Shore Chef Crab Cake Cook-Off

Shore Chef Crab Cake Cook-Off
August 16 & 17, 12 to 5 pm, Monmouth Park Racetrack. Shore Chefs compete for the best crab cake award and the coveted People’s Choice Award in the Crab Cake Cook-Off. Taste fare from your favorite local restaurants. Crab cakes, fried catfish, and lobster rolls are just a few of the favorites.

Interested in participating as a food vendor or crafter? Click here or contact us at 732-747-4449.



2014 Home Cookin’ Amateur Crab Cake Contest

Thanks to popular demand, Monmouth Park is hosting the first annual Home Cookin’ Amateur Crab Cake Contest. The contest will be held on Sunday, August 17th at the Shore Chef Crab Cake Cook‐Off at Monmouth Park, 175 Oceanport Ave., Oceanport. The contest is open to all amateur and home chefs. Professional chefs are not eligible. Recipes will be evaluated by our team of professional chefs. Ten contestants will be chosen from the recipes submitted to cook their crab cakes for our team of judges at Monmouth Park starting at noon on Sunday, August 17th. All information must be included to be qualified to participate. By submitting this recipe, you permit use of its contents or any photos in related promotions for the event.

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Food Truck Showdown

Hungry for good eats? Make your way to the Manahawkin Mart on East Bay Avenue on Saturday, July 5th and Saturday July 26th from 10 am until 5 pm when the best food trucks from New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia roll into town for the ultimate Food Truck Showdown. Chow down on ethnic delicacies from Empanada Guy, El Lechon de Negron, and Hibachi Heaven. Sink your teeth into all-American favorites like Callahan’s Hot Dogs, Oink and the Moo BBQ and Five Sisters and outrageous specialties from Bacon on Wheels, 1 Potato Two and  Chimney Cake Factory. Savor sweet treats from Waffle de Lys, Four Boys, Kona Ice and Hoffman’s Ice Cream, just to name a few. Enter to win a four pack of tickets to a 2014 New Jersey Devils game or an overnight stay at FantaSeas Resort in Atlantic City. While you’re there, browse specialty and craft vendors and the Shoppes at Manahawkin Mart.


Don’t miss the Manahawkin Food Truck Showdown on Saturday July 5th and Saturday July 26th, from 10 am until 5 pm at the Shoppes at Manahawkin Mart on East Bay Avenue. Brought to you by Power Home Remodeling, the New Jersey Devils, 95.9 The Rat and Country Thunder 106 and produced by Spark Market Solutions. For more information call 732-747-4449.

 Admission is free.


Hot Rods & Food Trucks

Hot Rods and Food Trucks

Saturday 6/21/2014

Bay Blvd., Seaside Heights, NJ


Cost/Cover: Free to spectators; car owners $20 to register

Contact Info: Tom Michaels 855-478-6888

The Food Trucks…

1 Potato Two

Callahan’s Hot Dogs

Chimney Cake Factory

Chip Stix

Dellano’s Food Service

El Lechon de Negron

Four Boys Concessions

Hibachi Heaven

Hoffman’s Ice Cream

Jersey Johnny’s Grill

Kona Ice

Mary Queen of Pork

Sanducci’s Wood Fried Pizza

Zinna’s Bistro


Spark’s Photo-Filled 2011 Visit Monmouth Guide Shows Off Jersey Shore

State, County and Local Tourism Community Gather for Guide Launch

Red Bank, NJ: Grace Hanlon, Executive Director of New Jersey Division of Travel & Tourism, and Jeanne DeYoung, Monmouth County’s Director of Tourism, addressed a diverse group of business people representing all aspects of Monmouth County’s travel and tourism industry at the recent launch of Spark’s 2011 Visit Monmouth Guide.

The newly confirmed executive director pointed out that tourism is New Jersey’s third largest industry and every dollar of public support for the industry returns multiple dollars in revenue to the State’s economy and generates substantial tax revenues.

Ms. Hanlon announced that the State would mount a spring marketing campaign in New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Washington, D.C. and other domestic markets as well as Canada to show off the real Jersey Shore and draw domestic and international visitors. The campaign will include a television commercial, radio and print advertisements, the purchase of Google ad words, attendance as consumer and industry travel shows and meetings with companies that specialize in travel from as far away as China. New Jersey’s tourism representatives recently attended Fashion Week in New York City to promote New Jersey as a premier shopping destination that includes offerings from Atlantic City to the Jersey Gardens Mall for every taste and budget.

Spark Market Solutions in Red Bank, NJ published the advertiser-supported full color Visit Monmouth guide in print, interactive CD and online formats. With 35,000 print copies, thousands of CDs and post cards that drive visitors to, Monmouth County’s Tourism website, the guide is an important part of the pubic and private efforts to encourage domestic and international travelers to visit Monmouth County. The photo-filled guide assists visitors in planning trips to the area and offers a taste of the places and events that make it special.

“Through its marketing efforts that reach north to Canada, south to the Carolinas and west to Ohio as well as across the tri state area, Monmouth County supports tourism businesses large and small, thus enabling those businesses to create jobs for local residents,” said Ms. DeYoung. “During the summer the county population increases dramatically by visitors drawn to the spectacular beaches and large events such as the $1,000,000 Haskell Invitational held each summer at Monmouth Park Racetrack.”

Spark will be posting ongoing e-news updates throughout the year and utilizing social media to grow awareness of the guide, expand its value to visitors and encourage visitors to reach out and talk to a local. “There are so many great things happening in the area beyond the beaches and boardwalks that visitors appreciate the guide’s help in connecting with the attractions and events,” said Ronnie Gardstein, editor of Spark’s Visit Monmouth Guide. “Residents use the guide as a resource when family and friends visit.”

To pick up a copy of the guide and sign up for e-news updates contact Spark at 732.747.4449 orcheck it out here.


Spark created a Facebook event for the “Severe Clear” film screening benefit for ReserveAid, in memory of Beth Quigley, set for September 11, 2010, at the Count Basie Theatre.


“Severe Clear” Screening Honoring 9/11 Victim Beth A. Quigley Will Benefit ReserveAid

Colts Neck Filmmaker Michael Scotti Provides Q&A on Award-Winning Documentary

Red Bank, NJ (July 8, 2010) -The tragic events of September 11, 2001 will be remembered and the memory of Lincroft, New Jersey resident Beth A. Quigley, a victim of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, will be honored by a benefit screening of the award-winning documentary “Severe Clear” on September 11, 2010 at Red Bank’s Count Basie Theatre. Following the film, there will be a question and answer session with Colts Neck filmmaker and former Marine Corps First Lieutenant Michael Scotti. The event will benefit ReserveAid, the nonprofit organization dedicated to alleviating the emotional and financial burdens placed on the men and women called to active duty, by providing financial support to the service members and their families.

Beth A. Quigley was born in Red Bank and grew up in Lincroft, New Jersey. The daughter of Louella and Gene Quigley and only sibling of Suzanne Quigley Moore, Beth attended St. Leo the Great Elementary School and graduated from Red Bank Catholic High School in 1993. Before graduating from the College of the Holy Cross in 1997, she was recruited by Cantor-Fitzgerald. Beth worked as a NASDAQ trader on the 104th Floor of World Trade Center Tower One and was killed in the September 11 terrorist attacks, just two weeks shy of her 26th birthday.

The term “severe clear” is used by pilots to describe unlimited visibility conditions, typically occurring after a storm or heavy weather. September 11, 2001 was such a day. The 93-minute nonpolitical documentary “Severe Clear” is based on the journal notes of Marine Corps First Lieutenant Scotti, as well as video footage shot by him and other members of 1st Battalion, 4th Marines during the outset of the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Scotti, who became friends with Beth Quigley while both were students at Red Bank Catholic High School, learned of Ms. Quigley’s untimely death as he was about to deploy to Afghanistan after the September 11 attacks. He carried her picture with him during his 2003 tour of duty in Iraq.

