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JBJ SOUL KITCHEN HOSTS HUNGER DAY EVENT

Press release from JBJ Soul Kitchen 

On Saturday, May 17, the JBJ Soul Kitchen will be hosting a World Hunger Awareness event in the front gardens of the community restaurant. From 3 pm to 7 pm, the Soul Kitchen will be hosting interactive, fun and informative events with some of their local community partners to help bring awareness to the issues surrounding hunger in their community.

Amanda’s Easel will unveil garden artwork, Five Steps to End Hunger. Pilgrim Baptist Church will introduce the Share NJ Program, which will be available to the Red Bank community, and Soul Kitchen will display its “Line of Hope” interactive exhibit.

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FIVE-STAR SERVICE, AT JBJ SOUL KITCHEN

jbj-soul-kitchen-101911-500x375Jon Bon Jovi’s JBJ Soul Kitchen is the site of a local initiative in the YMCA New Jersey Youth and Government Day of Service program, on Saturday, December 14.

From press materials furnished by YMCA New Jersey

For years, the YMCA New Jersey Youth and Government program has existed as a vehicle for promoting teen leadership and civil responsibility, through such experiences as mock legislative and court sessions, as well as exercises in which teens role-play as members of the press or lobby firms.

Last year, the program directors started a new initiative known as the Youth and Government Day of Service, in which volunteer “delegates” visit and assist local soup kitchen and food bank operations throughout the Garden State. As 2013 enters its final weeks, the Y teens make their first trip to Red Bank — with the Day of Service site designated as JBJ Soul Kitchen.

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RED BANK: DAVID’S IN THE KITCHEN W/ DIANE

Henderiks-BurkeSuperstar chef David Burke joins Diane Henderiks on the evening of August 1, for a special dinner event to benefit the programs of the nonprofit JBJ Soul Kitchen. 

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.

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RED BANK: BUY A BOWL, FEED A SOUL


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An artist at work on a bowl for the event, and a sampling of the bowls available for purchase, below.
 (Photos by Bob McKay. Click to enlarge)

bowls 3For the second year in a row, the Red Bank-based Art Alliance of Monmouth County will host its Empty Bowls Project at JBJ Soul Kitchen this weekend.

A joint fundraiser to benefit Soul Kitchen and the alliance, the event features a sale of one-of-a-kind, locally made ceramic bowls.

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RED BANK: EVERY BOWL FEEDS A SOUL

jbj-soul-kitchen-101911-500x375Press release from Art Alliance of Monmouth County

The weekend of May 14 and 15 is going to be beautiful, no matter what the weather. On that Saturday and Sunday, all Monmouth County residents and visitors are invited to take part in the Empty Bowls Project, a joint fundraiser to benefit the JBJ Soul Kitchen and the Art Alliance of Monmouth County, in collaboration with Monmouth County Arts Council’s Teen Arts Festival.

The event will take place in the organic gardens of Soul Kitchen at 207 Monmouth Street, Red Bank. Participants make a donation of $20 and receive a “pay it forward” coupon. Their coupon entitles them to select one of the hundreds of beautiful handmade bowls, and will help to feed an in-need person at the Soul Kitchen and benefit the Art Alliance. May 14 hours are 1 to 5 p.m.; May 15 hours are 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

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RFH IS IN THE (SOUL) KITCHEN, IN RED BANK

RFH Soul KitchenRumson-Fair Haven students who volunteered at JBJ Soul Kitchen on March 16 are (front row, left to right) Linda Wien Murray, Cassie Fallon, and Tori Hyduke, and (back row, left to right) Lauren Grumbach, Becky Unsinn, Michaela Lake, Katie Kane, Christy Jadevaia, Julia Marascio, and Jenna Sandoli.

Press release from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School

Members of the Cooking Club at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School served as volunteers at the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation’s JBJ Soul Kitchen in Red Bank on Wednesday, March 16.

