redbankgreen was there to capture the event in pixels, right down to the spectacular fireworks finale. Click ‘read more’ for additional photos. (Photos by Mariah Woodbury. Click to enlarge.)
Fizz Soda Fountain, featuring burgers, shakes and a 1940’s-era soda dispenser, is to replace the Red Bank Sub Shop, at 8 Monmouth Street. (Photo by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge.)
By JOHN T. WARD
Food Network star Alton Brown takes the Count Basie stage for a presentation that just might get a bit messy.
The last time the Count Basie Theatre designated a “splatter zone” in the front seats was during the farewell tour of the notorious melon-mauling comedian Gallagher. But when the TV personality and best-selling author Alton Brown visits the venerable venue this Wednesday night, the patrons in row A (and maybe B and C) will sit duly forewarned — while the plastic ponchos, we are assured, will be “larger and more protective.”
The occasion is the Red Bank whistle-stop of Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science, an audience-engaging stage presentation that the Food Network star is in the process of bringing to some 40 U.S. cities. Read More
By JOHN T. WARD
Somehow, though, it seems no one had thought to ask the most iconic beachfront restaurants for their top recipes, with the idea of sharing them in book form.
It took a Jersey Girl from Red Bank with an insatiable palate to finally tie it all together. Read More
Continuing with the ever-eclectic menu of entertainments that has distinguished and defined its audience-pleasing mission, the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank serves up a new slate of offerings under the “Appetite Chefs” series banner in coming hours and days, starting with a matinee appearance Saturday by the Original Iron Chef himself and continuing next Wednesday by a beloved master of Italian cuisine.
The annual Middletown Day celebration returns to the headquarters of the township’s Department of Parks and Recreation (the Croydon Hall facility on Leonardville Road in Leonardo) for a rain-or-shine afternoon of all-ages activity that commences this Saturday at 11 a.m.
It’s an eclectic event that promises everything from bounce-houses to business showcases; live rock music to rock-climbing walls; touch-a-firetruck ops to petting zoo — plus food and craft vendors, Granny’s Tag Sale, kids’ activities, all-ages hayrides and all-for-fun sporting contests and tournaments.
By SUSAN ERICSON
At 33 years old, Chamon says he’s been working in kitchens for more than half his life, starting as a dishwasher at Doris and Ed’s in Highlands when he was 14.
“I always wanted to be a part of the line,” he tells PieHole. It’s like being behind the scenes of something you see in a movie. There’s something about the adrenaline, the rush.”
Hundreds of Fair Havenites spent the afternoon and evening in the open air of Fair Haven Fields Saturday, enjoying the fourth annual Fair Haven Day, an event begun in 2012 to commemorate the borough centennial.
Kids limboed, danced to the Jukebox Criminals and built ice cream sundaes; adults enjoyed a range of culinary offerings, as well as beer and sangria; and the whole thing was capped once again with a spectacular fireworks show.
redbankgreen was there, camera in hand, to capture the vibe for those who missed it, or just want to relive it. (Photos by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge.)
Scenes from the weekend-long Red Bank Riverfest, which attracted thousands of visitors to in Marine Park Red Bank.
Were you there? Take it past the “read more” to see if the roving lenses of redbankgreen got your picture. (Photos by Susan Ericson, Trish Russoniello and John T.Ward. Click to enlarge.)
Thousands of strolling-and-eating springtime revelers flooded the White Street parking lot for the annual Red Bank International Flavour Festival on a cool, partly sunny afternoon Sunday.
As usual, redbankgreen was there to capture dozens of sweet and savory moments. Are you in one of our photos? Check out the full array below. (Photos by Susan Ericson, Trish Russoniello and John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)
On Wednesday, Christmas Eve, from 6 to 8 p.m., JR’s Burgers on West Front Street will be giving out free burgers, sodas and fries.
At this weekend’s three-day ‘Appetite‘ extravaganza at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, hundreds of visitors feasted on food, wine, beer and culinary wisdom.
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Susan Ericson’s food blog, Flavor Chronicles/Chefs in Motion has additional coverage. (Photos by Susan Ericson. Mouse-over to pause.)
They came for the wine with local restaurateur Vic Rallo and stayed for the food trucks, beer and make-your-own bloody Mary’s Saturday at Red Bank’s Count Basie Theatre, hosting its second annual ‘Appetite‘ food festival.
The action continues Sunday under the theme of ‘Blues and Brews,’ spotlighting craft beers, artisanal cheeses, butcher Stew Goldstein – offering a demo on preparing a pork loin Marco roast – and more. According to the National Weather Service, it’s not going to be a beach day, so why not come out? More details here. (Photos by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)
What started as a way to celebrate Fair Haven’s centennial two years ago appears to have settled into an annual tradition, as the borough threw a townwide party in Fair Haven Fields Saturday, capping a day of food and music with a spectacular fireworks show. redbankgreen was there, natch. (Photos by Susan Ericson and Dan Natale. Mouseover to pause slideshow.)fh day 061414 8061414 fh day5061414 fh day061414 fh day2061414 fh day3061414 fh day6061414 fh day7061414 fh day9061414 fhday8061414 fhday10061414 fhday11061414fh day4fh day 061414 1fh day 061414 2fh day 061414 3fh day 061414 4fh day 061414 5fh day 061414 6fh day 061414 7fh day 061414 9fh day 061414 10fh day 061414 11fh day 061414 12fh day 061414 13fh day 061414 14fh day 061414 15fh day 061414 16fh day 061414 17fh day 061414 18fh day 061414 19fh day 061414 20
Thousands of festivalgoers filled Red Bank’s Marine Park over the weekend for three days of food and music at Riverfest 2014. (Photos by Dan Natale and Trish Russoniello. Mouseover to pause.)
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Scenes from Sunday’s Red Bank International Flavour Festival, where some downtown restaurants showed off their menus, diners induclged, and a guy dressed as a strip of bacon wandered amid the crowd of thousands. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)
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What did you think of the festival? Any favorite dishes? Suggestions for improvement? Please leave a comment below.
By JIM WILLIS
Several PieHole readers have asked what’s up with the much-anticipated Peruvian place on Monmouth Street in Red Bank.
The space, vacated by Eurasian Eatery in spring of 2012, began its transformation in the summer of 2012 into the town’s first Peruvian eatery, but appears to have been “under construction” ever since.
By JIM WILLIS
For some of us East Coast football fans, the most exciting bit of this weekend’s Super Bowl matchup between Seattle and Denver will be the halftime pairing of Bruno Mars with the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
But with Washington’s famed salmon and oysters and Colorado’s beef and lamb, a Super Bowl menu pairing of surf and turf could make for yet another interesting matchup.
Moreover, you’ve got Washington State’s great wines to go up against Colorado’s long beer brewing history.
Combine the offerings from these two states with New Jersey’s hosting of the game – which, of course, gives you license to put pork roll on whatever you make – and you’ve got the makings for a historic Super Bowl menu here.
What about you PieHole readers: What will you be serving up for this Sunday’s game?
By JOHN T. WARD
In the works for more than three and half years, the move by San Remo to Red Bank from its longtime home just over the town line in Shrewsbury is finally finito.
Back in 2010, San Remo owner/chef Giovanni Bougdour bought the space from a titan of Teutonic cuisine, Dieter Bornemann, who for more than 40 years ran his Little Kraut restaurant there, just a schnitzel’s throw from the borough train station. Bornemann lived in an apartment above the restaurant before retiring and moving to Las Vegas.
What took Bougdour so long to complete the move?
“I’ve just been busy at the other place,” he says. “That’s it.”
By JIM WILLIS
With holiday shopping and decorating for Christmas eating into PieHole‘s precious cooking time, we’re ready for some easy crockpot meals.
This week’s PieHole Larder – yes, this is the first you’re hearing about our new feature about unbeatable food bargains – brings you a pair of specials that go together like meat and potatoes.
Because, well, they are meat and potatoes.
By JIM WILLIS
We’re not sure how sitting around cracking nuts got its start as a holiday tradition, but PieHole can say with a certain amount of first-hand knowledge that nothing helps you ease back into a nice, easy pace with your holiday cocktail like a bowl of nuts.
A bowl of peanuts may be OK with your pilsner, but when you start throwing rye or bourbon and some bitters into the mix, PieHole suggest a large bowl of nuts, heavy on the pecans and walnuts.
By JIM WILLIS
With winter edging nearer, a dozen or so area residents of the Green got together at Earth Pizza in Red Bank last week to discuss this past season’s gardening and brainstorm ways to encourage local food production and consumption.
During the discussion, organized by Transition Monmouth, participants shared their recent gardening experiences, noting what grew well and what didn’t.
Read all about this meetup on PieHole, redbankgreen‘s food page.
Lone Kofod of the Danish Cafe pronounces “Julefrokost” so you can go to Denmark and crash a corporate holiday party or two. Or just go to the one in Red Bank. (Photo by Jim Willis. Click here to play movie if the above doesn’t work.)
By JIM WILLIS
When Piehole first heard that the Danish Café in Red Bank was hosting a ‘Julefrokost‘ event, we spent about a minute guessing at the meaning and pronunciation before turning to Google to learn that it’s a Danish word for a holiday food marathon of sorts celebrated around the holidays.
We’re not much for running marathons, but food marathons are right up our alley. So we quickly headed to the Galleria Red Bank to check in with Lone Kofod, who owns the café with her husband, Claudi, to get the details on the event.
“It’s a typical holiday thing in Denmark,” says Kofod. “A lot of business have Julefrokost for a Christmas dinner for their employees. They have that during the holidays as a company Christmas party. During the Christmas days, Danish families will also have Julefrokost meal.”
The Danish Cafe will be holding at least two Julefrokost meals at its comfortable Galleria space this season, on Saturday, November 30 and Friday, December 6. “If we fill up those two dates, which we almost have, we will do a third event,” says Kofod.
By JIM WILLIS
With Thanksgiving and Christmas on the horizon, Red Bank’s Lunch Break is gearing up to make the holidays special for families in our area. And the current economic climate means more families than ever will need Lunch Break’s help, according to Gwen Love, the soup kitchen and social services nonprofit’s executive director.
In the past 30 days alone, the Lunch Break pantry has served 820 families. “That is a Lunch Break record,” says Love.
“We’ve just started giving out our holiday food bags last week,” says chef Tyrone Burr, “In one week we gave out 365 holiday bags. That’s three times as many as last year.”
Piehole stopped in at Lunch Break to see what neighbors around the Green could do to — as Love puts it — “share their blessings.”
Taking a chance with the law, John Yarusi from Monmouth Beach rolled his Johnny’s Pork Roll onto Wallace Street in Red Bank Monday morning. If you’re looking for a hot pork roll sandwich from a truck, better jump before the cops arrive, because food trucks are not permitted in town. Yarusi says he’ll remain until he’s chased away. (Photo by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge)