Eating, Drinking and Cooking in South Jersey This Weekend (5/11-13)

It’s Mom’s Day on Sunday, so it goes without saying that a good chunk of the events this weekend are going to revolve around Mom. And that’s the way it should be, since the world revolves around moms anyway.

This weekend also allows us to dust off our annual ‘Bring Mom to the Winery’ cry. Moms can use a little vino now and then, and with Jersey wines getting more and more buzz, it’s a great time to see and taste for yourself. The Mother’s Day Wine Trail Weekend will be taking place Saturday and Sunday from 12PM to 5PM in participating wineries throughout New Jersey. Here are some of the special events that will be taking place at wineries in South Jersey this weekend:

* At Auburn Road Vineyard & Winery, Chef Danielle will be preparing a special brunch menu that will be available from 11AM to 3PM on both days.

* Bellview Winery will be offering Mom wines and dessert this weekend.

* At Heritage Vineyards, it’s wine, cheese, dessert and pink sangria that Mom can enjoy this weekend.

* Renault Winery will have not one, not two, but three dining options on Sunday from which you can choose.

* Sharrott Winery is having a Rosé & Roses weekend, so it’s wine and flowers for Mom.

* Brunch will be available on Sunday at Tomasello Winery from 10:30AM to 3PM for $24.95 per person.

Taking Mom out to brunch is another way you can make her feel special, so long as you to take her to a good place for brunch. Everybody has a Mom’s Day brunch and/or dinner going on Sunday, so here’s a selection of some ideas for you:

How about a diner? Maybe Mom would like a more casual affair, and Ponzio’s in Cherry Hill is having a special menu for $25.99 per person.

Tortilla Press Cantina in Merchantville will have a Mom’s Day brunch starting at 10AM for $19.95 per person.

A Mother’s Day Brunch will be available at Mad Batter Restaurant on Jackson Street in Cape May from 8AM to 3PM. The cost is $30 per person.

At 9AM, you can enjoy brunch at Adelphia Restaurant in Deptford and DiPaolo’s Italian Ristorante in Penns Grove.

An hour later, and brunch starts at Ram’s Head Inn in Galloway and High Street Grill in Mount Holly.

Keg & Kitchen (formerly Cork) in Westmont will be serving from from 11AM to 3PM, and for an extra $10 you can get a bottomless glass of bloody mary or mimosa.

Maybe Mom would like something a little more ethnic in nature. IndeBlue in Collingswood is having a $30 prix fixe brunch from 11:30 to 3PM.

If you want to go out for dinner, your choices are not limited there either. A Mother’s Day Dinner will be served at Salem City Cafe in Salem from 1PM to 5PM for $24.95 per person. Cafe Madison in Riverside will have a Mother’s Day Dinner from 2PM to 7PM for $39.95 per person. A special Mother’s Day Prix Fixe Dinner will be available at Labrador Lounge in Normandy Beach from 4PM to 8PM for $30 per person. And we cannot forget the Mother’s Day dinner at The Ebbitt Room at The Virginia Hotel for $42 per person. The menu will feature ingredients from their Beach Plum Farm.

Here’s what the rest of the weekend has in store…

Friday night you can prepare for the wine trail weekend by getting more wine drinking practice. The Wine & Spirits Festival at Avalon Community Hall will be from 6:30PM to 9PM and will cost $40 per person. At Adventure Aquarium in Camden, enjoy a Wine Tasting Experience from 7PM to 10PM. The cost is $85 per person.

On Saturday in Ocean County, you have the Toms River FoodFest on Washington Street from 11AM to 8PM, the 1st annual Riverfront Food & Wine Festival at Riverfront Park in Point Pleasant from 1PM to 8PM. Outside of Ocean County, there’s the Big Teplitzky Challenge at the Chelsea Hotel in Atlantic City and the beer-themed Handcrafted at Perkins Center in Collingswood.

If Mom doesn’t want wine or brunch, maybe she wants to do an Oyster Sail with Raw Bar excursion aboard the A.J. Meerwald at the Bayshore Discovery Project in Bivalve/Port Norris. The fun starts at 1:30PM, and is $40 per person ($20 for the kids).

If you care to venture outside of South Jersey…

The 2nd Annual BBQ on the Banks of the Schuylkill River will be taking place on Saturday from 5PM to 8PM.

Here’s the cooking class schedule for the weekend:

Friday: Cake Decorating Class at Linwood Public Library, Best of Class: Casual Dinner Party and Date Night: Divine Dinner at Viking Cooking School at Harrah’s in Atlantic City, Midnight in Paris at In The Kitchen Cooking School in Haddonfield, and Date Night: Chef’s Table at Sur La Table in Marlton.

Saturday: Mother’s Day Macarons at Sur La Table, Clam Bake for Two at Phillips Seafood at The Pier Shops at Caesars in Atlantic City, and Best of Class: Cocktail Party at Viking Cooking School.

Sunday: Baby Cakes at Viking Cooking School, Springtime Cake Pops at Sur La Table, and Oysters and Clams 101 at The Culinary Arts Center at Burlington County College in Mount Holly.

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