Working with the nonprofit community restaurant’s Front-of-House Manager Dolly Bonilla, the RFH students cleaned off and set tables, as well as organized menus for that evening’s crowd. They were also given a tour of the facility’s garden, which provides fresh organic ingredients for meals, by gardener Robin Grossman. Perhaps most importantly, the students learned more about what the Soul Kitchen really means to the local community.

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RED BANK REGIONAL SERVES UP HOPE AT JBJ

RBR culinarystudentsGianni Perfetto, Brandon Trani, and  Sarah Lashovitz, all of Little Silver,  were among the culinary Students from Red Bank Regional High School who served as guest chefs during their Hope is Delicious dinner fundraiser for the JBJ Soul Kitchen.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

On the evening of January 26, the talented culinary students of Red Bank Regional High School assumed the responsibilities for cooking, serving and seating restaurant patrons, at the third annual Hope is Delicious Dinner fundraiser to benefit the JBJ Soul Kitchen. As in the past two years, the event sold out within hours of its posting.

On the menu was a mouthwatering panko crested eggplant pirogue finished with sautéed shrimp in petite diced vegetable cream sauce. A tossed romaine salad dressed with red wine vinaigrette accompanied the main course of braised boneless chicken thighs in a shallot wine sauce, with a side dish of Mediterranean style couscous and oven roasted cauliflower. The pièce de résistance was an Italian mascarpone espresso chocolate chip ice box pie.

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RED BANK: JBJ AND FRIENDS FEED THE SOUL

Henderiks FerraroStar chefs Diane Henderiks and Michael Ferraro are in command on December 8, when JBJ Soul Kitchen hosts a special four-course fundraiser.

Hope Is Delicious, as they say over at Jon Bon Jovi Soul Kitchen, the pay-what-you-will community restaurant established by the Middletown-based guitarslinger/ frontguy/ actor and globetrotting humanitarian. This Tuesday evening, December 8, the impulse to “feed the holiday soul” is as contagious as it is delicious, when a pair of celeb chefs make some noise with the pots and pans during a special fundraiser event for the ongoing programs of the JBJ Soul Foundation.

Served between 6:30 to 9 pm, the four-course dinner will spotlight the culinary creations of Michael Ferraro, executive chef and co-owner of NYC’s Delicatessen, and a young veteran of the city’s top kitchens whose resume includes the Four Seasons and the Beacon. A familiar face on many foodie-friendly TV shows (including Bar Rescue and Beat Bobby Flay), the specialist in international comfort cuisine teams up for the occasion with New Jersey’s own Diane Henderiks, the pro caterer and nutrition consultant whose Chef Inspired Healthy programs appear weekly on The Daily Meal Video Network.

Seating is necessarily limited for Tuesday’s special event, and seating is still available at $150 per person. Reserve by emailing heather@jbjsoulfoundation.org.

RED BANK: EVERY BOWL FEEDS A SOUL

artallianceThree not-for-profit Red Bank institutions — including The Art Alliance (above) and JBJ Soul Kitchen (below) — join forces on August 30, during a special event aimed at battling hunger and building community partnerships.

JBJEvery bowl feeds a soul….and on Sunday, August 30, several Red Bank-based nonprofit entities will pool their resources and energies for a joint fundraiser will be held in the garden of JBJ Soul Kitchen at 207 Monmouth Street.

Taking place from 11 am to 3 pm, the special event is designed to raise awareness in the fight to end hunger and support the missions of Soul Kitchen and The Art Alliance of Monmouth County in building community partnerships.

Part of the collective endeavor known as The Empty Bowl Project, the fundraiser will present a display of handcrafted artisanal bowls, with a $20 donation granting the purchaser a “paid forward card” which will help feed a person in need at Soul Kitchen. Light refreshments will be served for the duration of the event.

A follow-up event will be held inside the Art Alliance gallery at 33 Monmouth Street, during the season-opening art exhibit and reception on the evening of September 12. A sampling of the bowls may be viewed in the gallery windows at the Art Alliance through the month of August.

