Mardi Gras for Matheny

Looking for a great way to celebrate Mardi Gras this year? Check out the Verve Bistro Bar Lounge in Somerville, NJ, on Fat Tuesday, February 21, or on the preceding Friday or Saturday, February 17 and 18. Why? To party for a good cause—Matheny.

Verve will be holding its annual Mardi Gras-Carnivale Party with music, beads and trinkets and a special menu on those three dates. On Fat Tuesday, 10% of all proceeds will be donated to Matheny, and anyone making a reservation on February 17 and 18 and mentioning Matheny will automatically redirect 10% of the bill to Matheny as well.

A special feature of the Fat Tuesday celebration is the annual Mardi Gras silent mask auction, and a portion of the auction proceeds will also benefit Matheny. In fact, Matheny supporters are encouraged by Verve owner Rick St. Pierre to make Mardi Gras masks and drop them off at the restaurant, 18 East Main Street, by February 11.  There are no rules involved in making the masks — ranging from experienced artists starting from scratch to kids and amateurs applying paper mache to plastic craft store models.

Since opening Verve in the late 1990s, St. Pierre has continually given back to the community. He was recently named Somerville’s 2011 Citizen of the Year. He is chairman of the Downtown Somerville Alliance events committee and, in addition to the Mardi Gras fundraiser, he is involved in many other activities that support nonprofit organizations around and beyond Somerset County. In 2008, he was given the Somerset County Business Partnership’s Economic Vitality Award.

To make reservations for the Mardi Gras celebration, call (908) 707-8655, and don’t forget to mention Matheny.