Cooking with Marilyn and Friends Returns

The third annual Cooking with Marilyn and Friends series, hosted by restaurateur and philanthropist Marilyn Schlossbach, kicks off this week at her oceanfront restaurant Langosta Lounge in Asbury Park. The first event will take place Wednesday, January 15, at 6 p.m. Guests will enjoy an internationally inspired cooking demonstration, as well as a six-course dinner with wine and cocktail pairings.

Each of the four sessions will feature its own theme and beneficiary. Here’s a look at the series:

Wednesday, January 15: Comfort Cuisine, to benefit The FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties
Wednesday, February 19: Italian Entertaining, to benefit the Junior League of Monmouth County
Wednesday, March 19Spring Cooking with Cheese on Main, paired with whites, rose and sparkling wine, to benefit Purr’ n Pooch Foundation for Animals
Saturday, April 26: Cooking Healthy Meals for Kids, to benefit Ocean of Love

Tickets are $65 per person, and $10 from each ticket goes to the evening’s beneficiary. To make a reservation (and a difference), call 732-455-3275. Reservations are taken on a first-come, first-served basis.