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RED BANK: SOMEONE’S IN THE KITCHEN

JBJThe JBJ Soul Kitchen on Monmouth Street is the setting for a special Spring Into Healthier Cooking event starring chef-nutritionist Diane Henderiks.

jbj menuProclaiming that “the warmer weather is finally here!” (and that “it’s time to put the cold weather and comfort foods behind us”), nationally noted nutritionist Diane Henderiks commandeers the kitchen — Jon and Dorothea Bon Jovi’s JBJ Soul Kitchen, that is — for a special Tuesday evening event during which “America’s favorite culinary nutritionist shares her expertise, tips and secrets of how to cook healthy without sacrificing flavor.”

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RED BANK: CHILI WITH A LOT OF SOUL

101114 jbjchili24Stuart Jensen and Vinnie Sarullo of Navesink Hook and Ladder with their potful of chili at JBJ Soul Kitchen’s chili cook-off. Below, Union Beach Fire Company’s entry won first place.  (Photo by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)

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By SUSAN ERICSON

101114 chili6Firetrucks and EMS vehicles crowded the area of the JBJ Soul Kitchen in Red Bank this weekend, but the only thing on fire was taste buds.

Kicking off its three-year anniversary, the pay-what-you-can Monmouth Street restaurant hosted a chili cook-off Saturday, inviting local firefighters and EMS squads to serve up their fiery best.

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JBJ HOOKS A BIG-TUNA DONATION

BonJoAsk any rock star you happen to see: Chicken of the Sea’s traveling mermaid will present Jon Bon Jovi’s JBJ Soul Kitchen with a “100 Years of Good” donation, in a Wednesday afternoon ceremony at the restaurant.

Press release from Belfer Communications

This Wednesday, August 20 at 2 pm, Chicken of the Sea will present a $10,000 Great American Gratitude award to the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation to help support JBJ Soul Kitchen, at 207 Monmouth Street in Red Bank.

As part of the brand’s 100th anniversary celebration, Chicken of the Sea Mermaid “Catalina” will present JBJ Soul Foundation and JBJ Soul Kitchen representatives and volunteers with an oversized check. The award is part of Chicken of the Sea’s “100 Years of Good” campaign. As a way of thanking seafood fans for making it a mealtime staple for 100 years, Chicken of the Sea is investing $1 million in 100 local charities and grassroots nonprofits throughout 2014.

Also featured will be a cooking demo of a dish using ingredients fresh from their garden and prepared by Soul Kitchen chefs and TV personality Diane Henderiks, host of The Daily Meal Video Network’s Chef Inspired Healthy and a resident of Monmouth County. Media will be able to tour Soul Kitchen until 4 pm, and more info on the “100 Years” program can be found here.

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RED BANK: BON JOVI TALKS UP SOUL KITCHEN

bon jovi 101911Middletown resident Jon Bon Jovi, seen here at the opening of the pay-what-you-can-or-earn-your-meal JBJ Soul Kitchen in 2011, tells USA Today in an interview at the Red Bank eatery he helped create why he doesn’t wash dishes there anymore.  (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

 

RBR SERVES UP HOPE AT SOUL KITCHEN

soul_kitchenmainThe RBR Culinary Club debuts as Guest Chefs for a special fundraiser dinner to support the JBJ Soul Community Kitchen today, February 12.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

This evening, February 12, chef and Red Bank Regional High School culinary teacher Pete Roskowinski and his culinary art students will be making their debut as guest chefs for the JBJ Soul Kitchen, 207 Monmouth Street in Red Bank.

In this special fundraising effort to benefit the Soul Kitchen and its mission, patrons pay $25 for a five-course “Hope is Delicious” gastronomic event. There are two seatings, at 6 and 7:30 pm, and reservations can be obtained by emailing Chef Roskowinski at proskowinski@rbrhs.org.

