Just a few precious days are left in January, and you know what that means, right?
It means that February is almost here, and you know what that means, right?
It’s all about Valentine’s Day…and you know what that means, right?
Well, actually I was talking about chocolate…but there’s always time for that other thing, too.
Yes, it’s that time of year when we are collectively beaten about the head with many-a chocolate event…and there’s not one thing wrong with that from where I’m sitting.
Let’s start with probably the biggest event related to Valentine’s Day and chocolate, and that’s the Wine & Chocolate Wine Trail Weekend, which is brought to you by the Garden State Wine Growers Association. This is actually a two-weekend event, February 6th and 7th as well as the 13th and 14th. Many of the South Jersey wineries will have special events going on those weekends, and many will have chocolate available for tasting and purchasing. The hours for the event will be 12PM to 5PM.
Back for another year, Long Beach Island is having its Chocolate Week from the 6th through the 15th. What can one do during Chocolate Week? Enjoy chocolate while watching a Broadway show, take a chocolate making class, sample special chocolate items from participating restaurants…and more!
Bally’s in Atlantic City will have quite the special guest working some chocolate magic on the 13th and 14th as they present Chocolate by Jacques Torres at the Traymore Room. Torres is truly a master in the medium of chocolate, so this will be a real treat.
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Cape May’s Washington Inn will be present its Chocolate Fantasy Buffet on the 13th at 2PM for $35, and you must book in advance. The buffet is described in their own words as “a seemingly endless buffet that includes white, milk and dark chocolate fondues, pies, cakes and pastries.” Now really – who can’t get excited about that?
Down Millville way the Millville Woman’s Club on Third and E Streets will be having a Chocolate Tasting Party on the 6th starting at 2PM. The admission is $10, and they will also be having quite the chocolate spread.
And even Whole Foods in Marlton is getting in on the act. On the 11th, they will be having a Singles Chocolate Tasting Event from 7PM to 9PM. Sample some chocolate, chat it up with other singles, and who knows…maybe the Barry White will come in handy after all.
So – now that I’ve got you all worked up over chocolate, let’s take about the food events taking place this weekend…which have nothing to do with chocolate. Mount Holly is the place to be this Saturday, first to sample local amateurs competing in the Fire & Ice Festival, and you better get there early, because the chili will not wait for you, Mr. Tardypants! (I know, I checked.) And then, ramble up High Street and get your beer muscles ready for the second annual Winter Beer Fest brought to you by High Street Grill.
Meanwhile, over in Burlington you can enjoy the India Republic Day Celebration at the Burlington Township High School from 3PM to 8PM on Saturday. There will be music, dancing, and of course food.
On the dinner specials for the weekend, Los Amigos in Berlin is having its annual Tequila Dinner on Sunday at 5PM. The cost will be $65.
Cooking for Couples: Greek will be happening at Kitchen Kapers in Moorestown Saturday night. Sunday brings Vegetarian Cooking from In The Kitchen Cooking School in Haddonfield as well as Kids in the Kitchen: Pizza for Dessert from Kitchen Kapers.
And in the news this week…
Are you like me and are on the Twitter? Well, Robin ‘SJ Locavore’ Shreeves has put together a list of South Jersey wineries that are on Twitter. Get to know them!
And speaking of South Jersey wineries, how about this article from Philly Inquirer food critic Craig LaBan about the improvement of the wines in the area.
The Central Regional PTA in Berkeley will be hosting a cooking class fundraiser throughout March with local chefs.
Here’s an article about the revitalization of Camden’s Federal Street thanks to the Hispanic community. Sounds like restaurants and specialty food shops are a part of this rebirth.
Meanwhile, our favorite bakery in Vineland just keeps getting bigger – literally.
A local South Jersey grocer got a special invite to attend the State of the Union Address.
And that reduced scallop harvest scheduled for this year? Not happening.
Enjoy your weekend!