Have a Cape May Holiday Weekend

…it’s the best time of the year…

OK, so maybe I don’t have the deep, rich tones of the Burl Ives snowman, but I’m feeling like I need a little Christmas right this very minute. The news we hear on a daily basis is so very negative, and at times it’s hard to keep a positive attitude. So, to get out of the doldrums, I’m singing altered lyrics of holiday classics and I’m ready to mention one of the great holiday treats in South Jersey – Christmas season in Cape May!

Cape May is a great place to visit regardless of the time of year, but in recent years Lisa and I have experienced the special charm of the ol’ Victorian seaside resort when it gets all gussied up for the holidays. You have the candlelight tours of B&Bs and private homes, the trolley tours to see the splendid decorations, the Dickens-era carolers that stroll along the street, and, of course, the number of food-related events.

If you’re looking to get into the festive mood, this weekend is Cape May’s Holiday Preview Weekend. Lots of things will be going on over the weekend, many of which are food-related. These invents include:

* Chocolate Fantasy Buffet at the Washington Inn on the 22nd
* Cape May Wine Weekend from the 21st to the 23rd
* Taste of Christmas Tour every Friday from now to the New Year
* Breakfast with Santa on the 22nd at Aleathea’s at the Inn of Cape May

For all the additional details, go to www.capemaymac.org.

From now until the baby is born and we get our bearings, our own personal food adventures are going to be on the minimal side, but we will still try to bring you food and restaurant news as best as we can.

* A well-known eating establishment may be getting the chop at the Atlantic City Hilton.

* Seaside Park is having a special gourmet cooking program on Monday nights from now until December 22nd to help raise funds for the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties as well as its first aid squad and fire department.

* Love her, hate her, you have to recognize her…Rachael Ray, Ms. Yum-o EVOO herself, will be at Sam’s Club at the Deptford Mall on 12/5 signing copies of her new cookbook “Big Orange Book”.

* The “Key Ingredients: America By Food” exhibit is now at the Woodbury Public Library, and there a number of interesting food events that are still to take place. Tonight, historian Judith Krall-Russo discusses the Jersey tomato; tomorrow, Ms Krall-Russo tackles the cranberry. And on 12/5, Michael Brophy of Flying Dog Ale will be taking about homebrewing.

– John


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