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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

Robert Frungillo


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.


Gerald Frungillo


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.


Ben Frungillo

Linda Pergola
"Queen of The Castle" at Skylands Manor

I truly love what I do. My passion for making wedding dreams come is driven by 30 years of experience and the joy I feel every single time I work with a couple. For me, it's about seeing the look in a father's eyes as he walks his daughter down the aisle, the first dance when it feels like there is no one else in the room but the bride and groom for that one moment, and the unique memories created for family and friends. Every heartfelt thank you message I receive at the end of a wedding and afterwards in the mail or online reminds me why working to make couples' wedding dreams come true is my calling and constant inspiration.

John Fucci

Welcome! I am the general manager at Frungillo Caterers and if you need information on our venues or services, I am happy to assist you. I am also the sales manager for our Inn at Millrace Pond and Loft at Jacks Barn venues. While you should speak to me if you are interested in those venues specifically, I can also give you information on any of our other venues, as well as help you with an event at a venue of your choice. I have worked with Frungillo Caterers for 10 years and have had the honor of being a part of many special moments… My job, and all of our jobs, here at Frungillo’s, is to help make your experience with us a great success!

I’d like to share my favorite wedding moment with you. I see our couples debate often about whether they should forego not seeing each other before the ceremony, or take photos before the ceremony (including a “first look” shot) and immediately join the cocktail hour. Well, I am a bit old fashioned… My favorite wedding moment was standing at the altar, watching my about to be wife walk down the aisle. Seeing her in that moment (and for the first time that day), I can’t tell you how beautiful she looked or how big my smile was! That moment has stayed me with forever…

JoAnn Gregoli

Martha Madden

Dan Cordasco

Sharon Izzie

Maria Cabo

Angel Matio

Terence D Souza

Amy Vecchione

Laura Kingsbury
Executive Assistant


Hello... if you are interested in our event services, I am here to assist you. I can give you general information on all of our venues and catering services, as well as direct you to the best person on our sales team to give specific information. I can also make you an appointment at any of our venues to meet a salesperson and tour the venue. If you have submitted an online request, I would be the one to review it and follow up with a phone call to you. Beyond my sales duties, I am also the executive assistant to our owners, Robert and Jerry Frungillo. I started out my career in the hospitality industry doing marketing at a hotel franchise company. Before working at Frungillo Caterers, I was a stay-at-home mom to my three boys for 16 years. Through my experiences In the year and a half since joining the Frungillo family, I have come to appreciate the amount of hard work and care that goes into planning a successful event.

Allison Testa
Sales Project Manager


I started with Frungillo Caterers back in May 2011 after finishing up my Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration and Fashion Merchandising at LIM College. This is where I actually fell in love with Event Planning because I ended up doing my final semester at Studio3, LLC. in Chelsea, which was an Event Design and Production Company. Currently I work in Sales at Frungillo Caterers at most of our premiere venues, including Skylands Manor, Oakeside Mansion and the Villa in Mountain Lakes. I may even be found in the back offices helping out with the answering of phones and doing administrative work on upcoming client files. I am always looking for new challenges in life as well as in my career. I am currently looking to get certified as a Yoga/Pilates instructor and hope that this will help center my life both in the office and out in the world.

Dara Feitell

My name is Dara Feitell and I am the Event Coordinator at the Villa at Mountain Lakes. As the Event Coordinator, I plan menus, create floor plans, correlate decorations, enact timelines, and execute a myriad of details to ensure success. My personal and creative approach guarantees every client feels special and produces events that exceed expectations. I was born in Manhattan, but the Garden State, the well-deserved nickname of New Jersey, has been my home since the age of six. I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Additionally, I studied abroad at the world renowned Victoria-Jungfrau Grand Hotel in Switzerland.

Johnny Vinasco
Kitchen Manager

Joanna DeFrancesco
Executive Chef

John Williams
Master Baker

Kelsey Festa
Culinary Design Lead

Pete Rangers
Beverage Manager

Marybeth Scalici
Sales and Event Producer

Dawn Carlsen
Event Specialist

Nancy Pryduluk

Matthew Pozarycki

Inez Bennett
Event Planner

Inez Recio is a professional coordinator and consultant, and a distinguished graduate of Columbia University and her knowledge in traditional, tented outdoor, contemporary, and ethnic events will ensure that your Special Day will be stress free, wonderful, and most of all… fun!

Over the past 20 years, Inez has been awarded on numerous occasions and granted many certificates for her strong commitment to customer service. She works with each and every client in planning the event of their dreams. She assists with all phases of planning from start to finish and is by her client's side every step of the way.

Inez Recio does not believe in doing any event as "cookie cutter" and she always brings her creativity, passion expertise to every event to ensure that it is one of the most beautiful and memorable days of your life.

Rachel Smith
Event Specialist

Michelle Frungillo

Robert Frungillo Jr

Nadya Gerdes

Chef Chris Moon

Amy Spacht

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

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