Foodshed Alliance Gala Will Honor Locals

Treats from Perona Farms, Bobolink Dairy, Fossil Farms, chefs Michael Carrino, Andre de Waal, Jesse Jones and others to be featured April 29.

One of New Jersey’s most devoted-to-local-foods organizations, the Foodshed Alliance, is holding its annual gala Sunday, April 29 at the Inn at Millrace Pond, 313 Hope-Johnsonburg Road in Hope.

Starting with a VIP reception at 4 pm and continuing with the gala from 5 to 8 pm, the Northwest New Jersey-based Foodshed Alliance will put local foods, local farms and local heroes in the spotlight.

Ten dining stations will offer foods from area restaurants. These include:

Kirk Avondoglio, Perona Farms; Mike Carrino, Pig & Prince; Jennifer DeChristopher, Silver Birch Kitchen; Andre de Waal, Andre’s Lakeside Dining; Jessica Geanoules, Silver Birch Kitchen; Michael Glatz, Bar Louis at Hotel Fauchere; Brandon Grimila, 403 Broad; Jesse Jones, Chef Jesse LIVE!; George Mandakas. Boro Hotel; and Stefan Sabo, Inn at Millrace Pond.

Farms and local food sources contributing to the gala include: Bobolink Dairy; Castle Mill; Fossil Farms; Harvest Drop; Kittatinny Mountain Farm
LL Pittenger; Local 130 Seafood; Race Farm; Shore Catch; and Valley Fall Farm.

Local Hero awards include Person of the Year: Marty Epstein, Marty’s Reliable Cycle; Farmer of the Year: Roman Osadca, Valley View Farm; Partner of the Year: Laura Szwak: New Jersey Conservation Foundation; and Alliance Volunteer of the Year: Patt Reid.

Tickets to the gala and the VIP reception are $150 per person; tickets to the gala alone are $100 per person. A silent auction will take place during the event.

For more information, visit the Web site of the Foodshed Alliance at or call 908-362-7967.

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