Eatontown: Chefs representing restaurants from all over Monmouth County came to show their specialty dishes at the 12th Annual Food For Thought last night. The event held at the Eatontown Sheraton hosted 24 restaurants stations. The Food For Thought was an event to support Eatontown Foundation For Excellence In Education.
The Foundation is a volunteer and not-for-profit organization, emphasizing the need to “enhance” public school education, specifically in Eatontown. The Foundation stands by the belief that “children can soar when given wings.” The best way the Foundation believes the children can soar is by expanding existing educational opportunities and creating new opportunities. In addition, The Foundation believes by animating and reviving teaching creativity new opportunities are available.
The event was an outstanding success; the atmosphere was pleasant and full of good spirits. Some of the restaurants included La Pastaria of Red Bank, Tre Amici, Ruffino's, MJ's, La Scarpetta, Bogart's, Bangkok House, Ragin Cajun, Brandl's, and Carlo’s Bakery of Hoboken. There were also drinks tasting stations like Margaritas and Gummy Bear soaked with Love Potion #9. In addition, to set the mood of the night there was live music.
Local Fixtures like Vito Ruffino were present serving up specialties; for him it was his Eggplant Rollantine. Even new community restaurants became part of the cause, like Joe’s Crab Shack located by the Monmouth Mall. The range of restaurants was impressive. Chefs from Asbury Park’s Toast came to support the cause alongside restaurants such as La Pastaria from Red Bank. Adjacent town restaurants such as Tre Amici of Long Branch and La Scarpetta of West Long Branch were present participating in the cause.
Food For Thought not only stimulated the palate, but the heart and mind. The event was a great success from the auction, music, drinks and of course, the myriad of dishes served with excellence. It was a beautifully rich cause supported with beautiful and rich food from all over Monmouth County.