Friday, May 11, 2012

"Food Glorious Food".... another reason why COA's Family Beach Ball is so incredible! honor of the meal you are planning for Mom on Sunday (hint, hint...) we close with our TEN TIPS for the Kitchen

The 2012 Beach Ball will serve a delectable raw bar by Lusty Lobster Seafood Market and Catering (Highlands, NJ); scallops by Fishermen’s Dock Cooperative (Point Pleasant Beach, NJ); catering by Brennan’s Delicatessen (Rumson, NJ); artisan cheeses by Wegmans (Ocean, NJ); and tiki bar by Holly Crest Wine Cellars, beer by Hunterdon Brewing Co. and Island Margaritas (Rumson, NJ).  Dessert will be provided by The Flaky Tart (Atlantic Highlands, NJ), and Sugarush (Red Bank, NJ); and ice cream by Gracie and the Dudes (Sea Bright and Middletown, NJ).  This year's main caterer - Brennan's Delicatessen uses local purveyors and local growers regularly.  Brennan's also shares a co-op farm to ensure the freshest local produce is used for each and every bite as well as plates made from recycled fallen leaves which will be featured at the Beach Ball.
At the Beach Ball, we use only reusable or compostable service ware and napkins and we are sticking to a menu that is all possible without the need for utensils; even the ice cream will be a delectable treat within an edible shell!
To boot, kids will enjoy eco-friendly crafts, re-using many household items for the projects run by our creative childrens' activities team with COA's sustainability initiatives in mind.  At the end of the day, all composting and recycling will be handled by Waste Management and WasteNot Solutions (both in the tent and behind the scenes in our kitchen and prep areas). 
Admission is $75 per adult (until Mother's Day - May 13th), which includes admission for two children.  The event is a BYOB&C (Bring your own blankets and chairs).
For more information, including opportunities for sponsorship, please contact the COA office at (732) 872-0111, or visit  The latest information about the Family Beach Ball can also be followed online via facebook and twitter.

Hungry yet?  Join us for the real thing on May 20th!!! 

Also, don't forget these important tips for the kitchen during your next celebration of friends and family. 

1. Avoid disposable products items such as containers, rags, and bags. If you must use disposable products make sure it is made from post-consumer recycled materials. Use and re-use wax paper and aluminum foil rather than plastic wrap and bags. and invest in reusable

2. Comply with law ~ recycle properly your local Public Works Department to learn how to recycle properly in your town. Participate in Household Hazardous Waste Clean-Up Days. If possible, start a compost pile for your garden with household scraps.

3. Use alternative cleaners vegetable-based soap (such as Seventh Generation) rather than detergent. Avoid products that contain chemical disinfectants such as antibacterial triclosan or triclocarbon, which can contaminate water supplies. For dishwashers, try using 50% washing soda (sodium carbonate) and 50% Borax or a detergent with low phosphate content. Use white vinegar to clean mold, grout stains, windows, and mirrors.

4. Keep your house clean and green doesn’t require a list of ingredients on the label of cleaning products. Look for labels that have “No Petrochemicals”, “No Chlorine”, “Low Phosphates”, and “No Ammonia”. A clean, green, non-toxic kitchen is best for you, children, pets, and the environment. 

5. Reduce plastics by using re-usable and recycled glass food storage sold in glass containers and re-use for and storage. Studies show that some plastic containers can leach chemicals into food which can cause health problems.

6. Use dish towels, cleaning cloths, and cloth napkins be used over and over. Use old t-shirts and towels as cleaning cloths. Cloth decreases your use of paper! 

7. Save energy appliances, including dishwashers, refrigerators, microwaves, and conventional ovens. Run dishwashers and washing machines only when full.

8. Don’t put harmful chemicals down the sink to decrease or limit your use of phosphates, which promote algae blooms in waterways that harm marine life. Instead, pour ½-cup baking soda down the drain followed by 1-cup white vinegar. Allow mixture to foam for several minutes then flush with 1-gallon boiling water.

9. Buy Smart from non-biased sources, such as  

10. Look for local food - distances has a huge carbon footprint. Reduce  greenhouse gas emissions by buying locally grown produce. 

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