First annual Jersey Shore Meatball Gala crowns winners

WALL, NJ - Two hundred meatball experts attended The First Annual Jersey Shore Meatball Gala last night at the South Wall Banquet Facilities, and Agostino Italian Specialties of Manasquan was awarded the Best in Show: Meanest Meatball on the Jersey Shore.

“The Jersey Shore community came out in force to support this event, and we could not be happier with the outcome,” says Meatball Gala Chairman Jo Schloeder of Wall.  She explains the event featured cuisine from a dozen shore area restaurants with proceeds going to Wall High School Project Graduation.

“The variety of meatballs was tremendous with meatballs like traditional Italian, spicy Asian, smoky barbeque, enchilada, crab and scallop, eggplant and more.  The chefs really though out of the box for this event, and we are truly grateful for all of the support,” she says.

The People’s Choice Award was taken home by Pastaio Restaurant of Spring Lake for their traditional Italian meatball in pomodoro sauce.

Other winners include:

Best Non-Meat Meatball - Brandl, Belmar, Crab and Scallop Meatball

Most Creative Meatball - Jimmy’s Cucina, Brielle, Spicy Asian Meatball

Most Oddball Meatball - The New Runway 34, Wall, Enchilada Meatball

Best Swimming Meatball - Spring Meadow Inn, Wall, Italian Wedding Soup

Sweetest Meatball - Fratello’s, Sea Girt, Tiramisu Balls

Best Traditional Meatball - Winner: Agostino Italian Specialties; Runner Up: East Coast Cookery, Neptune

Sponsors included: New Jersey Natural Gas Company; Denise Wegeman, LCSW; Manasquan Savings Bank; and Senator Sean T. Kean.  Businesses donating their services included: Barlow's Flower Farm, Sea Girt; Brewer's Apprentice, Freehold; East Coast Beer Company, Pt. Pleasant; Harpoon Willy's, Wall; Macaroon Shoppe, Avon; Mix It Up Parties, Toms River; Ponte Vecchio Restaurant, Old Bridge; and Smith Computer Consulting & Design, Wall.


The event was sponsored by Wall Cares, Inc.  a non-profit dedicated to the Wall Township community with all proceeds going to support Wall High School Project Graduation, the all-night drug- and alcohol-free celebration for graduating seniors.


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