An All-Star Night to Honor Kathleen DiChiara.
A select group of New Jersey’s finest chefs will cook together for a cause, preparing sensational selections at an upcoming gala to mark Kathleen DiChiara’s retirement as President and CEO of the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, the organization she founded 40 years ago. What started as a one-woman mission from the back of a station wagon has now distributed more than 600 million pounds of food, and on Thursday, June 4th, hundreds of supporters will gather at CFBNJ’s Hillside headquarters to honor Kathleen’s lifetime of help and legacy of hope.
The outstanding team is led by CFBNJ’s own Paul Kapner, C.E.C., and Kevin Takafuji, Executive Chef of The Washington House Restaurant in Basking Ridge. Takafuji, who has been lending his talents in support of CFBNJ for more than a decade, says, “All this would not have been possible without one woman’s vision and leadership. I am humbled to lead these top New Jersey chefs in this great event honoring Kathleen DiChiara.” That is echoed by Arnold Kruck, Executive Chef of Park Avenue Club in Florham Park, whose foundation provides ongoing support for CFBNJ. Kruck says, “Being a chef, the gift of giving someone a meal is most special. Kathleen’s tremendous dedication and commitment has inspired me and so many others to help make a difference. I feel privileged to have met her, and know her lasting legacy will forever empower the Community FoodBank’s cause.”
Other leading chefs who will be taking part in the fundraising gala include Thomas Ciszak, Executive Chef/Partner, Chakra; Bryan Gregg, Executive Chef/Owner, Escape; Bruce Johnson, Executive Chef, Harvest Restaurants; Marty Kester, Chef de Cuisine, Ninety Acres at Natirar; Craig Polignano, Executive Chef, The Ryland Inn; with support from Sysco.
To complement the memorable meal, wine pairings for the evening are being provided by E&J Gallo Winery.
WHO: New Jersey’s Finest Chefs
WHAT: A Lifetime of Help – A Legacy of Hope Gala
WHEN: Thursday, June 4, 2015. Cocktails 6PM, Dinner 7PM
WHERE: CFBNJ, 31 Evans Terminal, Hillside, NJ 07205
For more information:
Rachel Wood, CFBNJ Special Events Coordinator, 908-355-3663 ext. 252, firstname.lastname@example.org
Richard Uniacke, CFBNJ Director of Marketing, 908-355-3663 ext. 247, email@example.com
Julia Kathan, CFBNJ Director of Public Relations, 908-355-3663 ext. 321, firstname.lastname@example.org
Pictured, left to right: Bruce Johnson, Executive Chef, Harvest Restaurants; Michael Salvatore, C.E.C., Director of Culinary Resources, Sysco; Paul Deckenbach, Executive Chef, Sysco; Arnold Kruck, Executive Chef, Park Avenue Club; Paul Kapner, C.E.C., Community FoodBank of New Jersey; Marty Kester, Chef de Cuisine, Ninety Acres at Natirar; Kevin Takafuji, Executive Chef, the Washington House Restaurant; Craig Polignano, Executive Chef, The Ryland Inn
Pictured, top to bottom: Thomas Ciszak, Executive Chef/Partner, Chakra; Bryan Gregg, Executive Chef/Owner, Escape