He also Makes a Killer Spaghetti Sauce
According to the Jersey Journal, the Emmy-award winning actor, Joe Pantoliano, and Rich Pepe, a chef and restaurateur on the West Coast will be honored next month at the 13th Annual Hoboken Boys & Girls Club fundraiser. The two are childhood friends and Hoboken natives and are being honored for three generations of contributions to the city of Hoboken by their families.
What you may not know is that Joey & Rich are partners for a line of tomato sauce called “Pepe & Pants“. One evening not long ago, I sent my husband to Garden of Eden for a tube of tomato paste. Howie was on the phone with me while looking for the tomato paste when Pantoliano approached him and said “don’t buy that, try my tomato sauce instead” and put a jar in Howie’s hand. Howie said to me “hey, Lori, Joey Pants wants me to buy his spaghetti sauce instead. He says it’s the best spaghetti sauce there is”. I replied “tell Joey his sauce is competing with your Italian wife’s homemade sauce!” Howie agreed to buy a jar but invited Joey to come over to our house and do a taste test between his and mine. I’ll let you know how that works out.
Joey & Rich will be cooking the family-style Italian dinner for the dinner guest in collaboration with Leo’s Grandevous, the event’s sponsor. Executive Director Gary Greenberg said “It struck me that these two gentlemen who were friends growing up in Hoboken and came from pretty difficult circumstances became pretty successful and have dedicated their lives to giving back. That’s the message to the kids.”
A $150 sponsorship buys a ticket for one adult and a member of the Boys & Girls Club to attend the dinner. The pairs will meet at the dinner, get acquainted and dine together, Greenberg said. Part of the proceeds will also benefit Pantoliano’s charity, No Kidding, Me Too!, which aims to remove the stigma attached to mental illness.
The event is scheduled for Dec. 7 at 5:30 p.m. at the Hoboken Boys & Girls Club, 123 Jefferson St. Contact Gary Greenberg at [email protected] or (201) 333-4100, Ext. 302 for details.
Here is a video of Pants at the W Hoboken speaking about his cause, No Kidding, Me 2, at the W Hoboken: