Chef Table: Southern-Style Sweet and Savory

Date(s) - 05/19/2021
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

HealthBarn USA Main Location

Chef Jesse, local apiarist Frank Mortimer and our founder, Stacey Antine, MS, RDN have brainstormed a honey-kissed delicious 5-course tasting menu that will exceed your expectations! Chef Jesse is known for his Southern Cooking Style with a Country French twist and Frank will be on hand for a special honey tasting and discussion about the benefits of these wholesome producers, our dependence upon them, why their precarious future is under siege like never before and what we can do to help.

Chef Jesse is a regular in the HealthBarn kitchen because he loves to give back and always entertains and delights local foodies with his larger than life personality!  Register early because his “table” always sells out!  We will be on the outdoor patio for this dining event.

What’s on the Menu (we can accommodate dietary preferences):

  • The famous Chef Jesse cornbread deliciously accessorized, southern-style crab cakes, savory salad with a special honey dressing, tenderly sweetened scallops and grandma’s pound cake with berry compote.

Who’s Invited: -Come solo, with friends or your partner — all are welcome!  Space is limited to 16 spots maximum, so reserve today. -Tickets are $125 per person and partial proceeds support Healing Meals, a nutritious food gifting program for ill children and seniors in need.  Tickets must be purchased in advance by reserving your space. Click here to buy tickets online or call 201-444-2955 or email [email protected].

*A portion of the proceeds will be donated to HealthBarn Foundation’s Healing Meals, a nutritious food gifting program for children with cancer and their families and seniors in need.

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.

Chef Jesse Jones is a renowned chef and author known for his modern approach to southern cuisine.  A native of Newark, New Jersey, Chef Jesse’s culinary DNA was developed during childhood summers in Snow Hill, North Carolina where his grandmother’s cast iron stove was the source of many memorable food experiences. Today, he continues to be influenced by her legacy, bridging past and present through interpreting classic southern dishes with French techniques.

Whether catering private events, entertaining television audiences or competing in regional cook-offs, Chef Jesse always brings the flavor. His catering company, Chef Jesse Concepts has served celebrity clientele including Whoopi Goldberg, Sunny Hostin, Tyler Perry, John Legend, and more. He has appeared on abc7NY, PIX11, and other media outlets to share recipes from his cookbook and memoir, POW! My Life in 40 Feasts. In 2014, Chef Jesse was named a Top Chef by Inside Jersey. In 2010, he won the title of Ultimate Chef of Bergen County, New Jersey.

Frank Mortimer is an adjunct instructor at the Cornell University Master Beekeeping Program, Vice President of the New Jersey State Beekeepers Association, and a Certified Master Beekeeper. As president of the Northeast NJ Beekeepers Association—a position he held for over a decade—he significantly grew his club’s membership, aligned the Northeast NJ Beekeepers with Ramapo College, and founded the “Honey Cup,” an annual honey tasting competition.  Frank has promoted beekeeping throughout the Northeast by speaking to everyone from school children to gardening clubs and civic organizations.  He has led beekeeping seminars across the Northeast and at The New York Botanical Garden. In addition, he successfully campaigned for his hometown of Ridgewood to become New Jersey’s first “Bee City USA.” Frank is the author of Bee People and the Bugs They Love, (Kensington Publishing, March 2021) and has written multiple articles featured in the widely circulated Bee Culture Magazine.

Stacey Antine is a registered dietitian who holds a Master’s of Science in Food, Nutrition and Dietetics from New York University.  Alarmed by the long list of lifestyle diseases (obesity, heart disease, diabetes, etc.) faced by children today, she founded HealthBarn USA to connect children to natural foods and where they come from.  Expanding her commitment to help families eat healthier, she started HealthBarn Foundation and its first project Healing Meals, a nutritious food gifting program for ill children with cancer and serious blood disorders and their families and seniors in need.


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