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A NIGHT OF HOPE TO FEED THE SOUL, IN RB

AEPoolSlideThe cover band Almost Easy is among the featured entertainment during a January 16 fundraiser event at The Downtown, to benefit Red Bank’s Jon Bon Jovi Soul Kitchen.

While Jon Bon Jovi’s pay-what-you-can restaurant JBJ Soul Kitchen has made it a core part of its mission to feed hungry bodies on and around the Jersey Shore, every so often it becomes necessary to Feed the Soul — and on January 16, an alliance of professional organizers, party planners and performers is throwing a bash for the benefit of Soul Kitchen and other area nonprofits.

Presented by the business-to-business networking organization Monmnouth County Referral Group, the third annual “Night of Hope to Feed the Soul” returns to The Downtown for an evening of live entertainment, auctions and refreshments — all dedicated to the ongoing endeavors of Soul Kitchen, as well as Boys & Girls Clubs of Monmouth County. Comedian John Svenda is joined on the West Front Street nightspot’s upstairs stage by musical guests Scott Elk, Courtney McManus, Strumberry Pie, and Almost Easy.

Tickets to the 7 pm event are $75 per person (a limited $500 VIP package includes four tickets, two bottles of wine and preferred seating), and the club will be offering cash-bar drink specials for the duration of the three-hour affair. Take it here for full details.

SOUL KITCHEN, BOOKSTORE IN GIVEAWAY

Cases of new books await distribution at River Road Books, above. Soul Kitchen, below, will serve as a giver site. (Click to enlarge)

By DANIELLE TEPPER

Book fans know that when they fall in love with a story, their immediate reaction is to tell someone so they, too, can fall in love with it. Remember how you first heard about The Hunger Games or Fifty Shades of Grey? Word of mouth is the spark that starts the fire and, sometimes has the ability to ignite a full force blaze that’s pretty hard to ignore.

That’s this concept that inspired World Book Night, a campaign designed to introduce the joy of reading to those who can’t afford or are perhaps even a little intimidated to pick up a new novel.

Launched in the United Kingdom a year ago, World Book Night is now coming to the United States, with some 5,000 towns and cities expected to give away almost half a million free books. Among those bibliophilic volunteers are River Road Books in Fair Haven and Red Bank’s own pay-what-you-can JBJ Soul Kitchen. Read More »

SOUL KITCHEN FINDS ITS FOOTING

Newly recruited general manager Ryan Timmons outside Soul Kitchen earlier this week. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Three months after opening, Soul Kitchen, the pay-what-you-can-or-work-it-off restaurant on Red Bank’s West Side, is  progresssing toward its goal of feeding the haves and have-nots in equal numbers, new manager Ryan Timmons tells redbankgreen.

About 30 percent of the restaurant’s patrons pay with vouchers earned through volunteer work at Soul Kitchen or a growing roster of other non-profits, Timmons said. The goal is a 50-50 mix among diners, and “the voucher-to-payment ratio is going up,” he said.

Meanwhile, paying customers are being generous when settling up bills via the discreet donation envelopes that servers present to them at the end of their three-course dinners, he said. The suggested donation is $10, but “very few” customers leave just that amount, he said, and instead pay more to help subsidize meals for others.

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EARLY FEEDBACK: SOUL KITCHEN WORKS

jbj-soul-kitchen-101911Soul Kitchen as seen on opening day last month, hosted by Jon Bon Jovi, below. (Click to enlarge)

bon-jovi-101911Lots of glitz was on display last month when the JBJ Soul Kitchen, the new pay-what-you-can-or-volunteer restaurant, opened in Red Bank last month.

It wasn’t just the star power of pop star Jon Bon Jovi, whose foundation bankrolled the operation, but the swarm of New York media and even the superchic look given to the former auto repair shop by Red Bank architect Michael Malone.

It made some people wonder: would this turn out to be a restaurant for the haves only? Would those who need what Soul Kitchen was created to provide come out, too?

