Monday, June 22, 2009

Dine Well, Drink Up, Do Good

By Pat Tanner

One of my favorite organizations, Elijah’s Promise in New Brunswick, is holding their largest and most important annual fundraiser on Monday, June 29th - and it promises to be their best one yet.

For one thing, the venue is the spectacular Palace at Somerset Park. For another, more than 25 restaurants and food artisans will be participating in the three-hour Chef’s Night. Joining longtime supporters such as The Frog and the Peach, The Brothers Moon, Harvest Moon Brewery, and The Bent Spoon are more recent additions such as Due Mari and Steakhouse 85 in New Brunswick, Edison’s Skylark Diner, Via 45 of Red Bank, and Headquarters. That last serves up some of the best homestyle Lebanese fare in the state in a no-frills space in North Brunswick. For the full list of participants visit

The main beneficiary of the evening is Elijah’s Promise’s state-accredited culinary school, Promise Jobs, which equips those in need of a second change with the skills to be employed in a field that pays a living wage. Chef’s Night raises about $75,000 each year for that good purpose.

There’s a live auction, lots of wines to taste, and live music in addition to the eat-fest, all of which runs from 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets, at $125 each, can be reserved by phoning 732.545.9002, ext. 110.

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