RED BANK RIVERFEST: IT’S A WRAP

052915rivfest30052915rivfest36Scenes 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.)

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RED BANK: SOAKING IN THE FLAVOUR

rbiff 042515 20042615 rbflavourfest11Thousands 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)

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RED BANK: FREE CHRISTMAS EATS

church dinner Continuing a tradition of nearly 30 years, the First Baptist Church, above, offers a Christmas Day dinner. JR’s Burgers, below, will offer free meals on Christmas Eve. (Click to enlarge)

jrs burgersAt least two Red Bank operations will be feeding those in need of a hot meal for Christmas.

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.

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RED BANK: ‘APPETITE’ SATISFIES HUNDREDS

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.

Susan Ericson’s food blog, Flavor Chronicles/Chefs in Motion has additional coverage.  (Photos by Susan Ericson. Mouse-over to pause.)

RED BANK: MORE ON THE MENU AT ‘APPETITE’

080214 appetite8080214 appetite16They 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)    080214 appetite27

FAIR HAVEN DOES IT AGAIN

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.)

RED BANK: RIVERFEST ROCKS THE RIVERSIDE

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.)

RED BANK: HAND-TO-MOUTH AT FOOD FEST

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)

What did you think of the festival? Any favorite dishes? Suggestions for improvement? Please leave a comment below.

RED BANK: PERUVIAN EATERY NEARS OPENING

runa (1)A Runa employee tells PieHole the Peruvian restaurant on Monmouth Street is a few weeks from opening. (Photo by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge)

By JIM WILLIS

morsels mediumSeveral 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.

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PIEHOLE: WHAT’S ON YOUR SUPER BOWL MENU?

Red-Hot-Chili-Peppers-join-Bruno-Mars-at-Super-Bowl-XLVIII-650x406PieHole wants to hear what kind of Super Bowl menu our readers can put together featuring surf, turf and a side of chili peppers.

By JIM WILLIS

morsels mediumFor 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?

 

 

 

RED BANK: SAN REMO DEBUTS IN KRAUT SPACE

RB san remo 011514 2Chef/owner Giovanni Bougdour has relocated his 17-year-old San Remo restaurant from Shrewsbury to the former home of the Little Kraut in Red Bank. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

RB san remo 011514 1In 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.”

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RED BANK: MEAT AND TATERS IN THE LARDER

crockpotIt’s crockpot season, and the PieHole Larder spotted a meat-and-potatoes deal for this week.  (Photo by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge)

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.

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MIDDLETOWN: THE BEST DEAL ON NUTS

nutsAn unauthorized* photo of some nice nuts. $3.49/lb through Christmas at the Middletown Whole Foods. (Photo by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge)

By JIM WILLIS

morsels mediumWe’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.

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RED BANK: TRANSITION TO A GREENER FUTURE

transition monmouth (2)Transition Monmouth organizer Sarah Klepner discusses local food with a group of gardeners at Earth Pizza. (Photo by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge)

By JIM WILLIS

PIEHOLE logoWith 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.

IT’S DANISH FOR ‘SLOW FOOD MARATHON’

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

danish cafeWhen 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.

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RED BANK: HOW TO HELP THOSE WHO NEED IT

Gwen LoveA challenging economy means more families need help this year, says Gwen Love, Lunch Break’s executive director. (Photo by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge)

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.”

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RED BANK: QUICK, CALL THE… MMMMMM…

johnny's 1 111113Taking 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)

RED BANK: WHAT’S FOR LUNCH

danish tuna 100713At the Danish Café in Red Bank: a tuna pita sandwich, with corn, peas, red peppers, romaine lettuce and thousand island dressing. “It’s how we make it in Denmark,” says Lone Kofod, who owns the café, located in the Galleria Red Bank, with husband Claudi.

Want to see more like this on PieHole, redbankgreen‘s fledgling food page? Let us know! (Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: TALKING SHORE FOOD HISTORY

schnitzspahn 1Author Karen Schnitzspahn brings her knowledge of local cuisine history to the Red bank Public Library tonight. (Photo by Rebecca Desfosse. Click to enlarge)

By JIM WILLIS

It’s a Friday afternoon sometime in the late 1880s. A guy walks into a saloon in Red Bank. Which saloon isn’t important, because Red Bank is crowded with watering holes, but let’s say it’s Frank Clausey’s tavern on West Front Street.

