sonnykennmcoconnorJersey Shore guitar master Sonny Kenn provides the sonic spice as the Red Bank Flavour culinary campaign kicks off with a special holiday season smorgasbord benefit Thursday night at the Oyster Point.

The culinary consortium that is Red Bank Flavour marks its first holiday-season interlude with a happening that could be the start of a new December tradition on the picturesque banks of the Navesink, when the river-view ballroom of the Oyster Point Hotel hosts a special Holiday Flavour event Thursday evening.

More than twenty Red Bank restaurants, taverns and specialty shops are expected to offer a taste of their wares at the event, with a portion of the proceeds dedicated to the borough-based nonprofits Lunch Break and the newly opened (and very popular) Jon Bon Jovi Soul Kitchen.

There’s also live music from the formidable bluesmaster Sonny Kenn, a live painting exhibition by David Banegas, plus prize giveaways and auctions throughout the night.

It all happens between the hours of 6 and 9pm, with tickets available at the door for $40, or for an advance discounted $30 right here (where you’ll also find an updated list of participating eateries).

Oyster Point Hotel, Bodman Place, Red Bank • 6pm/ $30 advance; $40 door