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October 5, 2012

Momma Mary Foundation (Cake Boss Mom) to Host Gala to Fight Lou Gherig’s Disease October 23rd

Out of a tragedy comes inspiration and a positive community response….

A new organization The Momma Mary foundation is having a fundraiser outside of Hoboken but it is related to Hoboken’s first family of cakes the Valastro Family. Mary Valastro, aka the Cake Boss’ mother has recently found out that she has Lou Gherig’s Disease and is doing something about it. Her and her son Buddy have created a foundation to raise awareness and raise money to help fight this disease. Details on the gala are below….

Buddy Valastro & Carlo’s Bakery

Present The Momma Mary Foundation

On October 23, 2012, Buddy Valastro and his mother Mary will be hosting their first annual Momma Mary Foundation event! Join the whole famiglia in promoting research of ALS at the first Annual gala of the Momma Mary Foundation.
Momma Mary Foundation’s 1st Annual Gala Dinner is taking place on Tuesday, October 23, 2012.
The event will be held at the Rockleigh Country Club in Rockleigh, New Jersey with an expected attendance of over 500 guests.
Mary Valastro (Momma) was recently diagnosed with ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) or commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Our mission is to help spread ALS awareness to the many who are uninformed and to stand by Momma.
This will give her the support she deserves during this very difficult time of her life. The Foundation is  dedicated to creating awareness about the impact caused by this disease and raising enough support to ultimately find a cure. Their  goal is to raise over $500,000. The proceeds will benefit both ALS WORLDWIDE and the University of Massachusetts ALS Champion Fund, where the Mary Valastro fund has been established.
Momma Mary has inspired all of the Valastro family to become the people we are today. She is the foundation of the family and they are so grateful to have a wonderful, strong, compassionate woman in their lives. She has shown the family how to live life to the
fullest and they want to take this moment to give back not only to her, but to everyone affected by this disease. At this time, they hope we can all come together as a community in support of this cause.

All contributions to the Momma Mary Foundation are eligible for a Tax Deduction (Tax ID #46-0744909). You can confirm your participation by completing the pledge card, auction donation form, or by contacting Nikki O’Connell at (201) 448- 8427 or nikki@carlosbakery.com.

Alternatively, visit the following website:  http://www.mommamaryfoundation.org/,  select the Event Contact tab, fill out the form and they will contact you with more information on how to purchase tickets.

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February 11, 2012

Valentine’s Day on Washington Street in Hoboken

Valentine’s Day is around the corner, and some of you might be contemplating what to get that special Hoboken someone. Trekking down Washington Street recently, I found a variety of Hoboken reds, jewels, sweets, and designer duds to please even the pickiest of valentines.

Here are some ideas to get you started, depending on which type of Valentine you are dealing with:

1.    The Sentimental/Traditional Valentine:

Some traditional yet trendy heart Shaped Earrings from Townhouse 620 might do the trick.

Townhouse 620 Earrings

Compliment those with some chocolates from the Garden of Eden, but make sure they’re in a cute box like these:

Carlo’s Bakery also boasts some lavish cakes, Italian desserts, and of course, chocolate dipped strawberries.

2. The Friends with Benefits Valentine:

Want to go the flower route but feel like it might be a little soon? Try these nontraditional flowers…they’re actually red underwear, rolled up in a ball in the shape of flowers. Found at YES I DO!

3. The “It’s Kind of Serious” Valentine:

Some hot dinner spots to treat this type of Valentine to include Anthony Davids for delicious food or Augustinos on 11th & Washington, a little Italian gem of a place – or perhaps some wine tasting and apps at Bin 14 or Amanda’s.

For added bonus gifts, please refer to #1.

4.  The Live-In Valentine

Perhaps you are sharing living space with your valentine…what better than an adorable apron from Ricky’s on Washington so your valentine can look super chic while cooking? Or you could wear it yourself as a surprise and cook a fabulous dinner for two.

For all of the snail mail goes in and out of your shared abode: a Monogram maker from YES I DO.

5. The Pet-Loving Valentine

Find your way to your Valentine’s heart than through a puppy jacket from Hoboken Pets on Washington.

Or treat your valentine’s pooch to a cleaning at the Hoboken Dog Wash on 4th Street!

6. Fashionista Valentine:

As a fellow fashion enthusiast, another option is to treat her to some designer deals at the recently relocated (just upstairs!) Midtown Authentic, where you’ll find purses galore! Check out the store’s new purse wall and rooms chock full of designer finds.

Also for the fashion-conscious: Iconic Fashion Lounge has some adorable Rebecca Minckoff bags in various color pops. My favorite is the bold blue.

8. The Stressed Out Valentine

For the valentine that works hard all day long, a massage treat at Bliss or Massage Envy. Reap the benefits of your gift with a couples’ massage to boot.

Or,  perhaps a mani/pedi gift certificate to one of the many nail salons around Hoboken. My favorites include Bloom and the Nail Bar.

9. The Single Girl/Friend Valentine:

Recent breakup revenge can be found with an Ex Voodoo Doll from YES I DO! on Washington Street.

Or spend a girls night out at the Melting Pot – lots of fondue!

