Friday Foodstuffs 4.15.11: Tickets for the 2011 Atlantic City Food & Wine Festival Will Be On Sale Starting…..Monday!

Yeah, sure- you get one 80-degree day this week and you think it’s summer already. Well, it is true that the food festival circuit is revving up its engines again. And for you early-birds who want to ensure you get there in July, Caesar’s is putting tickets on sale this Monday for their biggest blow-out, the Food Network Atlantic City Food and Wine Festival. Word on the street is that  Guy Fieri, The Neelys, and Sunny Anderson are scheduled to make a return visit this year-but keep your eyes peeled, because there seems to be a tendency for more  last-minute big names to be added (I seem to recall a Ms. Deen showing up at some point). I’d also like to take a moment here to give Lisa a chance to make a shamelessly dramatic appeal to Food Network. PUL-EEEEASE get Alton Brown on the ticket, oh, pleaseohpleaseohplease!!!!! I know he already does the big fest down in South Beach, but we want him up here with us Yankees! He’s my culinary hero! PLEEEEEEEEEEEEEASE???!!!

Ahem. Thank you for your patience. Now, on to your weekend…Tapas Week continues tonight and concludes tomorrow at La Campagne  in Cherry Hill.  There are also some dinners to help out some important causes tonight. The NJ Child Assault Prevention Wine and Tasting Fundraiser at Mori’s Restaurant on 830 East Landis Avenue in Vineland starts at 6PM (6-8PM, $40 per person, call 856-696-0921 for more info); then there’s the  Rising Sun Disaster Relief Fund Release Party at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant  in Maple Shade, and Amazing Taste (to benefit the RNS Cancer and Heart Fund) at the Linwood Country Club.

On Saturday there’s a  Wine Pairing Dinner at Hawk Haven Vineyard & Winery in Rio Grande, and a Spring Wine and Cheese tasting (that continues into Sunday) at Heritage Vineyards in Mullica Hill.

Sunday, get educated at the Cape May Wine School at The Washington Inn  in Cape May.

Sundown on Monday marks the beginning of Passover, and you can enjoy a Passover Dinner at Steve & Cookie’s By The Bay in Margate, if you have no desire to cook.


Your cooking class schedule:

Today: Best of Class: Paris (2:30-4PM) and  Entertaining Cocktail Party (6-9PM) at Viking Cooking School – Harrah’s Resort in Atlantic City. Date Night: Paris in the Spring at Sur La Table  in Marlton (6:30PM to 8:30PM).

Saturday:  Organic Vegetable Production Workshop at Unitarian Universalist Church  in Cherry Hill. Phillips Signatures Phillips Seafood in Atlantic City. Best of Class: Tuscany and Sweet Surrender with Jacques Torres
at Viking Cooking School. Spanish Paella and Tapas! at Kitchen Kapers in Moorestown.

Sunday: Elegant Easter Brunch at Sur La Table in Marlton. Savory Pies and Tarts Workshop and Italian Seafood Dinner at Viking Cooking School. Kids in the Kitchen – Mommy & Me & the Ace of Cupcakes Workshop and also Kids in the Kitchen – Ace of Cupcakes Workshop for Tweens & Teens at Kitchen Kapers.


Sadly, no Blogging Out Hunger happenings that we know about this week.


And in the news this week…

Kudos to Chef Michael Carmody of the Great Bay Country Club, recipient of Chef of the Year honors from the Professional Chefs’ Association of South Jersey.

The National Cherry Blossom Festival got a taste of South Jersey’s agricultural flavor.

For those of you who demanded more root veggies in your desserts, Serene Custard in Vineland introduced a new ice cream flavor this week: beets and berries.

Not South Jersey, but interesting: a community restaurant is in the works in Red Bank, to be run by Jon Bon Jovi’s Soul Foundation.

It seems those gaggles of migrating geese are causing more problems than the typical poop-laden fields and parks: South Jersey farmers are reporting that they are taking out entire fields of crops.

And according to one local chocolatier, sea salt and espresso are finding their way into Easter basket candy this year.

Enjoy your weekend!

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