Filmmaker Scotti made an emotional connection between the loss of his friend Beth Quigley on September 11 and the military mission, and references Beth’s memory throughout the film. “The power of ‘Severe Clear’ is that it reflects what it feels like to be in combat, creating a shared experience between those who have been in battle and those who have not,” according to Scotti, one of Reserve Aid’s founding and current board members. “This is very powerful for the loved ones of veterans because that shared experience can help counter feelings of isolation that the veteran may be experiencing.”

“The upcoming benefit event will be a truly special evening in honor of a truly special person. It is an opportunity to honor the memory of Beth by helping our fighting men and women and their families who have been adversely affected by the war,” said Scotti. “By doing so, we are celebrating Beth’s life.”

Event chairperson Suzanne Quigley Moore adds, “My parents and I can think of no better way to honor my sister’s memory than to host this event on behalf of Reserve Aid on September 11, a National Day of Service and Remembrance. So many military men and women face financial and emotional hardships that often go unnoticed. Reserve Aid does a magnificent job of helping to ease their burdens and aiding them in the transition back to civilian life.”

The benefit event is underwritten by Suzanne Quigley Moore with media sponsorship by Brookdale Public Radio, 90.5 The NIGHT. All proceeds will go directly to ReserveAid, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. To make a donation in Beth Quigley’s memory please visit ReserveAid’s website Donations made prior to the event will be recognized on-screen before the film. Donations to ReserveAid are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

Theatre doors and cash bar open at 7 p.m. with the film screening beginning at 8 p.m. The film is rated R. Benefit tickets priced at $100, $75 and $50 are available at the Count Basie Theatre box office, 99 Monmouth Street, Red Bank, New Jersey and at the Count Basie Theatre website The box office telephone is 732.842.9000. For additional event information, please contact Michele McBride at or visit and click on Events.


Red Bank Summer Series Returns to Riverside Gardens

Free Jazz, Songwriters, movies and fitness for the family

Red Bank, NJ – July 5, 2010: Live jazz and blues, fitness and dance, contemporary music by nationally renowned and local performers, and family-friendly movies will fill Riverside Gardens Park in Red Bank during July and August, thanks to Red Bank’s Department of Parks and Recreation, Brookdale Public Radio 90.5 The NIGHT and several local businesses.

“We’re happy to be able to offer Red Bank and Two River audiences a wide range of free entertainment for the whole family,” says Memone Paden Crystian, Red Bank’s Director of Parks and Recreation. “Thanks to 90.5 The NIGHT, Comcast, Collex Collision Experts, TD Bank and other community partners, this year’s schedule promises to appeal to audiences of all ages.”

The fun starts with Fitness in the Park presented by Outdoor Fit from 6-7 pm on Monday evenings in July. Sessions are free and open to all ages. During August, Red Bank Tango takes to the stage overlooking the Navesink River on Monday evenings with Argentine tango lessons with instruction by professional choreographers. No prior dance experience or partners are required. Classes for beginners are $20 per person drop in or $70 for four sessions and run from 6:30 until 7:30, starting August 2. Intermediate and advanced classes are $30 each and run from 7:30 until 9 pm. All are invited to stay for practice sessions from 9:00 – 9:30 and free milonga and practica on August 6th and 13th. For more information on Red Bank Tango, visit

TD Bank presents Movies in the Park on Tuesday evenings beginning July 20th. Movies begin at dusk, but the fun begins at 7 pm with live entertainment by Count Basie Theatre’s Performing Arts Academy and other special kid-friendly events.

One of Red Bank’s favorite traditions, Comcast Jazz in the Park, kicks off on Thursday, July 8th with Funktion 11, bringing their very danceable and spicy blend of the hits of today and yesterday. July 15th features Keith Marks, a flautist with variety of musical styles ranging from foreign funk, jazz, calypso, Latin, gospel, and smooth jazz. Don Carter, a renowned jazz artist who has performed with musical legends Lionel Hampton and Dizzy Gillespie, performs on July 22nd, and Red Bank’s favorite bluesman Chuck Lambert takes to the stage on July 29th.

The Comcast Jazz in the Park schedule rounds out with Tom Timko and the Horndogs on August 5, New Jersey’s favorite Cajun-funk-blues-boogie-woogie and honky-tonk band The VooDUDES on August 12th, and The Jazz Lobsters Big Band on August 19th.

