As a personal chef, Marcy Ragan is used to cooking for others.But on Sept. 12, she will prepare a meal for many when she serves as guest chef at JBJ Soul Kitchen in Red Bank. The Long Branch chef will prepare a five-course meal inspired by music. Specifically, rock ’n’ roll.“Taking cues from Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Little Feat, and other notable artists, Chef Ragan will compose dishes inspired by the lyrics of ‘Tangerine,’ ‘Glass Onion,’ and ‘Dixie Chicken,’ among others,” reads a news release. The meal will feature produce from Silverton Farms in Toms River, Argos Farm in Lacey, and the Soul Kitchen gardens and feature wine pairings from Court Liquors of Long Branch.The meal, which will be served from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., is a fundraiser for Soul Kitchen, a program of the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation. Proceeds from the evening will benefit the foundation, which works to help families in financial distress.JBJ Soul Kitchen is … [Read more...] about Bon Jovi’s Red Bank Soul Kitchen to host charity dinner
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After 30 years of cooking for the people of Red Bank, Michael and Valerie Aufiero have learned a thing or two about the restaurant business.They know that a great house salad can become one of a restaurant's most popular dishes, and that using Italian breadcrumbs when rolling out pizza dough makes for a crust that is crispy and tastes great. They know that having more than one location doesn't always go as well as you'd think, and that a recession can actually make a business stronger."We opened it up in 1985 and we are the first and still the owners," said Michael Aufiero, 63, who with his wife owns Front Street Trattoria in Red Bank.He got his start in the restaurant business in the 1970s, when he worked for an Italian couple in their pizzeria on the Belmar boardwalk. It was called The Gondola, and he spent seven summers there."That's where I learned how to make pizza in a very fast-paced environment, right on the boardwalk," Aufiero said, "and he (owner Tony DeMarchi) made a great … [Read more...] about Red Bank pizza place booms for 30 years – how?
Inspired by the view of the Navesink River, Vince Gifford and Gregory Milano are serving up coastal cuisine in their newly opened restaurant, 26 West on the Navesink.This Nantucket yacht club-themed restaurant opened on June 5 in Red Bank. Executive chef Meg LaManna is a Point Pleasant local who studied at the Culinary Education Center in Asbury Park.Her menu is what she and Milano call "coastal cuisine" - new American food with a "slant on seafood."The menu features local ingredients, organic microgreens, and organic, free-range, and hormone-free chicken. LaManna also makes fresh pasta in-house - one of her favorite things to do.One of LaManna's favorite dishes is their vegetarian dish - the Jersey Corn Agnolotti. It has local Jersey corn stuffed into freshly made agnolotti with mascarpone cheese and a corn nage.Some other favorites so far include a crab cake sitting on a bed of corn mousse and topped with carrot slaw, and the grilled swordfish … [Read more...] about 26 West on the Navesink brings Nantucket to Red Bank
For years, Teak in Red Bank has been known for dishing up delicious Asian-American cuisine.The restaurant recently gave diners something else to love: a rooftop bar. The space is a 2,500-square-foot indoor lounge with a 40-foot bar and 1,000 square feet of outdoor space.The rooftop is open until 1:30 a.m. Thursdays through Saturdays; owner George Lyristis said additional days will be added. The space features live music from a band or deejay each night, and happy hour. Lyristis also has plans for open mic and trivia nights, as well as the addition of a fire pit.As for food, bargoers can enjoy small bites from Teak’s restaurant menu, which includes barbecue Korean tacos, French onion soup dumplings, pork pot stickers and pork belly buns.Teak is at 64 Monmouth St. For more information, call 732-747-5775, http://teakrestaurant.com or search Teak Rooftop on Facebook. RELATED: 7 spots for a drink with a view MORE: Great gifts for New Jersey foodies … [Read more...] about Teak in Red Bank adds rooftop bar
For Christopher Mariani, it all started in South Seaside Park.Back in 1983, he opened his first restaurant — a small trattoria called Cafe Al Fresco — one block off the beach at the end of Route 35."It was pretty interesting," he says. "It started as a seasonal three-man operation."By the time his brother took over in 2001, Mariani had transformed the spot into a full-service deli, pizzeria, meat market and fine-dining establishment with more than 70 employees.That's how he attacks his business endeavors — with passion, flavor and and a never-ending thirst to do more."Every night, I would say, 'buona sera' to my customers," Mariani explains. "It means good evening. I always want to give my guests a great evening."Mariani, who lives in Colts Neck with his wife, is a man of his word.Seventeen years ago — on March 22, 1999, to be exact — he came to Red Bank and opened Buona Sera.Mariani hasn't stopped since.The upscale Italian restaurant has been a dining … [Read more...] about 5 reasons this Red Bank business still booms
