If I have learned anything from The Godfather, besides what to do when you have a gun and a box of cannolis and you can only carry one of them, it is that it’s much better to be cooking the fishes than sleeping with them.
As December stares us down, thoughts turn to holiday foods – and for many of us Italian-Americans, that includes the wonderful tradition of the Feast of the Seven Fishes. Now, maybe you’re of Italian descent and have decided to take on this holiday tradition this year. Or maybe you’re not of Italian descent but you want to take a swing at it, just to do something fun and different. And since it’s your first time around, maybe you would like some guidance as to what fish to use and how to prepare them. I mean, you can’t just throw any seven fishes on the table and call it a feast, right? (Well, OK, any time you have seven kinds of fish on the table it is a feast, but let’s get back to our story…)
The first stop is down West Cape May way where Chef Geoff Johnson is having a Feast of Seven Fishes Holiday Chef Demo with Maria Liberati this Friday (December 3) starting at 6:30PM. The cost is $60 per person. Maria Liberati is author of the cookbook The Basic Art of Italian Cooking.
Next Wednesday, December 8, there will be A Night of Seven Fishes at Pelican Restaurant in Sewell. Since Pelican is known for its seafood, it only makes sense that they would have a Seven Fishes demonstration. The fun starts at 6:30PM, and the cost is $35 per person.
If you’re looking to get your hands a bit dirty, there will also be a couple of cooking classes with the Feast as the theme. The Viking Cooking School at Harrah’s in Atlantic City is having a Sicilian Feast of the Seven Fishes class on December 11 from 6PM to 9PM. The cost of the class is $119 per person. And then on December 14, the Academy of Culinary Arts at Atlantic Cape Community College will have its own Seven Fishes class from 6PM to 9PM at their main campus in Mays Landing for $75 per person.
Stay tuned for our list of South Jersey restaurants that will be offering the Feast on Christmas Eve.