South Jersey’s First Bacon and Beer Festival

bacon_beerThursday, 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.

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Tacconelli’s Has a New Location

tacconellis-maple-shade-400… 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.

Tacconelli’s [Facebook]

Collaborating with Chris Kearse

clambakeChris Kearse is a chef’s chef. His technique and food make chefs like Eli Kulp a fan. So it isn’t surprising to see a couple of collaborations coming up with the chef/owner of Will BYOB.

This Wednesday, July 16th, Will is hosting chef Adan Trinidad of Sancho Pistola’s and Jose Pistola’s for a special five-course dinner and clambake. The dinner is $50 per person and includes a complimentary drink.

And then next Tuesday, July 22nd, Chris Kearse is heading to Rosemont, New Jersey to collaborate with Matthew Ridgway, chef and owner of The PASS restaurant.

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Flying Fish Constructing a Beer Garden

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Speaking of beer gardens, Flying  Fish Brewing is hard at work constructing a beer garden out their Somerdale, New Jersey brewery. The cinder block was dropped off a couple of days ago and significant progress has already been made.

When the beer garden is complete, you’ll be able to enjoy beers from New Jersey’s largest craft brewery on its patio and get food from visiting food trucks. That will be clutch, because New Jersey law prohibits Flying Fish from selling food at its brewery (how’s that for a wacky alcohol law?).

Flying Fish Brewery [Official]
Flying Fish Brewing [Facebook]

b.good Coming to Philly

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The self-described healthier-fast-causal chain is bringing its first shop to the Philadelphia area. B.good is looking to open five locations in the Philadelphia area, starting with Marlton, NJ tomorrow, June 26th.

B.good offers fresh products – house-ground burgers and sandwiches, kale and quinoa bowls, vegetable burgers, smoothies and more – using healthy ingredients from local producers. Deb Lutz, a Philadelphia native and the woman behind the local expansion said “b.good serves food you can feel good about eating, even though it’s served fast.”

The shop is teaming up with Sunday Suppers, a non-profit, for its charity event on Sunday, July 13th from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. B.good will donate proceeds from $5 meals to the non-profit. Sunday Suppers works to “strengthen the health and well-being of families through the transformative power of family meals.”

B.good will be located at The Promenade at Sagemore, 500 Route 73 South in Marlton, NJ. No other locations have been finalized as of yet.

b.good [Official]

CHUlicious Brings Taiwanese Cuisine To South Jersey

 

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The former chef and owner of Four Rivers in Chinatown has brought his skills to New Jersey. CHUlicious, a restaurant serving up Taiwanese cuisine with Szechuan influences, may be the new kid on the block, but it’s already garnering up some positive buzz (5 stars on Yelp).

Some of the restaurant’s dishes include Dan Dan Noodles, Hunan Crispy Fish and Cold Cucumbers in a Chili Oil. The restaurant is located at 1200 S. Church Street, Mount Laurel, NJ 08054.

CHUlicious [Facebook]

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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Two Cherry Hill Restaurants Close

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The McCormick and Schmick’s and adjacent William Douglas Steakhouse have closed at the Marketplace in Cherry Hill (Where the Wegmans is located). The restaurants are two of the fourteen eateries in the complex. The remaining restaurants range from Five Guys to the country’s largest Houlihan’s.

The Courier Post has the details on closures as well as how some restaurants in Cherry Hill share liquor licenses because they are so expensive.

Pair of Cherry Hill chain restaurants close [Courier Post]

Fire Hits South Jersey’s Crystal Lake Diner

Last night fire ripped through Crystal Lake Diner in Westmont, New Jersey. By morning, Twitter photos showed that much of the interior was destroyed.

Philly.com reports that the fire took more than two hours to bring under control.

Fire rips through landmark S.J. diner [Philly.com]

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