Friday Foodstuffs 2.11.11: The Days of Wine and Chocolate

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Good days, indeed! I couldn’t think about celebrating the Love Day without wine and chocolate. OK-in a pinch I could do without the wine, but the chocolate is non-negotiable. John knows this, and that’s why he’s taking out some “happy marriage insurance” over at our local chocolatier  while I finish up this Friday’s Foodstuffs. Now, what will we be doing this weekend? Well, with two bouncy kids and no babysitting, we’ll be sharing our chocolate with them, keeping the bottle of wine for ourselves, and possibly experimenting with making an osso bucco. If it’s successful, we’ll be sure to share the recipe. If not, we’ll be paying the kids to keep their cute little mouths shut.

For all you folks out there with babysitting (or have older kids that want nothing to do with you anymore), we’ve got…well, wine and chocolate! Let’s get right to it then. Tonight you can start with Dinner with The Wines of Italy at Daddy O on Long Beach Island starting at 7PM. On Saturday, there’s the Valentine’s Day: A Soul Food Celebration of Love at the Lakewood Branch of Ocean County Library from 1PM to 4PM (it’s free admission, but don’t forget to register in advance), and the Valentine’s Day Dinner and Wine Tasting at the Abbie Holmes Estate in Clermont. Then there’s the events happening all weekend:  the Golden Inn Hotel and Resort in Avalon has their Valentine’s French Wine Weekend, and La Campagne in Cherry Hill has three different tasting menus (Chef’s, Dover Sole, or Chateaubriand) for their Valentine’s Day Weekend dinner. If you have more time and are in a more freewheelin’ mood, don’t forget the Wine & Chocolate Wine Trail Weekend at participating wineries throughout South Jersey, and Chocolate Week begins on Long Beach Island.

On to what’s cookin’ in cooking classes this weekend…

Tonight: Best of Class: Paris at the Viking Cooking School  in Atlantic City, Fondue & Valentines at the Cape May Court House Library, and Date Night: Romantic Italian Feast at Sur La Table in Marlton.

Saturday: Valentine’s Baking and Treats for Kids and Sushi 101 for Couples at Kitchen Kapers in Moorestown, and Date Night: Valentine’s Dinner for Two at Sur La Table.

Sunday:  Valentine’s Chocolate Workshop at Sur La Table, and Kids in the Kitchen – Delicious Desserts at Kitchen Kapers.

Blogging Out Hunger

The ever-expanding work of the Lacey United Methodist Church to help the hungry.

And in the news this week…

Tony Bourdain made an appearance at the Basie Theater in Red Bank last night, and in an article in the Asbury Park Press stated that there are no great restaurants in New Jersey. Gee…thanks, Tony. We think he needs to do more research in his home state.

Marlton, which already has a Whole Foods and a Trader Joe’s, now has a new farmer’s market.

One of the vendors for the Landis MarketPlace has decided to back out before the opening this spring.

Are the days of the oyster numbered?

According to ChewJersey, Tony Luke’s is opening a new location in Sicklerville.

Is Bubba Mac Shack making a return to the Jersey shore, this time in AC?

Three B’s in Lakehurst is drawing people…and it’s causing a bit of a problem for the locals.

And a renewed effort to try to save the Columbus Grange building is happening.

Enjoy your weekend!


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