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RED BANK: THANKSGIVING SIDES AND SWEETS

111715semprecannoli1Seasonal treats from Red Bank include pumpkin-filled cannolis from Sempre Cannoli, above, and pumpkin truffles from Chocolate Works, below.  (Photos by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)

By SUSAN ERICSON

111715chocolateworks1Whether you’re hosting a Thanksgiving dinner or you’ve been invited to a feast, making everyone happy can be tricky.

Were you asked to bring a side dish or dessert? Do you need a hostess gift? PieHole has you covered with a cornucopia of sweet treats and savory sides available in the pumpkin-tinged town of Red Bank.

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RED BANK: A PLACE AT THE TABLE, FOR CHARITY

TCKB-Invitation-second-draft_02Top interior designers and favorite local restaurants join forces for The Giving Tables, an exhibit of themed table settings on display at Town & Country Kitchen and Bath, with proceeds going to benefit the borough-based charity Lunch Break.

Press release from Town & Country Kitchen and Bath

On the evening of Thursday, June 4, Red Bank’s Town & Country Kitchen and Bath Showroom will host an opening reception for The Giving Tables, a fundraiser event featuring the work of participating designers and catered by local eateries. Remaining on display through June 12, The Giving Tables spotlights 12 table settings, each incorporating a seasonal theme and crafted by area designers.

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RED BANK: NEARLY NAKED IN NOVEMBER

go nakedExpect lots of bared shoulders and flexed pecs when the annual Go Naked and Check Yourself fundraiser comes to the Downtown Sunday. (Photo above by Peter Lindner. Click to enlarge)

go naked 1 2011It’s an event that has at its heart a life-and-death mission — although there’s plenty of wiggle-and-jiggle room for a healthy dose of fun and flirty.

It’s the fundraiser known as Go Naked and Check Yourself — the fourth annual edition of which takes to the  Downtown on Sunday, the latest in a series that’s collected over $35,000 toward raising awareness of detectable forms of cancer and promoting simple self-examination procedures.

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RED BANK: CARLO’S OWNER BUSTED FOR DWI

buddy valastro 112513 2‘Cake Boss’ Buddy Valastro at the opening of Carlo’s Bake Shop in Red Bank a year ago. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Buddy Valastro, star of TVs’s Cake Boss and owner of the year-old Carlo’s Bake Shop in Red Bank, was arrested on drunken driving charges in New York City early Thursday, according to media reports.

NJ.com, quoting prosecutors at Valastro’s arraignment Thursday evening, reports that Valastro told cops, “You can’t arrest me! I’m the Cake Boss!”

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RED BANK: THE SWEET AFTERTASTE

081514 cutie pops pomericoMelanie Pomerico, owner of Lil’ Cutie Pops, holds a bouquet of cocktail-themed cakes. (Photo by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge.)

By SUSAN ERICSON

morsels mediumCocktail Week, a townwide party that showcased the bars and bartenders in Red Bank, had some sweet support from borough bakers.

Lil’ Cutie Pops on Monmouth Street made three flavors of its signature cake pops: Bailey’s Irish Cream, Guinness Dark Chocolate and Margarita. Although they were baked especially for the themed event, all three treats are often in stock or can be special-ordered, shop owner Melanie Pomerico said.

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BASIE HOSTS TWO RIVER PRIDE EVENT

MennaZuckermanRed Bank Mayor Pat Menna delivers a special proclamation, and Josh Zuckerman provides the live music, as the annual Two River Pride event comes to the Count Basie on June 10.

Press release from Count Basie Theatre

On the evening of Tuesday, June 10, the Count Basie Theatre will be the setting for Two River Pride, an annual Pride Month gathering that was created for LGBTQ youth and their allies — and that centers on LGBTQ history and celebration, by giving specific voice to area youth.

The event represents a partnership between local civic, cultural, and community leaders and groups, including Red Bank Councilman Ed Zipprich, Make It Better for Youth and others. Red Bank Mayor Pasquale Menna will attend, to deliver a proclamation in recognition of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month. This year’s event will also feature live music, a sampling of wares from some of Red Bank’s food purveyors, and screenings of three acclaimed shorts from young filmmakers.

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PIEHOLE: SALAD, COOKIES AND KEYTAR

sugarrush chris paseka (1)Chris Paseka of Sugarush talks to PieHole about appearing on Food Networks new show, ‘Rewrapped.’ (Photo by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge)

By JIM WILLIS

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RED BANK: CUPCAKERS TAKE ON ENTENMANN’S

sugarrush chris paseka (1)Chris Paseka of Red Bank’s Sugarush talks to PieHole about appearing on Food Network’s ‘Rewrapped.’ (Photo by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge)

By JIM WILLIS

morsels mediumHow hard is it to replicate the taste and texture of a classic cookie?

Chris Paseka and Jesse Bello of Red Bank’s East Front Street cupcakerie, Sugarush will show the world what’s involved when they appear as contestants Monday night on a new Food Network program, Rewrapped.

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RED BANK CUPCAKERY RANKED 10TH IN U.S.

DSCN1937Cream puff cupcakes at Cupcake Magician.  (Photo by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)

By SUSAN ERICSON

DSCN1919PieHole was surprised to learn recently that Red Bank’s Cupcake Magician is considered one of the best cupcake makers in America.

That’s not a slight. Owner John Nardini, too, said he was “shocked” when we told him his Monmouth Street bakery had been ranked at number 10 nationwide by the influential Daily Meal website.

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SUGARUSH GETS ‘REWRAPPED’ ON FOOD NET

rewrapped sugarushYes, Red Bank dessert lovers, that IS Chris Paseka and his partner, Jesse Bello, at far left and right respectively, on the set of the new Food Network Show ‘Rewrapped.’ The owners of Red Bank’s Sugarush bakery are scheduled to appear on a future episode of the show, which debuts Monday night and has contestants “re-create and then reinvent some of America’s sweet and savory treats” under the watch of host Joey Fatone. Paseka tells PieHole that he is contractually bound to secrecy about the his and Bello’s involvement in the show but will give us a heads-up before the episode runs. (Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: STAR POWER. OH, AND CAKE, TOO.

cake boss 112513 1Cake Boss Buddy Valastro emerges to a forest of fans and cellphone cameras at the opening of Carlo’s Bake Shop in Red Bank Monday. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Rcsm2_010508Starved for a glimpse of the star, fans of TVs’s Cake Boss packed newly opened Carlo’s Bake Shop in Red Bank Monday afternoon.

Standing four deep along a Broad Street sidewalk, they greeted the Cake Boss himself, Buddy Valastro, with girlish shrieks when he emerged to open the shop.

Two questions:

Why?

And how did he get the place open so fast?

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RED BANK: STILL GOING NAKED

It was nippy outside Sunday evening, but at Red Bank’s Red lounge, it was a place to Go Naked. Dozens came out to the third annual Go Naked and Check Yourself fundraiser and (ahem) educational event held to raise awareness about skin cancer, breast cancer, testicular cancer and other detectable ailments. Once again, Red Bank’s Sugarush cupcakes and Sweetest Sin lingerie shops put the bounce in the event, which had previously raised more than $20,000 for health-related charities. (Photos by Peter Lindner. Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: SHOP OWNERS CHRISTEN SPACE

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room 111713Sugarush owners Chris Paseka and Jesse Bello debuted the new party room at their Red Bank cupcake shop by holding their own wedding there Sunday. In attendance was Kathryn Barnett, whose dance studio occupied the East Front Street space for three decades before relocating to Middletown earlier this year.

“I hope they’ll be as happy as I was here for 30 years,” she told redbankgreen. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: CAKE BOSS TO ENTER DESSERT FRAY

cake boss 091813Carlo’s Bakery of ‘Cake Boss’ fame plans to open in time for the Christmas holidays at 84 Broad Street, a company official said. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Rcsm2_010508Make room on the oven rack: Cake Boss is moving in on Red Bank’s sweet tooth.

Carlo’s Bakery, the Hoboken pastry shop that gave rise to cable-TV phenom ‘Cake Boss’ Buddy Valastro and his growing empire of  retail bake shops, has rented the former Ricky’s Candy Cones and Chaos space at 84 Broad Street, a company official confirmed to redbankgreen‘s Retail Churn.

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