10. The Alternative Valentine

For off-the-beaten-path ideas, sign up for a healthy cooking class with Healthy Hoboken Girl or a cake decorating session at Carlo’s Lackawanna Factory.

Sewing classes for the thread-challenged or crafty alike at M Avery Designs, and another unconventional gift: a certificate to Hoboken Car Wash – a complete detailing will surely make your valentine forget about how difficult parking can be at times with a sparkly wash and shine.

Regardless of the type of Valentine cupid is shooting down for you this season, be sure to treat him/her well. There are endless amounts of treats and experiences that can be found in the Mile Square City…only a few days left, so get to it!

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February 7, 2012

Photo of The Day- Cake Boss NY Giants Celebration Cake from Super Bowl XLVI

Giants Indy Cake - Cake Boss

This photo was sent in from Carlo’s Bakery (Cake Boss) and is the cake that was presented at Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis for the NY Giants exciting win 21-17 over the New England Patriots. Hometown hero Eli Manning and solid team play brought the Giants their 4th Super Bowl Victory. Perhaps you can have your cake and eat it too. At 11 am today in NYC will be the Canton of Heroes Parade followed up at 3pm at Giants Stadium for a celebration there.

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Carlo’s Bakery to Present Cake at Rally at NY Giants Stadium Today at 3pm

Here is the latest update from Carlo’s bakery on their commemorative cake for the NY Giants victory celebration at Giants Stadium today…


Crowds gathering at Giant’s Stadium for today’s rally at 3pm will be treated to a sweet surprise. Carlo’s Bakery will be supplying heir final “victory cake” to celebrate the Giant’s newly minted title Super Bowl Champions of he National Football League. Carlo’s Bakery, the Hoboken bakery featured on TLC’s hit show “Cake Boss,” has made a cake for each milestone the team has achieved this season. “Cake Boss” cast members Joey Faugno, Mary Sciarrone and Mauro Castano even delivered some of their hand-crafted  creations to Indianapolis for Super Bowl XLVI festivities, including Taste of the NFL. Owner and “Cake Boss” Buddy Valastro was not present for the big win due to a prior engagement in Australia. “I’m sad that I wasn’t at the Super Bowl this year with the rest of my team. It was an amazing game,”  said  Valastro.  Frank Amato and Mauro Castano will be presenting the Giants with the final cake of the season tomorrow at 3pm at the NY Giants new stadium which is in the Meadowlands in New Jersey.

Below is a teaser shot of today’s cake that will be presented at the celebration as well as Carlo’s Cake they made for the Super Bowl at Indy…

Carlo's NY Giants Super Bowl TuesdayTeaser

Teaser of today’s cake to be presented at Giants Stadium rally

Giants Indy Cake - Cake Boss

Cake from Indy Super Bowl XLVI

About Carlo’s Bakery: Opened in 1910, Carlo’s Bakery is renowned for their delicious creations, hardworking staff, and family atmosphere. Carlo’s has spearheaded the recent custom cake  craze and has garnered attention from a variety of media outlets including Brides, Good Morning America, [and of course TheBoken.com]. Most recently, Carlo’s been showcased as the setting for TLC’s hit shows “Cake Boss” and “Next Great Baker.”

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January 28, 2012

Photo of the Day–Cake Boss Cakes at Carlo’s Bakery Window

Cake Boss Cakes- Hoboken Photo of the Day

The photo of the day was taken from the storefront window of Carlo’s Bakery this week. Buddy Valastro and crew had a lovely display of cakes that would be tempting for just about anyone with a sweet tooth.

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January 21, 2012

Buddy Valastro aka “Cake Boss” Kicks Off Office Depot Grand Opening in Hoboken

Buddy Valastro at Office Depot Grand Opening in Hoboken 1-21-2011

Today, Buddy Valastro of Carlo’s Bakery and the hit reality TV show “Cake Boss” lent his baking talents for Hoboken’s new Office Depot at 59 Washington Street today. Buddy and his team spent three days baking a huge Office Depot cake that weighed in at 500-600 pounds and resembled a desk with edible office supplies on it. Buddy gave a speech to fans, Office Depot employees and management as well as the dignitaries that were on hand from local government. NJ Assemblymen Ruben Ramos and Sean Connors,Hudson County Freeholder Anthony Romano, City Councilmen Ravi Bhalla and Dave Mello as well as representatives from the Hudson and Hoboken Chambers of Commerce.

Buddy Valastro with local politicians at Office Depot

Buddy said in his speech that part of having a successful small business is having the right ingredients and that applies to business as well. He stated he was looking forward to being able to walk down the street and get office supplies when you need them. He noted that this version of Office Depot is the first of this type (as a prototype). TheBoken.com was able to confirm from a source that it essentially comprises the top 10% selling UPCs from all of their stores nationally. Office Depot demonstrated their commitment to the local community by donating a check for $1,000 to the local “Make a Wish Foundation”.

Buddy then followed up with a ribbon cutting photo op, cake cutting ceremony and autograph session afterwards. Buddy is becoming one of Hoboken’s prominent business ambassadors and the TheBoken.com would like to thank him for the generosity of his time. You could tell many of the fans appreciated it too.

