Sure, you’ve had lobster mac n’ cheese and mac n’ cheese with pancetta, but have you tried Mexican mac n’ cheese? Or Greek mac n’ cheese? Didn’t think so.
But you can change that tonight by going to the Mac & Beer fest at the Grand Ballroom in Collingswood. The fest, which runs 5-9 pm, benefits the Collingswood Foundation for the Arts, who manage the ballroom and the Scottish Rite Auditorium and Grand Ballroom, and the Crossroads Programs, which helps a abused, abandoned, homeless and at-risk young people. So yes, it’s for a good cause.
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Thursday, August 14th, New Jersey wants you to celebrate one of the greatest food combinations that has ever existed.
The Collingswood Grand Ballroom will be hosting the premiere South Jersey Bacon and Beer Festival. From 6-8:30 p.m guests can support the Crossroads Program, an organization which aims to raise awareness and funding for area foster homes and at-risk youths, by chowing down on bacon inspired dishes provided by local restaurants and sipping on some brew. Participating breweries include, Yards, Flying Fish, Weyerbacher and many more. The cost is $35 a person which buys you entrance to the festival and benefits the Crossroads Program.
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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The number of LGBTQ youth who are homeless or seeking shelter is staggering: according to recent studies by UCLA, nearly 40% of homeless youth identify as LGBTQ. A local South Jersey organization is trying to address the specific needs of foster homes for gay youth, and is seeking a few good people to help in their efforts.
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Collingswood, land of the best Farmers Market, award-winning restaurants and chefs, the infamous Michael Landon controversy of 2012, Cruise Nights, the Mayfair, numerous eminent domain issues, and an extraordinary rate of growth and extraordinary amount of volunteerism, held its first-ever Pop Up Gala on Sat., Sept. 7, 2013.
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This weekend the former Woolworth’s in Collingswood that housed Blackbird Dining Establishment has given way to Benny’s Burger Joint. Alex Capasso is still the owner but has swapped out fine dining for burgers, shakes, fries, 80s video games and a jukebox.
The menu features half-pound Angus as well as turkey and veggie burgers. Also on the menu are tuna sandwiches, grilled or crispy chicken and what has to be the signature sandwich; the Phony Luke’s a burger topped with roast pork, caramelized onions, provolone and broccoli rabe.
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In an email today, chef Alex Capasso told his customers that he is moving Blackbird Dining Establishment from Collingswood to Philadelphia. Capasso says “Collingswood has been great to me over the years but I think Blackbird would be best suited in a more urban setting”.
Capasso isn’t leaving Collingswood entirely. Benny’s Burger Joint will take over 714 Haddon Avenue and the spaces formerly occupied by Blackbird and Capasso’s other restaurant, West Side Gravy. Benny’s Burger Joint aims to open in late July.
No opening timeframe or location has been revealed for Blackbird on the Philadelphia side of the Delaware. And of course there is that pesky other Blackbird in Philadelphia. The vegan pizzeria.
Blackbird Dining Establishment [Official Site]
Collingswood is a small town a short PATCO ride from Center City, Philadelphia. It’s named after the Collings family, which owned a large farm in the area. Homes date back as far as the early 18th century, although much of the housing stock seems to be Victorian era.
6 East Palmer Avenue
Baths: 1 full, 1 partial
Square footage: 1,221
Extra space: The master suite has two closets and a walk-in shower.
Duly noted: A surprising and tasteful modern renovation opened up the floor plan of this 1925 single family.
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Collingswood’s current controversy is the National Market, a space that is not really functioning as a market these days. For years now, all I’ve known about the place is that nobody goes there because, basically, there’s nothing inside but a lottery machine. Read more »