RED BANK: FLAVOR’S ORGANIC FOR KITCH CHEF

110515kichorganic6Kitch Organic chef Jennifer Freeman stirs a mixture of ground turkey and vegetables while Liam Splane cuts down a flat of wheat grass.  (Photos by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)

By SUSAN ERICSON

110515kitchorganic8In the exquisite, state-of-the-art kitchen at Kitch Organic on Leighton Avenue in Red Bank, the cooks are busy preparing some extraordinary recipes.

All the food here is gluten-free and certified-organic, but that isn’t what makes it exceptional. Health benefits aside, chef Jenny Freeman is producing meals chock-full of flavor — and she’s doing it with home-grown and carefully sourced ingredients.

The 42-year-old chef went to the Natural Gourmet Institute in New York “to learn how to help heal people through food,” she tells PieHole. “I wanted to learn good nutrition and use it in my cooking.”  Read More »

FAIR HAVEN: “KIND,” GLUTEN-FREE BURGERS

The hamburgers at Yvette and Anthony Cafaro’s Kind Burgers are certified safe for customers with celiac disease and other gluten-related disorders.  (Photo by Alexis Orlacchio. Click to enlarge)

By ALEXIS ORLACCHIO

At the newly opened Kind Burgers on River Road in Fair Haven are names carved into the wooden tables, molding and trim.

“These are the people that helped us clean out of Sea Bright,” said restaurant owner Anthony Cafaro, referring to the the place where Kind Burgers originally set up shop, just 10 weeks before Hurricane Sandy struck. “It’s a tribute to our family, friends, and customers. That’s who this is.”

With the help of the local community, the Carafos were able to reopen their family burger joint six weeks ago. Yvette Cafaro said a family from the Holy Cross community put together a fundraiser to help rebuild Kind Burgers.

“For anyone who did donate, we put their name in the restaurant to make a community feel to it,” said Yvette.

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