Joe Romanowski Culinary Education Foundation

JOCEF creates food based events to benefit scholarships for passionate and deserving culinary students from The Jersey Shore.

In memory of Chef Joe Romanowski 1960-2013


6:30 PM18:30

6th annual "Recipe for Success"

Recipe for Success is an evening that features tastings from over 20 of the Jersey Shore’s best restaurants, samples of wine, craft beer and spirits, an oyster bar, the opportunity to taste rare wines by the glass and live, silent and chance auctions.

Big Joe Henry of New Jersey 101.5 will once again join us as emcee for the evening.

Participating Restaurants & Businesses
2nd Floor Restaurant
Apple Street Kitchen
B2 Bistro & Bar
Blu Grotto
Chris Mumford
Culinary Education Center
Danny’s Steakhouse
Drew’s Bayshore Bistro
Guaranteed Plants & Florist
Hudson Cafe
Johnny Piancone’s
Lusty Lobster
Piccola Italia
Salt Creek Grille
Sickles Market
Sweet Dani B
Trama’s Trattoria
Val's Tavern
The Vintage Cake

Premium Wine, Beer & Spirit Tastings

Auction Items Include:
Dinner for 8 courtesy of Salt Creek Grille

Sunday Cocktail Party for 10 courtesy of Danny's Steakhouse

Sunset Cruise to Nowhere courtesy of Captain Doug Douty

"Cooler of Deliciousness" Premium Seafood and Meats courtesy of Tiger's Tale Restaurant and Lusty Lobster

Wagon of Cheer- Cooler of Premium Liquor

Gift Certificate Tree - A beautiful tropical plant laden with gift certificates from the best restaurants at the Jersey shore

"Cooking with Joe" Basket - recipes and cookware courtesy of JOCEF


Guaranteed Plants & Florists
Johnson’s Restaurant Supply
Lusty Lobster
Sickles Market
The Lichteau Family
Brookdale Community College
Jim Hrebek
Ocean First Bank

"Joe's Tiramisu" Sponsors
Ken Beyda
Christine Boyhan
Samuel Huber
Bob MacKinnon
Lynn McCabe-Tauro

Tickets on sale now

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6:30 PM18:30

4th annual "Recipe for Success" fundraiser

Participating Restaurants:
Ama Ristorante, Sea Bright
B2 Bistro + Bar, Red Bank
The Bistro at Red Bank
Cafe Mumford's
Culinary Education Center at Brookdale Community College
Danny's Steakhouse, Red Bank
D'jeet?, Shrewsbury
Drew’s Bayshore Bistro, Keyport
Graze Restaurant, Little Silver
Kitch Organic, Red Bank
Lusty Lobster, Highlands
Piccola Italia, Ocean Twp.
Porcini, Highlands
Raven and the Peach, Fair Haven
Salt Creek Grille, Rumson
Sickles Market, Little Silver
Teak, Red Bank
Trama’s Trattoria, Long Branch
Tuzzio's, Long Branch
The Vintage Cake, Red Bank
Yumi, Sea Bright

Beverages by:
Constellation Wines
Folio Fine Wine Family
J. Lohr Wine Estates
Ketel One Vodka
Shore Point Distributing

Plus Our Fabulous Silent,
Live and
Chance Auctions featuring:

Dinner for 8 and $400 voucher for cocktails
with limo service
Courtesy of Salt Creek Grille, Rumson

Sunset Boat Cruise for 6
Cruise the Navesink and Shrewsbury Rivers
with hors d'oeuvres, seafood and adult beverages
Courtesy of Lusty Lobster

Sunday Afternoon Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres for 10
Courtesy of Danny's Steakhouse & Sushi, Red Bank

Custom-made Men's Suit
Courtesy of Michael Duru Clothiers, Shrewsbury

"The Cooler of Deliciousness"
Courtesy of Tiger’s Tale, Princeton and Lusty Lobster, Highlands

"Wagon of Cheer" wagon filled with premium liquor
Courtesy of JOCEF

Mercedes Pedal Car
Courtesy of Contemporary Motor Cars

Oil Painting

Courtesy of Beauregard Fine Art, Rumson

"Cooking with Joe"  basket - recipes and cookware
Courtesy of JOCEF

Wine Pull


"Red Wine Short Ribs" Sponsor
Guaranteed Plants & Florists

"Country Salad" Sponsors
Brookdale Community College
The KOPA Group
Ocean First Bank
Jersey Shore in Motion
Robert Hrebek
William Lichtenau

