Friday Foodstuffs 2.24.12: Atlantic City in March, Where The Lion Enters Restaurant Week and The Lamb Exits the Beer Fest

The lion gets fed, and the lamb gets…happy.

The month of March is nice and neatly bookended in Atlantic City with two of the biggest food events of the year in South Jersey: Atlantic City Restaurant Week and the AC Beer and Music Festival. We’ve talked before about Atlantic City Restaurant Week, which runs from March 4 to 10, but it needs to be said again: it’s friggin’ huge! Really, it’s a terrific way to try out one of the schwanky places down AC way for a reasonable price ($15.12 per person for lunch and $33.12 for dinner).

Well, four lucky folks are going to get a chance to even skip the $33.12 altogether and get their meal for FREE! Today is the day that we announce the winners of our AC Restaurant Week contest! Using the powerful Random Integer Generator at, here are our winners:

Winner #1: Vicky – and no, the fact that you’re from Willingboro had no bearing on being picked.

Winner #2: Patrice Curley – now go and make that reservation!

Winner #3: Sharon Dadamo – and yes, AC Restaurant Week is great!

and Winner #4: Lisa Webb – so go try a new place!

Congrats to all the winners, and thanks for everyone who entered. Now, for you lucky four, you need to email us at with your full name and address. We are literally mailing them from our home to yours, so get that info to us ASAP. We might even throw in a little extra tchotchke for fun.

At the end of March, the 30th and 31st to be exact, is the AC Beer and Music Festival. Before this year, it was simply a beer fest with music – but NOW, the music part has been beefed up considerably with a long list of bands that will be appearing. I can’t vouch for the music portion, but the beer part is most certainly exciting. Plenty of tasty craft brews from which to choose, and a nice representation of what’s new coming out of South Jersey. Cape May Brewing, Tuckahoe Brewing out of Cape May County, and Turtle Stone from Vineland will all be there.

But you want to know what’s going on this weekend, right? Well, here you go:

Tonight (and starting tonight): Vertical Merlot Tasting at Bellview Winery  in Landisville; Wine 101 – Introduction to Wines (a Friday night series running through till 3/9) at Laurita Winery in New Egypt.

Saturday:Feast in February Wine Festival at Natali Vineyards at Cape May Court House; Chili Cook-Off and Dinner at Annex of Our Lady of Sorrows Church  in Linwood 4PM to 7PM. $8 per person, $3 for kids. (call 609.646.1861 for info)

Starting Monday: Dr. Seuss Week at The Pop Shop  in Collingswood (running through till Friday March 2nd).


Here’s your weekend cooking class schedule (check out full list on our Cooking Class page for the whole week):

Tonight: Wine & Cooking Education – “Olive Oils & Balsamic” at Renault Winery Resort & Golf  in Egg Harbor City; Girls’ Night Out: In Vegas at Viking Cooking School , Harrah’s  in Atlantic City; Great Gastropub Fare at Sur La Table in Marlton. Restaurant Style Appys for Teens and Tweens at Kitchen Kapers  in Moorestown.

Saturday: Best of Class: Cocktail Party at Viking Cooking School; Fresh Pasta and Ravioli at Kitchen Kapers.

Sunday: Everybody Loves Brunch! at Kitchen Kapers; Simply Salmon at Sur La Table; Best of Class: Grilling Seafood at Viking Cooking School


Blogging Out Hunger

The LLCD&VA Commercial Township Food Pantry has moved back to the newly renovated and expanded Charles A. Sheppard building.


And in the news this week…

How about this: Zeppoli in Collingswood is a national semi-finalist for the James Beard Award for Best New Restaurant. Wow.

Openings and closing in the region: Sgt. Smokey’s Traveling Barbecue will be making a home at Dutch Neck in Bridgeton, Dino’s in Northfield had its soft opening, Cork in Westmont is turning into Keg & Kitchen…meanwhile, the Benihana and El Chico at the Ocean County Mall closed suddenly, as has Redding’s in Atlantic City.

Rumor has it from NJ Craft Beer is that Flying Fish will be having a release party for their next Exit Series beer, Exit 8, on March 1st!


Have a great weekend!



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