Chef Lou’s Army to host block party fundraiser

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Chef Lou Smith, founder of Chef Lou's Army and owner of Blend on Main, is hosting a block party fundraiser on Thursday, Sept. 17 at 6 p.m. on Main Street. PHOTO BY MARK R. SULLIVAN

MANASQUAN — Chef Lou’s Army will host a fundraiser next week to support the organization’s mission of supplying meals to essential and frontline workers, first responders and families in need.

The “safe in the streets” block party featuring a variety of food, music and prizes is set for Thursday, Sept. 17 at 6 p.m. on Main Street in Manasquan.

“It’s been a long six months, there’s over a million people out of work still and the holidays are going to be tough,” said Chef Lou Smith, of Blend on Main. “So what we’ve done is created a little party. We’ve got a bunch of door prizes and a bunch of people who want to support.”

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Tickets can be reserved at https://cheflousarmy.org/. Ticket prices are as follows: $75 for one ticket and one prize entry; $100 for one ticket and five prize entries; $150 for two tickets and two prize entries; or $200 for two tickets and 10 prize entries.

The event will feature unlimited food from vendors including, but not limited to, Qua, WindMill and Ohana Grill, as well as fall menu samples from Blend on Main and passed hors d’oeuvres.

Door prizes include $500 of A5 Wagyu beef, a $250 gift certificate to Tarte.com, a full spa day at Razberri’s Salon, restaurant gift certificates, a cruiser bike and more. Attendees will also receive exclusive “army” gear.

Proceeds of the event will benefit Chef Lou’s Army, a 501[c][3] nonprofit organization, established by Mr. Smith as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Mr. Smith said he’s hoping to raise money to make the holiday season “a little less challenging” for families in need.

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