The facade of Nest, at 32 Mechanic Street, the former Independent Engine firehouse. Below, Bottles by Sickles anchors an addition to the former Anderson Storage Building. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)
By JOHN T. WARD
One is the landmark Anderson Storage Building near the train station, where a wine shop owned by Sickles Market opened Sunday. And the former Independent Engine Company house on Mechanic Street is now home to a retail furniture store.
Three generations of the Sickles family — Bob, Robert and Tori — were present on September 13, when Sickles Market hosted a first of its kind, farm-to-table fundraiser for the ongoing restoration of the 17th century Parker Homestead, as well as for the programs of the Monmouth County Historical Association. Guest auctioneer Nicholas Dawes of TV’s ANTIQUES ROADSHOW (inset) raised $36,000, and the silent auction at the “As It Grows” event raised over $11,000. More than 250 guests enjoyed a casual, food-station style affair catered by the David Burke Restaurant Group, with raw bar by Lusty Lobster, wines by 4JGs Vineyards, and a farmstead cheese table provided by co-sponsor Sickles Market.
From left: Red Bank Regional Junior Class President Houston Migdon and Junior Class Vice President Elisa Orsini are pictured with Sickles Market owner Bob Sickles, and his daughter Tori at their celebratory picnic. The Juniors were declared the winners of the Battle of the Class Sandwiches, with 502 sandwiches sold.
Press release from Sickles Market
The Battle of the Class Sandwiches has been decided — and the winner of the special fundraising competition, sponsored by the Red Bank Regional High School District and Sickles Market, is the Junior Class.
It was a hard-fought but decisive win for the RBR Juniors, with their top-selling sandwich creation, “The Fiesta ’15,” topping the sales sweepstakes with 502 sandwiches sold. The winning sandwich is described as“Savory grilled chicken and Monterey Jack cheese paired with an explosion of southwestern flavors including fresh avocado, Sickles’ Own black bean salsa and a kick of chipotle ranch dressing, all rolled up into a sundried tomato wrap.”
The announcement of the winner was made at a congratulatory luncheon at RBR on Monday, June 16. The Senior Class 2014 placed second with “The Wild Buc” (429 sold); the Sophomore Class of 2016 placed third with “The Sweet ’16” (370 sold) and the Freshmen Class of 2017 finished fourth with “The Savory ‘17” (238 sold).