"Tiramisu" Sponsors
et al fine food & events
Maser Consulting
Joseph Amiel
Capt. Ken Beyda
Christina Boyhan
Eugene & Patricia Cheslock
Samuel Huber
Bob MacKinnnon
Lynn McCabe
Mark Murphy
Mark Tauro
Joseph Tormey

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6:30 PM18:30

3rd annual "Recipe for Success" fundraiser

Ocean First Bank
Sickles Market
Jersey Shore In Motion
Guaranteed Plants & Florist

Participating Restaurants:
Ama Ristorante, Sea Bright
B2 Bistro + Bar, Red Bank
The Bistro at Red Bank
Brennan’s, Rumson
 Culinary Education Center at Brookdale Community College
 Danny’s Steakhouse, Red Bank
 d’jeet?, Shrewsbury
 Drew’s Bayshore Bistro, Keyport
 Front St. Trattoria, Red Bank
 Lusty Lobster, Highlands
 The Mill, Spring Lake Heights
 Mumfords Culinary Center, Tinton Falls
 Piccola Italia, Ocean Township
 Porcini, Highlands
 Raven & The Peach, Fair Haven
 Salt Creek Grille, Rumson
Sickles Market, Little Silver
Teak, Red Bank
Trama’s Trattoria, Long Branch
Tuzzio's, Long Branch
The Vintage Cake, Red Bank
Ye Olde Pie Shoppe, Little Silver
 Yumi, Sea Bright
 Zoe Bistro, Little Silver
 2nd Flr. Restaurant, Long Branch

Wine, Beer and Spirits by:
Folio Fine Wine Partners
J Lohr Vineyards & Wines
Ketel One Vodka
Opici Wine Company
Shore Point Distributing Company
VDKA 6100 Vodka

Featured Auction items:
Courtesy of Salt Creek Grille
Dinner for 8
$400 voucher for cocktails with limo service
Courtesy of Tiger’s Tale, Princeton and Lusty Lobster, Highlands
The Cooler of Deliciousness

Courtesy of Contemporary Motor Cars, Little Silver
Mercedes-Benz children’s pedal car
Vacation stays in Captiva, FL and Cape May, NJ

Courtesy of JOCEF
Wagon of Cheer- Radio Flyer wagon filled with premium liquor


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6:30 PM18:30

Harvest Dinner: A Joe Romanowski Legacy Dinner

Come join fellow foodies as we remember "Joe" through 5 spectacular courses prepared byChef/Owner Brian Gualtieri with paired wines by Farrari Carano Wines presented by Mike Maxwell. Proceeds from this event will go to support the foundations scholarship fund for Culinary Education Center Students.
Location: Piccola Italia , 837 West Park Ave Ocean, N.J.

Harvest Dinner Menu

Celeriac & Black Truffle Soup

Pan Seared Sea Bass

Chanterelle Mushrooms, Parisian Vegetables, Spaetzle, Six Herb Fume

House Made Duck Confit & Mascarpone Ravioli

Sage Tart Cherry Eau de Vie, Crispy Sweet Potato

Duet of Beef

Burgundy Braised Short Rib, Roasted Garlic Root Vegetable Gratin,
Grilled Kobe Flat Sirloin, Cambozola Creamed Spinach, Natural Reduction

Chocolate Ganache Torte

Graham Cracker Crust, Nutella Mousse, Dulce de Leche, Chocolate Ganache,
Warm Berry Compote, Chantilly Cream

$125 per person + tax and gratuity

Thank you to Chef Brian Gualteri and Mike Maxwell for hosting this event.


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7:00 PM19:00

"From Bistro to Bistro" A Joe Romanowski Legacy Dinner

JoCEFpresents: "From Bistro to Bistro" A Joe Romanowski Legacy Dinner with Chefs Drew Araneo & Ryan Strubbe

A Five Course Tasting Menu:
1st Course: Duck Confit, Wild Mushroom & Goat Cheese Strudel, Truffle Buerre Blanc
2nd Course: Lobster Bisque, Butter Poached Lobster Claw, Champagne Cream
3rd Course: Joe's Country Salad, Baby Spinach, Frisee, Bacon, Gorgonzola, Spiced Pecans, Granny Smith Apple, Warm Balsamic Vinaigrette
4th Course: Steak Frites, Hanger Steak, Sweet Onion Creamed Spinach, French Fries, Marchand De Vin Butter
5th Course: Dessert: Delice Au Chocolat, Devil's Food Cake, Chocolate Mousse, Chocolate Ganache

$100 per person. Proceeds to JoCEF

A special thanks to chefs Drew and Ryan for hosting this great event. Nearly $3500 was raised to fund scholarships to area culinary students!






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