Celebrity Chef Opens New Event Space Venue 104 in Cranford

Chef Franco Vitella of Franco Vitella Catered Affairs enjoys a loyal following from some of the biggest names in the music, film and TV industry, having catered John Legend’s Grammy Party, high-profile events for Johnny Depp, Bruce Springsteen and major television networks.

And now, he’s offering up his services at a new boutique event space in the heart of Downtown Cranford at Venue 104.

“We host a vast array of events including galas, fundraisers, holiday parties, launches, media events, focus groups, Bar & Bat Mitzvahs, showers and intimate weddings,” explained Chef Vitella.

The studio space at 104 North Union Avenue, can accommodate 100 people for a cocktail party and 60 seated. It also boasts an open kitchen that can be utilized for tastings, pop-up dinners and other food events. And since the location is a storefront (formerly Trattoria Bel Paese) it offers great views of the hustle and bustle of one of Downtown Cranford’s liveliest stretches.

Though new to the Township’s events scene, Venue 104 has already made an impact on the larger community, partnering with the refurbished Cranford Theater and the Downtown Business and Economic Development Office to hold a 30th Anniversary Celebration of the movie, Goodfellas with a dinner party at Venue 104, followed by a screening of the Martin Scorsese classic at the Cranford Theater.

“We are excited that we were able to partner together and bring this to our guests,” said Doreen Sayegh, the owner of the Cranford Theater in an interview with News 12 New Jersey.

“The chance to see Goodfellas on the big screen at the Cranford Theater was incredible,” remarked Gabe Bailer, the Director of Downtown Cranford. “Our thanks to Franco Vitella and Doreen Sayegh for collaborating on this event.”

Venue 104 accepts bookings through its website.

Photo courtesy Chef Franco Vitella.