Somerville Restaurant Again Makes Matheny
Beneficiary of its Mardi Gras Celebration
A new spin on comedy/tragedy from Arts
Access drama facilitator Burt Brooks.
Adult patient Chris Saglimbene behind
his San Francisco 49ers mask.
The facilitators in Matheny’s Arts Access Program and students in Matheny’s Adult Services Program have immersed themselves in the Mardi Gras spirit, creating several masks to be part of the silent auction to be held on Fat Tuesday, February 12, at Verve, a French restaurant in Somerville, NJ. For the second straight year, Verve has selected Matheny to be the beneficiary of its Mardi Gras-Carnivale celebration, which, according to owner Rick St. Pierre, will feature “food and libations of Venice, Brazil and New Orleans, baubles, beads, gaudy decorations and cheap plastic trinkets."
Since opening in the late 1990s, St. Pierre has consistently given back to the community. He was named Somerville’s Citizen of the Year in 2011, and he is chairman of the Downtown Somerville Alliance events committee. In 2008, he was given the Somerset County Business Partnership’s Economic Vitality Award. Verve recently received a 3 ½ star review in The Star-Ledger.
On February 7-10 and February 12, a portion of the proceeds at Verve will go to Matheny. Last year’s Mardi Gras celebration raised $1,900. Verve is located at 18 East Main Street. To make reservations, call (908) 707-8655 and be sure to mention Matheny.
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