A Six-Course Pot Luck Meal of Info for a Thursday

Sometimes, you just have to take odds and ends from the fridge and pantry to put a meal together. This is the food blog equivalent: a couple of articles here, a couple of restaurant updates there – et voila!

* High Street Grill in Mount Holly is having a really cool event this Sunday (10/5). It’s their Annual Homebrew Contest & Party. If you’re into beer and have made a batch or two at home, this sounds like an event for you. Too bad we’ll be at Chowderfest, not to mention that Lisa can’t really drink right now.

* If you’re thinking Salem County-ish, and we do need to pay a visit out there one of these days, a wine tasting dinner is taking place next Wednesday (10/8) at DiPaolo’s Italian Ristorante. The tasting will feature wines from the Campagnia and Abruzzo regions of Italy.

* If you want to know who won the Cape May Chowder Contest and the ribs and chili winners from the Rock-N-Roll-N-Ribs-N-Chili Cook Off in Vineland, check here and here. If you have money riding on these outcomes, please seek professional help.

* Another step up (hopefully) in the ever-changing landscape of casino restaurants in Atlantic City: The Reserve Seafood and Steak at Bally’s. They sound pretty committed to fresh, seasonal and local seafood. Over the past year, there has been a significant change in the level of seafood restaurants in the casinos, from Izakaya and SeaBlue at Borgata to McCormick & Schmick’s at Harrah’s. Just remember: casino restaurants are casino restaurants and will charge you accordingly.

* Where in the world does my food come from? Well, new labeling may help answer that question for you.

* And finally, an article about tea from a Latin American perspective. The article is written by Maricel Presilla, the chef and owner of Zafra and Cucharamama in Hoboken (yes, we do eat in restaurants outside of South Jersey!). If you have not experienced either of these places, you must add them to your list. Both are excellent!

– John

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