 062912Marita Lynn of Red Bank’s Runa is hoping a bit of help will finally get the doors to her Peruvian restaurant opened. (Photo by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge)

By JIM WILLIS

morsels mediumWe’ve been taunted by the tantalizing prospect of a Peruvian restaurant on Red Bank’s Monmouth Street for almost two years now.  Now, Runa owner Marita Lynn has launched a Kickstarter campaign to help her raise the money she needs to get over the last barriers to opening the doors.

In an Andean language of Peru, runa means “people.” Lynn tells PieHole that when she was in culinary school she dreamed of calling her restaurant Runa, because she enjoyed being around and cooking for people.

Now she’s depending on those people to help her get her doors opened. Lynn tells PieHole that she has simply run out of money.

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RED BANK: PERUVIAN EATERY NEARS OPENING

runa (1)A Runa employee tells PieHole the Peruvian restaurant on Monmouth Street is a few weeks from opening. (Photo by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge)

By JIM WILLIS

morsels mediumSeveral PieHole readers have asked what’s up with the much-anticipated Peruvian place on Monmouth Street in Red Bank.

The space, vacated by Eurasian Eatery in spring of 2012, began its transformation in the summer of 2012 into the town’s first Peruvian eatery, but appears to have been “under construction” ever since.

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FRENCH OUT. THAI, PERUVIAN & ICE CREAM IN.

Marc Fontaine outside the now-closed Bienvenue, which will become a Thai restaurant. Fontaine plans to open a pastry shop on Monmouth Street. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Rcsm2_010508Restaurant-crazy Red Bank’s ethnic pot is getting stirred again.

For Francophiles, the news is bad, as Bienvenue, the only French restaurant for miles around, has closed.

Those hankering for another Thai choice, though, will get their wish, as one moves into the space Bienvenue vacated last month, at the corner of East Front Street and Wharf Avenue.

Bienvenue’s chef, Marc Fontaine, meantime, plans to open a pastries and crepes café at 8 Monmouth Street.

Farther west on Monmouth, work has resumed on yet-to-open Peruvian restaurant after months of inactivity.

And, for dessert, a homemade ice cream shop plans to open before summer begins on White Street, in the space held by the short-lived Nina’s Waffles.

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RED BANK TO GET PERUVIAN RESTAURANT

Marita Lynn describes her native country’s cuisine as a melting pot of international influences. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Rcsm2_010508Upscale fish and Chinese; affordable Vietnamese; gluten-free pizza: Red Bank’s ever-expanding menu is about to make room for yet another type of cuisine not seen here recently, if ever.

Caterer Marita Lynn of Aberdeen plans to open a Peruvian restaurant called Runa sometime next month in the Monmouth Street space recently vacated by the Eurasian Eatery.

In the language of Peru’s indigenous Quechuas, Runa means ‘people,’ Lynn tells redbankgreen. But Runa’s menu, like the food of modern Peru, is transnational, she said.

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