A volunteer at the Soul Kitchen, Christina Georgas, tells redbankgreen that they do. A bit reluctantly, on occasion, but they’re coming in.

“The great thing is that we have that long driveway out front, and sometimes we see them hesitating,” says Georgas, who works as a server. “So we go out and tell them, ‘Please, come on in.’ And they do.”

In an article published Monday on Philly.com, the website of the Philadelphia Inquirer, food reporter Dianna Marder also reports that the concept is working.

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BON JOVI OPENS SOUL KITCHEN

bon-jovi-dorotheaJon Bon Jovi gives his wife, Dorothea Bongiovi, an attagirl as she prepares a table at the opening of the JBJ Soul Kitchen Wednesday afternoon. The yard outside the restaurant, below, features a vegetable and herb garden. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

soul-kitchenWith a heavy rain irrigating the vegetable garden behind him and cameras streaming the event live, pop star Jon Bon Jovi inaugurated a pay-what-you-can-or-work-it-off restaurant on Monmouth Street in Red Bank Wednesday afternoon.

Dubbed the JBJ Soul Kitchen, the eatery is “not a soup kitchen,” Bon Jovi told a tent packed with press and local officials. “We hope to empower individuals who just need a hand up, and enable some who just need to lend a hand.”

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POP STAR TOUTS ADVIL FOR SOUL KITCHEN

soul-kitchen-092611A production crew swarmed the Jon Bon Jovi-supported Soul Kitchen on Monmouth Street in Red Bank Monday morning as the pop star prepared to shoot a commercial for pain-reliever Advil that will tout the not-yet-officially-open pay-what-you-can restaurant.

Plans for an official opening of the eatery have not yet been finalized, a Soul Foundation spokeswoman tells redbankgreen. (Click to enlarge)

BON JOVI FINDS NEW KITCHEN SPACE IN RB

soul-kitchenPlans for Jon Bon Jovi’s Soul Kitchen will keep the bay doors for now. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Bon Jovi’s Soul Kitchen has found itself a new home in Red Bank. It just needs a thumbs-up from the borough to fire up the grill.

The mega-star and super-philanthropic Middletown resident’s non-profit, the JBJ Soul Foundation, has filed plans with the borough’s planning and zoning office to move into a former auto repair shop on Monmouth Street, just west of the train tracks.

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BON JOVI BRINGS ‘SOUL’ FOOD TO CHURCH

st-anthonySt. Anthony of Padua transforms into the Soul Kitchen on Friday nights, offering a community restaurant through a partnership with the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

You can add restaurateur to the résumé of Jon Bon Jovi.

Through his non-profit JBJ Soul Foundation, the megapopstar musician has teamed with St. Anthony of Padua to open a “community restaurant” they call the Soul Kitchen to offer fine meals to the indigent. There are no prices posted. If you can afford to make a donation, they’ll take it. If not, then you volunteer at the restaurant to work off your fare.

Operating most Friday nights since November, the innovative eatery has gotten a “phenomenal response,” said Ed Markiewicz, who runs the church’s food pantry.

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RED BANK: A REFILL FOR EMPTY BOWLS

Press release from JBJ Soul Kitchen 

Bowls will once again bloom in the gardens of the JBJ Soul Kitchen the weekend of May 20 and 21, when the Empty Bowls Project returns to 207 Monmouth Street. With the motto Every Bowl Feeds a Soul, the event brings together artists, teens, and community members to help raise awareness of hunger in our area.

This is the third year that hundreds of handmade bowls in every shape, size, and color will be on display in the organic garden of the Soul Kitchen. Before the event, the Monmouth Arts Teen Arts Festival and Art Alliance of Monmouth County create the many bowls. On Saturday, May 20 and Sunday, May 21, patrons may select a bowl for a $20 donation, and, while supplies last, receive a canvas Monmouth Arts tote to carry their bowl home.

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