Friday Foodstuffs 11.13.09: Off The Hook Is Back! Will Extreme BBQ Be Back?

Let me just state for the record that it’s been a rough couple of days. The Jersey coast has been getting worked over thanks to the remains of Tropical Storm Ida (knocked our mailbox right off its post). And then, our son spiked a fever Wednesday night. Went to see the doctor last night, and sure enough, he’s got H1N1 – exactly what we didn’t want to hear. Yes, we’re worried, but he’s doing pretty well.

It seems like every week we see a mix of good news and bad news restaurant-wise in South Jersey. Once again, SJ Culinary Events will be having its Off The Hook event, which will run from the 16th to the 19th. It’s a four-course meal, highlighting the bounty of Jersey seafood, for only $30. $30 for a nice seafood dinner? Not a bad deal.

On the bad news side, one of our favorite local eateries has become another victim of the economic downturn. Ben’s Extreme BBQ in Forked River has announced that they will be closing for the winter after November 15th. In this part of South Jersey, good barbecue is hard to come by, which is why we were big fans of Extreme BBQ. Hopefully, they will be able to open back up in the spring. If you liked Extreme BBQ, grab a meal this weekend and let them know you want them to be back next year. We’re pulling for you, Ben.

If you’re willing to brave the elements, the last Festival of Food for this fall is happening down in Vineland today and tomorrow. It’s the Greek Fall Festival at St Anthony Greek Orthodox Community Center on Wheat Road. If there’s anything you can count on with a Greek festival, it’s that the food will be really good.

Wine will be a common theme in the dining rooms this weekend. Tonight will be The World Wine Tour at Caffe Aldo Lamberti in Cherry Hill as well as the Chateau Ste Michelle Wine Dinner at Fleming’s in Marlton. Tomorrow will be the Wine Tasting Event at The Mansion on Main Street in Voorhees. West Cape May will be having its 125th Aniversary Gala Dinner on Sunday at the Fire Hall. And for dessert, a Pie Tasting Party at Johnson’s Corner Farm in Medford all weekend long.

On Monday, Chef Wars 2 comes to its exciting conclusion between The Chophouse and Swede’s Inn. And, if you plan on going to Kitchen 233 on Monday, it won’t be Kitchen 233 – it will be Treno Pizza Bar.

Cook Learn Eat! this weekend takes us tonight to Cape May Winery for a sushi demo from Simply Sushi and a Parents’ Night Off at Kitchen Kapers in Moorestown. On Saturday you can enjoy a Cooking for Couples adventure in The Big Easy and a special holiday hearthside meal demo at Gibbon House in Greenwich on Ye Greate Street (love that street name). History is again on the menu Down Jersey on Sunday with a Pie Baking, Old Butchering Equipment and Craklin Cooking demo at the Lower Alloways Creek Historical Museum. For the kids, Deliciously Deceptive Desserts at Kitchen Kapers.

Blogging Out Hunger

The Philadelphia Inquirer has collected over 420,000 lbs of food for Philabundance and the Food Bank of South Jersey.

The Girl Scouts in North Wildwood is having a food drive this Monday.

A church in Toms River reaches out to help feed those struggling in Lakewood.

And in the news this week…

Healthier meals in schools? So says this report.

An article in the Courier Post about the Farm to School initiative at a Cherry Hill school.

Voorhees is the place for a holiday cookie drive for the troops.

A town in Ohio, hit hard by unemployment, learns to grow their own food and gets a visit from Rachael Ray.

In Ocean City, wear your pajamas, get a free turkey!

Kudos to the owners of Cafe Gallery in Burlington, named Citizens of the Year by the Greater Burlington Chamber of Commerce.

And the Saga of Deez ‘Dirty Water’ Dogz in Barnegat looks to have a happy ending…in Berkeley Township.

Enjoy your weekend!

– John

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One thought on “Friday Foodstuffs 11.13.09: Off The Hook Is Back! Will Extreme BBQ Be Back?

  1. It's a shame about Kitchen 233. Wifey took me there for my birthday a couple years ago; not long after they opened. They couldn't seem to find their niche and kept changing theme's. Guess that's what happens.

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