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Jon Bon Jovi’s Soul Kitchen: Free Meals for Furloughed Employees

As the government shutdown surpasses the thirty-day mark, furloughed federal employees continue to go without pay. Yesterday, thanks to rock legend Jon Bon Jovi and New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, some of those employees received a helping hand in the form of a free meal and some much-needed comradery.

Jon Bon Jovi’s Soul Kitchen in Red Bank, New Jersey, served up more than 70 free meals to furloughed workers and their families. The two-hour event provided soup, an entree and a dessert, and was sponsored by Gov. Phil Murphy’s organization, the Philip and Tammy Murphy Family Foundation. The governor and his wife were in attendance to talk with diners.

Soul Kitchen is an eatery that provides organic and locally grown food to its patrons. According to their site, Soul Kitchen encourages customers who can pay to provide a $20 donation for their meal. Their Pay It Forward Program uses any additional donations to cover the cost of providing meals for those who are unable to donate.

Along with a free, multi-course meal, furloughed employees were able to enjoy each other’s company. Dining with others who understand their struggle in a family-like atmosphere was a welcome change.

One patron remarked that the first thing she would like to do upon the end of the shutdown, is to return to the restaurant and pay it forward.  

A second lunch will be offered tomorrow, January 23  from noon to 2pm at Soul Kitchen’s second location in Toms River, New Jersey. Any employee wishing to participate in the event is asked to bring proof of federal employment.

Looking for a way to help? You can volunteer your time at the Red Bank or Toms River locations. You can also make a tax-deductible donation to The Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation.

Biddy O’Malley’s Menu Updates for Autumn & Winter

After experimenting and tinkering with new flavors the last few weeks, the team at Biddy O’Malley’s is now officially serving their fall/winter menu.

Executive Chef Wilson Lindemann has amped up the tastes of the season, with new preparations on their classic dishes, incorporating the best ingredients sourced from local farms and purveyors. The four new entrees are as follows:

Shrimp & Grits: Jumbo gulf shrimp, Castle Valley Mill’s cheddar grits, wilted arugula, sauce creole

 

Pan Seared Atlantic Salmon: Rocket and lemon risotto, porcini mushroom crème, salsa cruda

 

Grilled Black Angus Hanger Steak: Caramelized Brussels sprouts-chorizo-potato hash, charred scallion emulsion

 

Guinness Pot Pie: Braised Black Angus short rib, roasted carrots, wild mushrooms, puff pastry

As always, specials will continue to rotate each week for lunch and dinner at both locations.

Available for dine-in and takeout — with delivery coming soon to Englewood — Biddy O’Malley’s is open seven days a week with brunch Sundays in Englewood. For more information or details on large groups, parties and more, the restaurants can be reached directly at (201) 608-5545 (Englewood) or (201) 564-7893 (Northvale).

 

Since 2011, Biddy O’Malley’s has been wooing Northern New Jersey patrons with their interpretations of classic Irish gastropub fare and contemporary American dishes in Englewood and Northvale.

Under the guidance of executive chef Wilson Lindemann, they focus on locally sourced provisions plus offer a large selection of carefully curated wine & craft beers served in a comfortable, friendly and relaxing environment.

Specials are rotated weekly, using many seasonal ingredients and flavors. There’s also brunch offered in Englewood on Sundays — plus party options available for groups of large sizes.

Both locations of Biddy O’Malley’s are open seven days a week in both Englewood (36 N Van Brunt St) and Northvale (191 Paris Avenue). More information can be found on their website  or on their Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

Interview with Adam Costello of Wightman Farms in Morristown

Recently, Hip New Jersey’s Lisa Marie Latino spoke with Adam Costello, Owner of Wightman Farms in Morristown, about all the fun his farm has to offer. A great destination for families, his farm offers several fun and engaging activities such as pumpkin slingshotting, apple and pumpkin picking, hay rides, and more.

 
His farm is also home to an outstanding bakery which sells a variety of baked goods such as pies, quiche, bread, apple fritters, and so much more. They also offer fresh, natural meats sourced from Niman Ranch
 
While fall is definitely the high season for Adam, he still sustains his business with other seasonal ventures such as offering Christmas trees, hot apple cider and hot chocolate during the colder months. 
 
Adam is always looking to give his customers the best experience possible. Being efficient is one way he achieves this. He has recently adopted a strategy of reducing the dimensions of each space of an apple tree from 20’ x 20’ to 2’ x 10’. This allows for twice the amount of apple trees to be produced!
 
Working on the farm has been a dream come true for Adam. He loves being outside, being his own boss, and catering to NJ families all year long. The tradition of apple and pumpkin picking is timeless and surely not going anywhere for a long time. 
 
For more information about all that Wightman Farms has to offer, visit WightmanFarms.com!