ROSELLE, NJ - The Roselle Fire Department’s cooking team is repeating its charitable tradition of participating in the Annual Cooked and Uncorked Food and Wine Festival at the Pines Manor in Edison, NJ.  The fundraising event will be held on Monday, February 27 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., and the proceeds will benefit the Saint Barnabas Burn Center and the New Jersey Firefighters Mutual Benevolent Association Foundation, which supports numerous charities.

At the event, 20 NJ fire departments including Roselle will be competing and showing off their cooking talents with the hopes of bringing home the 1st. place trophy.  The Roselle Fire Dept. team has won the event twice and is the defending champion in the gourmet division.  Attendees will sample culinary offerings from more than 40 of the area’s finest restaurants, caterers, and dessert shops as well as wines and spirits from distributors throughout the region.

A new feature this year will be an auction for the opportunity to have a gourmet dinner cooked in your home by local firefighter chefs. Residents planning a special event or celebration are encouraged to bid, and winners will receive a signature full-course dinner, including appetizer, entrée, and catered dessert, prepared in their homes for up to 10 guests.  Specially paired wines will be served, and prep and clean-up will be included. Bids start at $750, and a portion of the winning bid will qualify as a charitable donation.

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Tickets for the Cooked and Uncorked Food and Wine Tasting Festival are $60 in advance ($65 at the door) and can be purchased at www.cookedanduncorked.com.  Roselle residents or any resident of neighboring towns interested in bidding on the firefighter chef-cooked dinner in their home can contact Roselle Firefighter David Sheekey at (908) 245-8600. 

***Video Courtesy Allen Roberts / Cooked and Uncorked 

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