Giving Back to the Community Every Monday

Since May of 2008, Matthew Pierone, chef and owner of Gourmet Café in Parsippany, has prioritized utilizing his restaurant to raise money for many local non-profit organizations. Before opening the restaurant, Matt had been personally involved with charity donations, so he wanted his business to do the same. With the belief that as a part of the community, it is necessary to help give back to those in need, “Make a Difference Mondays” donates 10% of the day’s sales to a designated non-profit organization. Matt’s generosity applies to all sales for lunch, dinner, take-out, and gift certificates purchased that day. Gourmet Café has an incredible reputation for its award-winning cuisine and exceptional service. Matt’s talent and passion for creating delicious, high-quality, and unique Italian dishes is undeniable to his customers. However, the same goes for his caring heart. Any regular patron can vow to the restaurant’s daily welcoming and accommodating environment, yet that feeling is even greater on Mondays. Matt describes, ‘That is the best part. People all have their place in giving back with what they can do. Working here 90 hours/week, I don’t have hours to volunteer, but this is my way of helping. It’s something I am proud to be able to do. It also gives residents another way to help: enjoying a nice meal.

Carly Phillips “Par-Troy Life” Magazine.

Make a Difference Mondays

Every Monday, 10% of our sales go directly to a designated charity or non-profit organization. For those involved with a non-profit organization who are interested in learning more, please call or email us. We sincerely thank our wonderful guests who continue to make Gourmet Café the community-service-focused restaurant we strive to be!

Total Donations: $94,323

April 2024 Donations

Total: $955

DAR: $200
CFBNJ: 195
Parsippany Cheer Booster: $250
Parsippany Education Fund: $310

Previous 2024 Donations

Parsippany Choir Booster: $190
Parsippany Drama Club: $180
Montville UNICO: $500
American Cancer Society: $180
Project Graduation: $200
Parsippany Food Bank: $140
Living Water: $200
Sam’s Fight Against Leukemia: $200

Total For 2023 – $7,363

Salvation Army – $200

Toys For Tots – $250

St. Peter’s Church – $280

Northvale PTA – $125

Troy Hills PTA – $140

Table of Hope – $170

Community Food Bank of NJ – $100

Pancreatic Cancer Research – $375

Bread & Basics – $250

Kiwanis of Greater Parsippany – $900

Sons of Italy – $1,000

Mount Pleasant Animal Shelter – $185

St. Peter’s Church – $220

Parsippany Women’s club – $240

The Rose House – $160

Parsippany Food Bank – $170

Root & Wings – $141

Parsippany High Cheer Team -$205

Pink Lightning Cancer Survivors -$275

Table of Hope Thanksgiving Drive -$112

Parsippany Friends of the Library – $245

Parsippany Field Hockey Team -$165

Ellen McGuire Foundation – $250

Friends of Parsippany Library – $245

Troy Hills Elementary School – $240

Mount Pleasant Animal Shelter – $200

Breakfast with Santa (Applebees) – $150

Table of Hope Christmas Drive – $190

Giving Tuesday – $180

Total for 2023: $7,363

Total for 2022: $7,440

Total for 2021: $5,430

Total for 2020: $3,885

Total for 2019: $2,950

Donated Gift Certificates: $1,100

Total for 2017 & 2018: $4,665

Donated Gift Certificates: $420

Total for 2016: $8,815.00

Total for 2015: $9,175.00

Total for 2014: $9,670.00

Total for 2013: $8,450.00

Total for 2012: $7,835.00

Total for 2011: $8,490.00