Friday Foodstuffs 1.27.12: Can’t Wait to Revel in the Food!

photo credit: Press of Atlantic City


Are you like me? Are you getting excited about the Revel opening up this spring? Not to sound like a casino mouthpiece, but if you are into the food thing, you can’t help but be staggering with anticipation. The press releases regarding the restaurants that will be a part of the Revel experience have been coming thick and fast, and each place sounds like it could be a winner. Here’s what we know so far:

  • Food Network”s Iron Chef Jose Garces will be opening  three-count ’em- three restaurants at Revel: Amada (small-plates), Village Whiskey (drinks and bar food) and Distrito Cantina (Mexican with a take-out option)…just one question: when will he sleep?
  • Allan Allegretti (of  New York City’s La Promenade de Anglais fame) is opening Azure, featuring the”refined flavors of the Italian and French Riveria”.
  • Robert Wiedmaier (of the flagship restaurant Marcel’s in Washington, D.C.) is opening another Mussel Bar , serving “Bière, Moules & Frites” in a relaxed atmosphere.
  • Marc Forgione (NYC rock star chef and Food Network”s  Next Iron Chef of 2010) will be bringing American Cut to the scene, billed as a steakhouse and “meat bar” (sounds so evil, yet so irresistible)
  • …And rumor has it that South Jersey’s very own Luke Palladino is considering opening a little something-something as well.

But that’s later this year, and we need to live in the now. So, without further ado, here’s what the weekend events look like:

Starting tonight and running until Sunday is the  Greek Winter Feast! at the Community Center in Egg Harbor Township.
On Saturday: Fire & Ice Festival in Mount Holly….Bratwurst and Books at the Bridgeton Public Library in  Bridgeton….Muskrat Dinner at Lower Alloways Creek Firehouse  in Hancock’s Bridge…Winter Wine Fest at the Church of the Holy Eucharist  in Tabernacle.

Running from Saturday to Sunday is the Alpine Winter Weekend at Bellview Winery  in  Landisville…Chinese New Year 2012 (The Mandarin Group of restaurants in Gloucester and Cape May counties)…You can also celebrate Chinese New Year on Saturday at the Hauxia Chinese School in Egg Harbor Twp, and dim sum will be available for those who attend….Chili will also be the focus of the Soup ‘R’ Bowl of Chili Challenge at the community center in Lakehurst…and Saturday is also the day of the annual Men’s Critter Dinner in Fairfield Township. It’s covered dish-kind of dinner, and the covered dish you bring needs to be made from your recent kill from a hunt. They’re also promising a ‘mystery meat’ dish, where you have to name the game, so to speak. None of this is made up, by the way.

Rather just cook? We’ve got LOTS of cooking classes on the schedule this weekend:

Tonight:  Girls’ Night Out: In Vegas at Viking Cooking School  in Atlantic City, Date Night – In the Kitchen with Chef Laura at In The Kitchen Cooking School in Haddonfield,  Bienvenidos! Argentinian Flare! at Kitchen Kapers in  Moorestown, and Date Night: Winter Dinner in Spain at Sur La Table  in Marlton.

Saturday: Asian Noodle Soup at Sur La Table, Cape Cuisine: Comfort Foods at the Cape May County Library in Cape May Court House (must register in advance), Best of Class: Grilling at Viking Cooking School, Regional Italian Cuisine: Abruzzo at Kitchen Kapers.

Sunday: Secrets of a Pastry Chef at Sur La Table, French Cooking at In The Kitchen Cooking School, Kids in the Kitchen: Monkey Business! at Kitchen Kapers, Best of Class: Steakhouse at Viking Cooking School.

Blogging Out Hunger

The Free Meal Center in Cape May County needs to raise $50,000 over the next 10 weeks, or may be forced to close its doors.

The FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties will be having their annual Benefit Concert Saturday night at 7:30 in Ocean Grove.

The food bank in Commercial Twp will be open this Saturday, and is moving to a new location in February.

Food For Thought, a new food bank in Manchester Twp, is a partnership between a church and the high school.

And in the news this week…

North Wildwood’s Maui’s Dog House setting up a year-round location in Philly? Yes.

The Nizam’s in Egg Harbor Twp had a surprise visitor to their Indian restaurant this week: a car through the front door.

Congrats to Washington Twp resident Linda Aceo, who finished in the top 3 of the Great Chili Cookoff competition in Woman’s Day magazine.

And if you can, check out South Jersey’s beer ninja Gary Monterosso on Monday on the 10! show at 11:30AM.

Have a great weekend!


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