Now, there would be a list a mile long of differences between his happy hour experience and our modern day experience of ordering up a martini at the Downtown. But two worth noting, according to Little Silver author and historian Karen Schnitzspahn: the women and the oysters.

First off, there’d be no women – “or at least no proper women,” says Schnitzspahn. Second, there’d be way more oysters on the menu, and they’d be really local.

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FAIR HAVEN: MARKET REOPENING UNCERTAIN

balderose 092113A sign on the front door announces an “intention to re-open October 1,” but that’s not going to happen, says founder Tony Balderose.  (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

The fate of a food market that lasted just three months at Fair Haven’s most prominent intersection remains “up in the air” while a battle for ownership control plays out, one of the principals tells redbankgreen.

Balderose Fine Foods, which opened in mid-May, has been closed since mid-August because of the dispute, said founder and chef Tony Balderose, of Shrewsbury.

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RED BANK: SHUCKS, IT’S OYSTER TIME AGAIN

rb oysterfest 1 092312 rb oysterfest 3 092312For the fourth year in a row, autumn kicks off this weekend with the Red Bank Guinness Oyster Festival. Featuring headliner bivalves and brew, the event is also a showcase for dozens of local restaurants, a fundraiser, and an open-air music event that draws thousands of visitors to the White Street municipal parking lot. It runs from noon to 7 p.m., with a rain date of September 29. Admission is  $5 for anyone over 10. (Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: SMALL BUT AIRY SUB SHOP OPENS

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rb sub shop 3 091613Canio Paradiso, center, and crew at the Red Bank Sub Shop, which opened Monday morning at 8A Monmouth Street more than two years after Paradiso first filed plans for the business. (He promises redbankgreen the scoop on what took so long.)

At right, a view of the unusual air-shaft seating area we wrote about in July 2011. (Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: CHOWING DOWN AT THE COUNT

Bloody Marys, ribs, wine, doughnuts, bourbon, coffee: Red Bank’s Count Basie Theatre had all that and more for hundreds of eaters and drinkers this weekend. Its four-day Appetite festival included a live pasta throwdown between restaurateur Victor Rallo and Mayor Pasquale Menna on Saturday night. Rallo won the cooking contest to see who could make the better dish in 30 minutes, but it was close, requiring a tiebreaking vote. (Photos by Peter Lindner, except for Rallo-Menna.)

WHAT TO DO THIS WEEKEND? SO MUCH CHOICE

rb street fair 041413The Red Bank Street Fair late summer edition returns Sunday. The Count Basie Theatre, below, is home to a weekend-long food extravaganza called ‘Appetite.’ (Click to enlarge)

Friday, September 6:

basie marquee 1 090213MIDDLETOWN: The first and third Friday’s of the month mean Teen Art Club at the Middletown Public Library. This twice-monthly teen-led art session requires few tools: a drawing pad and pencil. Teen Art Club begins at 4 p.m. 55 New Monmouth Road.

RED BANK: The Count Basie 365 Cultural Series presents some cool Friday night jazz  to cool down the summer heat in the pocket park at Shrewsbury Avenue and Drs. James Parker Boulevard. The concert begins at 7 p.m.

SANDY HOOK: Celebrate the end of summer as the Sandy Hook Foundation presents local caterers, live music and auction items at the End of Summer Party. Proceeds benefit the restoration, maintenance, and education projects of the National Park Service. The farewell to summer runs from 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. Sandy Hook North Beach.

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FOODFEST TO SERVE UP A PASTA SMACKDOWN

Red Bank Mayor Pasquale Menna, seen above at a 2007 primary school function featuring his cooking, faces restaurateur Victor Rallo, below, in a stovetop showdown at the Basie next Saturday.  (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

One’s a municipal chief executive with a “total amateur’s” love of cooking – though he does have a chef’s smock with his name embroidered on the breast.

The other’s a serial restaurateur and wine expert who hosts a TV food show set in lush Italian locales.

The premise: a pasta smackdown cooking event pitting Red Bank Mayor Pasquale Menna against Victor Rallo, owner of Basil T’s in Red Bank, Undici Taverna Rustica in Rumson – and newsboy-cap wearing star of ‘Eat! Drink! Italy‘ on public TV.

The Saturday-night faceoff, on the stage of the venerable Count Basie Theatre, is one of the highlights of a four-day food smorgasbord – dubbed Appetite – that also features wine tastings, Scotch and bourbon swilling, a bevy of food trucks, screenings of food-themed movies and more.

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