Friday Foodstuffs 3.18.11: The Children of One Tragedy Helping Out in Another

During World War II, 120,000 Japanese-Americans were forced to move to internment camps, leaving homes, jobs, businesses and normal lives behind. Some of these people were given the chance to leave these camps and work for Seabrook Farms in Cumberland County, due to a shortage in workforce. Many eventually stayed after the war and started a new life in South Jersey. Today, generations later, those families who made it through that tragedy are doing what they can to help with a modern tragedy.

The pictures and videos that have been all over the place about the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disasters in Japan are beyond words. It seems overwhelming, as if nothing could really help. But any action we can take is worth taking. And the Seabrook chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) is helping to direct those who want to make donations. The JACL is working with the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California (JCCCNC) to coordinate the flow the donations. Donations should be made payable to “JCCCNC” with a note that your check is for the Northern Japanese Earthquake Relief Fund. The mailing address is: JCCCNC, 1840 Sutter Street, San Francisco CA 94115.

Lauren Taniguchi of The News of Cumberland County recently wrote an article that provided this information, and she also mentions others ways to donate as well as trying to track down family members. Please read her article for more information.

With the weather looking wonderful this weekend, maybe it’s time to get out of the house and partake in a foodie event. Yes, you could sit inside and watch the college basketball, but not all weekend now. On Saturday, Renault Winery is having its Tour Through Tuscany dinner for $69 a person. A Japanese Tea Ceremony will be taking place at the M. Allan Vogelson Regional Branch Library in Voorhees from 2PM to 4PM. Please call to reserve your seat. The next battle in Beer Wars II 2011 at High Street Grill will also be Saturday starting at 12PM.

Sunday is the start of South Jersey Restaurant Week and Collingswood Restaurant Week, so take advantage of the deals. We hope you have been enjoying the chef interviews; expect a couple more to be posted over the weekend.

And on Monday, the American Vegan Society is having its Spring Celebration Dinner at Carême’s Gourmet Restaurant, located on the campus of Atlantic Cape Community College in Mays Landing. The cost is $30 per person.

Here’s your cooking class schedule for the weekend. As always, please call ahead to reserve a spot:

Tonight: Entertaining Cocktail Party at Viking Cooking School in Atlantic City, and Fish and Shellfish Dishes from Around the World at Sur La Table in Marlton.

Tomorrow: Polenta and Braised Meats class at Nunzio Ristorante Rustico in Collingswood, Springtime Seranade at Phillips Seafood in The Pier Shops at Caesars in Atlantic City, Best of Class: Tuscany at Viking Cooking School, and the first class of Anthony Bourdain’s Kitchen Basics – Three Part Series at Sur La Table.

Sunday: Sweet and Savory Crepes at Sur La Table, French Bistro at Viking Cooking School, and Kids in the Kitchen – Cupcake Corner at Kitchen Kapers in Moorestown.

Blogging Out Hunger

A food pantry in Camden County that helps seniors is in need of donations.

And in the news this week…

The Courier-Post had an editorial regarding the issue of New Jersey wineries and the recent ruling in federal court. We agree with the editorial.

The bill to allow the sale of raw milk in Jersey made it through the Assembly; now it goes to the Senate.

Those darn Canadian geese! The state farm bureau is asking to get the OK from the fed to remove them.

Who doesn’t love a farmers’ market? Well, evidently, there were some merchants in Medford Lakes who voiced some concerns about traffic changes due to the market.

Lobster Shanty in Toms River is getting a new look and a new name: Water Street Bar and Grill.

Morrison’s on LBI, burned down by fire back in 2005, will be rebuilt.

And save up your pennies: the auction for the remaining Charlie Brown’s locations will be April 6.

Have a great weekend!

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