The Food Bank of South Jersey’s Hunger Games Returns

The third edition of Food Bank of South Jersey’s Hunger Games will be taking place on Thursday, April 30 at 6:30PM.

Having been a judge for the last Hunger Games, I can tell you that is a fun and creative event. Teams from area companies get together with their chef mentor and prepare a meal using only ingredients that can be found at the food bank. I was impressed with the overall creativity and flavors of the dishes, and I expect this edition will be just as competitive.

Your judges will be Tammy Paolino from the Courier-Post, Glenn Schwartz from NBC10, and Bill Anderson from FOX29, and your presenters for the evening will be Jill Horner from Comcast and Chef Manny Agigian.

Tickets for the event are only $10 and can be purchased from the website.


The Mac n Beer Is Here in Collingswood

Hey there everyone…the mac is back! And it brought its friend beer, too!

For those who attended the Mac-Off events in Collingswood Mac Beer for FB twittera few years ago, you know how madly popular they were.

How popular were they?

So popular that the event kept moving to a larger space. The last location used, the Scottish Rite Ballroom, will be the first location for the new version of this event. This time around, not only will you be able to sample mac and cheese creations from a number of South Jersey’s top restaurants (Tortilla Press, IndeBlue, and Blueplate – just to name a few), but you will be able to pair them with local brews. Flying Fish will be the main beer component, but look for other Jersey micros as well.

So here are the details: The Mac n Beer Is Here! will be taking place on Thursday, April 23 from 5PM to 9PM. Tickets are $35 a piece, and it is highly recommended that you buy them ahead of time. A limited amount of tickets will be available at the door. Unlike previous Mac-Offs, this is a 21 and over event (no kids, please). The proceeds will benefit Collingswood Foundation for the Arts and Crossroads Programs.


Slow Food South Jersey Shore’s Comfort in the Cold 2015 Feast

Comfort in the Cold 2015

2014 was a busy year for me (more on that soon), and one of the things that happened during the past year was that I became a part of Slow Food South Jersey Shore. I am grateful to be a part of this organization and look forward to the events and other activities we will be planning in the future.

First on the list is this year’s Comfort in the Cold, the annual winter feast and fundraiser for SFSJS. This year the event is being held at Brownies Squared in Mays Landing, where Chef Chris Groome has been making magical things happen in his kitchen over the last few years.

The dinner will take place on January 31 at 6PM (one seating only), and tickets are $80 per person. This event usually sells out, and there are only about 40 seats available, so don’t wait! The menu looks wonderful, and a vegetarian option will be available as well.