No-Cost Event on Growing or Launching a Food Business in New Jersey

Panel Discussion with Restaurateurs Tim McLoone, Marilyn Schlossbach, Sam Chung, Food Truck Entrepreneur John Yarusi, Monmouth County Health Department, Culinary Education Center of Monmouth County and Rutgers Food Innovation Center

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America’s SBDC New Jersey at Brookdale Community College invites entrepreneurs of Monmouth and Ocean Counties to attend a no-cost, high-impact Foodiepreneur event. The workshop is geared towards people looking to grow or launch a food business such as a restaurant, food truck, commercial food product and/or artisan goods. This no-cost workshop will take place on Monday, May 23, 2016 9:00 am 12:30 pm at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, NJ. THIS EVENT IS NOW FULL AND REGISTRATION IS CLOSED. To be put on the waitlist, call 732-842-8685.

This workshop will give current and potential food entrepreneurs candid insight from the experts into one of the largest industries in our area. The goal of Foodiepreneur is to facilitate a real dialog about topics that are important to entrepreneurs in the food industry. This highly regarded panel is comprised of accomplished entrepreneurs such as Tim McLoone, Marilyn Schlossbach, John Yarusi and Sam Chung as well as essential resource partners such as the Monmouth County Health Department and Rutgers Food Innovation Center. These panelists have successfully navigated the process of launching and growing multiple food businesses and will discuss their backgrounds, successes and throughout the process and offered insight to fellow business owners. The Monmouth County Health Department and Rutgers Food Innovation Center will discuss food preparation requirements as well as programs assisting entrepreneurs with food product development and commercialization. A Q&A exchange will conclude this event.

Seating is limited for this for this no-cost event and spots will go fast. To register visit or call 732-842-8685.


tim-mcloone-01Tim McLoone: Schooled at Harvard and accomplished in music, athletics, and business, Tim McLoone opened his first restaurant in October of 1987, McLoone’s Rum Runner, located on the Shrewsbury River in Sea Bright, New Jersey. He did it as much to carve his niche as a restaurateur as well as to establish a place for him and his musician friends to perform. Tim now owns eleven restaurants including: McLoone’s Pier House in Long Branch, McLoone’s Rum Runner in Sea Bright, Tim McLoone’s Supper Club and McLoone’s Asbury Grille in Asbury Park, McLoone’s Boathouse in West Orange, McLoone’s Woodbridge Grille in Woodbridge, McLoone’s Bayonne Grille in Bayonne, McLoone’s Pier House in Hoboken, the Robinson Ale House in Red Bank, McLoone’s Pubhouse Club in Hillsborough and McLoone’s Pier House in National Harbor, Maryland. Tim McLoone is a musician, entertainer, restaurateur, entrepreneur and humanitarian.

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: Executive Chef and Owner, The Marilyn Schlossbach Group, Langosta Lounge, Pop’s Garage, Asbury Park Yacht Club, Labrador Lounge, What’s Your Beef and Marilyn Schlossbach Catering & Events. Marilyn is now the proprietor of six food and beverage establishments along the New Jersey coast and is an avid community advocate, endeavoring to promote the culinary arts among the next generation of service industry professionals.  Her community work includes a collaboration with Interfaith Neighbors on Asbury Park’s Kula Café, community gardening and surf lessons with the Boys and Girls Club of Asbury Park, and unwavering support of environmental organizations like Clean Ocean Action that work to protect coastlines and marine environments.


John YarusiJohn Yarusi: Over the course of his 25 year career John worked with countless multinational corporations and venture backed start-ups; developing brand strategy, positioning and creative ideation for a myriad of businesses and products. Some of John’s key client relationships included, Honeywell. jetBlue, Cablevision, Unilever and Mercedes-Benz. Leaving his career in New York, John decided it was time to start a new venture and one he had been incubating in his mind for many years. A food truck dedicated to New Jersey one true food – PorkRoll. In 2013 John launched a successful food truck business, aptly named Johnny’s PorkRoll and Coffee Too. Johnny’s PorkRoll and Coffee Too has been delighting Jersey’ites and Non-Jersey’ites alike for over 3 years now.  Most recently a second truck has been put into service to meet the growing demand. Always thinking brand first – Johnny’s PorkRoll plans to develop other brand extensions for the business, beyond just food trucks.



Samuel J. Chung: Sam is the co-owner of MOGO Korean Fusion Tacos which has two locations in Asbury Park, NJ.  MOGO Korean Fusion Tacos started as a seasonal taco stand on the Asbury Park Boardwalk, in the summer of 2012, with the inspiration of sharing their love for Korean Flavors in a fast, fresh and convenient fashion.  In December 2013, MOGO Korean Fusion Tacos opened its brick and mortar location on Cookman Avenue to provide Korean Flavors to the progressive forward thinking patrons of Asbury Park all year round.  Sam worked in the Engineering field for 8 years prior to starting MOGO Korean Fusion Tacos with co-owner Jason T. Devino.


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