By Deborah Smith, Executive Editor
RESCHEDULED JERSEY SHORE RESTAURANT WEEK STARTS FRIDAYCome Support Your Favorite Restaurants. If ever your favorite restaurants needed you…..it’s now. 49 of the original 65 restaurants who were participating in Restaurant Week are back and ready for a great week. http://jerseyshorerestaurantweek.com
KICK-OFF PARTY BECOMES A FUND RAISER: ”Restore the Shore” Benefit Thursday, December 6th at The Mill, Spring Lake Heights 6:30-9:00pm. Attendees will enjoy hors d’ouevres, wine and beer tastings and live music by the Billy Lawlor Band. Instead of the traditional Jersey Shore Restaurant Week Kick-Off Party, this year’s party will raise funds for RestoreTheShoreBenefit.Org, a 501c3 partnership with WANDAA, created by Jersey Shore natives to assist in relief and generate donations for families and businesses affected by Superstorm Sandy. Working directly with relief centers, RTS’ primary focus is to help pay for temporary housing for the more than 2,000 displaced families on the Jersey Shore. For more information on the charity, visit: http://www.facebook.com/restoretheshorebenefit/info. Donations of cleaning supplies, toiletries, baby products, gift cards and canned goods would be most appreciated.
Saturday, December 1st: Hesperides Organica is having a holiday open house 10-2pm. 150 Florence ave in Hawthorne. At least 8 local food businesses will be present, including Semisweet Desserts, Homespun Chili, Red Ribbon Pretzel Co, Kitten and the Bear, Silver Birch Kitchens, and Mo Green Juice. There will be samples and info as well as products for sale.
Saturday, December 1st. South Jersey Swappers Holiday Food Swap from 10 am to noon. Free registration at Eventbrite.
Saturday, December 1st: 8:30am Santa Breakfast – MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) annual fundraiser: Bring you own camera for photos with Santa. Kid craft and balloon and tattoo artists. Breakfast includes pancakes, sausage, coffee, juice, pastries, fruit and more! Tickets: $5 in advance, $7 at the door (family discount, 5+ $25) Holy Eucharist Parish Annex. 344 Kresson Rd. Cherry Hill, NJ 08034 (856)429-1330
Saturday, December 1st: 11:00am and 12:00pm Brunch with Santa at Camden Children’s Garden Two buffet brunch seatings. Reservations must be made in advance. Tickets: $10 per child; $12 per adult Brunch / Guests at the reduced rate of $4 per person for admission to Garden. Camden Children’s Garden 3 Riverside Drive, Camden, NJ 08103 (856)365-8733
Saturday, December 1st at 4:00pm Spaghetti Dinner With Santa at Camp Sun ‘N Fun This visit from Old St. Nick benefits The Arc Gloucester’s Camp Sun ‘N Fun, a day and residential camp for individuals with developmental disabilities. Along with the dinner there will be a small basket auction and crafts for kids. Tickets: $12 per participant Camp Sun ‘N Fun 1036 North Tuckahoe RoadWilliamstown, NJ 08094 856-629-4502
The cook-off will take place Sunday, December 2, from noon to 3 p.m at Maxwell’s in Hoboken. We are looking for Jersey’s most daring home chefs to bring their best bite to share with a few hundred intimate friends. You, the audience, along with our esteemed judging panel, will decide the winners.
Wait, there’s more! The Food Experiments, with the help of our national sponsors, will be auctioning off a number of amazing kitchen items and fun food experiences (want to sit on the judging panel for the FX National Championships?!!) to raise even more money for the Rebuild Hoboken Relief Fund—so we’re asking for your help, twice. Browse the wonderful items located on our auction site and start bidding! Once again, 100% of the proceeds from the auction will go to charity.
*A special note to our local chefs, we encourage you to enter the Jersey Experiment. Unfortunately due to the storm many of the chef-testants for the original Jersey Experiment have had their kitchens flooded. We have spots opens for competitors.
December 5th: What’s love got to do with it? Plenty, according to matchmaker and dating coach Julianne Cantarella, The Courtship Coach, who teams up with Chef Rama for a second workshop uniting lusting foodies. On December 5th,WannaBee Chef will host its second Love at First Bite singles cooking class and mixer. With a “Fall Soiree” theme celebrating seasonal foods, the class offers men and women over age 40 a wholesome, delicious and fascinating look at the connection between food and love. Hands-on cooking instruction and plenty of eating. $60 per person. BYO. Limited to the first 15 men and the first women who register. For more information and additional class schedule: For more information, visitwww.wannabeechef.com.
, Saturday, December 8th at 6pm. Tropicana Casino & Resort in Atlantic City welcomes Paula Deen. This is your chance to witness first hand, some delicious southern home cooking demonstrations. For tickets and more information, click here.
December 13th, Holiday Toy Drive & Cheer and Beer Night at Morris Tap and Grill. A night of fun while collecting toys for the St. Peter’s orphanage and families who have been displaced by Hurricane Sandy. What more could you ask for? Make sure you RSVP today! https://www.facebook.com/events/441095882620469/
NEW DATE!! Michael’s Feat Annual Wine & Chef’s Tasting Tuesday, January 15th 6:00 pm till 9:00 pm Hosted at The Mill, Spring Lake Heights, NJ.Tickets for the event will still have the old date on them. They are valid tickets and will still be needed to gain entrance to the event.$40 per person in advance, $50 per person at the door (Minimum age 21) Visit www.michaelsfeat.org to purchase tickets.