 Photos of Buddy Valastro’s Hoboken Office Depot Grand Opening 1-21-2012:

Video of Buddy Valastro’s Hoboken Office Depot Grand Opening Speech 1-21-2012:

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Photo of the Day– Cake Boss Office Depot in Hoboken Grand Opening Cake

Cake Boss Office Depot in Hoboken Grand Opening Cake

Today, Office Depot in Hoboken had their Grand Opening at 59 Washington Street in Hoboken, NJ. Buddy Valastro from the Cake Boss TV show was there and presented this 500-600 pound monstrosity in a brief ribbon cutting ceremony followed by an autograph session for adoring fans. More on this story later.

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January 20, 2012

Office Depot Celebrating Grand Opening with “Cake Boss” Buddy Valastro January 21st

Buddy Valastro is rapidly becoming Hoboken’s business ambassador with his help in formally kicking off Office Depot’s Grand Opening Tomorrow at 59 Washington Street.

Office Depot to Celebrate Grand Opening of Store 

With Celebrity Buddy Valastro January 21st at 10am

Customers Can Have Their Cake and Eat it too with a Special Appearance

and Autograph Session Featuring Buddy Valastro, Owner of the Famous Carlo’s Bakery

What:  Office Depot is celebrating the grand opening of its new store in Hoboken with Buddy Valastro, celebrity baker and owner of the famed Carlo’s Bakery.  Customers can meet Buddy, receive an autograph (first 100 attendees) and enjoy a slice of a larger-than-life Office Depot-themed cake.

Local Hoboken dignitaries are scheduled to participate in the ribbon-cutting ceremony with Office Depot executives. Also, the Make-a-Wish Foundation (New Jersey Chapter) will be recognized with a $1,000 donation from the Office Depot Foundation.The Office Depot store in Hoboken is the first store in the Northeast to debut a new ultra-convenient format, which is being rolled out in select markets across the country.

Where:  Office Depot retail store: 59 Washington Street, Hoboken, New Jersey

When:  Saturday, January 21 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

  • Ribbon-cutting ceremony: 10 a.m.
  • Autograph/photo session and cake sampling: 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
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January 4, 2012

Carlo’s Bakery Announces Classes with Cast Members

From Hoboken’s very own Carlo’s Bakery, cooking classes with cast members from the Cake Boss. Now you can play with fondant and learn the art of cake baking from reality show celebrities in Neighboring Jersey City…



Encompassing more than 35,000 square feet, Carlo’s Bakery’s newly finished Cake Factory boasts state of the art equipment and the opportunity to bring their famous sweets to fans worldwide. Although the factory is not open for walk-­‐in retail business, owner Buddy Valastro has dreamt up new ways to bring fans and aspiring culinary enthusiasts together in his “Kitchen.” “The Kitchen,” a state of the art cooking, baking, and decorating classroom located in the heart of the Cake Factory, gives students for a behind the scenes look at the inner workings of Carlo’s Bakery in a class led by the Carlo’s team.

In January 2012, Carlo’s launched new course options for baking and decorating classes through June 2012. Cooking classes will also be added throughout January. Classes vary in difficulty and pricing begins at $125. “We had our first classes at the Cake Factory this fall. Everyone had such a good time at our fondant decorating classes that we wanted to be able to offer people more options,” said Valastro. In a new twist, guests will be able to be taught by the Valastro family themselves; you can bake with Joey, decorate with Mauro, or cook with Cousin Anthony, Frankie and the sisters. “When my family saw how much fun they were having in the classes, they decided to teach a few themselves. Even my sister Grace, who isn’t exactly known for her cooking skills, has been perfecting some easy recipes to share. It’s going to be a great time!” added Valastro.

Guests are able to register online at www.carlosbakery.com/classes


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November 16, 2011

Cake Decorating and Culinary Classes at Carlo’s Bakery

Filed under: Bakeries,Cake Boss,Carlo's Bakery,Hoboken — Tags: , , , , — TheBoken @ 2:05 PM

Here is a note from Carlo’s Bakery on some upcoming cake baking and culinary classes at their Jersey City factility……

Announcing Cake Decorating and

Culinary Classes at Carlo’s Bakery!

Hi Gang!

It’s been crazy here at Carlo’s Bakery! The Lackawanna Cake Factory is up and running, and let me tell you, it’s a big jump from freezing our butts off in the basement in Hoboken. But the changes aren’t just for us: soon our fans will have new, exciting ways to get the Carlo’s experience, including a new website and nationwide shipping of some of our most popular creations. Look out for that!
And we’ve got a little something for you right now: starting today, you can sign up for cake decorating and culinary classes, hosted at the Cake Factory in the nicest kitchen you’re likely to see in your life. Sign up and learn some of our decorating secrets (but only some, we’ve still got a business to run!) and Valastro family recipes from the old country that we’ll be eating for the holidays.

 Note:  All classes are held at 631 Grove Street, Jersey City, NJ 07310 (between 16th and 18th ave).

Link to Class Information: http://classes.carlosbakery.com/

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