Friday Foodstuffs: Restaurants as Community Leaders

Going to keep it short: if you have a chance, please check out the story I wrote this week for WHYY’s NewsWorks website. Restaurant people are, by and large, pretty passionate people. And when they get involved in their local community, they are usually pretty passionate about that as well. This week’s article only begins to scratch the surface in regards to all of the chefs and owners who are involved in local activities. The more we get to talk to chefs, the more we find out how much they do for their local communities. Wonderful stuff.

Restaurant News

Voorhees Town Center lost Firecreek and Doghouse Gourmet Burgers this week, but fear not! Iron Hill Brewery will open a new location there this winter.

A fire caused some roof and kitchen damage to The Shrimp Box in Point Pleasant Beach on Wednesday.

Ribs by Parks will be opening today in Mount Holly, occupying the space that once was Buzz’s Tavern. If you lived in Willingboro back in the day, you’ll probably recognize the name Gordon Parks, who will be operating the new eatery.

Burger 25 will be opening its third Ocean County location next month in Toms River in the former Island Cafe location (next to Rich’s II) on Route 37.

When Jim’s Lunch in Millville opens again this fall, it will no longer be run by Jim and Rochelle Maul. They arr retiring and passing the business along to their children.

And how about this: the local Patch runs a story about Riverton Deli on Wednesday – and the place closes the same day.

The Farmers’ Market Report

It’s wall-to-wall strawberries! Pick your own strawberries begins today at Duffield’s Farm in Sewell starting at 8AM.

Salem’s farmers’ market, now in its 10th season, opened yesterday and will feature Auburn Road Vineyards once a month.

Lakehurst will be opening a farmer’s market for the first time on June 24.

A new community garden is springing up in Salem, and an existing community garden in Vineland is helping those who are struggling.

And in other food news this week…

New Jersey officially banned the use of horses for human consumption.

Enjoy your holiday weekend!


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