Friday Foodstuffs 10.22.10: The Last Big Events Weekend of the Year

It doesn’t seem that long ago that the weekends were just chock full of food adventures to be had. But with a bit of nip in the air, and a few more leaves on the ground, the food events are starting to slow down. The feeling of wanting to hibernate starts to come over all of us. The lovely fruits and vegetable (with a few exceptions) have been harvested and devoured, not to be seen again until next year. So if you’re looking for foodie festival enjoyment, you better grab it this weekend.

Let’s start with tonight, where you have an intriguing list of indoor events. Laurita Winery in New Egypt gets its Deutschland groove on with a German Dinner starting at 7PM. For $49.95, you will be able to sample from an über buffet of German yummies as well as enjoy a glass of the wines available from Laurita. Renault Winery will be having its Fall Harvest Chef’s Dinner starting at 6:30PM, and it includes an outdoor cooking of the goose. It’s all about the ladies tonight at Fleming’s in Marlton with their Women & Wine Dinner, a special 4-course dinner with wine pairings from women winemakers in Napa. The annual Harvest of Hope for The Alcove Center for Grieving Children & Families is taking place at the Palladium Ballroom at Caesars starting at 6:30PM, and tickets are $100 per person. And if you haven’t made it out to any of the restaurants participating in the South Jersey Restaurant Week yet, tonight is most likely your last day to do so. However, some restaurants are extending the available of their special prix fixe menus an extra day or two, so you may want to check that out.

Oktoberfest will still very much be a theme this weekend. Sea Isle City is having its annual Octoberfest tomorrow at Excursion Park from 11AM to 3PM. Natali Vineyards in Cape May Court House will also be having an Oktoberfest celebration tomorrow from 1PM to 6PM. And on Saturday and Sunday, $5 is all that it takes to enjoy the big Oktoberfest gala at the Grand Ballroom at Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City.

More wineing on Saturday! Amalthea Cellars in Atco will be the location for the next WAMPP event. It’s the Fall Harvest Wine and Cultural Expression Festival, which will go from 12PM to 6PM. You can culturally express yourself by participating in a grape stomp, or by enjoying the Italian buffet (which is only $10). ( THIS JUST IN 10/22/10, 4:30PM the WAMPP  event has been cancelled by Amalthea at the last minute. Not sure of the details, but possibly for a another event-??? Confusing, strange, and last-minute…. )

Passion Vines in Somers Point will be Wine Tasting for a Reason, and that reason will be to help support Cleaning for a Reason, which provides cleaning services for women going through cancer treatments. Tickets will be $25 at the door.

Sunday offers an interesting mixed bag of tasty choices. At saints Peter and Paul Orthodox Church on Hogbin Road in Millville, they will hold their annual Ukrainian Dinner starting at 12PM for only $10 a person. A stroll around the vineyard, along with lots of nibbles and music, is being offered by Laurita Winery on Sunday with their Vines of Life Walk from 12PM to 3PM. If you’re up for a drive and then a sail, take a trip down to Bivalve and enjoy an Oyster Sail with Raw Bar aboard the state’s official tall ship, the A.J. Meerwald. And finally, Los Amigos in Berlin is having a special Tequila Dinner on Sunday for $50 a person.

In the cooking classrooms around the area, this is what you will find this weekend:

Today: Viking Classics IV: Sauteing, Frying and Stir-Frying and Cocktails and Cravings at Viking Cooking School in Atlantic City, How to Cook Seafood at Sur La Table in Marlton, and Cook Once, Eat for a Week at Kitchen Kapers in Moorestown.

Tomorrow: It’s an Apron Strings Halloween Event for the kids at the Evesham Library in Marlton, while Sur La Table will be enjoying Niman Ranch: Gourmet Breakfast Meats. You could Get Stuffed at Phillips Seafood at The Pier Shops at Caesars, enjoy either a Champagne Brunch or Tapas and Paella at Viking Cooking School, or learn to make Favorite Meals, Half the Calories at Kitchen Kapers. There will also be a session of The Heritage Cooking Class Series at the Rutgers Food Innovation Center in Bridgeton.

Sunday: A Celebration Brunch and an Italian Dinner Party at Viking Cooking School, Egg Cookery at Sur La Table, and Kids in the Kitchen – Halloween Treats
at Kitchen Kapers.

And in the news this week…

Get to know the Academy of Culinary Arts at Atlantic Cape Community College.

The infamous circle in Somers Point is being eliminated, and some local restaurants are worried that they will lose business. Personally, I will be happy to see that circle disappear.

Once again, please try to refrain from drive-in jokes.

A mother beats cancer, a daughter lives up to her promise, and a bakery grows in Marlton.

A special exhibit of artifacts from the old days of Jersey’s oyster industry is on display in Bridgeton.

Chef Gregory Manning, who recently had to close Downtown on Irons in Toms River, is opening a new place in town called The Serenity Cafe. I hope he finds serenity in the new digs.

And finally, a few words about Facebook…

Fellow foodie blogger Mark Jahnke is trying to get himself onto the the next season of ‘Hell’s Kitchen’. Please click here to ‘like’ Mark’s page and help support him in his cause. Bordentown representin’!

And to all you South Jersey food loving-types out there: did you know we have a fan page on Facebook? Yep, sure do – only it’s been a little quiet over there. We want to change that. So come on over and join us! We want to get more discussion happening there regarding all things food in South Jersey.

Enjoy your weekend…and GO PHILLIES!

– John

2 thoughts on “Friday Foodstuffs 10.22.10: The Last Big Events Weekend of the Year

  1. John – Don’t forget about Appetite for Awareness this Sunday in Philly, to benefit the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness. South Jersey restaurants like Casona and Pasta Pomodoro will be there!

  2. Thanks for mentioning that, Michael. Y’know – you should have a blog that covers issues regarding gluten. Oh wait… 😉

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