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


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5th annual "Recipe for Success"

  • Navesink Country Club 50 Luffburrow Lane Red Bank, NJ, 07701 United States (map)

The 5th annual JOCEF “Recipe for Success” gala will be held on Monday, March 19, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. at the Navesink Country Club, 50 Luffburrow Lane, Middletown. The Joe Romanowski Culinary Education Foundation was established in the memory of chef Joseph Romanowski who mentored and nurtured many of the Jersey Shore’s finest up-and coming chefs. Romanowski was chef and owner at his highly acclaimed restaurants, Joe and Maggie’s Bistro in Long Branch and Bay Ave Trattoria in Highlands.

Funds raised at the annual event are awarded as scholarships to students at the Culinary Education Center in Asbury Park. Culinary Education Center is the collaboration between Brookdale Community College and the Monmouth County Vocational School District. Since the nonprofit was formed in 2014, JOCEF awarded more than $100,000 in scholarships.

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
B2 Bistro & Bar
Blu Grotto
Cafe Mumford’s
Culinary Education Center
Danny’s Steakhouse
Drew’s Bayshore Bistro
Lusty Lobster
Piccola Italia
Raven & the Peach
Salt Creek Grille
Semolina Catering
Sickles Market
The Vintage Cake
Trama’s Trattoria
Val's Tavern
Ye Olde Pie Shoppe

Wine, Beer & Spirit Tastings by:
Astral Tequila
Aviation Gin
Constellation Brands
Folio Fine Wine Partners
J Lohr Vineyards & Wines
Opici Wine Group
Shore Point Distributors
Sombra Mezcal
Stateside Vodka

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

Custom Men's Suit courtesy of Michael Duru Clothiers

"Wagon of Cheer" Cooler of Premium Liquor courtesy of Fedway

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

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

"Cooking with Joe" Basket - recipes and cookware courtesy of Johnson's Restaurant Equipment and JOCEF

Wine Pull


"Joe Romo Crab Cake" Sponsors
Guaranteed Plants & Florists
The Lichtenau Family

"Country Salad" Sponsors
The Arnette Law Firm
Brookdale Community College
Dana Foss
Robert Hrebek

"Tiramusu" Sponsors
Farleigh Dickenson University
Premier Financial Group
Christina Boyhan
Peter Graham Sr.
Dan & Ibby Hertz
Samuel Huber
Bob MacKinnon
Lynn & Marc Tauro

Later Event: March 25
6th annual "Recipe for Success"