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End of Summer PartyThe annual End of Summer Party (above) marks a big-tent bid of adieu for the Sandy Hook Foundation next Friday…while NFL great Boomer Esiason (below) visits Broad Street for a cocktail party fundraiser at Garmany.

Boomer EsiasonA late-summer sendoff out on the Hook…a BBQ kickoff to the gridiron season on the home-team turf…a star-studded celebration of life and fashion at a signature retailer…and a show of support for a hometown resource. All dedicated to raising funds for worthy causes, and all happening in the post-Labor Day interlude to come.

This coming Labor Day Monday, September 5 represents the deadline to reserve your ringside seat for the End of Summer — as declared by the nonprofit Sandy Hook Foundation in its annual casual-attire outdoor benefit gala, which returns on September 9 to the North Beach area of the Hook for a seasonal sayonara that commences at 6:30 pm. With tickets beginning at $150, proceeds benefit the Foundation’s ongoing preservation efforts as well as seasonal activities like the popular Free Beach Concert series, in addition to the environmental awareness and educational campaigns of the Fort Hancock-based American Littoral Society. Promised are “dancing under the stars” to live music from Swift Technique; a buffet dinner featuring seafood raw bar furnished by The Lusty Lobster, and an “amazing auction” of exclusive-experience getaway packages. Take it here for further details; here for tickets, and around the bend for more good deeds and good times.

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Boomer EsiasonPress release from Belfer Communications

On Friday, September 9, NFL star Boomer Esiason comes to Garmany for an exciting game-changing inaugural fundraising event, “Garmany…Boom!”

Scheduled for Friday, September 9, the event celebrates life, fashion and raising awareness for Cystic Fibrosis through the Boomer Esiason Foundation, the nonprofit project established by the famed quarterback and broadcaster (pictured here outfitted by Garmany for his Showtime series Inside the NFL).

A four-time Pro Bowl player and 1988 NFL MVP, the former Jets QB will be joined at Garmany by two more players-turned-TV commentators, both with formidable stats in New York/ New Jersey pro ball: longtime Giants quarterback Phil Simms, and veteran Jets linebacker Bart Scott.

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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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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.


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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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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authorsAuthors May Becker, Susan E. Davis and Lisa Borders appear at libraries and bookstores around the greater Green on Saturday afternoon. Below, Michael Morch, Jennifer Grasso, Laura Gepford and Ian Brown-Gorrell head up the cast in Phoenix Productions’ staging of ‘White Christmas.’

White_Christmas_4bThe days and weeks leading up to Thanks Thursday and Black Friday buy us a little more time to approach the holiday season at our own pace… a chance to chill in the outdoors with a few more hours of autumn sun, or to head home and curl up with some comfort food and a good book.

Friday, November 15:

RED BANK: Or, you could just cut to the chase and surrender to Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, the season-closing musical entertainment from Phoenix Productions on the stage of the Count Basie Theatre. Come for tonight’s opening performance at 8 pm, and you’ll get more than just a jaunty romance-in-rhythm packed with Berlin blockbusters like “Happy Holiday,” “Blue Skies” and the title tune — you’ll get a shot at the traditional Phoenix 50/50 raffle and, as is traditional on Opening Night, you’ll get a first look ahead to the borough-based troupe’s 2014 season. Show continues through November 24; take it here to reserve tickets — and here for our feature on some exciting new developments at the Phoenix fun factory.

RUMSON: He’s fronted the 21st century edition of Blood Sweat & Tears; subbed for Belushi in The Original Blues Brothers Band; shared stages with everyone from Boy George to B.B. King, and toured the region’s roadhouses with his own Hudson River Rats (an upstanding organization that boasts legendary drummer Bernard “Pretty” Purdie). You might recall blues-rock belter and ace harmonicat Rob Paparozzi from those open-air Red Bank Jazz & Blues Fests of yore — but when Rob and Friends take it indoors to Barnacle Bill’s for some Friday night sets, they’ll be tearing the roof from the joint with a harpin’ helpin’ of houseparty hospitality, and the kind of star quality that keeps paparazzi flashbulbs a-poppin’.

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