Catch Seafood Restaurant in Red Bank is simply superb.Walk into the new and modern eatery on Broad Street in Red Bank and just look around. The gray walls and exposed brick, the open kitchen and the raw bar with countertop seating, all make for a cool and inviting space.Even the modern menu — one page only — fits in with the decor.Though it caters to every taste, this is the place to go for fish and seafood.Contemplate the menu as you nibble on the very good sesame seed bread that is accompanied by a small serving dish of delicious hummus, whipped butter and olive oil. And if you are a seafood lover — start with the raw bar. It's all up to you — choose what you want. The very helpful waitstaff will tell you what is available that night. From oysters or clams on the half-shell to shrimp cocktail or crab and lots more — everything you love is here.The waitstaff also will tell you about the specials that night. On a recent Saturday evening, there was lobster … [Read more...] about New Red Bank restaurant is a winning catch
Patrizia's Pizza and Pasta, a little piece of Italy tucked along Broad Street in Red Bank, is a relatively new addition to the borough's food scene. But the restaurant's story goes back just a bit farther.The first in the family of Patrizia's restaurants opened more than 25 years ago in the Bronx, helmed by Giacomo Alaio and members of his family. Lou Maschi, 56 and of Wall, grew up near the restaurant, and he got to know Alaio and his family. He eventually opened a business of his own, a deli in Brooklyn's Williamsburg neighborhood that went on to bear the Patrizia name."I went across the street from where I was and opened up a place twice the size, made it a deli and brought Giacomo and his brother into it," Maschi said of the 2009 collaboration. "We got rid of the deli and brought in the restaurant concept."The Patrizia concept is all about family. Feeding the family, enjoying good food with family, and simply put, just being with family."Our motto is to make people feel like they … [Read more...] about New Red Bank restaurant thinks outside the box
Stroll through one borough in particular, and what might you find?A handful of bakeries, one from the "Cake Boss" himself. An upscale boutique with a wall of incredible designer shoes. An arcade featuring endless games with all the rings and chimes imaginable. More high-class boutiques. Tons of ethnic restaurants. A performance venue luring in top acts week after week.With close to 400 businesses, it's safe to say Red Bank is bustling."I think that Red Bank has really positioned itself as kind of a regional shopping and dining and entertainment area," says James Scavone, executive director for Red Bank RiverCenter, "so I think we attract from a very large area and that makes it very desirable for businesses to want to be here, because they know we get a lot of visitors." The recipe for success When asked what it takes for a business to thrive in downtown Red Bank, Scavone says it depends on the business itself."If you're a restaurant, you're going to have different strategies than if … [Read more...] about Red Bank businesses: Who’s still standing and why?
RED BANK - The Mr. Pizza Slice makeover won’t take long — the Red Bank pizzeria is scheduled to reopen sometime in February.“(It’s) an icon. I’m naturally a very nostalgic person. I understand people are very, very emotional about this place,” said Nick Napoletano, who acquired the eatery with Tom Cappello.Napoletano and Cappello are no strangers to operating restaurants in Red Bank. Napoletano owns Whipped Creperie with Erica Lieberman two doors down from the pizzeria, and Cappello owns Gaetano’s Restaurant and Market on Wallace Street.They acquired the restaurant in December, and closed it for renovations on Jan. 1.For over 45 years, Steve Napolitani operated Mr. Pizza Slice before selling the building in 2013. After that, the new owners continued running the pizzeria as it had always had, until Cappello expressed interest in acquiring it last year.“Long story short, negotiations happened and we took it over,” Napoletano … [Read more...] about Red Bank’s Mr. Pizza Slice back with makeover
Gaetano's Restaurant and Market in Red Bank is packed on a recent Sunday afternoon. The sliding French doors are wide open, and the crisp fall air fills the dining rooms.Gaetano's almost feels like two restaurants in one. The left side is a bit more casual, with a view of the large pizza oven behind the counter, a refrigerated case where the housemade pasta and sauces are sold, and a collection of newspaper and magazine clippings and photographs from the past 15 years.The right side contains the recently renovated, 80-seat dining room that also serves as a private party room. The space is bright and clean and dotted with bold colored paintings on the walls.Regardless of where you sit, the classic Italian menu is the same. My family started with the grilled octopus ($9) and eggplant rollantini, a house specialty stuffed with ricotta, prosciutto and parmigiano ($13). The pear and gorgonzola salad with raspberry vinaigrette ($10) was big enough for two, while the escarole soup ($8) was so … [Read more...] about Gaetano’s offers a classic Italian menu in Red Bank