The entire experience was "discombobulating," Schlossbach says.
So when she was invited to give a cooking lesson at the two-day NJ Women's Expo at Brookdale this weekend on the storm's anniversary, she knew right away that she would present good old-fashioned harvest soup.
"Soup, for me, is a very loving and comforting meal. It just brings to mind friends and families," said Schlossbach, the owner of the Kitschens Hospitality company, who has since settled in Asbury Park. "Soup also became a staple after the storm because you had a lot of ingredients you had to use up."
The third annual NJ Women's Expo will run Saturday Nov. 2 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Brookdale Community College Collins Arena. Adult admission tickets are $10, but there are two-for-one discounts available if you register online, or cut the coupon in today's Asbury Park Press.
There will be 120 vendors presenting home shopping opportunities, travel services, home goods, cosmetics, accessories and more. Swag bags will be available to early fair-goers, and many booths will be offering raffles and giveaways. Expo sponsor Meridian Health is providing the tote bags.
Here is the schedule of presenters.
Saturday, November 2
12:00 noon Meridian Health Physicians’ Panel : Women’s Health and Life Balance
Moderated by Sheila Hill (Meridian Momtourage blogger)
Jorge Corzo, M.D., Medical Director of Rehabilitation Services
Denise Johnson Miller, M.D., Medical Director of Breast Surgery
Asaad Samra, M.D., Medical Director & Plastic Surgeon for Wound Healing
Karl Strom, M.D., Medical Director, Bariatrics
12:45 p.m. Body Combat presentation by Meridian Fitness & Wellness
1:00 p.m. Meridian Health Physicians’ Panel : Caring For Those You Care About
Moderated by Shelia Hill (Meridian Momtourage blogger)
Dawn Calderon, D.O., Chief of Cardiology & Director of Adult Congenital Heart Center
Stephanie Chin, M.D., Pediatric Cardiology
Brett Sealove, M.D., Medical Director of Vascular Lab & Angioscreen Program
Susan Schnell, Manager, Valve Program at Meridian Health
2:00 p.m. Harvest Baking : Not Your Average Pumpkin Pie presented by Zhanna Kobesove, Pastry Chef, Dearborn Market
3:00 p.m. Fashion Show presented by Premium Outlets®: Jackson, Jersey Shore & Liberty Village and modeled by Barbizon of Red Bank
3:00 p.m. Meet and Greet with Christie Rampone, Olympian and US Women’s National Soccer Team Captain in the Meridian Momtourage Lounge until 5pm
4:00 p.m. Empowering Women: Entrepreneurs Speak Out
Moderated by Laurel Bernstein, Laurel Bernstein & Associates
Jackie Berman, Cartridge Renewal
Lisa Bullard, On Point Event Planners
Elizabeth Milio, Innovative Computer Services, L.L.C.
Gerri Burns, IDT Secure
Sunday, November 3
12:00 noon BBX/Boogie Box presentation by Meridian Fitness & Wellness
1:00 p.m. Three Steps to Finding & Keeping Love : Special Guest Rachel D'Alto, Relationship Communications Expert, best-selling author & NBC Today Show featured guest
2:00 p.m. The Benefits and Comforts of Soup : Cooking Demo presented by Marilyn Schlossbach, Jersey Shore restauranteur *Enter to win a $100 gift card to any Kitschens restaurant*
3:00 p.m. Fashion Show presented by Premium Outlets: Jackson, Jersey Shore & Liberty Village and modeled by Meridian’s Momtourage mom bloggers & their children