Though I am sure many of you know, the Joe Romanowski Culinary Education Foundation (JOCEF) Gala is next Monday (3/27) at the Navesink Country Club, Middletown, NJ. I went to this event last year and it is by far the best “tasting” event I’ve ever attended. Tickets are $105 and the confirmed restaurant participants include the following:
B2 Bistro + Bar
The Bistro at Red Bank
Drew’s Bayshore Bistro
Raven and the Peach
Salt Creek Grille
The Vintage Cake
I hope to see some of you there supporting this wonderful cause that pays tribute to and honors the memory of a Jersey Shore culinary pioneer and mentor to many great local chefs.
Please correct me if I remember wrong, but wasn’t this event also on a Monday last year?
Again I really want to go, but Mondays are my worst and longest day of the week. Sorry my friend, I would have loved to meet you there.
I believe it was. I would assume they do so in order to accommodate the restaurants. I’m sorry you can’t make it but I’m sure we will catch up soon.
@bgut1 I keep meaning to ask…how was this? I think they sound like a terrific organization but it’s hard to find out a lot more about how they operate and I haven’t heard much about the event since it took place.
@CurlzNJ - This was the second one I attended and I find the restaurant attendees and the food to be very good. In fact, I would say it is the best “tasting” event I’ve attended save for maybe the Culinary Classic when it was held at the Mill in Spring Lake ( I haven’t been to one since it moved to Doolans). As for JOCEF, I believe the foundation provides scholarships for the Brookdale CC Culinary Program.
Thanks! You’re right about the scholarships; that’s what I thought was great. Good to hear it’s a worthwhile event…maybe I’ll get there next year.
Thanks to having had dinner at Drew’s last night, I went down the rabbit hole on his website and read about his connection to Joe, the chef whose passing inspired the creation of JOCEF.
I see their gala event is set for Monday, March 25th. Anyone planning to go? I’m thinking it might be fun, and certainly a worthwhile cause… more details here: