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

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.

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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

Ben Frungillo
Executive

Linda Pergola
Director of Skylands Manor

"With every black cloud there is a sliver lining." by my Mom, Eleanor Filippone

John Fucci
Sales Manager

"Drop the gun, take the cannoli." The Godfather

Martha Madden
Office Admin

"The way to keep from wearing out is to speed it up"

Dan Cordasco
In-House Design Director

Amy Vecchione
Sales Associate

Laura Kingsbury
Executive Assistant

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"And if you listen very hard, the truth will come” by Led Zeppelin, Stairway to Heaven.

Johnny Vinasco
Kitchen Manager

Joanna DeFrancesco
Chef

John Williams
Pastry Chef

Kelsey Festa
Executive Pastry Chef

Pete Rangers
Beverage Manager

Marybeth Scalici
Event Producer

Dawn Carlsen
Event Coordinator/Wedding Planner

"I am not young enough to know everything." (Oscar Wilde) but I live by this one "If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone" (Romans 12:18)

Nancy Pryduluk
Office Manager

"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

Inez Bennett Recio
Event Planner

Michelle Frungillo
Director of The Falls

"Everything Happens for a Reason"

Robert Frungillo Jr
General Manager

"Never let the fear of striking out get in your way."

Nadya Gerdes
Sales Assistant

"The most important thing is to enjoy your life—to be happy—it's all that matters."- Audrey Hepburn

Amy Spacht
Sales Manager

"Work hard, stay humble"


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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