Friday Foodstuffs 11.26.10: Wine, Wine, Wine, Part 2 – Some Holiday Cheer For Your Black Friday Blues

You’ve been up since who knows when buying gifts for everyone on your list – and suddenly you realize that you have the rest of the weekend to fill. What to do?

Well, look no further than your local wineries, because this weekend is the big boffo Holiday Wine Trail Weekend, brought to you by the good folks at the Garden State Wine Growers Association. And what can one do during the Holiday Wine Trail Weekend? You can taste a lot of wine, for starters. But – many of the participating wineries will be having special events taking place throughout the weekend. Go to the GSWGA website for more information. This weekend is also Balic Winery’s Holiday Extravaganza Weekend. Balic is located on Route 40 in Mays Landing.

Passion Vines in Somers Point will be having a Holiday Bubbly tasting from 2PM to 6PM on Saturday. The cost for the tasting in $20 a person.

And starting on Sunday, La Campagne in Cherry Hill will have a special Holiday Chef’s Menu available for $35 a person. The menu will be available through December 3.

Because of the holiday weekend, the cooking class schedule is a little on the light side:

Saturday: Parisian Patisserie and Best of Class: Date Night in Paris at Viking Cooking School at Harrah’s in Atlantic City and Gingerbread for the Family at Kitchen Kapers in Moorestown.

Sunday: Holiday Cupcakes at Sur La Table in Marlton, Kids in the Kitchen – Cookies with Santa! at Kitchen Kapers, and New York Steakhouse at Viking Cooking School.

Blogging Out Hunger

Thanksgiving brings out our better angels when it comes to giving to those less fortunate. There were a number of stories this past week that illustrated this point. These are just a few of them…

From the Press of Atlantic City, an article about two schools (one in Cumberland, one in Atlantic) that helped bring Thanksgiving to people in their own community. Schools in Atlantic City also put together food boxes for those in need. Employees from Harrah’s in Atlantic City volunteered to hand out holiday meals this week. In Bridgeton, those in need, as well as volunteers helping out, received free Turkey Day meals. Police in Middle Twp were delivering holiday meals on Wednesday. Two churches in Millville helped to provide holiday dinners for over 1,000 residents. In Commercial Twp, the local food pantry helped about 150 families receive a turkey dinner. And the Cub Scouts in Glassboro collected over 1,000 food items to be handed out for Thanksgiving.

Meanwhile, more food drives are being planned. Deptford will have their first annual Toy and Food Drive on Monday at Adelphia Restaurant. In Pennsville, a local doctor is running his own food drive. On December 11, the Linwood Volunteer Fire Company is holding its annual food drive.

The sale of specially-designed ornaments from a local studio in West Cape May will help benefit The Community FoodBank on New Jersey, Southern Branch.

And in the news this week…

Construction workers on the Levoy Theater site in Millville were treated to a free lunch by some local eateries.

These seem to be happening with regularity now: a Chinese food delivery man was robbed in Lower Twp.

In Egg Harbor Twp, plans for a new restaurant to open in place of the old Cousin’s Country House have fallen through.

And the expansion of the Jersey Fresh program to include baked good and other items that use Jersey ingredients passed unanimously through the Senate. Now it’s on to the Governor.

Enjoy your weekend!



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