All invited to participate in Achieve’s ‘Nights of 100 Dinners’ programs – Essex News Daily

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ – As part of its annual “Nights of 100 Dinners” fundraiser, Achieve proudly presents two fun and inspiring virtual cooking events this year hosted by chefs who are part of the South Orange School District community – Maplewood. Registration is open and all are welcome. To learn more and buy tickets, visit

Join Achieve on Friday, May 13 at 6:30 p.m. for an online cooking demonstration to make your own pizza, courtesy of “Cooking with Jacob.” Jacob is a fifth-grade student at Seth Boyden Elementary School who turned his love of cooking into a quarantine-inspired cookbook during the pandemic, and which in turn made him an internet sensation.

On Sunday, May 15, at 11 a.m., join fellow local celebrity chef Jason DeBriere for a cookie-style brunch cooking class. DeBriere has worked with renowned chefs in San Francisco and New York, cooked on television alongside Martha Stewart and, while working at Peels restaurant in New York, perfected a legendary brunch. When he’s not working as an R&D manager for the Tacombi restaurant group, he can be found cooking meals at home, coaching softball and fathering his first- and third-grade students.

“We’re excited to try something different this year – new ways to bring people together around food to raise money for Achieve programs that promote high-quality public school education in our community,” said said Eileen Collins Neri, CEO of Achieve.

And it’s not too late to host your own gathering — it doesn’t have to be a dinner party! — for the benefit of Achieve and SOMSD students and educators. The concept is simple: volunteer hosts open their home or yard to their friends and neighbors; in turn, their guests donate to Achieve. Email [email protected] to learn more.

To learn more about Achieve, visit

Photos courtesy of Eileen Collins Neri