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Let this Lunch be the beginning of a new year of (new) People, Events & Fun.
Get some good ideas for upcoming events and tell us about a "few of your favorite things!"
RSVP and stop by the Skylark Diner, Rte. 1 North, Edison, NJ at 1:30pm.
Eat something from the new menu, meet new friends, socialize and learn about upcoming events like concerts, local theatre, walks in the park, museum tours, carpools, trips and much more.
Let this event be YOUR gateway to Fun!
Discussion topic: What are your fun Plans for the next 30 days? Bring at least two NEW ideas to share
Visit the Diner: http://www.skylarkdiner.com
LOOK AT THIS!!!
Jerry Seinfeld and Joel Hodgson shoot an episode of Seinfeld's new web series, "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee," at the Skylark Diner in Edison.Crackle.com/Sony Pictures
Edison's Skylark Diner on Route 1 was the set for the latest show by world-famous comedian Jerry Seinfeld.Skylark Diner
EDISON — The Skylark Diner in Edison has a passionate following and enjoys great success at their Route 1 location. The parking lot surrounding their beautiful 50’s-style building is usually full for any meal of the day.
But one day a vintage blue Karmann Ghia with a New York license plate pulled up and Jerry Seinfeld, billionaire comedian, and Joel Hodgson, the creator of “Mystery Science Theater 3000”, came to call. A few hours and one egg white omelette later, the Skylark Diner was starring in Seinfeld’s new web series, "Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee."
Jeff McNamara, the Managing Partner of Skylark Fine Diner, is used to dealing with guests from all walks of life. A graduate of the renowned Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, he served as Executive Chef at Grand Marquis caterers in New Jersey. But the most famous comedian in the world? This was one of his most secretive meals he's ever served.
“I was contacted by Daniel Gibson, the production manager. All they would say in the beginning was that it was a very well known comedian. They told me who it was a bout a week before they filmed. They also requested that we kept it quiet.,” McNamara explained. “I was involved from the beginning to the end as far as logistics were concerned. Where they would be sitting and everything.”
The production company kept everything very low-key in order not to tip off the crew and the customers. As the day got closer, McNamara was finally told who the A-list celebrity was who was coming to the Skylark. “Then I was told that his guest (Joel Hodgson) had family in the area and they recommended us.”
During the course of their conversation, Jerry and Joel talk about their interest in the 1950s or 1960s, as depicted on “Mad Men,” and they talk about how much they like the diner’s retro feeling, that it’s “weird good.” McNamara was pleased to hear that, explaining that the Diner’s designer, Josh Nathanson, took great care to create an authentic retro diner experience.
The Skylark is a unique spot, a conversation starter for everyone, not just a superstar like Seinfeld. McNamara said, “At the Skylark we are attempting to bring a whole new level of quality and breadth of range to the classic "diner" experience. In the kitchen, our mission is to offer a collection of flavor-forward dishes from around the world at a fine bistro-level. In the Dining room we are striving to offer a level of service that compliments our menu and enhances the guest experience.”
His dealings with Seinfeld and Hogdson were memorable if only for their quiet charm. The guys ate healthy: “Jerry had an omelet I believe with mozzarella and turkey sausage. Joel had our Healthy Start, which is an egg white omelet with tomato and basil.
They didn't do much interacting with the guests or the staff. It was pretty much all business. They were both extremely nice.” The crew sat in the seats that were directly behind the stars. The cameras were small, hand-held digital cameras that didn’t draw a lot of attention at first from the day’s customers. “They wanted him to have coffee and talk so they had three cameras strategically set up and they let us just walk around. Funny enough most of the guests didn't even know [Seinfeld] was in the building until they saw the cameras.”
Although the stars did not sign autographs or pose for pictures with the crew, they were very hospitable and everyone enjoyed meeting them. “I didn’t want the diner to be portrayed in a negative light,” McNamara said, but “Jerry was very serious. It was clear that he was in work mode.”
The diner is now part of entertainment history.
The actual shooting day was April 11, 2012, but the show was not aired until now. New episodes, including such venerable laugh masters as Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner, Michael Richards and Colin Quinn, run weekly on Crackle.com, a Sony Pictures website.
The show has completed 11 episodes for its first full season.
The premise of “Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee” is explained in the title of the show. “This is just something we like to do,” Seinfeld told the Huffington Post before the first show aired. “I think I first started playing around with this kind of thing in 2002 with my “Comedian” documentary. Colin Quinn and I did a commentary as a DVD extra and I was kind of amazed at how funny it was. You know, it was just us sitting there talking. Then I bought this VW Bug in Albuquerque, New Mexico and went to pick it up with my friend Barry Mardar and we videotaped ourselves driving back. And so those two experiences . . . had a lot of just comedians talking, although it was more talking shop than what you would call the usual stand-up comedian nonsense talking that we do quite a bit of.”
The Skylark Fine Diner is owned by American Hospitality, a restaurant group directed by Constantine Katsifis. They also own Pines Manor and other banquet and restaurant facilities throughout New Jersey.
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