Upcoming: Thursday, August 16

Red Bank Flavour, a culinary campaign driven by the borough’s restaurants and food stores, presents “A Night on the Navesink: A Flavour Summer Soiree” at the Molly Pitcher Inn on Thursday, August 16.

Held at Red Bank’s newly renovated riverfront hotel, the evening, co-sponsored by hotel owner J.P. Barry Hospitality, will offer guests culinary samplings from more than 20 borough eateries, as well as wine samplings, libations and craft beer selections from New Jersey breweries.

A portion of proceeds from “A Night on the Navesink” will benefit Lunch Break and the Red Bank Middle School Athletics Foundation.

“Red Bank Flavour’s partnership with J.P. Barry Hospitality has presented another opportunity to showcase the culture, cuisine and panoramas that makes the Two River region so unique,” said Front Street Trattoria owner Valerie Aufiero. “Guests will have the opportunity to sample delicious summer flavours from Red Bank’s top chefs and restaurateurs, while relishing the stunning waterfront vistas from the Molly Pitcher’s promenade.”

Running from 6 to 9 p.m., “A Night on the Navesink” will boast a beer garden, live music and prize giveaways.  Among the participants are Boondock’s Fishery, Buona Sera, The Bistro at Red Bank, Teak, The Cheese Cave, Dish, Danny’s Grill and Wine Bar, Gaetano’s, The Downtown, red Restaurant, Jamian’s, Pearl at the Oyster Point Hotel, Sugarush a Sweet Experience, Front Street Trattoria, The Melting Pot, Taste, Cupcake Magician, Blue Water Seafood, Red Bank Chocolate Shoppe, Sicilia Café, Tommy’s Coal Fired Pizza and the Molly Pitcher Inn.

Tickets are $40 in advance or $50 at the door.  To purchase tickets, click here or visit any participating restaurant.


DONE: Sixteen grand for RBR field lights

Red Bank RiverCenter donated $16,000 recently to the Red Bank Regional Athletic Foundation’s effort to light the outdoor playing fileds at the high school.

The sum represented half the net proceeds of the International Flavour Festival, a food-and-music event featuring 25 Red Bank restaurants held in the White Street parking lot in May.

The Let Their Be Lights Campaign was established last year to raise funds for a lighted football/athletic field, which the foundation believes would not only allow the district’s students to play ballgames at night, but to increase practice time and improve athletic performance.

The food festival, held in the White Street parking lot, came off with the help of 120 volunteers, 90 of whom were RBR students, parents, staff and coaches coordinated by foundation president Cathy Reardon.

While the $16,000 gives the mission a big, and much appreciated boost, it still has a way to go with $50,000 raised of an estimated $300,000 to $400,000 goal. The foundation has several events in the planning stage for the 2012-2013 school year.

Those interested in contributing to the Let There Be Lights Campaign may send checks to the Buccaneer Athletic Foundation P.O. Box 51, Little Silver, NJ, 07739, or email here.


DONE: The English Speaking Union’s “Let’s Do It”

The Monmouth County Branch of the English Speaking Union celebrated the music and genius of Noel Coward and Cole Porter with a Jazz Age themed event held on June 24 at The Raven and The Peach in Fair Haven. At the grand piano, Bruce Stephen Foster entertained with evocative renditions of the music of two of the biggest stars of the last century. Some members of the group created Roaring Twenties costumes, which, along with the potted palms scattered around the room, added to the party’s atmosphere.

Proceeds from the event go into the Scholarship Fund which is used to send local teachers to educational programs sponsored by the English Speaking Union both in the United Kingdom and in this country. Funds are also used for the Shakespeare Competition in which local students perform sonnets and monologues from Shakespeare.


DONE: Fourth Creek Cleanup

On Saturday, June 2, members of the Fair Haven Environmental Commission, Boy Scouts other volunteers joined together to clean out the littered Fourth Creek from Third Street north to River Road. The creek is fed by storm drains from the vicinity of Fair Haven Road and Ridge Road, and carries the water under River Road and north to the Navesink River. Nine large plastic bags of debris were removed, as was an equivalent volume of branches and natural debris. When completed, the water began to flow freely, without its earlier silt-stirring turbulence.

Initiated by the Fair Haven Environmental Commission in cooperation with the borough’s Department of Public Works, the event was the first of several such projects over 2012-2013, and will soon be followed by cleaning out Fourth Creek from River Road to the Navesink.

Richard Bahadurian, owner of the Nauvoo Restaurant, delivered box lunches to the 11 volunteers at the clean-up site when the work was finished.

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