Friday Foodstuffs 11.4.11: John, We Have Empty Racks!

You know the routine: you sign up for updates from a company, be it a restaurant or not, and they ask for your name in order to ‘personalize’ their blasts when they get sent out. And when you receive the aforementioned blast, with the aforementioned personalization, my guess is that you don’t really real all that much closer to that particular company.

Then you (or in this case, me) get a personalized email blast that stops you cold. I got one of those this week. In the subject heading, this is what it said:

John, we have empty racks!

It was from the Food Bank of South Jersey. And here was the rest of the message:

The Food Bank Needs Your Help Today!

More people are feeling the pain of hunger than even before. In fact, there is a 70% increase in food insecure individuals – and 57,820 are children.

Shortages in both food and funding mean we are at a critical point. We are facing a shortage of $300,000 to buy the food needed for the holidays. Our racks are bare –at a time when others look to the Food Bank of South Jersey to provide them with the food they need.

And that’s why we’re turning to you.

Can you please take a moment to make a crisis gift right now? It will help put food on our shelves…and on the tables…of the hungry families in South Jersey who are counting on all of us to help them through the season.

Thank you!

For the first time, I received a personalized email that really felt like I was being talked to directly.

I don’t usually use the word dire around here, but this time I think it’s applicable. You can read the recent articles yourself about the situation that the Food Bank of South Jersey finds itself in currently. The situation is turning dire.

Here’s my personalized message to you. If it’s convenient, donate your time and your resources to your local food bank. If it’s not convenient, do so anyway. We do what we can, even with the small means we have right now. My hope is that you would do the same. We need to help those in our communities who are struggling in these times when resources are scarce.

What’s going on this weekend? Listen – I know that this is being published on Saturday, so the events listed will be on the short side.

Fall Harvest Week wrapped up on Friday, but a number of the participating restaurants are extending the deals through the weekend. Check the list and see which ones are doing so. Meanwhile, Jersey Shore Restaurant Week and Somers Point Restaurant Week started on Friday and will be running though November 14.

Later today, you have OysterFest at WheatonArts, Spirits & Spirits at Smithville Mansion, and It’s More than just a Wine Tasting at the Mount Holly Library and Lyceum.

For Sunday, it’s the second day of the Grape Adventure Wine Festival and the start of Savor Borgata Restaurant Week down in Atlantic City.

Peeking ahead to Monday, you have the Fall Herb Dinner at Steve & Cookie’s By the Bay in Margate as well as the monthly Epicurean Society of Southern New Jersey Dining Event at the Atlantic City Country Club in Northfield.

Here’s your cooking class schedule for the rest of the weekend:

Today: Date Night: Gourmet Delight at Viking Cooking School at Harrah’s Resort in Atlantic City, Dinner Party 101 at The Culinary Arts Center at Burlington County College in Mount Holly, and Healthy Comfort Foods at
Kitchen Kapers in Moorestown.

Tomorrow: Pasta Workshop at Sur La Table in Marlton, Southern Specialties from the hit movie “The Help” and Holiday Food and Wine Pairing at Viking Cooking School, and Kids in the Kitchen: Fun with Breakfast at Kitchen Kapers.

Blogging Out Hunger

Veltri’s Real Estate in Toms River started a food drive at the Halloween Parade and it will be running through November 8.

Nice job by Delsea Regional High School with their recent food drive!

And in the news this week…

The big news (3 times big, actually) is that Flying Fish has signed an agreement to move its brewing operations to Somerdale.

Restaurant openings and closings: Little Louie’s BBQ in Collingswood and Meat BBQ Co. in Forked River opened their doors, while Carriage Trade Cheese Shoppe will be closing theirs and they are having a final sale this weekend.

The Curious Case of City Coffee in Camden, where a sexual harassment suit with the owner was settled…until it wasn’t.

The Curious Case of da Soli, a new restaurant in Haddonfield that did not make the owner of Tre Famiglia all that happy.

Coal House in Point Pleasant Beach is donating $1 from lunches and taekout dinners to help the Cancer Concern Center in town.

The battle to allow people to raise chickens in Lower Twp will be discussed at the November 10 planning board meeting.

Will Dewey’s Dogs find a new home?

And we forgot to mention the recent passing of Gary Biemiller, the co-owner of McMillan’s Bakery in Haddon Twp.

Have a great weekend!

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