Monthly Meetings

Our Gala Holiday Party Postponed Until Dec. 17th

Our annual Holiday Party on Sat. December 9 at Gayeon has been postponed due to tomorrow's expected storm. The meeting will take place on December 17th (Sunday) at 1 pm. Same place. Gayeon is a spectacular Korean restaurant at 2020 Hudson Street, Fort Lee. We are going to have a fantastic tasting menu (normally priced at $90) for our usual $25 per person rate and will be held in a private room. The telephone there is 201-944-2056.

We'll be having a Secret Santa gift swap, in which you can bring a gift (up to $15) wrapped, with your name inside, and when you leave – take a different gift. When you open it, you'll know who was your gifter.

Gail Gerson of Wine & Dine has scheduled entertainment as well. Christine Provenzano and Dominic DiMattina, a singing duo known as “It Takes Two” for their love of standards, Doo Wops and Oldies, will entertain. They have performed at Al Di La, Bar 503, The Barge, Bella Napoli, The Mark, and a host of venues throughout New Jersey. They've also done many private parties from The Brownstone and The Chandelier to The Shore Casino and Malo's.

Dominic had his own show band as a lead singer in the '70s and is well-known as the entertainer “DJ Domino.” Christine has been active in Brooklyn Community Theater, choral and pop singing with her own organizations before moving to New Jersey where she has been involved in several productions and several singing duos.

Gayeon owner Andrew Sung opened his first high-end Korean restaurant, Gaonuuri, three years ago in lower Manhattan. While Sung's first love is architecture, a field he has worked in all over the New Jersey-New York area for over 30 years, he has always been drawn to food. Gayeon in Korean means “beautiful encounter.”

Richard Tucker, the CEO of Tucker development, reached out to Sung and urged him to open another Korean restaurant in his Fort Lee development on Hudson Street. Sung jumped at the chance. Executive Chef Seung Choi of Englewood brings a new depth to the cuisine, including his famous beef tataki, a seared beef dish slowly marinated in a citrus-soy sauce.

Being an architect, Sung has ensured that Gayeon has glass partitions, geometric ceiling panels, tall windows and other design elements that conjure up Korean and American heritage. A suspended large wire mesh mural by a Korean artist depicts the Samurai Nori dance at a celebratory Korean harvest festival. The epicurean experience also includes touches of the two nations.

Directions: From the west, take I-80 to Exit 73 toward NJ-67/Lemoine Avenue/ Fort Lee. Turn left onto Center Avenue. Go a tenth of a mile and make a right on Bridge Plaza N. After 2/10th of a mile, turn left onto Hoyt Avenue. After .16th of a mile, turn left onto Hudson Street.

From the South: Take the Garden State Parkway north and then via Exit 127 (toward Woodbridge/Staten Island/US 9 N/NJ-440. After two miles, merge onto I-95 N/New Jersey Tpke North toward US Route 46 toward Ridgefield/Palisades Park. After 3 miles US 46 becomes becomes Kelby Street. After 1/10 of a mile, Kelby St. becomes Bruce Reynolds Blvd. After .28 mile, turn right onto Lemoine Avenue/NJ 67. Turn left onto

Central Avenue and then take the first right onto Hudson Street.

Dom Yanchunas, National President of Business Editors, To Speak January 20

Dom Yanchunas, national president of the 1,700-member American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE), will speak to us at noon on January 20 at Matthew's Italian Restaurant, Clifton. The cost is $25.

Dom is a New York-based journalist who is currently a news reporter with American Metal Market, part of Euromoney Institutional Investor Plc. Previously, he spent 10 years with Professional Mariner magazine, where he was a freelance contributor, managing editor and, from 2013-2016, the publication's chief editor.

He has strong ties to the New Jersey journalism community, as he was a reporter and desk supervisor with the Associated Press in Trenton and a writer with Bloomberg News in the Princeton bureau. He will speak on “B2B,” which is business-to-business journalism, and how it has survived and thrived while other journalism outlets have languished.

We'll have more information on him and the venue in the January issue.

Mark Your 2018 Calendar for Meetings

Feb. 24 – Rachel Reyes, director of communications, Center for Migration Studies, New York, a think tank and educational institution devoted to the study of international migration, to the promotion of understanding between immigrants and receiving communities, and to the public policies that safeguard the dignity and rights of immigrants, refugees and newcomers. The meeting will be in a Hudson County venue, most probably Jersey City. Stay tuned.

March 24 – Program and venue To Be Announced.

April 18 – A Wednesday evening meeting. Tentatively scheduled for Vitale's, 293 Queen Anne Road, Teaneck. Dan Schlossberg is working on securing the speaker.

May 23 – A Wednesday evening meeting. This is the 71st. Annual Memorial Journalism Awards Dinner at The Chart House, Weehawken.