Friday Foodstuffs 3.9.12: Slow Food South Jersey Shore Offers Farm-to-Table and Entomophagy Gastronomy

Wha?

Bug eating.

Oh. Wha?

Seriously, the consumption of insects is becoming more and more of a reality in this country as new sources of food are being sought out. And if you thought that all those times your friends forced you to eat a bug back in the day would come to nothing, your training may have actually paid off. On March 19, Slow Food South Jersey Shore is having a pot luck dinner and cooking demo with Benjamin Pratt, a consumer liaison and social researcher at World Entomophagy. The dinner starts at 7:30, so bring a dish and an open mind.

On more familiar ground, an exciting farm-to-fork dinner will be offered on March 16 at Congress Hall and prepared by Chef Lucas Manteca. It will be a five-course meal featuring dishes using local ingredients from cheeses and seafood to chicken and pork. A complimentary glass of local wine is included with the meal. Tickets are $50 and you do need to reserve in advance. It’s a popular event, so don’t wait!

For this weekend, we still have a little time left for Atlantic City Restaurant Week, but only just a little. The dining event ends on Saturday. Starting Sunday, though, you have Collingswood Restaurant Week to help pick up the slack. Collingswood Restaurant Week runs through March 16.

Tonight there’s the annual Grapes & Grain South Jersey event at Auletto Caterers in Almonesson as well as Dinner with the Fine Arts: American Female Photographers at Georgian Court University in Lakewood. Tonight is also the Second Friday by the Bay at the Bayshore Discovery Museum in Bivalve from 5:30PM to 8:30PM. Irish music and potato leek soup will be at the cafe.

Saturday is the kickoff of the two-day Garden State Cake Show in Burlington as well as France on Tour at Bellview Winery in Landisville. Saturday is also the Chili & Chowder Cook-Off at Marquis de Lafayette Hotel in Cape May.

Here’s your cooking class schedule for the weekend:

Tonight: Date Night: Chef’s Table at Sur La Table in Marlton and Fiesta Culinary Workshop for Teens and Tweens at Kitchen Kapers in Moorestown.

Tomorrow: Croissant Workshop at Sur La Table, Cape Cuisine: Begosh & Begorrah at Cape May County Library in Cape May Court House, Best of Class: Cocktail Party at Viking Cooking School at Harrah’s Resort in Atlantic City, and Sushi Workshop 101 at Kitchen Kapers.

Sunday: 4 Global Dishes Every Cook Should Know at Sur La Table and Kids in the Kitchen: It’s Not Easy Being Green at Kitchen Kapers.

Blogging Out Hunger

For a few Fridays, a food bank donation will be your admission cost to tour the Physick House in Cape May.

And in the news this week…

BYOB in OC update: Petition certified? Check. Town council rejected the idea again? Check (unanimously so). And so, it comes down to a vote on May 8. Civility out the window until then? To be determined.

An agritourism bill cleared another hurdle in state government.

Bain’s Deli in Vineland is deciding to close its doors.

Very cool: a Medford resident got a chance to be a part of Sierra Nevada Beer Camp. Not so cool: he’s trying to come up with a cheesesteak beer. Don’t do it. Please.

And …it’s costing much more to farm these days.

Have a great weekend!

 

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