Restaurant mémoire in Ridgewood, NJ to Host

Posted: Wednesday, October 14, 2015

mémoire, a fine dining restaurant offering seasonal, American eclectic cuisine in a casual NYC-style atmosphere, announced it would be hosting an ALS fundraiser for long-time Ridgewood resident, Winnie Dunn on October 21, 2015. Restaurant memoire is located at 16 chestnut Street in Ridgewood.

“It is an honor for us to be part of this event and support such a great cause, especially for a former Ridgewood resident. Michelle [Tzoulafis] is a great guest of ours and when she approached me about doing the fundraiser, I was eager to help,” said Mémoire Owner and Executive Chef, Tom Finnelli.

Michelle Tzoulafis, a close friend of Winnie Dunn, Ridgewood resident and event organizer stated the following: “I wanted to show [Winnie] that we’re all supporting her, and caring for her, and doing whatever we can. We are hoping this will build on the momentum of the ice bucket challenge and continue to raise that awareness. We have a lot of great prizes from a lot of local businesses here in [Ridgewood] that have been generous enough to donate.”

About the Chef & Owner: Chef Tom Finnelli draws inspiration from global cuisines and childhood memories to create a menu that is truly unique to the New Jersey dining scene. The menu is changed every three months to incorporate seasonal produce and to capture the continued interests of our guests. Although our name is French, our cuisine is seasonal, American eclectic. This gives Chef Tom the freedom to be creative and trendsetting when it comes to new dishes.

About the Event: The ‘Kicking ALS’ event is being held at mémoire on Wednesday, October 21, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres, appetizers, dinner, dessert and wine (supplied by Super Cellars Fine Wines & Marketplace in Ridgewood) will be served. All proceeds will benefit the ALS Association. The event is sold out; however, donations may still be made at

A short video from Michelle Tzoulafis can be viewed on mémoire‘s YouTube channel (

About Restaurant mémoire: mémoire is a fine dining restaurant located in Ridgewood, NJ offering seasonal, American eclectic cuisine in a casual NYC-style atmosphere. Shortly after opening in late October 2013, mémoire and then Consulting Executive Chef Giacomo Mistretta, received 2 ½ Stars from The Record (December 2013) and New Jersey Monthly Magazine (February 2014). Since Owner Tom Finnelli took over as Executive Chef in June 2014, mémoire received a “Very Good” rating from the New York Times (July 2014), was voted “Best New Restaurant” twice by the readers of Bergen Health & Life Magazine (2014 & 2015), received the “2014 Best of Ridgewood Award” from the Ridgewood Award Program, and earned a Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor (2015). Restaurant mémoire is open for dinner Tuesday – Sunday and offers a small plate menu Tuesdays – Thursdays. Restaurant mémoire is also open for brunch on the first Sunday of each month and is available for private parties and events.

About the Kicking ALS Fundraiser: Details about the fundraiser, as well as photos, videos and stories involving Winnie Dunn, can be viewed on the Kicking ALS Fundraiser Facebook page (