Zeppoli Does Sicilian Barbecues All Summer Long

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This is exactly what you should do to start your summer weeks off with a bang.

Zeppoli, the Sicilian BYOB in Collingswood, NJ, has a patio with a new grill, and every Monday, until the end of summer (whenever that may be), you’ll be able to feast on Sicilian delights until your heart’s content, cooked in front of you and your guests, by chef Joseph Baldino himself.

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Jersey Gumbo Cook-Off & Music Festival

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Have no Saturday plans at the shore this weekend? How about giving this a shot. The second annual Jersey Gumbo Cook-Off & Music Fest is happening this Saturday 6/21, from noon until 10 p.m., and if you like gumbo as much as I do, this is something you’ll definitely want to hit up.

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Burgeoning Restaurant Empire at the Shore

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There’s a burgeoning restaurant empire down the shore right now called Bread+Butter Restaurant Group. You may know of a few of their restaurants: Stone Harbor’s Quahog’s Seafood Shack, the attached Taco Shop and The Red Store in Cape May. What you might not have known, though, is that they now have their very own farm, Fincas del Mar (which Google translates to “marine farms”). Once full harvest has been reached at the farm, each restaurant location will purvey roughly 75% of their produce from the farm for their set seasonal menus, with the exception of exotic or non-local produce.

And besides the fact that Quahog’s has basically become a Stone Harbor staple, and their Taco Shop is such a perfect little addition to it, it’s The Red Store news that gets me all giddy.

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2014 Savor Borgata Culinary Series

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Believe it or not, Atlantic City has been host to one of the East Coast’s most diverse, inventive and unique dining experiences in the country—the Savor Borgata Culinary Series. From now to the end of July, the casino hotel and spa will throw ticketed events with our country’s biggest celebrity and Iron chefs.

You can go the Bobby Flay Kentucky Bourbon Dinner on June 23rd or be wowed by Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian’s Culinary Demonstration (it’s only $25).

Those are just some ideas, but click through to see the full schedule.

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Bottles and Brushes Class at Adventure Piers

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So in the wild, wild, Wildwoods of NJ, there’s a new thing called “Third Thursdays” at artBOX. ArtBOX is an interactive artists’ “colony” made of a bunch of artists and their 11 repurposed shipping containers on Adventure Pier. 

Every third Thursday, from June-August (June 19July 17, and August 21), the artBOX will be hosting a “Bottles and Brushes” class from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. for students to create a painting utilizing acrylic paints and an 11 X 14 canvas—all while sipping on local wine and craft beer. Classes are $30 a pop, and caps out at 30 people per class. You can buy your tickets here.

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Nina’s Trattoria Does A Really Late Night Delivery

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Yesterday, I got home from working late and stumbled upon something really interesting. I was hungry, it was 1:30 in the morning, and I was scrolling through GrubHub’s suspect list of restaurants open for delivery late at night.

Nina’s Trattoria, yes the little BYOB in the Italian Market, was hidden amongst all the chinese takeouts and gross pizza parlors. I called to make sure they were open, and to my surprise, somebody answered. I ordered my food, it came within the hour, and the bliss I felt chowing down on their penne bolognese with a side of meatballs at 2:30 a.m. is a feeling you can only experience for yourself.

David Neukirch, one of the two brothers that own Nina’s explained, “working in the industry, you get out late at night, and you end up eating junk. So we’re giving people some good food to eat late at night.” He mentioned that they’ll soon be adding to the late night menu as well—pizza to be specific.

They’re open late for delivery Tuesday-Sunday until 2 a.m. on weekdays, and 3 a.m. on weekends (Nina’s encourages placing your order before 1:45 a.m. on weekdays, and 2:45 a.m. on weekends, and a call ahead won’t hurt either).

Sometimes, good news just falls in your lap.

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