Dec 05


North Jersey Foodies was thrilled to be invited to a tasting of Bongiovi pasta sauces held on November 18th at Bon Jovi’s Soul Kitchen in Red Bank, New Jersey.

The Bongiovi tasting was a charity event held to raise money for the JBJ Soul Foundation. Even though the rocker himself, Jon Bon Jovi was in attendance the highlight of the evening were the freshly prepared meals by John Bongiovi Sr, or Mr. B, as he likes to be called.
DSC_2244**photo of JBJ Soul Kitchen

The sauces are “passed down through three generations, the Bongiovi family recipe originated in the town of Sciacca on the southwest coast of Sicily in the late 1800’s.” After much encouragement and many “you need to bottle this sauce”, Mr. B along with his sons Anthony and Matthew have taken their beloved secret family recipe and put it in a jar for all families to now enjoy.

The menu for the evening included seven family recipes prepared by Mr. B and some friends. He was delighted to be hands on in the kitchen serving up the dishes. You can see the smile on his face not only watching his family; Matthew and Jon Bon Jovi enjoy the meal but his new friends and family. Mr. B treated everyone in the room like family.
DSC_2207** Lou Morreale (L) & Mr. B (R)

The great thing about the Bongiovi Brand Sauces is they are all natural. They are made with fresh ingredients, no preservatives, and are gluten free. You can pronounce everything on the label! The pasta sauces are made in small patches to keep the homemade taste.

We were able to try all three sauces. The Marinara is tangy and you can see the freshness in how bright red the sauce pours out of the jar. The Garden Style has a chunky consistency with fresh bell peppers, garlic, onions and other vegetables. The Arrabbiate had a hint of hot peppers but not so much that is was over powering.

At the end of a the evening speaking with Mr. B we asked why at 75 when you could enjoy your retirement are you doing all of this and sharing your family recipe. He smiled a warm genuine smile and said: “This is what I do”.

You can find The Bongiovi Brand Sauces in Shop Rites and Wegmans. A special Thank you to Saker Shop Rites that donate 95% of the food to the Bon Jovi Soul Kitchen and Ken Scaggs for organizing the guest list.

You can find our more information at Bongiovi Brand Sauces.

**Photos courtesy Savvy Studios. For more photos like us on North Jersey Foodies Facebook.


Nov 30

Early Cyber Monday Foodie Shopping Deals

Mrs. Fields
Delicious gourmet cookies from Mrs. Fields. Cyber Monday special.

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Capalbo's Clearance - Up To 20% Off

Our friends at Capalbo’s have out done themselves again. What a great deal from a local factory.
Click here for prior story on Capalbo.

Cloud9 offers an experience, not just a gift. Gourmet dining, dinner cruises, chef experiences.

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Nov 29

Black Friday Foodie Shopping Deals

Oneida 80% off/Monthly Gourmet Clubs/Free Mug From Gavalia/


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Nov 28

Black Friday & Cyber Monday Foodie Shopping Deals

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Holiday 2010


Cuisinart 4-Cup Mini-Prep Plus Food Processor

Cuisinart 4-Cup Mini-Prep Plus Food Processor. Multiple Colors Available.


Legal Sea Foods provides a combination Lobster, Shrimp and Chowder package.

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Nov 23

Looking for some Thanksgiving help?

These are great choices and all top rated by our friends at Verizon.

Top 5 Thanksgiving Apps by Verizon Wireless

In anticipation of next week’s holiday, Verizon Wireless combed through tons of useful recipe and cooking apps and put together its five favorite Thanksgiving prep apps. I thought the list was so great I wanted to share it, as well! No more is preparing Thanksgiving dinner hard, with a little help from your smartphone cooking dinner just got a little less stressful!

1. Chow Thanksgiving Dinner Coach is a straightforward app that walks you through Thanksgiving week. It allows you to pick out all the recipes you want, organize them, create a comprehensive shopping list and then detail your prep and cooking work for the days leading up to Thanksgiving.
2. Thanksgiving: A Bon Appétit Manual is an amazing (and free!) app that offers over 100 recipes, plus tips, how-tos, and videos from the Bon Appétit Test Kitchen to help make Thanksgiving the best meal of the year.
3. Martha Stewart Cocktails app is the perfect bartender’s assistant. This beautiful apps features photos, how-to videos and drink-mixing tips for some of the season’s best cocktails.
4. KitchenPad Timer is perfect for the multi-tasking chef. This visual kitchen timer lets you set up to 9 timers at once, so you can keep track of the turkey, stuffing, gravy and mashed potatoes. There’s no forgetting when dinner is ready.
5. GE Brillion is an app that makes it possible for you to keep an eye on your food without having to wait around in the kitchen. Now, with a Brillion-enabled appliance, you can preheat the oven, get an alert when your casserole is done or adjust the temperature from anywhere in your home.

