Friday Foodstuffs: An Honor and a Privilege

Little things can mean a lot.

A couple of moths or so ago, Lisa and I were given the task to do short write-ups for two of Edible Jersey’s Local Heroes for 2012 from South Jersey. I got to do my piece on Sweet Life Bakery in Vineland, a place we have been shouting their praises about to anyone within earshot over the past few years. It was a fun piece to write, notwithstanding the difficulties of trying to say so much in a small amount of words. We handed our pieces in March, then had to sit on our hands, button our lips, and not breathe a word to Stephen or Jill at Sweet Life (or anyone else for that matter).

Thankfully, the wait is over and Edible Jersey published their newest issue with their Local Heroes. And a very excited Stephen and Jill posted the piece on their Facebook page, bursting at the seams. It was then that I realized how much of an honor and a privilege it was to do that writeup. Sweet Life has done so much and continues to do so much, and for me to have the chance to sum up what they have accomplished – wow, was I worthy? I guess so, since both Stephen and Jill loved it. It reminded me of the time we visited their place shortly before they did their massive reconstruction and noticed a framed review on the wall with a familiar logo at the top. Our write up, framed, and hanging on a wall – I was so touched and, well, honored.

And now, I have been honored again.

Restaurant News

New restaurants opening in old, familiar places: Spiaggia Seafood Trattoria opens in Stone Harbor in the same location that housed Sole and Sea Salt, and a new place on Route 9 in West Creek called Augie’s is opening where Dock Road Crab Shack and La Bahia once resided.

Look for a June 1 opening for North End American Grill in North Wildwood.

Starting this Sunday, Cuba Libre in Atlantic City will be serving brunch seven day a week.

On May 15, Marino’s of Mullica Hill will be giving away free slices of their asparagus, bacon & truffle oil pizza to celebrate their 1-year anniversary.

The Farmers’ Market Report

The farmers’ market in Woodbury opened today for the season.  This year is their 10th season in operation.

At the Burlington County farmers’ market on Saturday there will be a gardening expo from 10AM to 3PM.

Meanwhile, Chef Mark from Tortilla Press will be preparing asparagus quesadillas at the Collingswood farmers’ market tomorrow.

Blogging Out Hunger

It’s been mentioned by a lot of us in the blogosphere, but it’s worth mentioning again: Saturday is Stamp Out Hunger. If you are able, leave out food for your postal delivery person to collect.

Check out Just Peachy!, a collective effort between Food Bank of South Jersey and Campbell’s Soup where unsold Jersey peaches will be made into peach salsa. The proceeds from the sales of the salsa will go back to the food bank. What a cool idea.

Coming up on May 22, it’s the Beach Ball at the Atlantic City Country Club for the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, Southern Branch.

And in the news this week…

BYOB in Ocean City went down to decisive defeat on Tuesday. Really, seriously…we need to move on from this debate and think of other ways to help the town.

After six years, a new supermarket will finally be opening in Atlantic City on May 17. Meanwhile, A new food market is scheduled to be opened in Woodbury by November.

A CSA that includes seafood? Nice.

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