Friday Foodstuffs 11.6.09: Let’s Stop for Pie

Remember Jake Johannsen?

Well, I mean he’s not dead or anything, but back in the ’90s he was one of my favorite comedians. I remember once watching one of his routines where he was talking about the increased incidents of road rage in California that were resulting in gun play. He thought that maybe some kind of catchy PSA slogan would help. And this is what he came up with: I wanna shoot that guy…let’s stop for pie. Cracked me up for days.

Anyway, as we approach Thanksgiving, now is definitely a good time to stop and start thinking about pie. Pie seems to be forever linked to Turkey Day, and I’m perfectly fine with that. And there are a couple of South Jersey places in the next couple of weeks that will be holding special pie tastings. That’s right: pie tastings.

Let’s start with Springdale Farms in Cherry Hill. They will be hosting samplings of their pies on the 7th, 8th, 14th and 15th of this month. The tastings will take place from 10AM to 4PM on those days.

The weekend of the 14th and 15th is also when Johnson’s Corner Farm in Medford will be having its Pie Tasting Party. Now, for me, you don’t even need to add the word ‘party’ to a pie tasting – it’s almost redundant. And I don’t even need to be ready to shoot the next guy who cuts me off on the Parkway to want to stop for some pie.

The Festivals of Food calendar is a little light this weekend. Very light. In fact, I have only one event to mention: the Spirits and Spirits wine and ghost event at Historic Smithville Mansion in Eastampton on Saturday.

If you’re looking for special dining events, Hawk Haven Vineyard and Winery is having its Eat Local – Drink Local event tonight. On Saturday, it’s time to Savor Borgata at The Water Club in Atlantic City.

Kitchen Kapers has its Cooking for Couples class tonight, and the theme will be Fresh, Fast, Easy Homemade Pasta. And on Saturday, the M. Allan Vogelson Regional Branch Library in Voorhees will be having a Dumpling Party! Go on witcha bad pierogi self!

Blogging Out Hunger

Looking to do some service work for your community? Some food programs in the area are short volunteers.

Nice to see a store in my hometown of Willingboro doing some great community work: Sports Paradise is holding its 4th annual food drive.

And in the news this week…

Independent gubernatorial candidate Chris Daggett visited our friends at Sweet Life Bakery in Vineland a few days before the election.

Want to harvest some shellfish in the Mullica River? You have one week and one week only.

Thankfully, The Knife & Fork in Atlantic City didn’t have to be the Knife & Forklift. A plan to physically move the restaurant goes nowhere.

Enjoy your weekend!

– John

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