Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Dinner in the Park Series

This Sunday, July 26th, Feed JC kicks off a new monthly charitable dining event, Dinner in the Park, a series of six dinners in a park in each ward of Jersey City.

Feed JC is a collaborative effort between Whealth and Andy's Market, each of them working together to make something amazing, generous, and delicious happen in Jersey City. Last year, they organized a huge, city-wide effort to provide food for the homeless on Christmas Day and have come together again in an effort to create this ongoing dinner series that will benefit the Jersey City Parks Coalition and help feed Jersey City's homless population while being part of a job training program for Jersey City youth.

The dinners will not only help support these programs, but they'll serve as a celebration of the culture and diversity in Jersey City. Each dinner will take place in a different ward, representing its history and its residents with each menu based on favorite recipes from families in the area of that month's dinner. With Whealth and Andy's Market's help, all the food will be prepared and served by Jersey City teens going through a work training program helping kids develop reliable skill sets and gain on-the-job experience.

The first dinner (4 courses for $65) will be in Lincoln Park this Sunday and tickets can be bought here.  As a menu preview, I can tell you that it's based off recipes from a Westside family on Kennedy Blvd who prepare these recipes for holidays and special occasions. It's their family's favorite food and celebratory meals now being served to you. Part of the menu will include a lamb dish and there will be a special angel hair pastry.

The final dinner, yet to be scheduled, will actually be called the Ward G dinner where the graduates of the work training program will pick their own recipes and plan and cook the meal themselves, showing off everything they've learned and cooking food they feel represents them as a group. It's a great opportunity for people to taste what the next wave of culinary talent in Jersey City might bring and an opportunity to celebrate all their hard work and success. The recipes from all the dinners will then be put together in a cookbook for sale with all proceeds continuing to support the Feed the Homeless program and help fund the job training program.

This is such great and exciting series celebrating Jersey City while also benefiting it, bringing people together and exploring all the wards through food. Tickets are limited so get them early and help support this amazing venture.

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