Member s of Red Bank Catholic’s “Taste of Red Bank” Club recently paid a visit to one of RBC’s newest neighbors, Carlo’s Bakery. In November “Buddy” Valastro, otherwise known as “Cake Boss,” opened his fourth location at 86 Broad St., just steps away from Red Bank Catholic High School.
The Taste of Red Bank Club is one of over 60 clubs and activities from which students can choose to participate in during monthly “activity periods.” Each month, Taste of Red Bank Club members choose one of Red Bank’s restaurants or other food establishments to visit and sample food. The students then write reviews which get published in the school newspaper, The Signpost. The restaurants welcome the students and give them samples or discounted meals.
At Carlo’s, students came in from the cold to enjoy delicious hot chocolate and the famous Carlo’s Bakery cannolis. According to Mary Ellin Sweeney, one of the club moderators, “this particular outing was especially interesting because the manager of the Carlo’s Red Bank location is a graduate of Red Bank Catholic.” Bianca Pillari Perdelwitz graduated from RBC in 2004 and studied Biology at Rutgers. She explained to the students that she realized her true passion was to be a pastry chef. She transferred to the Institute of Culinary Education in New York and after graduating held several positions including head pastry chef at Rumson’s Fromagerie.Bianca explained that Carlo’s is not just about the elaborate cakes highlighted on the Cake Boss TV show: “people can walk in and buy a delicious, beautiful birthday cake for about $30. Every day we offer a huge selection of cookies, muffins, crumbcake and pastries.” The students seemed to enjoy the fare and it was evident from their reactions to tasting the cannolis that Carlo’s should get a favorable review.