Friday Foodstuffs 2.12.10: Foodie Fun on Valentine’s Day

Whether you love Valentine’s Day, think it’s contrived, or the very thought of love makes you want to punch the first person you see (and I hope that’s a very small minority of you), this time of year lends itself to a lot of special food events. This weekend is chock full of foodie things to do:

Good thing the Wine Growers Association had the foresight to schedule the Wine & Chocolate Wine Trail Weekend over two weekends, since last weekend was a washout, erm, snowout for many wineries. So you have another chance to visit a local winery and not only sample their wares but sample some local food and chocolates.

[heart] by Atlantic City will be in full force this weekend, and there will be two intriguing food events taking place: the Rock ‘n Roll Wine Tasting at Club Worship at the House of Blues in Showboat on Saturday. They promise a different kind of wine tasting experience, and I don’t think it’s one where you can bring the kiddies – just sayin’. On Saturday and Sunday, experience a true master chocolatier at Bally’s with Chocolate by Jacques Torres.

Long Beach Island’s Chocolate Week is still going on right now, and will be running though Monday. Check out all the special events that will happening on the island.

Now, there may be some of you out there saying ‘Sure, all this chocolate and wine is fine – but I’d like to get a nice blini.’ Well, I’ve come prepared even for you: the Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church in Vineland is having its annual Cheese-fare Blini event on Sunday from 12:30PM to 5PM.

Restaurant dining rooms will be plenty busy this weekend, with so many special V-Day menus. Tortilla Press in Collingswood has its Valentine’s Menu 2010 which started yesterday and will run through Sunday. Hawk Haven Vineyard and Winery in Rio Grande, in addition to the Wine & Chocolate Wine Trail Weekend, will have a Valentine’s Weekend Wine Pairing Dinner tonight and tomorrow.

From tonight until Sunday, you can enjoy the special menus from High Street Grill in Mount Holly, La Campagne in Cherry Hill and a special Valentine’s French Wines Getaway Weekend at the Golden Inn Hotel & Resort in Avalon.

On Saturday, tell your loved one that you really really love them by taking a trip to Cape May and indulging in Washington Inn’s Chocolate Fantasy Buffet. Saturday will also have a special “In Love with the Levoy” Dinner at the New Jersey Motorsport Park in Millville. This dinner is being used as a means to help raise funds for the Levoy Theatre in Millville.

Special Valentine menus will be available on Saturday and Sunday only for Kuzina by Sofia in Cherry Hill, Cafe Madison in Riverside, and The Pelican Restaurant in Sewell.

And finally, on Valentine’s Day itself, you can enjoy brunch at High Street Grill or Kuzina by Sofia, OR, special dinner menus at Ram’s Head Inn in Galloway, Max’s Seafood Cafe in Gloucester or The Mad Batter in Cape May.

Valentine’s Day will also be theme, for the most part, in the cooking classes this weekend. Tomorrow will have Kids in the Kitchen: The Playful Chef Cooks! at Kitchen Kapers in Moorestown, a Hearthside Cooking Class: The Romance of Beef at Gibbon House in Greenwich, and a Couples Valentine’s Class at In The Kitchen Cooking School in Haddonfield.

On Sunday, you can do Valentine’s Day at In the Kitchen at In The Kitchen Cooking School or the next edition of Mad Batter Beer School in Cape May.

And in the news this week…

Direct shipping of wines in Jersey may finally become a reality.

The weather made the Super Bowl not so super for area restaurants.

One online guide’s list of the 30 most important restaurants in the US.

This is exciting: a new South American eatery in Collingswood. Man, they get all the good stuff.

And the old Elgin Diner in Camden may be getting a new life.

Have a Happy Valentine’s Day…and a Happy Chinese New Year!

– John


One thought on “Friday Foodstuffs 2.12.10: Foodie Fun on Valentine’s Day

  1. Thanks for the summary of events for us NJ foodies. Question on the NJ winery news, did it make it through a senate vote and did the governor sign the bill? Last I heard it was approved by a senate committee. I hope it was fully approved because it will help our wineries greatly.

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