All of these apps run on Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network, giving you a sense of reliability during what can sometimes be a crazy Thanksgiving meal preparation.

Apr 12

New Jersey Food Events

Taste of Madison/Valley Shepherd Creamery/New Jersey Spring Wine Festival/Chef Central/Kings Cooking Studio

Taste of Madison – Monday, April 15th, 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Held at the lovely Park Ave Club in Madison. A must attend event for food and wine lovers. Sponsored by Gary’s Wine & Marketplace with over 30 wine, beer, and spirits tables.

Valley Shepherd Creamery – April 20th and April 27th 10:00, 12:00, and 2:00 for $10.00 per person. Located in Morris county this old fashioned creamery has an annual sheep shearing. Tour the cheese production room, guided tour, baby lambs and sheep shearing. Truly specialty and artisan cheeses.

New Jersey Spring Wine Festival – Short Hills Hilton April 19th 7:00 to 10:00. Enjoy The Hilton’s AAA Four Diamond award winning culinary experts will provide a first class selection of hors d’oeuvres, antipasto, cheese, breads and pasta. View past Food and Wine selections. The Wine Library will select over 150 wines and enjoy the music of Four80East.

Chef Central Cooking Free Demo – Saturday, April 13th beginning at 12:00 Free Demo & Tasting: Chef Tre Goshal of Adara Restaurant. Chef Tre Ghoshal will share some of the techniques that are utilized in the adara restaurant’s kitchen.

Kings Cooking Studio – ongoing at Kings Cooking Studio in Short Hills. Teens cooking, bake sale cooking, pizza making. There is a cooking class for everyone at Kings Cooking Studio in Short Hills Kings.

Apr 05

Upcoming Foodie Events

Kings Studios/Heights Beer & Wine Emporium/Taste of Madison

Kings Cooking Studio – April 6th 6:30 to 9:30. Kings Markets have partnered with the Economic Promotion Agency of Tuscany to bring the freshest, gourmet, and specialty foods to Kings. They will be celebrating all month with The Taste of Tuscany. Diane Albanese will be cooking at the Short Hills Kings from 6:30 to 9:30. Please see their website for additional information and classes.

Heights Beer & Wine Emporium – April 7th 1:00 to 4:00 pm will be having cooking demo with
Joseph Cuccia Catering. Sample White Gazpacho with Red Snapper paired with Champ Divin Chardonnay & Pan seared Chicken with Candy Cane Beats paired with Gumphof Schiava. The Wine Barbarian will be on hand to answer your questions.

Taste of Madison – April 15th 7:00 to 9:30 at the beautiful Park Ave Club. Sample over 30 wines, beers, and spirits.All proceeds go to local charities.

Mar 29

Upcoming Events

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Saturday March 30th – Heights Beer and Wine Emporium. From 1:00-5:00PM CupCakeApallozza an in store cooking demo, meet & greet, cupcakes & Cupcake wine pairing with Food Networks Cupcake Wars Season 4 Episode 8 winner Michelle Spell, owner of Ava’s Cupcakes of Rockaway NJ. Michelle will be in store to work her Cupcake magic. Of course her delicious creations will be paired with Cupcake wines & the Heights Wine Barbarian will be happy to tell us why they go so well together. Come treat yourself to an afternoon learning from & speaking with Michelle & tasting wine!

Mar 26

New Jersey Chocolate Shops


Bitter Sweet Stop – Wood Ridge. Home made chocolates, Jelly Bellys, etc
Bromilow Chocolates – Woodland Park Factory & West Caldwell.
Chocolate Box – Hawthorne. Homemade chocolates, baskets, etc.
Chocolate Etc – Wycoff. Homemade chocolates, pretzels, M&M display.
Chocolate Treasures – Wayne. Chocolate making supplies.
Enjou Chocolatiers Inc – Morristown.
Genevieve’s Gift Shop- 174 Ray St Garfield, NJ. 973-772-8816. No website.
Holsten’s Brookdale Bakery – Bloomfield.
Krause’s Homemade Candy– Paramus. Homemade chocolates, truffles, all occasions.
Nagels – Wayne and Randolph. The mecca of all chocolate shops. No website.

Contact to be added to our list or leave a comment about your favorite chocolate shop.