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Glen Ridge Kiwanis packs the house with chefs, beer, wine and aroma of success

Taste of Success for first annual October Feast in Glen Ridge

Nancy Peplinsky
Shrimp in a red pepper roulade/harissa (Fairway) sauce over a cornbread dollop, all created by Chef Jesse Jones using Fairway fresh ingredients.
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Shake, Shake, Shake! Java Love is always my favorite - and they made me a very cool cocktail with cold brewed coffee, spiced rum and ice. Yummy!
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Glen Ridge Kiwanis co-chairs Corrado Gigante and Jeff Monacelli right before the room was totally packed. This was a joyful, charitable event that will help many worthy causes.
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There is always room for cupcakes, especially if they are stuffed cupcake delights from Jaret's Stuffed Cupcakes in Nutley. Here, the talented and lovely co-owner Maureen with some of her delicious mini-cupcakes.
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Chef Jesse once again proved why he is a star, partnering with Fairway Market and using their incredible ingredients.
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This was a perfect way to add a little mellow to my energy.

Chairs Jeff Monacelli and Corrado Gigante were also happy, since the sold out crowd means their non-profit and beloved organization, the Glen Ridge Kiwanis, raised some serious money that will go to numerous worthy causes.

The first annual Kiwanis of Glen Ridge October Feast was a giant success, with over 200 happy guests and about 18 chefs/food venues on hand to wow the hungry crowd.

Fairway offered a wine tasting; a table of give-aways and all the fresh items needed to impress even the most finicky foodie, as Chef Jesse Jones whipped up a luscious entree of shrimp set upon a Harissa sauce and corn bread type of mixture - with a taste that was out of this world. It was layered simply yet perfectly upon the corn bread with a Fairway harissa/red pepper roulade. Wow!

Local Glen Ridge favorite Fitzgeralds 1928 did not disappoint either, with shrimp wrapped bacon that begged to be eaten, along with a dollop of a tasty and tangy Dijon mustard sauce, and served with a shot glass of creamy squash soup. This was Fall food done right.

From macaroni and cheese from Mac Attack to risotto seafood balls from Fin or a sausage meatloaf from Salute, to Greek Taverna to every kind of pasta and more, this was a tasting for the very hungry.

Even Java Love got into the spirit, with a cold brewed coffee cocktail, shaken with a spiced rum that had me smiling from ear to ear. Wow!

This was a perfect way to add a little mellow to my energy.

Chairs Jeff Monacelli and Corrado Gigante were also happy, since the sold out crowd means their non-profit and beloved organization, the Glen Ridge Kiwanis, raised some serious money that will go to numerous worthy causes.Some of the proceeds will go to the Glen Ridge Kiwanis Club scholarships, awarded to graduating seniors every year, chosen from a pool of teenagers who do community service. Another beneficiary is The Glen Ridge Key Club, a high school club that will donate 100 percent of their proceeds from October Feast to the Children’s Specialized Hospital, a pediatric rehabilitation hospital located in Mountainside, New Jersey. The club is also donating some of the proceeds to the “Eliminate Project”, an international campaign Kiwanis clubs are running to help reduce maternal and neo-natal tetanus in 3rd world countries that kills both mothers and infants. Their ambitious plan, working with partner Unicef, is to give 400 million tetanus shots worldwide within 5 years.

Expect this event to become a staple every fall. Not too big, not too small and truly just right - there was something for everyone at this inaugural October Feast in Glen Ridge.

Restaurants, Chefs, Market and Beverages List at October Feast 2014

Chef Jesse Jones

Egan & Sons

Fairway Market

Fin Rawbar and Kitchen

Fitzgerald's 1928

Fricassée French Bistro

Greek Taverna

Halcyon Brasserie

La Couronne Restaurant

Mac Attack Gourmet Cheesery

Nanina's In The Park

R. Violante & Son

Salute Bistro

Stamna Greek Taverna

Town Pub

Desserts

Jarets Stuffed Cupcakes

Miss Nicky's Gourmet Toffee

Beverages

Fairway Wines

Glen Ridge Home Brewers Association

Java Love Coffee Roasting Co.

Jersey Artisan Distilling

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