APMF Receives Funding from IFN


Interfaith Neighbors Provides Matching Grant to Asbury Park Music Foundation to Support Summer Concert Series in Springwood Park


ASBURY PARK, NJ – The Asbury Park Music Foundation (“APMF”) announced today that it is receiving $50,000 in funding from Interfaith Neighbors to support APMF’s youth and outdoor music programming initiatives over the next two years. The Foundation will use some portion of these funds to meet the required matching fund component for the Foundation’s recently announced “Levitt AMP 2016 Asbury Park Summer Music Series.” Interfaith has requested that the balance of the funds be used to support a similar outdoor Summer Music series in 2017.

Funding provided by Interfaith Neighbors will be drawn from corporate support for Interfaith’s “West Side Neighborhood Revitalization Plan” approved under the NJ Department of Community Affairs’  Neighborhood Revitalization Tax Credit (“NRTC”) Program.  The New Jersey Natural Gas Company, PNC Bank and the Selective Insurance Companies are again providing funding through the NRTC Program to support Interfaith’s ongoing economic and affordable housing development initiatives on the West Side as well as several community-building and youth engagement programs. 

Associate Executive Director of Interfaith Neighbors, Paul McEvily said, “We are so very pleased to be able to support the work of the Asbury Park Music Foundation and, in the process, provide to necessary matching funds for the Levitt AMP Asbury Park Music Series.  The upcoming 2016 Summer Concert Series will be a terrific way to “introduce” this fantastic new public space on Springwood Avenue to both local community residents and to those music lovers who regularly flock to Asbury Park.  We encourage everyone to mark their calendars for Monday evenings this summer and make the Springwood Park a treasured destination point for high quality musical performances, outdoor fun, and community-wide enjoyment on the City’s West Side.” 

The 10-week summer music series is scheduled to take place every Monday evening between June 27th and August 29th. The venue site for these events will be the new Springwood Park, scheduled to open soon on Springwood Avenue, between Atkins and Union Avenues.  The 1.3-acre Springwood Park, currently in active construction, will be the first City-owned and City-maintained park ever established on the City’s West Side. The park will include a playground, courtyard, walking path, civic plaza, and recreational lawn panel. It also will feature an amphitheater and raised stage area for outdoor performances. Funding for the park’s development is being provided by the City of Asbury Park, the County of Monmouth and the Monmouth Conservation Foundation.

Interfaith Neighbors is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that works with residents of Monmouth County to help meet their basic needs and increase their self-sufficiency. Formed in 1988 through a coalition of Monmouth County churches and synagogues, Interfaith’s focus on “Neighbors Helping Neighbors” includes programs that provide home ownership, rental assistance, nutrition, community revitalization, holiday donations and volunteerism.  For more information, please visit interfaithneighbors.org


An Interview with Dashon and Romello

We asked Kula participants Dashon & Romello

a few questions about their time at the cafe.

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Here’s what they had to say!

First word that comes to mind when I say “future” ?
Dashon: uncertain.
Romello: cultivate
First word that comes to mind when I say “career” ?
Dashon: Job.
Romello : Doing what I love.
First place that comes to mind when I say “vacation” ?
Dashon: My house.
Romello: A beach somewhere with my feet up drinking coconut water.
First thing you think when I say “hungry” ?
Dashon: Food. Probably a cheeseburger.
Romello: The Hunger Games. And food.
When I say “hey”… You say…
Dashon: No!
Romello: Ohhhhhh!
What’s your favorite part about Kula?
Dashon: The people. Everyone involved here. It’s fun here.

Romello: That I should have been fired a few times but the patience and respect from Wendy and James to work with me is what I love about Kula. I am learning how to be a worth while employee.

What’s your favorite part about serving? 
Dashon: Interacting with all of our customers.
Romello: Good question. I guess meeting new kinds of people.
What would you tell the next class coming into Kula? 
Dashon: This is probably the best job you will ever have so enjoy it while it lasts!
Romello: Anyhting in life you have to work for. Learn during your downtime. Memorize menu items or talk about your future and life with James.
What do you want to do with the rest of your life? 
Dashon: Be happy. And use Kula as a reference on my resume.

Romello: I want to create freedom for my family. What I’ve learned at Kula I plan on applying all of it towards the rest of my life. Thanks for everything!

Asbury Park Waterfront Job Fair

Thursday April 30th or Friday May 1st Between 10am – 3pm.

If you are interested in becoming part of the Asbury Park Waterfront team this summer, please come out to the Kula Cafe to register! 


Asbury Park Waterfront will be commencing its summer program soon.  We need you to be part of our exciting team to deliver the 2015 Summer Experience!

The Crew member contributes to the success of Asbury Park Waterfront Summer Experience by assisting in the operations of the Amenity spaces and in the delivery of activities and events.

• Executes all daily activities related to guests at the Information Center.
• Ensure a welcoming environment at the Amenity spaces to all guests.
• Assist in the set up and break down of activities and events in the Information Center.
• Greet and check in guests at the Information Center.
• Participate in community events and activities.
• Must be able to work outdoors during the summer months and be on your feet.
• Follow all operational policies and procedures to ensure safety for all.
• Contribute to a positive team environment.
• Act in accordance with all company policies, procedures, and codes of conduct.

The Person:
• Outgoing personality, friendly with a can do attitude and high energy.
• A team player.
• Dedicated to exceeding the expectations and requirements of guests.
• Able to work weekends.

The Position:
• You’ll need to be available for the summer months starting on May 18th .
• The rate of pay will be $11 per hour for crew members, hours will be part time.

Leave the Game Day Cooking to Us!



Regular Platter…$17.99

35 wings with your choice of Smokey BBQ,
Sweet Chili Lime, or Buffalo
Serves 6-8 people
Add Bleu Cheese & Celery… $3.95
Add an additional sauce…$5.95

Large Platter…$34.99

60 wings with your choice of Smokey BBQ,
Sweet Chili Lime, or Buffalo
Serves 12-16 people
Add Bleu Cheese & Celery… $3.95
Add an additional sauce…$5.95

Kula Comfort Baked
Mac & Cheese…$39.99

Serves approximately 12 people
Half tray of our homemade triple
cheese baked macaroni & Cheese

Fried Okra Bites Tray…$14.99
Serves approximately 8-10 people
Delicious breaded and fried okra bites
served with our homemade Cajun Mayo

Call (732) 455-0514 to Order!


Always Room for Ice Cream!



Kula Cafe is your place for cheap eats in Asbury Park, but did you know we are also your place for affordable and tasty specials? Stop in for a quick lunch, or make a day of it. We’re here Tuesday-Sunday 8am-3pm with just the right dish for everyone in your family. Check out our new Soul Food Menu, or choose from one of our delicious specials! We’ll see you soon, Asbury Park!



Soup of the Day:
Thai Carrot Ginger
Cup…$2.99 Bowl…$3.99
Mini Buffalo Corn Dogs
bite size corn dogs tossed in buffalo sauce and served with Kula chips…$4.99
Crispy Chicken Caesar Wrap
shredded lettuce, onions, red pepper, caesar dressing and cripsy chicken served with Cajun tortilla chips…$6.75

Oreo Vanilla Sundae
vanilla Ice cream, oreos, chocolate syrup and whipped cream

1 scoop…$3.00
2 scoops…$4.00
Key Lime Pie…$3.75
Pecan Pie…$3.75