When last encountered here on redbankgreen, celebrity chef and restaurateur David Burke made local headlines with the announcement that he was closing Fromagerie, the long-running Rumson landmark that the onetime kitchen apprentice had owned as part of his David Burke Group since 2006. While the news was understandably greeted with regret by veteran denizens of the greater Green, it came with the implicit assurance that Burke — no stranger to charitable endeavors in his native Monmouth County — would continue to make his presence felt for various worthy causes on the home-front scene.
On Monday, August 1, Chef Burke makes some noise with the pots and pans once more, as he joins pro caterer and nutrition consultant Diane Henderiks for a special “Feed Your Summer Soul” event at Red Bank’s own Jon Bon Jovi Soul Kitchen.
Served between 6:30 and 9 p.m., the four-course dinner is one of a series of high-profile benefits that Henderiks (whose Chef Inspired Healthy programs appear weekly on The Daily Meal Video Network) has coordinated on behalf of the pay-what-you-will community restaurant. With reservations priced at $200 per person, it’s a fundraiser vehicle for the Employment Empowerment Team (EET) and other community outreach programs of the Soul Kitchen, established by the Middletown-based, globe-trotting guitarslinger in 2011.
Seating is limited to 30 diners for next Monday’s event, and reservations can still be made by taking it here.