Marilyn Schlossbach, executive chef and owner of the Marilyn Schlossbach Group in Asbury Park, will be sworn in next week as the new chairwoman of the New Jersey Restaurant & Hospitality Association in Trenton.
“Marilyn is an exciting chef that brings her flair of international cuisine to New Jersey, whose goal is to bring new and diverse chefs and owners into our association,” Marilou Halvorsen, president of the NJRHA, said.
Schlossbach, a longtime Jersey Shore local and beloved Asbury Park humanitarian and entrepreneur, has spent more than three decades in the food industry working her way up from waitress to chef to restaurateur.
Schlossbach has been active with the NJRHA for several years, discussing issues that legislatively affect the restaurant and hospitality industry, including immigration reform.
“I am hoping to bring my passion for sustainability and community to my term, as well as my ongoing passion to talking across party lines about topics such as health care and the monumental impact it has on small business employers in our industry,” she said.
Currently, Schlossbach dominates the Asbury Park boardwalk with restaurants and bars including Langosta Lounge, specializing in unique, locally sourced coastal cuisine; Pop’s Garage, serving casual and sustainable Mexican cuisine; and the Asbury Park Yacht Club, a beach bar and art gallery — all of which are extremely popular venues for local live music.
Schlossbach also owns Lightly Salted, Asbury Park’s first sustainability- and environmentally-focused surf shop; Marilyn Schlossbach Catering for beach weddings and corporate events; and Wave of Balance, a wellness supplement company.
Her community work includes founding the not-for-profit Food for Thought by the Sea, which fosters healthy relationships and learning opportunities through culinary and environmental studies and a partnership with Merrick Farms in Farmingdale, one of New Jersey’s oldest organic farms; a collaboration with Interfaith Neighbors on Asbury Park’s Kula Café and Urban Farm, which offers culinary training and potential job opportunities to local youth; community gardening and surf lessons with the Boys and Girls Club of Asbury Park; board membership with the College Achieve Greater Asbury Park Charter School; and unwavering support of environmental organizations such as Clean Ocean Action, Surfrider Foundation, American Littoral Society and Waves for Water that work to protect coastlines and marine environments.