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History of Frungillo Caterers

Frungillo Caterers is one of New Jersey’s premier catering and hospitality companies with 40 years of experience, designing award-winning special events including weddings, corporate and non-profit functions, and galas. A descendant of a family-owned firm that began business in the 1920s. Robert and Gerald Frungillo, sons of the original owners, continue the legacy with the mission to give clients what they want and then some, to deliver innovative cuisine, and to achieve excellence in all aspects of event catering.

Frungillo Caterers is always changing with the times; their motto is crisp and clear, “We need to be even better today, than we were yesterday.” From their family to yours, you have their commitment to provide quality, professional service with attention paid to every detail to ensure an exceptional event that will create memories to last a lifetime.


Robert Frungillo Sr.

"LEARN TO ENJOY EVERY MINUTE OF YOUR LIFE.
BE HAPPY NOW.
DON'T WAIT FOR
SOMETHING OUTSIDE OF
YOURSELF TO MAKE YOU
HAPPY IN THE FUTURE.
THINK HOW REALLY
PRECIOUS IS THE
TIME YOU HAVE TO
SPEND, WHETHER IT'S AT
WORK OR WITH YOUR
FAMILY. EVERY MINUTE SHOULD BE
ENJOYED AND SAVORED.”

Robert Frungillo

Owner

Robert Frungillo owns and directs Frungillo Caterers, one of New Jersey’s premier catering and hospitality companies specializing in weddings and all special events, fine dining, and overnight accommodations. Frungillo Caterers operates six distinctive venues and an off-premise catering division that is featured as a preferred or exclusive caterer to many landmark venues.

Frungillo Caterers and its dedicated staff members have won various catering, hospitality, and community service awards over the years. In 2009, Frungillo Caterers was featured on “Masters of Reception,” the national hit TV series on TLC produced by Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos. Frungillo Caterers is always changing with the times; the company motto is crisp and clear, “We need to be even better today, than we were yesterday.”

Robert attended Glassboro College and Montclair University but attributes his professional wisdom to his two older brothers, Alfred (Gourmet Dining Services) and Jerry (Robert’s partner at Frungillo Caterers). Life lessons of hospitality and hard work were handed down from Robert’s mentors; his late parents Al Sr. and Antoinette.

Robert’s love and commitment to his wife Lisa and three children (Robert Jr., Michelle, and Matthew) is without precedent. His favorite family bonding moments include beach getaways and coaching his children’s sport teams. Robert will tell you right away that he identifies as a family man and athlete first, and then as a caterer. He was an all-state baseball and football athlete and continues to play on adult teams, runs every day, and participates in various marathons, races and triathlons each year. He takes special pride in finishing the NYC Marathon and involving his children in competitive sports as soon as they were each able to walk.

Robert believes that sharing time with someone is the most precious gift and his zest for celebrating life is both palpable and inspiring. It is no surprise that he is in the business of bringing families and friends together to make dreams come true and memories that last a lifetime.

Jerry Frungillo

"AND IF
YOU LISTEN
VERY HARD,
THE TRUTH
WILL COME”

- Led Zeppelin,
Stairway to Heaven

Gerald Frungillo

Owner

Jerry’s roles in Frungillo Caterers are management development and long term planning/architect. Spending much time focusing on training and building the interpersonal and leadership skills of the company’s management team, Jerry has developed a series of training seminars that are being put to use throughout the company.

Jerry takes the lead role of architect and long term planning by advising brother and partner Robert and comptroller John Fucci about properties and projects that would benefit the business, its employees and clients.

Currently Jerry and Robert are in the process of developing a 132 room hotel on the Mountain Lakes site.

Jerry resides in Morristown, New Jersey. Born in Newark, New Jersey and raised in Verona, he is a 1975 graduate of Verona High School and a 1979 graduate from William Paterson University where he received a BS in Business Administration. Jerry is also a 2005 Honorary Alumnus of St. Benedict’s Preparatory School in Newark, NJ.

Jerry has two children, Alexis Ann who has her Masters degree from Boston College and teaches in Boston. Jerry II who is now at Boston University working on his Doctorate program in sports psychology.

Jerry is a co-founder of The Center for Italian and Italian American Culture, Inc. of Cedar Grove, NJ, a group that promotes the positive impact of the Italian-American community. He also serves on the board of directors of Enterprise Bank of Kenilworth, New Jersey.

Mr. Frungillo also serves as a Trustee to The Branch Brook Park Alliance in Newark which is currently undergoing a multi million dollar restoration of the buildings and grounds of the nation’s oldest county park. Jerry sits on the board of The Center for Closely Held businesses at William Paterson University where a select few business leaders are developing programs that are helping regional businesses reach their professional potential.

Mr. Frungillo’s involvement in other organizations include: The Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, an international gourmet society, The Family Business Forum at Fairleigh Dickinson University, The International Special Events Society and the New Jersey Restaurant Association.

STAFF

Michelle Frungillo

"EVERYTHING
HAPPENS
FOR A
REASON."

Michelle Frungillo

Director of The Falls

Robert Frungillo Jr.

"NEVER LET
THE FEAR OF
SRIKING OUT
GET IN YOU WAY."

Robert Frungillo Jr

General Manager

Dawn Carlsen

"I AM NOT
YOUNG ENOUGH TO
KNOW EVERYTHING."

- Oscar Wilde

"IF IT IS POSSIBLE,
AS FAR AS IT
DEPENDS ON YOU,
LIVE AT PEACE
WITH EVERYONE.”

