Savoring Life, Inc. a NJ non-profit organization has announced a "Savoring the Shore" grant has been awarded to Jersey Shore United in Toms River, NJ. The grant is being used to provide “Hope Chests” of household items for families just now returning to their homes after Superstorm Sandy and also funds to support ongoing Sandy reconstruction projects facilitated by Jersey Shore United.
Based in Toms River, NJ, Jersey Shore United was founded in the aftermath of Sandy to provide "needy home owners with up to a full set of appliances, furniture for the majority of their rooms, and new quality bedding." The Construction Assistance Program provides "free skilled labor and limited funding for a large list of construction projects home owners need done as they put their lives together."
The Operation Hope Chest project provides everything that a family needs beginning their first night back in their home including "sheets, pillows, blankets, alarm clock, towels, shower curtain, rod and rings, dishes, glasses, silverware, toaster, coffee machine, pots and pans, and...a $50 gift card for groceries." Savoring Life, Inc. is honored to note that the Hope Chests now also include a copy of the "Savoring the Shore" cookbook.
"Savoring" features 150+ recipes from celebrity chefs, restaurateurs, and home cooks with 100% of net proceeds going to ongoing Sandy recovery.
Among the contributors to “Savoring” are Top Chef judge Tom Colicchio, Top Chef Masters competitor and NJ restaurateur David Burke (Fromagerie, Rumson), Chopped champion and NJ restaurateur Eric LeVine (Morris Tap and Grill, Randolph), and NJ restaurateurs and 2013 Best Chefs America honorees Chef Marilyn Schlossbach (Langosta Lounge, Asbury Park), Chef Michael Jurusz (Chef Mike’s ABG, Seaside Park), and Chef Anthony Micari (The Virginia House, Cape May).
Chef Drew Araneo of Drew’s Bayshore Bistro, Keyport, who recently defeated Chef Bobby Flay in a Throwdown has four recipes in the book. There are also recipes from five Hell’s Kitchen chefs, including Chef Amanda Giblin who grew up in Toms River.
In addition, in response to requests from chefs and home cooks who still wish to participate, new recipes are being sought for the "Savoring the Shore" web site. The contributors will submit a profile to be shared on the site and their recipe will be available for purchase on the site. 100% of the proceeds from this new initiative will go to ongoing Sandy recovery at the NJ shore.