Have you ever tasted double-fried chicken? Yum.

You are in for a treat. Chef Mihae Cho’s famous Soy Garlic Double Fried Chicken and mango salad will be the highlight of the New Jersey Festival Orchestra’s season opening party on Sept. 15 at the renowned Roosterspin restaurant in Westfield.

Added to succulent Korean fare is a sampling of craft beer from Untied Brewing Company and a rousing karaoke session (for those who wish to participate!).

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Roosterspin, with its thousands of jazz and 50’s vinyl records lining the walls, is the perfect place for music lovers and supporters of the New Jersey Festival Orchestra to celebrate the opening of the orchestra’s new season.

“When thinking about where to hold our season opening event, I couldn’t think of a better venue than Roosterspin,” noted Jamie Lemberg, President of the Friends of the NJ Festival Orchestra. “The inventive Korean fusion food, the chic atmosphere and perfect downtown Westfield location made it an easy choice. Owner Mihae Cho is a great restaurateur and serves up so many unique flavors. Plus, her vast music collection piping through the space and private karaoke rooms are fantastic.”

The Korean, Craft Beer and Karaoke event will take place Sunday, Sept. 15, from 4-6pm. Tickets are $75 in advance, $85 at the door. All adults 21 and over are welcome! Roosterspin is located at 251 North Ave. W. in Downtown Westfield, NJ. For more information and advance tickets go to www.njfestivalorchestra.org.

The Friends of NJFO combine the beauty of the arts combined with the beauty of nature. Those unable to attend the season opening party, but still keen to support the orchestra, are invited to purchase beautiful mums on sale by the Friends until Sept. 21. For more information, contact Kimberly Schoenknecht at Kimberly.schoenknecht@yahoo.com or go to www.njfestivalorchestra.org.

All fundraiser proceeds will directly benefit NJFO and support NJFO education and music therapy programs.

“Fundraising is a key element of the financial mix that’s necessary to operate the orchestra,” according to David Wroe, NJFO Music Director.  “The ‘Friends’ have been true to their name in this respect since the group’s very inception.  Supplemental fund raising is critical because only about a third of our revenue comes from the sale of tickets. Income from fundraisers such as these will also support our critical educational outreach and music therapy programs. I looking forward to seeing you at the season opening party – and at our season opening concert on October 5th!”