By JIM WILLIS
Rumsons Debra Levy Picard thinks men and women cook differently.
A woman might cook because she wants to prepare something to look beautiful and perfect and impressive,” she says. “A guy just wants to eat hes hungry, and is happy to eat out of the pot without a bouquet garni,
A 52-year-old north Jersey native and lifetime foodie, Picarrd has traveled extensively in Europe, Israel, the United Kingdom she’s lived in both England and Switzerland and the United States, enriching her understanding off cooking and culture. She recently published a cookbook, Tastosterone: The Best Cookbook For Men, to help men just get food from the grocery store to the plate.
redbankgreen sat down with Picard to talk about why women are turned on by a man behind the stove, how come guys always seem to get stuck at the grill and learn what local celeb doesnt know his way around a kitchen.
A six-second Vine tour of the season-opening edition of the Red Bank Farmers Market last Sunday. The market, located at the Galleria at Red Bank, at the corner of West Front Street and Shrewsbury Avenue, runs on Sundays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m into November. (Video by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)
By ALEXIS ORLACCHIO
Friday, May 10:
RED BANK: Sandy Hacketts Rat Pack infests Count Basie Theater. Join faux Frank, Sammy and Dino for performances produced by the legendary Buddy Hackett. Tickets are $19.50, $29.50 and $39.50. 99 Monmouth Street.
RUMSON: The third annual Gayla! prom, a fun and safe evening with food and DJ takes place at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School. The Rumson Fair Haven Gay-Straight Alliance partners with Make it Better for Youth to provide support kids ages 13-19 in middle, high, or home school. The prom runs from 7 to 10 p.m. tickets are $20; parental permission required. 74 Ridge Road.
Among the myriad culinary and craft-shopping options available throughout the Green on Mother’s Day is one that bristles with green freshness: the Red Bank Farmer’s Market, above, which reopens Sunday for its six-month season in the parking lot of the Galleria of Red Bank, at West Front Street and Shrewsbury Avenue. The open-air market runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays through mid-November. (Click to enlarge)
A recently enacted state law aimed at culling ‘fake farmer‘ landowners “will eventually give local tax officials the power to force out fakers,” but doesn’t go far enough, the Star-Ledger says in an editorial published Friday.
Championed by state Senator and Red Bank resident Jen Beck who won her seat in 2007 after a battling an opponent she tagged as a fake farmer the reform bill signed by Governor Chris Christie this month goes too easy on wealthy individuals, developers and owners of office parks who took advantage of the old law to duck some $95 million a year in local taxes, the Sledger says.
By SARAH KLEPNER
From the intricacies of composting weeds in or out? and soil amendments to the development of a satisfactory water plan, the Red Bank Community Garden has finally come into being. And there’s still room for more gardeners.
After political battling last year over where to site the garden, gardeners got oriented last Tuesday night, meeting with RBCG committee members and several local experts who have been part of the two-and-a-half-year process of establishing the facility.
On Saturday, under bright spring skies, the urban farmers tilled soil for the first time.
Some of them, at least, were at the Little Silver food-and-garden emporium known as Sickles Market for the annual Girls Night Out, a benefit the Jacqueline M. Wilentz Comprehensive Breast Center. The evening in the greenhouse offered tastes of fine food and wine, fashion tips, interior decorating and opportunities for silliness. (Click to enlarge)
Is veganism “like being a nun at an orgy”? “Vegucated,” a documentary screening in Lincroft Sunday, explores that question and others. The Wag, below, is at the Red Bank Public Library Saturday. (Click to enlarge)
Friday, January 25
RED BANK: Aaron Lewis, formerly of Staind, is on tour solo for the first time and will stop at Count Basie for a set of new tunes and old favorites. Show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $29.50, $39.50, or $55. 99 Monmouth Street.
Keeping it local, the sandwiches at Locals Creative Fresh Takeout are named for local places, heroes and legends. Below, returnable baskets customers can use to tote lunches to the beach. (Click to enlarge)
By JOHN T. WARD
Locals Creative Fresh Takeout soft-launched January 7, offering a menu of sandwiches to-go in a space where Rumsonites lined up for decades at Butler’s Deli, which closed in October.
The Daily Show political correspondent John Oliver brings his mordant wit to the Basie, and former Rutgers football player Eric LeGrand is at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional to to discuss his book, below. (Click to enlarge)
LINCROFT: The Robert J. Collins Arena at Brookdale Community College hosts the 23rd annual expo of home improvement contractors, vendors and manufacturers, a three-day event showcasing everything from spas to sponges, and every helpful/healthful thing between. Hours are from 1 to 8 p.m. Friday, 11 to 8 Saturday, 11 to 5 Sunday. Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 kids 12-17, under 12 are free. Newman Springs Road/Route 520.
RUMSON: Former Rutgers football player Eric LeGrand, paralyzed in a game, talks about his effort to recover, as described in his book, ‘Believe: My Faith and the Tackle That Changed My Life’ (available at River Road Books). 7 to 10 p.m. 74 Ridge Hill Road.
By REBECCA DESFOSSE
For Karen Schnitzspahn, food isnt just about textures, tastes and smells it also has deep cultural and historical aspects to it.
The Little Silver writer explores these facets of food in her latest book, Jersey Shore Food History: Victorian Feasts to Boardwalk Treats.
Complete with recipes such as Mrs. Mulfords Clam Fritters and Jesse Eigenrauchs Butterscotch Pudding, and chock full of photographs, the book dishes on food from the mid-1800s to the mid-1900s, all along the coast from Sandy Hook to Cape May.
Its not just about the pizza, the hot dogs, and the saltwater taffy,” says Schnitzspahn. “Its the whole cultural thing the cultural influence and how certain foods became popular.
