Star of our High Summer issue George Hirsch, was cooking during lunch service last Sunday at JBJ Soul Kitchen in Monmouth, N.J. The restaurant is unique because it is a nonprofit and only takes donations for payment. If you can’t pay, you have the opportunity to work for your dinner.
The three-course lunch, which used produce from Sep’s farm stand in East Marion, started with a choice of fresh roasted corn chowder or a farm fresh salad. The main course offered a choice of handmade cavatelli with meatballs, a vegetarian option of eggplant rollatini or fresh line-caught tuna from Montauk. For dessert, diners were treated to a cocoa mousse cake with fresh ricotta yogurt sauce or a baked apple with oat granola crisp. While George was there he signed a plate to be hung on the “Wall of Honor” alongside tributes to Bill Clinton, Tom Colicchio and Maria Batali.
George will also be the emcee of the first S.E.E.D. fundraiser, organized by the Americal Culinary Federation’s Eastern Long Island Chapter. The event is Sunday at the Westhampton Country Club. The food and wine will all come from local producers. Tickets are here.