Can’t come to Philly this season? There’s plenty of holiday fun in the ‘burbs, too. From light shows to tea parties, you can get your fill of holiday cheer without the messy commute.
Tom Fischer's Tavern caught on fire last night pic.twitter.com/209C8hhtq4
— Jen A. Miller (@byJenAMiller) May 21, 2014
Tom Fischer’s Tavern has reopened in Westmont, New Jersey, just about six-months after a fire closed the popular watering hole. Though the fire damage was minimal, the smoke forced the bar to be gutted down to the studs. Now the bar is back with all new booths, walls and windows.
But judging by the Courier Post’s article, the people will make it the same old Tom Fischer’s very quickly.
Fischer’s Tavern in Haddon Twp. reopens after fire [Courier-Post]
If you just so happen to be in Mercer County or Lambertville, and you just so happen to be looking for something social to do, check out the food truck fairs hitting Jersey this week.
The Lambertville Food Fair is happening tonight from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. and will be featuring some familiar food trucks like: Nomad Pizza, Say Cheese and Bonjour Creperie. The Food Fair will have two beer gardens, 15 food trucks, and 20 restaurants serving up bites and brews. Tickets for tonight’s event are available here.
If you’re not available to party in New Jersey tonight, not to worry, Mercer County’s Fall Food Truck Fiesta is happening Saturday, October 18th from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Food trucks, including Cow and the Curd, KAMI, The Taco Truck, and Oink and Moo will all be at the event happening at the Festival Grounds of West Windsor Park. Hopewell Valley wine and beers will be on tap, and there will be plenty of children’s activities as well. Live music as well as DJ performances will also be happening.
Since it’s an Eagles bye-week and your Sunday afternoon is probably free, Farm and Fisherman Tavern’s Beer and Sausage Fest may be just what you’re looking for. The Tavern, in Cherry Hill is hosting the big event this Sunday, October 19th from 4:30 p.m. until 8 p.m.: Beer and Pig. The event will include a cocktail hour with passed pig h’orderves before the four-course meal.
Dishes will be created from two Rettland Farm heritage pigs that will be paired with local beers. At least four of the six beers that will be served (Kane, Cape May, and Forgotten Boardwalk) aren’t distributed in Pennsylvania. They will also be serving a punch containing rum distilled by Cooper River Distillers in Camden.
Forgotten Boardwalk Brewing has set its grand opening for Saturday, October 11th. The brewery, founded by Jamie Queli, takes over the original Flying Fish Brewery location at 1940 Olney Avenue in Cherry Hill. David Bronstein is the head brewer. Bronstein joined the Forgotten Boardwalk team from Sly Fox Brewing Company in April.
The brewery features a whimsical setting, complete with skeeball machines, fun house mirrors, a boardwalk spin wheel and a 30 barrel brewing system. The tap room has eight tap handles which will have four Forgotten Boardwalk mainstay beers, plus four brewers’ choice beers, all of which are produced on premises.
Haddonfield, New Jersey, a “dry” town since 1873, has recently made strides in changing the law due to an approved initiative called the Alcohol Management Plan for Retail Outlets. By leasing a portion of their business to New Jersey-based wineries, restaurants are now allowed to sell wine by the bottle.
Restaurants in the town that have applied to sell wine include Jersey Java & Tea, MiaMare Ristorante and The Little Tuna.
Jersey Java & Tea will be partnering with Auburn Road Vineyard & Winery in Pilesgrove; MiaMare Ristorante will be partnering with Coda Rossa Winery in Franklinville; and The Little Tuna will be partnering with Amalthea Cellars in Atco.
Caroline Russock, who seems to have the South Jersey steakhouse beat on lockdown, was lucky enough to be invited in to try Guy Fieri’s Chophouse in Atlantic City. What follows is classic Fieri-isms and a shocking turn:
Ridiculous name aside, the Danger Wings were borderline genius. Served five to an order, the drumettes were frenched, rack of lamb-style for a no Wet-Nap necessary wing-eating experience. And the Blue-sabi? The wasabi heat actually works with blue cheese dressing. The Baja shrimp, tempura fried and dressed with a sweet-hot sriracha mayo, came with thin slices of jalapeno and lime wedges and did a fairly spot-on job mimicking the best elements of a Southern California shrimp taco in a decidedly un-SoCal locale.
Read on for the entertaining conclusion of Russock’s dinner at Fieri’s Chophouse and also check out her Edible Philly piece on stuck-in-time South Jersey steakhouses.
A visit to the Guy Fieri Chophouse in Atlantic City [City Paper]
Great Steaks [Edible Philly]
Guy Fieri’s Chophouse [Bally’s Atlantic City]
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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.
… in New Jersey. But except for making the trip, there isn’t much else you need to do to get a pie. That’s right, the new Tacconelli’s location in Maple Shade, which opened Thursday, won’t be making guests call ahead to reserve their dough. All you have to do is show up and feast. In fact, it’s first come, first served, no call-aheads accepted.
The new Tacconelli’s location will be at 27 W Main Street in Maple Shade.