South Jersey Nibble: Shellfish Soiree at LBI Foundation on October 9th


Got a hankerin’ for some shellfish? No? Well, then, stop reading and go elsewhere!

For those who do have that hankerin’, there’s still time to get tickets for the annual Shellfish Soiree hosted by the Long Beach Island Foundation. They’re calling it a night of “Bay-themed art, film and music,” and will feature a panel discussion as well as a display from the Tuckerton Seaport and Baymen’s Museum.

Food for the evening should be quite a treat, with Forty North Oyster Farms from Mantoloking and Parson’s Seafood from Tuckerton providing the best from the bay. Four restaurants will be serving up their spins on shellfish: The Old Causeway Steak and Oyster House, Bistro 14, Black-eyed Susans and The Arlington. And ReClam the Bay will be grilling up oysters and clams for your consumption.

The soiree will take place this Friday from 7PM to 10PM. Tickets are $35 a person and can be purchased here.



South Jersey Nibble: Candy Corn Martini at Cuba Libre in The Quarter

Candy Corn Martini_2015Hey all you pumpkin spice people: there are other flavors that make us think of fall, y’know!

Say, for instance, candy corn? OK, to be fair, candy corn mainly tastes like sugar…but hear me out…

(Actually, hear Cuba Libre out…)

Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar is getting into the Halloween spirit with the debut of its special limited-time-only Candy Corn Martini. The fall-themed cocktail is available beginning today, October 5, and will run throughout October at the bar and in the dining room during dinner daily beginning at 4 p.m. and brunch Friday, Saturday and Sunday beginning at 11:30 a.m.

So, what goes into a Candy Corn Martini? Well, the ones that will be mixed up at Cuba Libre will have vanilla vodka, Crème de Cacao, butterscotch schnapps, fresh orange juice and a splash of grenadine. For garnish, candy corn of course!

South Jersey Nibble: Jersey Fresh Wine Festival in Columbus on September 26th and 27th

Jersey Fresh Wine FestivalThere’s nary a weekend where there isn’t a beer or a wine festival going on in South Jersey these days. And that’s a good thing, because it gives you ample opportunity to sample what our little region is producing these days (which keeps getting better). This weekend, at the relatively-new Burlington County Fairgrounds in Columbus, the Jersey Fresh Wine Festival will be holding sway.

How many wineries will be there? Eleven, according to the information provided. And the majority of them will be from the South Jersey region: Amalthea, Chestnut Run, DiMatteo, Plagido’s, Sharrott, Tomasello, Valenzano and Wagonhouse.

A number of food vendors will be there for the weekend, including Brother Bear BBQ. Farms and other artisan vendors will be on site as well, including Hank Sauce and Hlubik Farms.

The festival will be open from 12PM to 5PM on Saturday and Sunday, and tickets are $25 if you buy them in person. Online you can purchase tickets for $20.