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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 15, 2012

ArtPride NJ Foundation and NJ Restaurant Association Team Up with Female Chefs and Artists for Special Benefit

TRENTON: The ArtPride New Jersey Foundation and the New Jersey Restaurant Association will present "Inspiring Women: A Celebration of Visual and Culinary Arts", on Monday, March 5, from 4:30pm to 7:30pm at Hospitality House, the New Jersey Restaurant Association headquarters at 126 West State Street in Trenton. The event is the kick off of a month long exhibit that showcases the talents of New Jersey women artists and chefs. The opening night reception will benefit the ArtPride New Jersey Foundation, the New Jersey Restaurant Association, and the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition. Tickets are $50, and may be reserved here or by calling 609.479.3377, x305.

"Art Pride NJ is thrilled to be part of this special collaboration,"said Ann Marie Miller, Executive Director of the ArtPride NJ Foundation. "This event is a creative way to celebrate the extraordinary artistic and culinary skills of women throughout New Jersey."

Restaurants featured include: Assembly Steakhouse (Englewood Cliffs), Cranbury Inn (Cranbury), D'Artagnan (Newark), Hudson County Community College (Jersey City), Kuzina by Sophia (Cherry Hill), Landmark Hospitality (Jersey City), Milford Oyster House (Milford), Restaurant Serenade (Chatham), and Terra Momo Restaurant Group (Princeton).

Artists featured include: Kiyomi Baird (Far Hills), Chris Carter (Martinsville), Maureen Chatfield (Lebanon), Kim Huyler Defibaugh (Toms River), Buel Ecker (Long Valley), Aylin Green (Lambertville), Daryl Lancaster (Lincoln Park), Linda Osborne (Pennington), Laura Petrovich-Cheney (Asbury Park), Ingrid Renard (Whitehouse Station), Carol Rosen (Califon), Joanie Gagnon San Chirico (Toms River), Ellen Siegel (Lebanon), Armisey Smith (Newark), Karen Titus Smith (Pemberton), and Laurinda Stockwell (Lebanon).

We're honored to team with the ArtPride NJ Foundation to present 'Inspiring Women',"said Jack Koumbis of Assembly Steakhouse in Englewood Cliffs, Chairman of the Restaurant Association. "This event will appeal to both art lovers and foodies while benefiting three terrific causes."A silent auction that pairs New Jersey art and food treats will also be featured at the opening reception, and artwork featured in the event will be on display throughout the month of March at Hospitality House, the NJ Restaurant Association headquarters. Tickets are available for purchase here or by calling 609.479.3377, x305.

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ABOUT THE ARTPRIDE NEW JERSEY FOUNDATION

The ArtPride New Jersey Foundation is the programs and services arm of ArtPride New Jersey, Inc., a nonprofit coalition of organizations and individuals that advocates at local, state and national levels for funding, support and recognition of the arts as vital to New Jersey's economy, education and overall quality of life. For more information visit ArtPrideNJ.com.

ABOUT THE NEW JERSEY RESTAURANT ASSOCIATION

The restaurant and hospitality industry in New Jersey is comprised of 25,000 small businesses providing over 311,000 private sector jobs generating $14 billion in annual sales. Founded in 1942, the New Jersey Restaurant Association (NJRA) is celebrating 70 years dedicated to fostering a vibrant industry that nourishes communities, tourists, the economy and shares the bounty of the Garden State. Restaurants are uniquely important from farm to table, hosting lifetime celebrations, adding sizzle to New Jersey cities and anchoring main streets. Visit www.NJRA.org.

ABOUT THE NATIONAL OVARIAN CANCER COALITION

The mission of the NOCC is to raise awareness and promote education about ovarian cancer. The Coalition is committed to improving the survival rate and quality of life for women with ovarian cancer. Visit www.ovarian.org.

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