Friday Foodstuffs 2.25.11: So There’s This Restaurant Week Thingy Going On in Atlantic City…

We might have mentioned it at some point in passing.


OK, we’ve mentioned it a number of times, and even had a contest about (now that I think about it) – and now it’s here! Starting Sunday, a week of affordable dining enjoyment begins down in Atlantic City. Over 70 restaurants are participating in Atlantic City Restaurant Week, and it’s not limited to just the city proper. Restaurants in Mays Landing, Margate, Ventnor and Egg Harbor Twp and other towns will be part of the event. For those serving lunch, your meal will be only $15.11, and for dinner the cost will be $33.11.

We plan on taking advantage of Restaurant Week to try a few places, and I hope that you do as well. It’s a great opportunity to do so. And, if you like a place, try and come back again and help support local businesses.

Saturday is going to be a busy event day. At the Iron Hill Brewery in Maple Shade, it’s about Barrels, Bourbon and Bugs all afternoon. The afternoon will also be the time for Natali Vineyard’s Wine & Feast Food Drive. The event is free to the public. Later in the afternoon, it’s the John J Heinz Memorial Chili Cookoff and Dinner at Our Lady of Sorrows Church on Wabash and Poplar Avenues in Linwood. The cost is $8 per person, $3 for kids, and $18 for a family of 4. At night you have the Celebrity Waiter Dinner Dance in Stafford and the Advanced Wine Seminar at Bellview Winery in Landisville.

If you wait until Sunday (as if you have a choice), Pic-A-Lilli Inn in Shamong is having its annual Venison Dinner for $9.95 a plate. And yes, I’m sure you can order some of their famous chicken wings as well. Sunday is also the start of another restaurant week, the Luke Palladino Restaurant Week to be more specific. And peeking ahead to Monday, it’s the beginning of Dr. Seuss Week at The Pop Shop in Collingswood.

On the cooking class schedule this weekend:

Tonight: Homemade Soups Workshop at Viking Cooking School in Atlantic City and Winter in Bordeaux at Sur La Table in Marlton.

Saturday: NJ Farm to School Distribution Solutions and Supply Chain Forum at Rutgers EcoComplex in Bordentown, Spice Up The Kitchen at Sur La Table, Cape Cuisine Cooks Game and Other Exotics at the Cape May Court House Library, and Tantalizing Thai Favorites for Couples at Kitchen Kapers in Moorestown.

Sunday: Kids and Teens Sushi Workshop at Sur La Table and Kids in the Kitchen – Movie Night Munchies at Kitchen Kapers.

Blogging Out Hunger

Approval was given for a new facility to be built for The Community FoodBank of New Jersey, Southern Division.

A little idea becomes a big donation for the Maple Shade Food Bank.

Realtors in Ocean City are doing their part as well.

Employees of Lower Township are running their own food drive, doing what they can to help.

And in the news this week…

The Ocean City Restaurant Association is going ahead with its plans via petition to try to bring the issue of BYOB to a public vote.

Campbell’s is making a major investment in helping Camden’s kids fight against obesity.

Joe’s Seaside Market in Brigantine will be closed a little while due to a fire.

The lunch ladies in Atlantic City High dished out their own kind of justice this week to kids that started food fights.

A nice little article about a vegan cafe that has taken root in Millville.

And how cool is this: you win a homebrewing contest and get to have your beer served at Tun Tavern AND at the AC Beer Festival. Awesome.

Enjoy your weekend!


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