Hackensack Meridian Health Southern Ocean Medical Center and Health Village Imaging will premiere the chamber’s culinary initiative featuring cooking demos, chef discussion and product information as the “Now Serving” sponsor during October 6 Chowderfest Cook off.
The Southern Ocean County Chamber has plenty to roll out this fall, including a sneak peak at their latest program which was created to showcase their culinary establishment members starting up in 2020. A unique blend of networking, consumer outreach and informative demos, “Now Serving” allows the presenter to choose the topic bringing both the business and consumer together to sample and learn. To introduce this concept to the public and to members, it will launch during the Oct 6 Chowderfest Weekend cook off with Executive Chef Robert LaBoy and John Quinn, manager of Food & Nutrition at Southern Ocean Medical Center.
The Now Serving Demos will feature the hospital’s new teaching kitchen, a portable unit for the chef to go into the community demonstrating healthy and diet restricted recipes to all ages. There will be two sessions of the cooking demos held on the festival grounds at 12:30 and 2:30pm. They will sharing cooking tips and the recipe for their ‘Man-Hackensack Meridian Chowder’ recipe and offering small samples for those taking part in the demo. These samples will not be full size chowder tasting, and will not be a contestant so they are not eligible for vote. The Hackensack Meridian Health volunteers will be manning the tent throughout the day from 11am to 4pm distributing literature with giveaways from Southern Ocean Medical Center and Health Village Imaging.
“This is another way for Chowderfest to be a positive impact to the community’ says Jillian Panzone-Elsassser , President of Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce “We are looking to add to the experience and make it more interactive each year” Chowderfest weekend takes place at Taylor Avenue Ballfield in Beach Haven and begins on Oct 5 with free Merchant Mart filled with vendors, live music, beer and cider on tap, and entertainment. Oct 6 Chowderfest Cook off Tickets will be on sale at www.chowderfest.com or the Southern Ocean County Chamber office. Toddlers under 3 are free, Tickets for Oct 6 range from Children to age 12 $10, General Admission $30, VIP $65. Parking at Chowderfest is always free, and it is a rain or shine event. and there is plenty of options to help get you to and from the festival grounds.
In addition to the Now Serving Sponsor Hackensack Meridian SOMC/ Health Village Imaging. The chamber would like to thank long standing sponsors Sysco Foods, The Sandpaper/Beachcomber, Bud Light, Ritchie & Paige Distributors, Barefoot Wines, Westminster Bakers Company, TD Bank, Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders and NJ Division of Travel and Tourism. Special thank you to: Stage Sponsor DiFeo Auto Group Manahawkin Chrysler Jeep Dodge & Kia, VIP Sponsor: Barlow Auto Group, North & South Gate Sponsors: Fantasy Island Amusement Park & The Wireless Experience, Voting Tent: Atlanticare, Truss Tower Sponsor Anderson Insurance, G Anderson Agency & Atlantic States Group. Volunteer T Shirt Sleeve sponsors Panzone’s and Atlantic States Group. For more info, www.chowderfest.com For up to date information go to Official LBI Chowderfest Facebook page or to learn more about the Now Serving program contact the Southern Ocean County Chamber at 609-494-7211, 265 West Ninth Street Ship Bottom.