On April 16, the Two River Theater hosted the Broadway in Red Bank event which combined music from a few of Broadway’s rising stars with cuisine from the town’s hottest flavors. We had the pleasure to attend it and sampled the food in the lobby, followed by a nice show inside the theater. One of the organizers, Chris Paseka (who also owns Sugarush a Sweet Experience) said: “Broadway in Red Bank marks an important collaboration between Red Bank Flavour and the town’s theaters, merging the arts and culinary communities to raise awareness of Red Bank as a thriving entertainment and cultural destination”.
Here is a review of the Red Bank restaurants which offered us food samples:
- Dish greeted us near the entrance with mascarpone polenta and outstanding beef short ribs. The meat was so tender that I had to come back twice more to “try” it!
- The Melting Pot offered us an early dessert, dark chocolate fondue with brownies, pound cake and strawberry.
- It’s always idea to have dessert first, just to make sure there’s still room for it. So we continued with Sugarush and its cupcakes, with custom toppings made on the spot.
- Front Street Trattoria offered another tasty delight, a mix of small polenta cakes (butternut squash, basil pesto and red roasted pepper), as well as bruschetta.
- If you like Asian food, Siam Garden was there with samosa, spring rolls and rice with vegetables.
- Via45‘s pizza rustica was really outstanding, no idea how they made it or what exactly was in it, it was like a “pizza cake” with mixed vegetables, really unique.
- The Boondocks offered us, as the great seafood place it is, awesome (and very good looking!) lobster rolls.
- Next was Readies, with its pastrami, ham, turkey and cheese sandwiches.
- Back to seafood, Gaetano’s let us try more than enough raviolis with crab meat and salmon.
- Teak, one of my favorite places, offered delicious fried rice and dumplings.
- Danny’s Grill was represented by Danny Murphy himself, who served everyone his portabella mushroom ravioli, sweet sausage and brocolli rabe ravioli.
- My favorite cheesemonger, Steve Catania from The Cheese Cave, let me sample several slices of smoked gouda and 2-year old aged Vermont cheddar.
- Finally, Taste was there with a small tasting of egg with bacon.
After all these tasty delights, we took our seats in the theater for the Broadway performances. We listened to Jeff Kready and his powerful, energetic voice, who played one of his biggest roles, Jean Valjean of Les Miserables; Kenita Miller with her very sweet blues vocals; Katie Boren who had the most entertaining and glitzy performances from shows like Lysistrata Jones and Avenue Q; and the young Miguel Cervantes who ended with a funny and impressive song from The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.
This event was part of Red Bank Flavour, a culinary-driven campaign that spotlights Red Bank’s bustling restaurants, bars, lounges and eateries. It encourages everyone from bar and restaurant-goers, foodies, wine enthusiasts and farmers market fans to experience Red Bank’s one-of-a-kind Flavour. The campaign features nightly specials and promotions, special events, charity fundraisers and more.
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