Reservations Required 2011 Taste Dinner raises a record $70,000 for local food banks

The Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce and the Southern Ocean County Community Foundation thanks local businesses, residents and volunteers for supporting the 16th Annual Taste of Southern Ocean Fundraiser
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June 3, 2011 - PRLog -- The Southern Ocean Taste Committee headed by Co Chairs, Dan Taylor from the Anderson Agency and Chef Ian Smith of Ocean County Vocational School are pleased to announce the success of their May 3 2011 Taste of Southern Ocean Hunger Relief dinner. The event drew awareness of local hunger relief efforts and raised $70,000 by bringing together local restaurants, chefs and businesses to present an extraordinary evening to a sold out crowd of 200 at Sea Oaks Country Club.

The evening began with Barnegat High School student Kimberly Pepenella playing piano during the cocktail reception.  The evening's guests were treated to a night inspired by popular resturants of a by gone era including  Bookbinders,  The Brown Derby, Chasens and  The Stork Club. The night featured a silent auction packed with with gift baskets, certificates and one of a kind items representing local businesses and artists as well as an exciting live auction that included personal chef dinner parties and landscaping packages. The highlight of the evening was the multi course dinner prepared by chefs representing local restaurants who donated their time and talent to help support the seven local food banks in the region which include the Barnegat Food Pantry, Lacey Food Bank, Ocean Community Church Food Ministry, St Francis Food Pantry, Ken's Kitchen of St Mary's Church, St Stephen's Episcopal Church Food Pantry and the Tuckerton Area Inter-Church Food pantry. A representative of each pantry will be the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce's guest at their July membership luncheon held Tuesday July 12 beginning at noon at the Holiday Inn Manahawkin. Our business community will have an opportunity to thank the food pantries for their efforts in fighting hunger and poverty. The Taste Committee will also present symbolic checks representing the $10,000 checks that were sent to the pantires. All business people ar invited to attend, the luncheon fee is $20.

The 2011 Taste Committee would like thank everyone whose commitment helped make this a banner year especially the featured chefs  Allen Menegus of Buckalew's, J. Geoffrey Johnson of Cooper Fish on Broadway, JB Maschal of Country Kettle, Joe Manfre and Scott Coppa of Grapevine, Dave Syminuk and Karen DeGilio of Pinziminio, Chris Herrmann and Mike Creevy of Sea Oaks, Chuck Ostergren of Viking Fresh Off the Hook, Paul Dimm of ScoJo's, Gary Lesniak, Ian Smith, Nancy Fole, Dawn Miller, Jason Crispin and Jill Scott of Ocean County Vo-Tech School, Dan Stragapede of LaSpiaggia, and Kevin Sparks of Howard’s. Special Acknowledgement to this year's generous sponsors including New York Life, Anderson Insurance Agency, Sea Oaks Golf Club, Berry, Sahadnik, Kotzas, & Benson, The SandPaper, Sysco, Warren Distributing Company, American B.D. Company, Blackstone Winery of California and G Anderson Agency. A note of thanks to all businesses and residents who donated silent and live auction and to Sound Master DJ for the evening's entertainment.

For more information on the Taste Dinner and to RSVP to attend the July 12 membership luncheon, contact the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce, 265 West Ninth Street in Ship Bottom, go to or call 609 494 7211 x101.

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