By: REBECCA DESFOSSE
Monday nights council meeting, convening at 7:30 p.m., was adjourned in time for attendees to be home to watch the 49ers take on the Bears at 8:30 p.m. or Dancing with the Stars if thats more your taste.
Louis Ferraros contract as police chief was approved unanimously. The specifics of the contract were not discussed at the meeting and were not included in the resolution passed at the meeting.
We’ve got a solid block of entertaining and educational diversions available on the Green this weekend. Getting right to it…
Thursday, October 25
7 p.m. Middletown Public Library will host a free wedding planning workshop and presentation by Rachael Citron of Glass Slipper Wedding and Events. Q&A session will follow. Register online or call 732-671-3700×320. 55 New Monmouth Road, Middletown.
7:30 p.m. Executive Hockey Editor for the Associated Press and Fair Haven resident Tim Sullivan will present details on this years Eastern Conference Finals between the New York Rangers and the New Jersey Devils. Hosted by River Road Books, the event takes place at the Nauvoo Grill Club. Contact River Road Books to reserve: 732-747-9455. 121 Fair Haven Road, Fair Haven.
By JOHN T. WARD
Tucked behind the Colorest art supply store on Newman Springs Road, its odd name all but lost on the sign out front, DiBartolo’s Quick Stop Food & Paper sometimes elicits audible gasps when first-timers stumble into its parking lot. Not because of the menacing-looking electrical substation it faces, that is, but the unexpected bins of brightly colored fresh fruits and vegetables on display.
redbankgreen was present recently when a woman entered DiBartolo’s warehouse store through the wind curtain that covers the front door and cooed, to no one in particular, “I had no idea this place was back here.”
“We get that a lot,” says owner Jimmy DiBartolo.
Natale Siclare, garden manager at Sickles Market in Little Silver, calls out the weight 3.26 pounds of the winner of the store’s annual biggest-tomato contest Saturday. The tomato was home-grown by Mike Mansfield of Oceanport. (Photo by Peter Lindner. Click to enlarge)
By DANIELLE TEPPER
Community gardens have become widespread as places where neighbors can kneel side-by side in the dirt and cultivate homegrown veggies together. Now, Shrewsbury has joined the trend with a month-old mini-farm that is already yielding eggplant, peppers and more.
This was our whole point, that it improves the quality of life in the community, said Maureen Collins, President of the Shrewsbury Garden Club.
Food swap organizer Wendy Weiner (right) samples some of April Lippet-Faczak’s hand-milled oats, which were served with toppings such as molasses, chopped walnuts and fresh bananas. Below, Lois Blake’s chimichurri. (Photos by Danielle Tepper. Click to enlarge)
By DANIELLE TEPPER
Theres a quiet thrill in making something from scratch, a reassuring sense of independence that comes from throwing together homegrown ingredients to produce something tastier and cheaper than store-bought items.
This is one of the underpinnings of food swapping, which has now made its way to Monmouth County.
Wendy Weiner of Little Silver was first introduced to the concept of swapping when she read an article in the summer 2012 issue of Edible Jersey magazine. A group known as the South Jersey Swappers learned it from a group in Brooklyn, and the trail apparently leads all the way to England.
As soon as I read it, I said, ‘we totally have to do this,’ said Weiner.
Swapping is an easy way to foster sustainability and make participants more dependent on community neighbors rather than the government, she said.
In addition to its customary slate of hot meals, clothing, social services referrals and job counseling, Red Bank’s Lunch Break is now distributing fresh produce and flowers grown by local gardeners.
The free Gardeners’ Market is open from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. every Tuesday through September. Growers who wish to contribute are asked to drop off their produce on Monday afternoons or early Tuesday morning at Lunch Break’s home, on Drs. James Parker Boulevard. For more information, call 732-747-8577. (Click to enlarge)
By STACIE FANELLI
A mushroom buffet, freshly picked callaloo and a vegan lunch truck: all are staples for Red Bank Farmers Market customers, many of whom trek dozens of miles week for these delicacies, as well as clothing and art.
Everything, it seems, is homemade, handcrafted, passed down for generations or grown on a farm owned by someone who spent his life savings to buy it. Everything has a story.
Matthew Becker, an artist whose full-time job is running a karma yoga practice, comes every Sunday from Point Pleasant, even though he doesn’t do a tremendous amount of business selling his work. He uses the time to paint and to soak in the market atmosphere.
“I like to spread good vibes around for people,” he said, pointing out the “chill-out trance music” playing from his speakers in the parking lot of the Galleria at Red Bank. “It’s my most relaxing day of the week.”
Just as its furry little ilk seems to have dominion over smaller yards and gardens, a giant rabbit ruled last week’s Where Have I Seen This?
As a whopping 31 readers recognized, the big topiary rabbit shown was from the ornamental gate at the estate known as Sheep’s Run, on Rumson Road in Rumson.
By JOHN T. WARD
One cow was struck by a car and had to be euthanized after she and her half-sister wandered away from a farm in the River Plaza section of Middletown early Tuesday morning, police said.
The accident occurred at about 12:20 a.m. on West Front Street near Chris’ Deli, police said.
The sight of the second cow on the loose in a residential development near the Navesink River caused a stir among neighbors.
The one-year-old calf’s name is Violet. But to Pudgie Conroy, a Middletown native turned full-time stable tenant in Rumson, calling her bovine charge “Stinky” not to mention “muddy” and “sweaty” on the year’s hottest afternoon yet works just as well.
Said Conroy, “I feed Violet once a day, but I’ve been cutting her back little-by-little because she’s a year old now and doesn’t need as much.”
Once Violet’s milk bottle is drained, Conroy heads to the stables to shower Buck, a horse.