Calling all Foodies!  HealthBarn USA proudly welcomes back Chef

Michael Carrino for Chef Table Event:  Beyond Locavore: The New American Food Frontier on Wednesday, May 17 from 6:30 – 9:00 pm.  Chef Carrino, chef and partner of Trois Cochons, operators of Pig & Prince Restaurant and Gastro-Lounge in Montclair, NJ, and “Chopped Champion” of Food Network’s inaugural season cooking competition “Chopped,” hosted by Ted Allen. He hosted our first Chef Table in 2016 that sold out in 24 hours, so Chef Carrino is coming back with his new concept to be tasted out in Ridgewood, NJ!

Chef Carrino and our founder, Stacey Antine, MS, RDN team up annually to organize the teen culinary competition during the St. Joseph’s Children’s Annual “Cooking for Kids” Benefit — they both share a love for fresh, local, sustainable food.  He’s really excited to introduce his new American food concept in which he challenges himself to source and plate outrageously delicious (and nutrition, too) ingredients on small plates to WOW your taste buds!

This exclusive, intimate evening “not to miss” with Chef Carrino who is considered by many as a rising star in the culinary world.  You and the group will have the opportunity to be part of the preparation and discussion about his 10 small plates based on “culinary context mapping” showcasing seasonal creativity and taste that Chef Carrino is known for.

What’s on the Menu:

  • 10 plates featuring (but not limited to…) exploration of New Jersey and all of its bounty;
  • **Dietary restrictions can be accommodated, if you are a vegetarian we must know right away.

Who’s Invited:

  • Come solo, with friends or your partner — all are welcome!
  • 16 guests who love good food and lively conversation;
  • Tickets are $130 per person and must be purchased in advance by reserving your space at 201-444-2955 or [email protected]. *A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Healing Meals, a food gifting program for children with cancer and their families.  Space is limited for seating of 16 maximum.

Where Are You Dining:

  • HealthBarn USA located in the stone house at 1057 Hillcrest Road, Ridgewood, NJ within the Irene Habernickel Family Park, come enjoy the comfort of a “zen” environment in a space that feels like home!

Learn More About Chef Carrino:  Recognized for his first concept, Restaurant Passionné, Carrino is known for creating progressive French cuisine utilizing both classical and modern techniques using local, sustainable foods that give true meaning to the term, Jersey Fresh. His views are global; his passions are local, and true to his roots. Carrino is a proud New Jersey resident – born and raised in the Garden State. New Jersey is his home. His food is a reflection of the place he calls home.

Chef Carrino raises the bar on the farm-to-table concept. He cures his own meats, frequents local farmers markets, helps in the operation of a local greenhouse and proactively works with breeders assisting in raising the livestock that appear on the menus at Pig & Prince. Close involvement with these sources enables him to offer the most superior quality meats, poultry, produce and charcuterie possible.

A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Carrino was inducted into the prestigious society of wine gurus, chefs, hotel executives and restaurant owners, known as The Chaîne des Rotisseurs, at the impressive age of 28. He has worked in kitchens from New York City to Virginia where he helped build and maintain a four diamond dining status. Upon his return to New Jersey, he worked at such notable restaurants as the North Maple Inn at Basking Ridge and Church and Dey restaurant in Manhattan’s Millennium Hilton before venturing out on his own.

Honorably, on five separate occasions, Carrino was invited to present his views of sustainable foods through his “Jersey’s Best” dinner concept for the prestigious members of the world famous James Beard Foundation in New York City. He was also invited to assist the chefs of Colonial Williamsburg for the 400th anniversary celebration of Jamestown, cooking for the likes of President George W. Bush, former presidents George Bush and Bill Clinton, and dignitaries such as Margret Thatcher and Tony Blair.

He has made guest appearances on NBC’s Today Show, Good Day New York, CBS 2 Saturday Morning, Today in New York, LX New York, News 12 New Jersey and has been featured in The New York Times, Bon Appétit, New Jersey Monthly, Inside New Jersey, The Star-Ledger, New York Post and Zagat Dinning Guide and more.

More About HealthBarn USA:  A proven leader of healthy-lifestyle education for children and their families for more than ten years, through kids’ classes, field trips and summer camp and through our founder’s cookbook, Appetite for Life, HarperOne.  At elementary and middle school “Try it, you’ll like it!” school assemblies from New York to California; in national appearances such as the Rachael Ray Show and CNN’s House Call with Sanjay Gupta and on networks like PBS and Nickelodeon; speaking engagements from parent teacher organizations to major medical conventions; and through our website, columns and articles, we have been committed to helping families raise their nutrition literacy through hands-on learning about where our food comes from, and why fresh tastes best and is best for our bodies, minds and souls.

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