OYSTERFEST: WORTH THE EXTRA WEEK’S WAIT

The second annual Red Bank Guinness Oyster Festival, delayed a week by rain that never came, roared into in town on Sunday  under classic autumn conditions: cool, partly sunny and heartily festive.

Twenty-five Red Bank restaurants supplied culinary delights such as lobster rolls, seafood chowder, corned-beef sandwiches, bacon-topped cupcakes and, of course, Guinness and oysters by the boatload for thousands of visitors to the White Street municipal lot.

redbankgreen was there, natch. Were you? Look for yourself and your friends in our photos.

OYSTERFEST II SLIDES INTO TOWN SUNDAY

oysterfest-2010-1The event is once again a showcase for borough-based eateries, organizers say. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

An ongoing effort by Red Bank restaurateurs to reclaim downtown visitors and show off their skills with a spatula marks a milestone Sunday.

That’s when the second edition of the Guinness Oyster Festival, an event widely considered a success in its 2010 inaugural, returns to the White Street municipal parking lot for an afternoon of food, dry stout and music Sunday.

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ON THE TONGUE, AND IN THE EYE

pomegranate1‘Pomegranate,’ a 48 x 48-inch painting by Gerda Liebmann, is among the food-themed art to be served up Saturday. (Click to enlarge)

Can’t you just taste it?

Art lovers and foodies will be able to indulge their senses of sight, smell and taste this Saturday afternoon, as the non-denominational Red Bank Community Church hosts its semiannual art show, a combination of the visual and victual arts.

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TABLE UNDER THE STREETLIGHT, PLEASE

With a plethora of restaurants, Red Bank is a diner’s delight year-round. But in summer, it takes on a casual and unhurried demeanor as the doors are thrown open and tables moved outside. And when the food and the company are right, the sunset, stars and passersby become part of a magical milieu.

In her swan song for the summer, redbankgreen photo intern Stacie Fanelli serves up an enticing appetizer of open-air dining pix taken around town over the past two months.

Bon appetit.

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MOBILE FOOD MAY FIND A SPOT IN TOWN

adam-sobelCinnamon Snail owner Adam Sobel appears to have persuaded Red Bank officials to carve out a spot he and other mobile vendors can compete for. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi: click to enlarge)

Adam Sobel’s push for mobile food vending on the streets of Red Bank inched forward this week.

The owner/chef/driver of the popular Cinnamon Snail vegetarian and organic food truck came away from Wednesday night’s borough council meeting with a pledge that the governing body would look into creating a dedicated spot near the train station that mobile food vendors could compete for.

But the location under discussion isn’t one that Sobel, the presumptive lead candidate for the license, is sold on.

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TINY BODEGA/RESTAURANT GETS BIG PLUG

lachaparrita_01If it seems that La Chaparrita on Shrewsbury Avenue in Red Bank is getting more traffic these days, it could be proof of the power of the plug.

The tiny bodega was featured in Sunday’s New York Times. But not for its fresh fruit and Pinguinos packaged cupcakes.

Turns out the shop has a busy little kitchen turning out “fresh Mexican comfort food” that attracted writer Kelly Feeney’s attention.

Here’s a taste:

The taco platter is an order of three with a choice of chicken, beef or goat meat, among other options ($7). (Platters include a side of rice and beans.) The chicken burrito ($8) was surprisingly light, simply filled with marinated chicken tossed with fresh cilantro and onion; it is topped with a little cheese and comes with chili sauce on the side. The quesadilla al pastor containing spicy pork and pineapple is heftier ($8), as is the huarache, a deep-fried tortilla covered with chorizo, cheese, avocado, lettuce and tomato ($6; other fillings available).

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