- Romans 12:18

Dawn Carlsen

Event Coordinator/Wedding Planner

Eddie Esposito

"THE WORLD AIN'T
ALL SUNSHINE AND RAINBOWS.
IT IS A VERY MEAN,
NASTY PLACE AND IT
WILL BEAT YOU DOWN TO
YOUR KNEES AND KEEP YOU
THERE PERMANENTLY
IF YOU LET IT.
YOU, ME, OR NOBODY
IS GONNA HIT AS HARD
AS LIFE. BUT IT AIN'T
HOW HARD YOU HIT;
IT'S ABOUT HOW HARD
YOU CAN GET HIT,
AND KEEP MOVING
FORWARD."

Eddie Esposito

Director of Oakeside Mansion

John Fucci

"DROP THE
GUN,
TAKE THE
CANNOLI."

- The Godfather

John Fucci

Sales Manager

Nadya Gerdes

"THE MOST
IMPORTANT THING
IS TO ENJOY YOUR LIFE
– TO BE HAPPY –
IT'S ALL THAT MATTERS."

- Audrey Hepburn

Nadya Gerdes

Sales Assistant

Laura Kingsbury

"IF YOU LISTEN
VERY HARD,
THE TRUTH
WILL COME."

- Led Zeppelin, Stairway to Heaven

Laura Kingsbury

Executive Assistant

Martha Madden

"THE WAY TO
KEEP FROM
WEARING OUT
IS TO SPEED UP."

Martha Madden

Office Admin

Linda Pergola

"WITH EVERY
BLACK CLOUD
THERE IS A
SILVER LINING."

- My Mom, Eleanor Filippone

Linda Pergola

Director of Skylands Manor

Nancy Pryduluk

"I LOOK TO A DAY
WHEN PEOPLE WILL
NOT BE JUDGED BY THE
COLOR OF THEIR SKIN,
BUT BY THE CONTENT
OF THEIR CHARACTER."

- Martin Luther King Jr

Nancy Pryduluk

Office Manager

Amy Spacht

"WORK HARD
AND
STAY HUMBLE."

Amy Spacht

Sales Manager

Chef Paul Resko

"IF YOU CAN'T
HANG WITH
THE BIG DOGS,
STAY ON THE
PORCH."

Chef Paul Resko

Execuitve Chef

Johnny Vinasco

"WELL DONE
IS BETTER THAN
WELL SAID."

- Benjamin Franklin

Johnny Vinasco

Culinary Manager

Jenny Jarmillo

"WHEN YOU HELP
OTHERS FEEL
IMPORTANT,
YOU HELP
YOURSELF FEEL
IMPORTANT TOO."

- David J. Schwartz

Jenny Jarmillo

Cold production

Veronica Holmes

Veronica Holmes

Pastry Chef

Maria Gomez

"DO RIGHT.
DO YOUR BEST.
TREAT OTHERS
AS YOU WANT TO
BE TREATED."

Maria Gomez

Culinary

Jose Masache

"WITHOUT CARING
THERE
CAN BE NO
QUALITY."

Jose Masache

Culinary

Gloria Muruzumbay

"ALWAYS
DO MORE
THAN IS
REQUIRED
OF YOU."

- George S. Patton

Gloria Muruzumbay

Culinary

Louis Muruzumbay

"HE WHO GIVES
GREAT SERVICE
GETS GREAT
REWARDS."

Louis Muruzumbay

Culinary

Pedro Murudumbay

"WHEN THE
CUSTOMER
COMES FIRST,
THE CUSTOMER
WILL LAST."

- Robert Half

Pedro Murudumbay

Culinary

Inez Bennett Recio

Inez Bennett Recio

Event Planner

Dan Cordasco

Dan Cordasco

In-House Design Director

Joanna DeFrancesco

Joanna DeFrancesco

Chef

Kelsey Festa

Kelsey Festa

Executive Pastry Chef

Ben Frungillo

Ben Frungillo

Executive

Roxanne Luberto

"ALL
PROGRESS
TAKES PALCE
OUTSIDE THE
COMFORT ZONE."

Roxanne Luberto

Event Coordinator

Pete Rangers

Pete Rangers

Beverage Manager

Marybeth Scalici

Marybeth Scalici

Event Producer

Frank Schlemer

Frank Schlemer

Sales Associate, Asbury Park Office

Amy Vecchione

Amy Vecchione

Sales Assistant

John Williams

John Williams

Pastry Chef


Our TV Show

During the summer of 2009, frungillo caterers were featured in ten episodes of the hit Learning channel series, the masters of reception. each episode featured two actual weddings, with the hosts, Robert, Jerry and the staff, depicting their professionalism and attention to each client, no matter what the request may be.


Celebrity Photos

Over the years we've had the pleasure of serving actors, athletes, singers and other famous people. Here are some of our favorite photos.


The Knot Best of Weddings
For the Tenth year in a row

2018 The Knot Best Of Weddings Awardgala-awardsnj bride loveit 2017leading caterers of america 2017Daily-record-bestBest Of New Jersey Dot ComManhattan bride Best of 2018wedding wire couples choice award 2018WeddingSpot - Best of 2017Best Caterers in Jersey City AwardBest Caterers in Jersey City Award

Staff Photos Courtesy of Magique Studios | 193 Route 17 South, Suite 206, Paramus, NJ  07652 | 201-265-9142


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