Friday Foodstuffs 11.18.11: Judgment of Atco

OK, that’s probably a bit too dramatic. And certainly not as dramatic as the subject matter of George Taber’s book “Judgment of Paris”, which documented the moment in which Napa became, well, Napa.

Mr. Taber has a new book out, entitled “A Toast to Bargain Wines”, and there’s going to be a release party tomorrow night at Amalthea Cellars in Atco (hence the Judgment at Atco title…yeah, it was a stretch). The fun starts at 6PM and the cost is $50 (call to make sure tickets are still available). Enjoy some Jersey wines and tasty nibbles. Get a copy of the book. Say hello an chat wine with Mr. Taber. And maybe even say hello to Lisa and myself, as we plan to be in attendance. Should be fun.

For the rest of the weekend, not a busy on food events-wise; everybody must be getting ready for Turkey Day. If you got your fill of Beaujolais Nouveau, what you need is…more wine! Tomorrow is another installment of the  Cape May Trolley Wine Trail, which will visit Hawk Haven and Natali Winery. The cost is $60 per person.

Saturday is also the last day of the Collingswood Farmers’ Market, so stock up!

On Sunday, you can go old school with Let’s Talk Tea at Georgian Court University in Lakewood. Or, you can go really old school with an Open Hearth Cooking Demonstration and Tasting at Peachfield in Westampton.

Here is your cooking class schedule for the weekend:

Tomorrow: SAVEUR Cooks: Thanksgiving Dessert Ideas at Sur La Table in Marlton, An All-American Thanksgiving at Phillips Seafood at The Pier Shops at Caesars in Atlantic City, Best of Class: Sushi Maki and Celebration Dinner Party at Viking Cooking School at Harrah’s Resort in Atlantic City,  Date Nights at Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences on LBI, and Sushi Showcase! at Kitchen Kapers in Moorestown.

Sunday: Baby Cakes and Thai Dinner Party at Viking Cooking School, Making Thanksgiving Easy: The Classic Thanksgiving Pie, Making Thanksgiving Easy: Traditional Thanksgiving Sides with a Twist and Making Thanksgiving Easy: The Best Turkey Ever at Sur La Table, and Kids in the Kitchen – Thanksgiving Leftovers at Kitchen Kapers.

Blogging Out Hunger

Friends of India Society are running a food and coat drive in Vineland.

Barely Legal Homebrewers is having a Thanksgiving Food Drive tomorrow from 2PM to 5PM at The Pourhouse in Westmont. If you donate, you get to sample some beer.

Project Thanksgiving, the Salvation Army, and Bottino’s ShopRite locations in Gloucester County are holding a turkey drive tomorrow.

Angels of God in Pitman is having a Thanksgiving food drive through tomorrow.

The Union Presbyterian Church in Carneys Point will be the site of a food drive tomorrow, hosted by a local Boy Scout troop.

A turkey drive will be happening this Sunday at the First Presbyterian Church of Haddonfield.

Here’s a list of locations providing free meals on Thanksgiving in Ocean County.

Grace Baptist Church in Haddon Twp is asking for donations for their food pantry to put together Thanksgiving baskets.

A SIMPLE group giving out holiday food in Pleasantville.

Stop & Shop made a donation this week of 1,500 turkeys to the Foodbank of Ocean and Monmouth Counties.

Here’s a young beauty queen taking actions to help the hungry in her area. And how about some more youngsters doing their part to help. (I just said youngsters, didn’t I?)

And in the news this week…

Pretty interesting article about the last family cranberry farm in Atlantic County still operating.

Some Jersey folk are willing to drive long distances to get raw milk. Maybe it’s time Jersey allowed raw milk to be sold here.

Island Vybez Jamaican Restaurant in Camden trying to keep on going and heal from the shooting death of its owner.

Shellfishing near Mordecai Beach at Beach Haven has been shut down until December 1.

It’s looking like a late December opening for the new Amish market in Hopewell Twp.

A new oyster exhibit opened at the Bayshore Discovery Project in Bivalve.

The saga of Dewey’s Dogs right here in Lacey continues.

And sign stealing: it’s one thing in baseball, but taking The Ugly Mug’s sign?

Have a great weekend!



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