Friday Foodstuffs 3.2.12: Abbott & Costello, Bert & Ernie, and Oysters & Ham

“A Ham, a Herring, Oysters, a Lemon, Bread, Onions, Grapes”, Peter Claesz, 1645

Great partnerships can come from very different personalities. Consider oysters and ham, for instance. At first, like most great duos, they seem like oil and water-they don’t mix. But together, they can form the basis of a great salad dressing, or sauce….oh, what the hell. I don’t care if they go together, they just sound like the basis of a great meal, even if they will never be as popular as Batman and Robin, peanut butter and jelly, Harold and Maude… the whole point of this rant is to let you know that on Sunday, March 25, the annual spring oyster and ham dinner at the Port Norris Fire Co. will be on from noon to 6 p.m. And though it sounds like a crazy, small town event, reservations fill up fast. Why? Apparently, the dinner is built around two ideas: A BIG plate set on the table heaped with slabs of ham, paired with fried-golden-brown-and-delicious hot oysters. If that’s not enough, add baked beans, string beans, macaroni salad, pepper cabbage, beverage, rolls and homemade desserts into the mix and you’ll roll instead of stroll out the door. All this for  $19 ( kids 12 and under are $9). For more info, call (856) 785-2562. Beats a boring old spaghetti dinner any day, doesn’t it?

On Saturday, Kuzina by Sofia and The Garden State Discovery Museum in Cherry Hill partner up for a day of Greek food exploration. It’s part of the museum’s “Food Around the World” program. The event is taking place at Kuzina by Sofia and runs from 12PM to 4PM.

And if you can’t wait until St. Patrick’s Day to do your drinking and eating, you can get yourself started this Sunday with the annual Leprechaun Crawl in Margate. Start at 11AM at Maynard’s, then follow the bagpipers around town to Steve & Cookie’s By the Bay, Johnny’s Cafe, then back to Maynard’s  for Irish music and food. $20 will get you a t-shirt and buffet. It won’t get you that very necessary cab ride home, though. Plan ahead.

And of course, as we’ve been trumpeting about for a little while now, this Sunday kicks off Atlantic City Restaurant Week. We were at the media kickoff on Tuesday night, and were happy to see some local places like the Ram’s Head Inn representin’. Check out who’s participating restaurants and go crazy: $15.12 for lunch, $33.12 for dinner.. And congrats to all our contest winners who get to go for free!

It may be slow in the events department, but you can go hog-wild with cooking classes this weekend:

Tonight: Bienvenidos! Argentinian Flare! at Kitchen Kapers in Moorestown,Molto Batali at Sur La Table  in Marlton.

Saturday: Homemade Mozzarella and Ricotta Workshop at Sur La Table, Steakhouse Workshop at Viking Cooking School , Harrah’s  in Atlantic City, 00.242.7724.

Starting on Saturdays, from tomorrow though the 24th: Fundamentals of Fine Cooking II at The Culinary Arts Center of Burlington County College  in Mount Holly.
Sunday: French Quarter Feast and New! Vegas Steakhouse at Viking Cooking School, Ravioli Workshop at Sur La Table, Kids in the Kitchen: That’s Italian! at Kitchen Kapers

Starting on Saturdays, from tomorrow though the 25th: Fundamentals of Baking I at The Culinary Arts Center of Burlington County College.


Blogging Out Hunger

The Egg Harbor Township High School chapter of Family, Career, Community Leaders of America is participating in a community service project called “Helping Human Hunger.”

In Gloucester township, the United Way’s food drive collects over 10,835 lbs. of food.


And in the news this week…

Hoo boy. More in the BYOB wars in Ocean City: restauranteurs are challenging the chamber’s “dry town” description.

It looks like the 53rd annual AtlantiCare Foundation Century Club Gala will be the first fundraiser to grace the halls of the new Revel.

Kudos to the Atlantic Cape Community College Conference for  looking to bring Jersey produce to local schools.

And a farewell to the CEO of Resorts in Atlantic City, Dennis Gomes, who died today of complications related to Kidney dialysis.


Have a great weekend!


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