MARKY RAMONE PROMOTING HIS PASTA SAUCE, DOING Q&A ETC. AT CHEF CENTRAL IN NEW JERSEY, USA, ON APRIL 27, 2011. ALSO INCLUDE SMALL INTERVIEW.

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BACKGROUND INFORMATION:

Some of you know Marky Ramone having Brooklyn's Own Pasta Sauce available... This is first this kind of Ramones' "merchandise." Angels Joey, Dee Dee Johnny hadn't any this kind of product. Also other surviving Ramones members don't have. So in addition to Tommy Ramone, Richie Ramone and CJ Ramone, is Marky Ramone fourth surviving Ramones member.

A pasta sauce recipe is by Marky. Brooklyn's Own Pasta Sauce is currently available at various House Of Blues venues and at Markyramone.com.

Marky Ramone says: "these days, chefs are like rock stars."

I also add here some parts of Marky's interview by Kara Yorio at NorthJersey.com.
Marky: My grandfather was a chef at the Copacabana and 21 Club in New York City. I always used to go to his house with my father and mother and watch him cook. It's creative.

Kara Yorio: When did you start making sauce? Marky: When I left my parents at the age of 18 when I had to live on my own, the cheapest thing to make was spaghetti. I just got my can of tomatoes, put it in the pot, mixed it up with some olive oil, threw in some garlic, some onions, oregano, a little bit of sugar and that's what I did. I had a big pot of it and I'd keep it in the refrigerator. It would always be there. It was something that, at the time, kept me going.

Kara Yorio: How close is this to that original recipe?
Marky: It is close. There are a few little things that are different. I'm not going to say I'm a full-fledged chef, I'm just saying there are things in the sauce that are kind of like a surprise. And everything is good for you. It's gluten free and it's all natural and that's important.




HERE IS A REVIEW AND STORY OF EVENT AT CHEF CENTRAL IN NEW JERSEY. TEXT IS WRITTEN BY RAMONES FAN ANDY CINTRON.

I saw Marky Ramone when he was doing an appearance for his pasta sauce at Chef Central in New Jersey (April 27, 2011). Myself and my buddy Doug got there at 6PM for the 6:30 appearance and there was already about 70 people there. Great time, Marky was really friendly and accommodating taking photos and signing stuff and the Q&A (Questions & Answers) session was great!
Nothing earth shattering but interesting to hear his take on various stories I've read in Monte's book and in other places. I opened the questions by asking him if he still had any of Dees Dee's watches and he laughed, then related the story of how Dee Dee was obsessed with collecting watches and would buy a $3000 watch one week and then the next week would buy a $400 watch, then Marky would buy the $3000 watch from him for $1000!

Marky said End Of The Century: The Story Of The Ramones documentary directed by Michael Gramaglia & Jim Fields, was the directors interpretation of the Ramones and too negative and that not to promote himself, but the RAW DVD (by Marky, John Cafiero etc.) was much better because it showed the guys being happy. Marky said that they demoed a couple of Kinks tunes for Acid Eaters.
He recounted the US Festival of being his best gig and recounted how hot it was and that everyone had to take oxygen (but neglected to mention the excessive drinking the night before that Monte wrote about in his book!). His worst gig was the one he missed when he spent the night drinking with Mickey Mantle (or Roger Maris) and girl didn't have a car to drive him to the gig so he tried to charter a plane but was refused. He said he had to pay for the cost of canceling the gig and everyone's pay as well.
He said Johnny should not have brought his politics into his Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame acceptance speech. He also did mention that his two favorite Brooklyn places to eat are Spumoni Gardens and La Villa (Both pizza places!).

At Chef Central in New Jersey, there was also an auction for a personal 2 hour drum lesson with Marky with the proceeds going to Autism Awareness and the winning bid was $2000 USD. There was over a hundred people there and he spent time with everyone signing whatever they wanted and taking photos. At one point I went to the bathroom at the side of the signing area in the middle of the signing while waiting for my group to be called (they were calling groups of 10 to stand on line and I was number 46) and a couple of minutes later, Marky walked in while his manager stood outside the door.
We had a cool little conversation in there and when I finally got up to the table later to meet him he smiled and said "Hey how ya been?" He gladly signed my stuff and took a photo.
By the way, I bought a couple of jars of his sauce and it is delicious! My fiance is Italian and NEVER will use sauce from a jar but even she said that it was really fresh and delicious! Gabba Gabba Hey!

Text by Andy Cintron. Thanks.




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