Friday Foodstuffs 4.24.09 – Food Events Are A-Bloomin’

There’s nothing like some warm days to bring out the food events!

We’re going to be blessed with some sunny and warm weather this weekend (maybe even downright hot), and it’s time to get out and enjoy. If the warm weather is making you think about the beach, then maybe the Somers Point Bayfest on Saturday would be a great way to spend the day. I have a soft spot for Somers Point; my father was born in a house there, Grandma and Grandpa Howard lived out their remaining lives there, and when I first visited them at their new house as a kid our family also took the bridge over to Ocean City – my first taste of the Jersey Shore. Anyway, the Bayfest claims to be the largest single-day festival in New Jersey, and with the weather we will be having, I expect it to be mobbed – so be prepared if you do go.

This weekend also begins the Cape May Spring Festival. There are so many things happening between tonight and May 3rd that it can’t all be covered here. But I will sprinkle some food events here and there as you read further.

If not the beach, how about the wineries? In Style Luxury Limousine has a pretty cool offering on Sunday called the Wine and Unwind Tour. You get to be driven around to four different wineries, then finish up Swedes Inn in Swedesboro. Heritage Vineyards of Richwood is having a Spring Wine and Cheese event on Saturday and Sunday. If you require a large sampling of wines to taste, say, oh, 400 or so, then point your car towards Moorestown this Saturday and enjoy the Wine Tasting at the Community House. If you can live with a smaller amount of wines to taste, The Parent Teacher Connection is hosting a wine tasting at Wildwood Catholic High School on Sunday.

How about martinis, John? Got you covered there, too. Looking for something to do after Bayfest? The Inlet on Bay Avenue is hosting a Martini Tasting Saturday night. The Mount Holly Library and Lyceum is having a mARTini Night on Saturday as well, with martinis and art work being the focus.

But I’m a teetotaller and don’t care for all of this alcohol stuff, John. Yes, I even have you covered as well. With the weather getting nicer, how about enjoying an afternoon tea? On Saturday, the Harrison Township Historical Society is hosting a tea at the Old Town Hall Museum in Mullica Hill. The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in The State of New Jersey (that’s a mouthful) will host Mrs. Harker’s Tea on Sunday at the Peachfield house in Westampton. And for dinner and a show, check out the Temperance Tantrums at The Inn of Cape May tonight.

What’s for dinner this weekend? Well, tonight you have a Craft Beer Dinner at Catelli Ristorante in Voorhees (got a big thumbs up comment from an anonymous reader about Catelli). Yet another wine tasting, this one at Morton’s at Caesars Atlantic City, is also happening tonight. And since we just can’t to get enough wine events this weekend, enjoy a Chilean Wine Dinner at High Street Grill in Mount Holly. The fun doesn’t stop on Saturday; a spring gala at the Riverfront Renaissance Center in Millville, the Stockton College Benefit Gala at Caesars Atlantic City…and for dessert, the very exciting Chocolate Fantasy Buffet at Washington Inn in Cape May (part of the Spring Festival).

Cook Learn Eat! Tonight, you have a class on International Cooking for kids ages 10-14 at Little Chefs in Cherry Hill. You also have the next installment of Adventures for the Mind and Palate at Georgian Court University, and tonight’s focus is Vermeer. Whole Foods in Marlton is having a Community Dinner Lecture with Udo Erasmus tonight as well. Tomorrow starts a Cooking Through the Alphabet weekly class for kids ages 4-6 at Little Chefs. Kitchen Kapers in Moorestown has its Cooking for Couples class, and the theme will be Dining on the Amalfi Coast. And on Sunday, Kitchen Kapers has a Kids in the Kitchen: Mediterranean Magic class for kids 6 and up.

As always, check the links on the right for events, dinner specials and cooking classes. May updates will be coming your way next week.

Recipe Rewind

We’re expanding our view with three recipes from friends at foodbuzz:

Tan at Thai Kitchen presents a Thai-style Garlic Prawns that look oh so good

Jessie at The Hungry Mouse prepares Bacon & Garlic Encrusted Roast Pork Loin

And Natasha at 5-Star Foodie makes a Beef and Ale Pie

Blogging Out Hunger

Bruuuuuuce! Once again, Bruce Springsteen is getting involved with the Community FoodBank of New Jersey. Bruce fans that make donations of $25 of more to the FoodBank will be entered to receive one of 14 rare picks of the rocker. Fans can make their donations here.

Cumberland Mall is giving shoppers discounts this weekend if they bring a jar of peanut butter or jelly to the mall. The jars will be given to Peter’s Pantry, a food bank in Elmer.

Curves of Turnersville was able to collect 400 pounds of groceries for The Mother’s Cupboard of Washington Township and St. John’s Church.

And in the news…

Phony money: customer pays for a meal at a KFC in Lumberton with a fake $50 bill.

Phony waiter: man poses as waiter at two Hoboken restaurants and walks away with $186.

Six SJ restaurants have joined forces in an effort to promote going green: the South Jersey Green Restaurant Group.

A bar in Pemberton Township may have to change its closing time hours due to neighborhood complaints.

Looking to reduce your carbon footprint? Look at your diet.

Enjoy the beautiful weather this weekend!

– John


2 thoughts on “Friday Foodstuffs 4.24.09 – Food Events Are A-Bloomin’

  1. I love Catelli’s. Have not been to any of their wine or beer dinners but it is one of my favorite high end southern NJ restaurants.

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