Chefs Gather To Benefit The James Beard Foundation

A cadre of New Jersey's food notables lend their skills to support the culinary nonprofit.

Dozens of chefs and restaurants from New Jersey and around the country are gathering at the venerable Perona Farms (350 Andover-Sparta Road, Andover) on Tuesday, July 18 for a collaborative culinary event that will benefit the New York-based James Beard Foundation. The event will begin at 6 pm.

The host chef is Kirk Avondoglio of Perona Farms.

Participating chefs are:
Heintz Aichem, Black Forest Inn, Stanhope
Dave Banks, Harry’s Hospitality Group, Wilmington, DE
Florian Bellanger, Mad-Mac, Paterson
Brad Boyle, Salt: A Gastropub, Stanhope
David Britton, Pies on Wheels, Glen Falls, NY
Anthony Bucco, Restaurant Latour, Vernon
David Burke, Tavern62 by David Burke, NY
Humberto Campos, Restaurant Lorena, Maplewood
Mike Carrino, Pig & Prince, Montclair
Paul Connors, Perona Farms alum
Jean-Robert de Cavel, Jean-Robert’s Table, Cincinnati, OH
Andre de Waal, Andre’s, Sparta
Ben Del Coro, Fossil Farms, Boonton
Roberto Donna, Al Dente Ristorante, Washington, DC
David Felton, Ninety Acres, Peapack
Michael Ginor, Hudson Valley Foie Gras, Ferndale, NY
Bryan Gregg, Tastes by Bryan Gregg, West Orange
Rich Hashway, Krave Cafe + Caterer, Newton
Corey Heyer, The Bernards Inn, Bernardsville
Robert Irvine, Robert Irvine Public House, Las Vegas
Jesse Jones, Jesse Concepts, Irvington
James Laird, Restaurant Serenade, Chatham
Walter Leffler, 5 Diamond Consultants
Eric Levine, Morris Tap & Grill, Randolph
Brian Loiacono, Acme, NY
Anthony LoPinto, Tavern 5 Restaurant, Pompton Plains
George Mandakas, NY
Rick Moonen, RM Seafood and RX Boiler Room, Las Vegas
Rick Nifenecker, Cafe Pierrot, Sparta
James Passafaro, RN74, San Francisco
Don Pintabona, Locale Market, St. Petersburg, FL
Francesco Ricchi, Cesco Osteria, Bethesda, MD
Doug Rodriguez, Mojito Bar & Plates by Douglas Rodriguez, Sunrise, FL
Dan Rothman, Foragers Market & Foragers Table, NY
Andrew Rothschild, Boon’s Asian Bistro, Boca Raton, FL
Ken Salmon, Upstream Grille, Lake Hopatcong
Tim Schafer, The Brew Chef, Charlotte, NC
Craig Shelton, Far Hills
José Velez, Toscania Trattoria & Pancetta, Little Falls
Paul Viggiano, NY
Florian Wehrli, Triomphe, NY
Jonathan White, Bobolink Dairy & Bakehouse, Milford

Admission to the benefit is $100. For reservations and additional information, call 973-729-6161 or visit

Also coming up:

Blues and Barbecue: Saturday, June 24, 10 am to 6 pm at the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington Street in Cape May. Local breweries and food vendors, crafts, music and activities for kids. 609-884-5404.

Wine and Chocolate Festival: Saturday, June 24, 11:30 am to 5:30 pm at Monmouth Racetrack, Oceanport Avenue in Oceanport. Wines from the region, chocolate and dessert vendors, live music, pony rides and activities for kids. 732-222-5100.

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