Last week on a cold Sunday, about 1,000 people showed up at the Elks Club for the 2nd Annual Hoboken Mutzfest to benefit the Hoboken Family Alliance.
People showed up for a great day and hundreds of pounds of fresh mozzarella. What they actually got was a classic Hoboken community event where so many different people gathered for a chance to support six outstanding small businesses, meet up with friends, hang out with family and enjoy the cultural and culinary flavors of our little city – all to help out a longstanding community charity that gives back in so many ways.
A very, very big thank you to all who came out for the day but especially to our participants because Mutzfest would be nothing without the colorful, craftsmanship of our Mutz makers: M&P Biancamano, Fran’s Deli, Little Town, NJ, Losurdo Brothers Deli, Rosticeria da Gigi and Vito’s Deli. Stop in for a visit and some of their great mozzarella and menu items for Super Bowl!
Congratulations to Vito’s for taking the top honors in the Critic’s Choice for Best Mozzarella and to M&P Biancamano, which won Best Sandwich in the Critic’s Choice and Best Mozzarella in the People’s Choice category. Great job! The critic’s panel of Jason Cameron, host of DIY’s Man Caves; Artie Lange, comedian; foodie and NJ Bites contributor, Karin Nastawa, who operates VinEatsi; and Teresa Priolo, Fox 5 reporter, said judging was delicious but difficult!
But in our eyes, everyone is truly a winner. The commitment that the participants show is a tribute to their passion for their business, their products and their customers. Polly-O recognized this commitment and as a result donated the curd to all the participants to make their mozzarella this year.
Thank you also to all the Elks and to Eddie Madigan, who was front and center, up and down, inside and out to make sure that the entire day ran smoothly and kudos to the Stevens Institute of Technology APO volunteers, who were out in full force to help out.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the numerous philanthropic endeavors by the Hoboken Family Alliance, including the Hoboken Bike Camp (July 7-11 at Hoboken High School) for individuals with disabilities and our Neighborhood Grants, which will award $10,000 to various other charities in and around Hoboken on Saturday Feb. 9 at our annual Cabin Fever event at Brandt School. Additionally, HFA supports the Special Olympics, Jubilee Center, The Hoboken Shelter and more.
If you would like to get involved with Mutzfest or the Hoboken Family Alliance in any way, please visit us at www.hobokenfamily.com or email Theresa Howard (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Director of Children with Special Needs
Hoboken Family Alliance