Collex Collision Experts of Shrewsbury is proud to sponsor 90.5 The NIGHT’s Songwriters in the Park on Friday evenings in Riverside Gardens. As always, the series presents established and up-and-coming national and local acts on the cutting edge of today’s music. This year’s schedule includes Richard Shindell with James Dunigan on Friday July 9th, Good Old War with Quincy Mumford on July 16th, The Spring Standards with The Amboys on July 23rd, and Richard Barone of The Bongos with Bruce Tunkel on July 30th.

Additional sponsors of the Red Bank Summer Series include Computer Tech Associates, McKay Imaging, The Star-Ledger, The Two River Times, Food Circus Foodtown and Count Basie Theatre’s Performing Arts Academy.

For more information on the Red Bank Summer Series, contact Red Bank Parks and Recreation at 732-530-2782. More information is available online at For up-to-the-minute weather cancellations, tune into 90.5 The NIGHT or call 1-888-HIP TOWN.


Monday, July 5, 12, 19, 26 – 6-7 pm
Fitness in the Park.
Free and fun workouts by Outdoorfit with certified personal trainers Mary Kiningham, Christa Lippert & Keith Molloy. For information: or 732 758-6340

Monday August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Red Bank Tango
Argentine Tango classes taught by professional choreographers
6:30-7:30 Beginners: $20 drop in; $70/4 sessions
7:30-9:00 Intermediate & Advanced: $30/session
9:00-9:30 Practice session
For info:

Tuesday: Movies in the Park Presented by TD Bank
The fun starts at 7pm with live & local entertainment. Showtime at dusk.
July 20 Monsters vs Aliens
July 27 Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
August 3 Where the Wild Things Are
August 10 Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
August 17 The Blind Side
August 24 Pirates of the Caribbean at World’s End
August 31 rain date

Thursday: Comcast Jazz in the Park
July 8 Funktion 11
July 15 Keith Marks
July 22 Don Carter
July 29 Chuck Lambert
August 5 Tom Timko and the Horndogs
August 12 VooDUDES
August 19 The Jazz Lobsters
August 26 Rain Date

Friday: 90.5 The NIGHT’s Songwriters in the Park presented by Collex Collision Experts
Friday July 9 – Richard Shindell with James Dunigan
Friday July 16 – Good Old War with Quincy Mumford
Friday July 23 – The Spring Standards with The Amboys
Friday July 30 – Richard Barone (of The Bongos) with Bruce Tunkel

Tune in to 90.5 The NIGHT or call 1-888-HIP TOWN for up-to-the-minute info and weather-related cancellations.


Spark created a Facebook event for the NJ Crab Cake Festival set for August 21-22, at Monmouth Park Racetrack


Spark Twitter & Facebook blasts on the Munchmobile Hot Dog Showdown


Hot Dogs and Burgers to Relish at the Hot Dog Showdown

May 29th & 30th at Monmouth Park Racetrack

Event: Munchmobile Hot Dog Showdown
Dates & Time: Saturday May 29th and Sunday May 30th from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: Monmouth Park Racetrack, 175 Oceanport Avenue, Oceanport (event is inside the main gate, behind the grandstand.) Event goes on Rain or shine
Cost: General admission to track: $3, children age 12 & under free. Food and drink prices vary
Additional info for public: or 732.222.5100

Oceanport, NJ: Do you relish great hot dogs and burgers? Kick off the summer by munching on the best hot dogs and burgers from across the Garden State. Decide which ones cut the mustard, and cast your vote for top dog and burger at the Munchmobile Hot Dog Showdown, Saturday May 29th and Sunday May 30th from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Monmouth Park Racetrack in Oceanport.

The Windmill, with eight central New Jersey locations, competes for top dog honors against Jersey Johnny’s from Pequanock, Charlie’s Famous Italian Hot Dogs of Kenilworth and Wally’s Hot Diggity Dogs of Bayonne. In the burger category Consolidated Dairies, Wallington, now offering Pat LaFrieda Meats to restaurants across the state, will go head to head with The Windmill.

