Freeholder Tanelli, Mayor LaBarbiera & Chef Jesse Make Risotto At Bloomingdale's Karina's Cuchina
By Mel Fabrikant Sunday, March 16 2014 @ 12:46 PM EDT
In a friendly competition, Freeholder Steve Tanelli and Paramus Mayor Rich LaBarbiera made risotto with the coaching of Chef Jesse Jones. Using top notch Ruffoni cookware from Italy, and under the watchful eye of Chef Jesse Jones, Tanelli and LaBarbiera made the same type of dish using different Ruffoni cookware. On hand to greet them from Bloomingdale's were Theresa Healy, Group Manager, Kristen Bradley, Public Relations Manager and Karina Abrahamyan, Culinary Specialist.
The intent of these Lawmakers Cookoffs is to have high ranking office holders take their places behind the cooking area and while making their prescribed items, to interface with the audience, answer questions and to show the people that while they are lawmakers, they also have a very human aspect. Steve Tanelli informed the audience about his responsibilities as a Bergen County Freeholder . He explained the many weighty matters that pass before the Board of Chosen Freeholders and encouraged residents to contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org about governmental issues or problems.
Paramus Mayor Rich LaBarbiera gave the attendees a deep view of Paramus and how it experienced a population explosion during the regular weekday. Proud of his home town and how it has progressed, he was able to quote facts and figures that the customers of Bloomingdale's seated before him were unaware. He saluted MaryAnn, his wife, who was seated in the front row with the Paramus Sunrise Rotary Gift of Life child, 5 year old Mary and her mother who hail from Myanmar/Burma. Mary is due for a medical examination to determine if her cardiac problem is operable. The LaBarbieras, Honorary Members of Paramus Sunrise Rotary Club, are the host family for Mary and her mother.
Jack Koumbis, he of the Assembly Steak House, was supposed to assist in the cooking competition, but a last minute call at the restaurant forced him to cancel. Chef Jesse did yeoman duty working with both elected officials and the end products were eagerly gobbled down by the audience. To his surprise, Abrahamyan came out with a birthday cake for Chef Jesse which, after he blew the candle out, was shared with everyone.
Next Thursday evening, March 20, Karine Abrahamyan has arranged for a chili cookoff between New York and New Jersey firemen. Upholding the honor of New Jersey will be three firemen from Company 2 in Paramus. It starts at 6:30 PM. Call 201 457 2131for further information.