Let’s Celebrate!


I’ve often had the thought, “If anything ever happens to me in Jersey City, Joyce Davison will be the first person I’d call.”.  Joyce is a JC force to be reckoned with. Her compassion, energy, focus, and drive along with her extensive contact list are formidable.

So, when I saw that Grace Community Services (GCS) was planning a party to celebrate Joyce’s 80th birthday, I had to get my tickets stat.

Thanks to the Joyce’s hard work and creativity, GCS has served thousands of breakfasts to food insecure and homeless people for over 20 years. Not only that, GCS has also provided a week day morning haven for seniors with wellness programs, opportunities for self-expression, companionship and fun. What would Jersey City be like without Joyce?!

Joyce’s 8oth birthday event is on Friday, October 21st. She doesn’t want presents, but there is a gift that is sure to make her happy: a stable foundation for GCS. Can you help raise $30,000 for GCS so it can continue for another 20 years?

Make a donation and celebrate Joyce’s birthday on Friday, October 21st starting at 6:30 pm. Get your tickets HERE.  $50

Let’s make it one of Joyce’s best birthdays every!

(GCS is a not-for-profit charitable org so all donations are tax deductible).

@WalterParks LIVE

2016062811_71yru2Friday, September 30 at 7:30 PM – 11 PM

TIX – $10.00

Cathedral Arts Live is thrilled to kick off its sophomore season by hosting legendary blues and jazz guitarist Walter Parks as he lays down tracks for a new album!

Walter built an international career as the lead guitarist for Woodstock legend Richie Havens, as half of the folk-duo The Nudes, and as leader of the neo-southern rock group Swamp Cabbage.

Described by singer Judy Collins as “a musical treasure,” Walter’s “soulful Americana rock” is an immersive experience in “warm guitar melodies, smoky vocals and troubadour narratives that gather strength with age,” according to WNYC.

You don’t want to miss it!



2016-09-12_14-21-32Jersey City Fashion Week (JCFW) is a program of the Desha Lang Jackson Give to Live Community Foundation (Give to Live) a project of United Charitable Fund a registered 501 (c) 3 charity. Give to Live raises funds and promotes awareness for charitable causes through fashion, entertainment and sports-related events.

JCFW’s purpose is to celebrate fashion and entertainment, highlight businesses in Jersey City
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JCFW in 2012 donated $900 each to Dress for Success of Hudson County, York Street Project and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Hudson County.

JCFW will spotlight some of the most imaginative and talented emerging designers all while giving industry insiders and fashion lovers a glimpse into Jersey City’s vibrant social and cultural scene. Throughout the week, there will be fashion shows, charity functions, cultural events, cocktail parties and networking receptions. Jersey City is an ideal host for fashion week given that New York Magazine, in a six-page feature, describes the resurgent city as the “New York of your dreams… [a diverse urban city]… with an optimal balance of commodious bistros…”

You can purchase tickets directly through the JCFW website.

Table Talk Live: Speed Networking Edition


September 21 @ 6:30 pm9:30 pm

Table Talk Live: Speeding Networking Edition offers attendees the opportunity to sit one-on-one with food industry experts in speed mentoring sessions to get advice on everything from operations, branding, label/package design and distribution to food costing, marketing and public relations, food law, and funding.


6:30-7:00 PM Registration/Networking/Food & Cocktails
7:00-7:15 PM Introductions & Overview of the evening
7:15-8:45 PM Speed Mentoring Session
8:45-9:30 PM Networking/Dessert & Cocktails

Our speed mentoring event is a series of short, focused conversations where food industry experts answer specific questions about your business.

Attendees will have an opportunity to meet with all of our industry experts by moving around the room every three minutes. A buzzer will sound when the time is up and there will be a few minutes to move to the next expert. The speed mentoring session will last approximately one and a half to two hours with a short break. There will be an opportunity for informal networking over food and drinks at the beginning and the end of the event.

Our event is designed for both the startup and established food entrepreneur — specialty food makers, chefs, caterers, bakers, food truck operators and restaurateurs — looking for much needed advice on how to take their businesses to the next level.

*Connect with 20 food industry experts in a short period of time
*Meet a wide variety of people in a fun and informal setting
*Prepare questions ahead of time in order to maximize time with each expert
*Get instant feedback from experienced professionals

Stay Tuned!


Congratulations to @HudsonCCC Culinary Art Institute @acfchefs


Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the demand for chefs and head cooks at restaurants and other establishments will grow 9%, faster than most other industries in the country. With the popularity of cooking shows and competitions, more and more people are discovering the field of culinary arts and what it takes to be successful in the industry. Earning a certificate or degree in the field not only provides the experience and training needed to get your foot in the door, it also provides a  foundation for upward mobility to become future leaders and trend setters in the industry.

Best Choice Schools (BCS) looked at culinary schools across the United States to develop a list of what we believe to be the 50 best culinary schools or programs in the nation. From their initial list, they looked for schools that offer hands-on experience, internship/externship opportunities, student operated restaurants, modern facilities, and a solid reputation in the industry.

BCS only looked at schools that were nationally accredited or accredited by the American Culinary Federation.

Congratulations to HCCC Culinary Art Institute for being in the TOP 50 schools across the country! 

Paint Nite® at Gino’s in the Heights

2016-09-09_10-59-46Sunday, October 16 5:00PM

$45 per person

Raise your glass to a NEW kind of night out! Paint Nite® invites you to create art over cocktails at a local restaurant or bar, guided by a professional artist and party host. Grab your friends and spend two hours drinking, laughing, and flexing your creative muscles. There’s no experience necessary and we’ll provide all the supplies, so you don’t have to worry about a thing (except having a great time!). Must be of legal drinking age. Food and drink may be purchased at the event.

The event begins promptly at the start time listed above. Please allow extra time to find parking and get settled. If you’re coming with a group (yay, how fun!) make sure you arrive early to get seats together. If you’re planning to eat dinner before the event, please inform the host/hostess that you’re with Paint Nite® and check in with us to reserve your seats.


@Bloomingdales x @CBCFoundation – 100% Style and Wellness in Support of CBCF

bloomies-womaninpick-croppedFor the third consecutive year, the Cure Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. (CBCF) is teaming up with Bloomingdale’s in the Mall at Short Hills in Short Hills, NJ for an evening to benefit breast cancer research efforts.

On Thursday, September 15th, the non-profit 501(c) 3 organization and the nationally recognized department store will host a special reception beginning at 6 p.m. at the in-store Forty Carrots restaurant.  The evening will consist of a fashion presentation and special panel discussion with breast cancer experts, including Drs. Elizabeth Comen, Sheeva Talebian, and Jaime Knopman from New York City’s Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center; and Dr. Serena Chen of St. Barnabas in Livingston, N.J.

An ideal event to lead into October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the evening blends wellness and style with an exclusive shopping event and educational session.  Bloomingdale’s will donate 10% of all sales from the evening to CBCF, which solely supports breast cancer research efforts under the direction of Dr. Larry Norton, the Deputy Physician-in-Chief for Breast Cancer Programs and the Medical Director of the Evelyn H. Lauder Breast Center at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

Attendees will also be able to shop the Walters Faith fine jewelry pop-up shop, which will have exclusive pricing available only during the event.  To register, please visit http://curebreastcancerfoundation.org.  A $25 donation to CBCF is suggested. Continue reading