These hot dog and burger pros are ready for battle and confident that they know how to create the sizzle. Throughout the event, the public is invited to enter to win great prizes and cast their vote for People’s Choice Awards in both categories. On Sunday afternoon, Munch master Pete Genovese & The Munchmobile will be onsite on Sunday to meet Munchmobile fans. Hot dog and burger judging by Genovese and a panel of food and media industry judges begins at approximately 1:30 p.m. Awards in all categories will be announced on Sunday afternoon at approximately 3 pm.

On Saturday enjoy live music from The Amboys. On Sunday The Koots entertain. Bring the whole family for Sunday’s Star Ledger Family Day with clowns, pony rides, face painting & more. Of course there’s exciting thoroughbred racing all weekend, with the first race starting at 12:50 p.m. General admission to Monmouth Park Racetrack is $3. Children age 12 and under are admitted free. Food and drink prices vary. Visit or 732-222-5100 for more event information.

The Hot Dog Showdown is sponsored by Monmouth Park Racetrack, Star-Ledger & / Everything Jersey, 90.5 FM The Night, Garden State Menu, Renewal by Andersen, DonQ Rum and Alure Owens Corning Basement Finishing System. Event Management provided by Spark Market Solutions.

Fighting words from the participants:

“A WindMill hot dog isn’t just something you eat. It’s an experience. From the grill, to the bun, to the tray…the anticipation of the first bite builds and never disappoints..pure hot dog bliss…. and one of Martha Stewart’s favorite hot dogs,” says Rena Levine, CEO of WindMill’s eight location empire. “Windmill has been serving great dogs and more since ’64. And have I mentioned our cheese fries are to die for?” According to Levine, “a WindMill hot dog is done to perfection when it blows up and cracks wide open.”

“Wally’s Hot Diggidy Dogs is Bayonne’s place to go for the best grilled and water cooked dogs. Wally’s offers top quality Boars Head Hot Dogs in three sizes. Go for tradition or try a Reuben dog, a Chicago Rock or top them off with homemade mouth watering chili and homemade sweet onions. Not hot for hotdogs? Try a grilled burger, cheesesteak, chicken burger or Wally’s sausage, peppers and onion sandwiches. Round it out fresh cut fries, grilled pretzels and fried dill pickles. So come on in, you’re sure to grin at Wally’s Hot Diggidy Dogs,” says Wally’s owner Walt Schember. “Wally’s hot dogs are done to perfection,” says Schember, “when the color is just the right deep reddish brown.” “Legendary Pat La Frieda Wholesale Meat Purveyors has supplied the best restaurants in New York for three generations and will now be offering those meats to Jersey eateries through its distributer Consolidated Dairies. To whet the appetites of Garden State foodies for the ultimate beef, Consolidated Dairies’ burgers will be smokin’ the competition in the Hot Dog Showdown,” says Jim Higgins, Consolidated Diaries’ Supply Chain Manager, standing on the combined 175+ years of experience of the two food firms.

For 27 years, sometimes seven and a half days a week, John DiGangi has been cooking up classic dogs. For 23 years, he’s been making chili sauce with secret ingredients he’s not about to share. Just four months ago, DiGangi opened Jersey Johnny’s Grill, in Pequanock, in Morris County. Jersey Johnny’s serves classic North Jersey dogs “all the way”-that is deep fried with chili sauce, onions and spicy brown mustard. “One taste of our food will have you coming back again and again, says DiGangi. The new spot’s rallying cry is “let’s go all the way at Jersey Johnny’s.” And how does this seasoned veteran know when a Jersey Johnny’s hot dog is at its best? “It talks to you,” responds DiGangi!

“Charlie’s Famous Italian Hot Dogs of Kenilworth has been serving Italian hot dogs forever,” according to owner, Jimmy Guarino. “Look for dogs that are just like the old days in the old neighborhood. Charlie’s dogs are not too spicy, with mustard, perfectly cooked peppers and onions and crispy potatoes on a half of pizza roll.” Asked when a Charlie’s hot dog is cooked to perfection, Guarino explains that “Italian hot dogs thrive on more than a bit of grease. A Charlie’s dog is done to perfection when it floats.”