It’s all Alton Brown’s fault.
Good Eats went off the air some years back. The show had a long and entertaining run, but Alton thought it was time to retire the concept. For a good four plus years, we pushed out a Friday Foodstuffs on this blog before finally feeling the need to pull back.
But, like Alton Brown, I’m feeling like it’s time to bring back an oldie but goodie, but with some modifications. It won’t be your father’s Friday Foodstuffs, but I’m hoping you like the new version.
Bottom line: if Alton Brown can bring back Good Eats (which will start August 25th at 10PM on Food Network, btw), I can bring back Friday Foodstuffs!
So, a little primer on how the new version of Friday Foodstuffs is going to work. As always, I’ll do a little monologue-thingy to start. Then we get to the different sections: Event-Full!, which will be all about upcoming food-themed events for the weekend and following week; Follow the Food Trucks will be two or three food truck-specific items and/or events; Need a Drink? will focus on the South Jersey beer, wine and spirits scene; Going to the Market will be all about farmers markets as well as other specialty markets; and finally Check Please! will be recommendations of any articles from the past week that I think you should check out.
As we go along, I expect there to be adjustments. But I hope you get something out of it every week.
The first ever Downtown Wildwood Seafood & Wine Festival is happening this weekend. So what’s going to be there? (Ummm…seafood and wine…didn’t you read the first sen…tence…never mind.) The seafood is being served up by food trucks, including crabcakes from Back Bay Seafood, lobster rolls and quesadillas from Cousins Maine Lobster, and bacon-wrapped scallops from Scuba & The Beast. Laurita Winery is coming down from New Egypt and bringing the vino. And Mudhen will be on hand serving its local brews. The festival will be happening on Saturday from 4PM to 10PM and on Sunday from 11AM to 5PM. Byrne Plaza – 3400 Pacific Avenue, Wildwood.
Speaking of Wildwood, Sunday is that start of the first of two Wildwood Restaurant Weeks. This one goes until June 20th, and the next one happens August 25th-29th. Over 30 restaurants are participating.
You like the clams and oysters? Sure you do! This Saturday (June 15th) there is a Cooking Demo and Tasting presented by ReClam the Bay and the LBI Foundation. There are two demonstration sessions (11AM and 1PM), and tickets are $45 for each session. A cash raw bar will be available as well. Theo Gerike, a chef and local oyster farmer, will be leading the demonstrations and showing you tips for cooking oysters and scallops. The proceeds go to help fund the efforts of both ReClam The Bay and the LBI Foundation. And it’s BYO to boot, so bring a beverage! Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts & Sciences – 120 Long Beach Boulevard, Long Beach Twp. 609.494.1241.
Dad may not be a brunch-kind of guy, but add beer to the mix and it might sway his opinion. Iron Hill in Voorhees is having a Brewmaster’s Beer Brunch on June 15th from 11:30AM to 2PM. Just get a whiff of the courses you will be having: South Philly Pretzel, Jersey Shore Pork Roll, Chorizo and Waffles (be still my beating heart!), Bacon Bacon Bacon Bacon Bacon Bacon, and Blueberry Lemon Ricotta Cake. Whew. And each course paired with an Iron Hill brew. The brunch is $45 and you MUST make a reservation. 13107 Town Center Boulevard, Voorhees. 856.545.9009.
Admit it – you’ve had this dream where a cocktail shaker the size of a subcompact is pouring massive amounts of drinks for all to enjoy. It’s no dream my friend. On Saturday the Monkey Mixer Tour makes a stop at Tennessee Avenue Beer Hall from 2PM to 5PM. This mixer holds – get this – 2400 gallons of boozy fun. Hope you’re thirsty. 113 S. Tennessee Avenue, Atlantic City. 609.541.4099.
One of the nicest settings for an outdoor nosh is down at Beach Plum Farm in West Cape May. Starting this Father’s Day Sunday, and running every Sunday through August 25th, is the Beach Plum BBQ. The Q is served up from 4PM to 8PM using farm-raised chicken and pork. Will there be lawn games? Yes – there will be lawn games. 140 Stevens Street, West Cape May. 609. 602. 0128.
Love mozzarella but hate having to go to the store to buy it? No? OK – just play along then. Fermented Food and Beverage Supply Shop in Hammonton is offering a cheesemaking workshop tomorrow (June 15th) on how to make your own mozzarella and ricotta. The class starts at 3PM and lasts about 90 minutes. Tickets are $15 and you must reserve in advance. If you miss this one, the same class is being offered on June 22nd and August 21st. 900 Route 54, Suite A-4, Hammonton. 609.666.5274.
Follow the Food Trucks
It’s Third Thursday Food Truck Night on Main Street in Medford this coming Thursday (June 20th) from 5PM to 9PM.
White Horse Winery in Hammonton has a Food Truck Friday every, well, Friday (that’s today!) from 6PM to 9:30PM. Every week it’s a different food truck, so check the schedule.
And if anyone has been to the food truck on Route 88 in Brick that serves Spanish tapas, I want details!
Need a Drink?
Backward Flag Brewing is celebrating the 244th birthday of the US Army today from 2PM to 10PM. A special cask tapping ia happening at 6PM. And there will be cake.
13th Child Brewery announced that it will now be open seven days a week starting on Monday, June 17th.
Double Nickel and Tonewood are working on a collaboration, and you’ll have to go to the 4th & Friends Craft Beer Festival in Philly July 6th to taste it.
Going to the Market
Laurel Market in Pitman had its grand opening a couple of weeks ago, and is now open every Saturday from 8AM to 12PM at the Sunset Auditorium on Laurel Avenue.
It’s Season 11 for the Westmont Farmers Market, open on Wednesdays from 4PM until 8PM. And look for The Fabulous Fig food truck to be there.
Mount Holly finally has a farmers market of its own. Opening yesterday, the market is located at High Street and Washington Street and will happen every Thursday from 3PM to 7PM.
You want to keep up on the latest in the local craft brew scene? Read the South Jersey Beer Scene blog!
Lauren from Just Grubbin is all worked up about All About the Crust in Woodbury.
And evidently Holly from FueledByLOLZ was in my neck of the woods and stopped at Lakeside Diner for a nosh.