Friday Foodstuffs 6.10.11: The Weekend Heats Up

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So we’ve survived the first heatwave of the season. Apparently, yesterday it was on “ludicrous speed”. And although our little garden had few casualties (maybe  a spare cucumber sprout or two), we’re hearing rumors about farmers having trouble with the corn crop because of it. Let’s hope for a bit more rain and a bit less sweltering.

Now that the mercury is showing at least a little mercy, it’s time to think about  getting outside  to see what’s happening this weekend…

Let’s start with today, and shout Opa! at the beginning of the Greek Festival at Saint Barbara Greek Orthodox Church in Toms River. The festival runs through Sunday, and the admission is free. Later tonight you have the Look Who’s Cooking charity event at Christ Episcopal Church, located on 415 Washington Street in Toms River. The dinner run starts at 6PM, and is $45 per person. Call 732.364.9696 or 609.276.7824 for more details. Also tonight is the Cakebread Wine Dinner at The Palm Restaurant at The Quarter at The Tropicana in Atlantic City and A Toast to the Past with Perkins Center at the Moorestown Community House.

As far as restaurant weeks go, you’ve got two wrapping it up this weekend: 7 Mile Restaurant Week at participating restaurants in Avalon and Stone Harbor, and the celebrated Cape May Restaurant Week. So make those reservations soon…

Saturday is a busy busy day. Seafood is the theme at Delaware Bay Day at the Bayshore Discovery Project down in Port Norris (Bivalve) and also at the first annual Fish Alley Festival in Sea Isle City.  Strawberries are still around, as are strawberry festivals. There are two going on this Saturday: one at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Oaklyn from 11AM to 3PM, and an All You Can Eat Strawberry Festival at South Vineland UMC on Main Road and Sherman Avenue in Vineland from 12PM to 5PM. Saturday is also the day for LBIfest on 68th Street and Long Beach Boulevard in Brant Beach.

You’ve also got your “all weekend-long” (re: both Saturday and Sunday) events, too. There’s the Summer Kick Off Concert & Wine Tasting at Heritage Vineyards in  Mullica Hill, as well as the intruguing Nantikoke Leni-Lanape Tribe’s Annual Pow Wow at Salem County Fairgrounds. Not only can you enjoy craft and food vendors, drums, singing, and dancing, you can get  fried bread Indian tacos. Ummmm.

Here’s this week’s farmers’ market report…

The news isn’t so good for a farmers’ market in Historic Smithville. Plans for one have been put on hold.


The cooking class schedule for the weekend is as follows:

Tonight: Date Night: Enchanted Evening at Viking Cooking School in Atlantic City.

Tomorrow: Best of Class: Grilling Seafood at Viking Cooking School, Spring, 5 Star Cuisine at Kitchen Kapers in Moorestown, and the first of three classes for Bobby Flay’s Grill It! at Sur La Table in Marlton.

Sunday: Champagne Brunch and Date Night: Enchanted Evening at Viking Cooking School, and Grilling With Dad at Sur La Table.


Blogging Out Hunger

The Taste of Southern Ocean Hunger Relief Dinner last month raised $70,000 for local food banks!


And in the news this week…

Yay Assemblywoman Celeste Riley! Her sponsored bill (A-2342) to enhance visibility and accessibility of Jersey grown products got Senate approval this week.

Jersey’s lobstermen are facing the possibility of major restrictions on their industry.

And staying with seafood, fraudulent labeling of seafood is a big issue according to the environmental group Oceana.

Another blueberry farm hit with fines for labor violations.

Maynard’s Cafe in Margate opened its new…sssshhhh…soundproof pavilion.

The Country Club Diner in Voorhees closed its doors for good on Sunday after 50 years. Kevin Riordan wrote a nice piece about the owners.

Congrats to Francisco Allende, peach farmer from South Jersey and now a member of the state’s Board of Agriculture.

And congrats to the DiPietro family, owners of Stefano’s on LBI, for finishing second in the Knorr’s Great Chowder Cookoff up in Rhode Island!

Have a great weekend!


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