Friday Foodstuffs 10.21.11: Restaurant Weeks? We Got ‘Em

Need some suggestions for a place to do out for dinner? I’m going to give you five good suggestions:

1) Collingswood Restaurant Week

2) SJ Hot Chefs Fall Harvest Week

3) Jersey Shore Restaurant Week

4) Somers Point Restaurant Week

AND

5) Savor Borgata Restaurant Week

Now you may notice a common theme with these suggestions. It’s the best-bang-for-your-buck idea, which is why restaurant weeks are a popular (and now very common) event.

Collingswood’s restaurant week starts this Sunday (October 23) and rund through October 28. All the big names along Haddon Avenue and beyond will be participating, such as Blackbird, West Side Gravy, Tortilla Press, IndeBlue, and Nunzio’s (just to name a few). Check out the link from Collingswood’s website to see the menus being offered at each location.

The following week is SJ Hot Chefs Fall Harvest Week, and all member restaurants in Burlington, Camden and Gloucester counties are participating. From October 30 to November 4, enjoy a four-course meal from a SJ Hot Chef restaurant for $35 (and in some cases, $25). Take a look at the current roster of SJ Hot Chefs restaurants as well as the special menus being offered that week.

The week after that is a an all-shore event on two fronts. You have Jersey Shore Restaurant Week, which covers Ocean and Monmouth counties, and then there’s Somers Point Restaurant Week, covering the southern shore. Jersey Shore Restaurant Week restaurants will offer a 3-course meal for $30.11 (or $20.11 for some), plus many more special events taking place during the week. Go to their website for all the details. Somers Point Restaurant Week restaurants will be offering lunch for $11.07 and dinner for $25.07. Enjoy either (or both) restaurant weeks from November 4 to 13.

And then there’s Borgata’s own Restaurant Week, which is taking place from November 6 to 11. The heavy hitters at Borgata will offer diners a choice between a 3-course meal for $33 and a 4-course meal for $44. That’s a pretty sweet deal when you’re talking about restaurants such as Bobby Flay Steak, Izakaya and Fornelletto. And then for good measure, the celeb chefs at Borgata will be having a special Taste of American Classics dinner and event on November 12. Not only will you get to chance to enjoy the food, but you’ll get to meet the chefs themselves! Pretty cool, n’est pas?

How does this weekend look?

Tonight is the annual Harvest for Hunger wine tasting and auction, hosted by Cathedral Kitchen. The event will be held at the Collingswood Ballroom from 7PM to 10PM, and the cost is $65 per person.

For Saturday, it’s Octoberfest in Sea Isle City, the Fall Harvest Festival at Manahawkin Lake Park in, well, Manahawkin, and the ultimate battle for drink supremacy: Beer vs. Wine at the Adriane Phillips Ballroom in Boardwalk Hall down in Atlantic City.

For Saturday and Sunday, enjoy the Italian Festival at Bellview Winery in Landisville, Laurita Harvest Festival at Laurita Winery in New Egypt, and  the first annual Waterfront Wine & Food Festival at Lake Lenape Park in Mays Landing.

Here’s your cooking class schedule for the weekend:

Tonight: Date Night at Viking Cooking School at Harrah’s Resort in Atlantic City, Hindu Diwali Sweets at The Culinary Arts Center at Burlington County College in Mount Holly, and Date Night: Fabulous Foods of Spain at Sur La Table in Marlton.

Tomorrow: Simple Comforts at Sur La Table, Designer Cookie Workshop: Halloween Cookies at Viking Cooking School, Get Saucy at Phillips Seafood at The Pier Shops at Caesars (also in AC), and Cozy Cabin Favorites at Kitchen Kapers in Moorestown.

Sunday: Chocolate Lovers’ Workshop at Viking Cooking School, Martha Stewart’s Halloween Treats at Sur La Table, and Kids in the Kitchen – Delicious Desserts and Halloween Treats at Kitchen Kapers.

Blogging Out Hunger

Woodstown High School is starting their holiday food drive next week.

And in the news this week…

While not in South Jersey, Jon Bon Jovi’s pay-what-you-can restaurant in Red Bank opened this week, and that’s pretty big news. Deb Smith of jersey Bites got to take a tour of the new place.

The weather has made 2011 a challenging year for wine growers in South Jersey.

And here’s an article about the new fresh food program being used in Mount Laurel’s school system.

Have a great weekend!

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