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Culinary Affairs

September 14, 2010

By Brianne Harrison

We’re moving into harvest season, which makes this a great time to get out and celebrate the many, many delicious dishes the state has to offer.

Shoreside, starting Saturday and running through the 26, is the 14th Annual Cape May Food and Wine Festival. For nine days, attendees can check out harvest food and wine tastings, classes, special lunches and dinners, tours of area wineries and the fisherman’s wharf, chefs’ dine-arounds, and the People’s Choice Chowder Contest. More than 20 area restaurants are participating. For more information, visit capemayac.org.

Kick off fall with a stop by Terhune Orchards for their annual Apple Days on Saturday and Sunday. Take a wagon ride, pick apples and pumpkins, make scarecrows, take a leisurely stroll down the Farm Trail, and try to find your way out of the corn stalk maze. Afterwards, refuel at the outdoor café, which will feature a pig roast and an “everything apple” buffet, including fresh apple pies, cider donuts, apple salad, apple muffins, and other apple goodies, along with hot dogs, soup, chicken, and cider. Kick back with your treats and listen to live music by The Daisy Jug Band.

Not far from Terhune, Eno Terra will be celebrating Farm to Table 2010 on Sunday with a family-style feast of local offerings. The meal will include hot and cold antipasti and a fresh market grill course during two seatings at 3 and 5 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres and desserts will be served outside by the canal, where children can join in activities such as making an “all natural” boat or fish print. Attendees can also tour Eno-Terra’s one-acre farm and join in a wine tasting. The dinner is $49 per adult, $15 per child under 12, children under 5 are free. Proceeds benefit the Stony Brook Watershed Association. Call 609.497.1777 for reservations (required).

Also starting on Sunday is New Jersey Restaurant Week, which runs through the 25. Restaurants throughout the state (including Eno Terra and its sister restaurants, Mediterra and Theresa Café) will offer special discounts or three course prix-fixe meals featuring Jersey produce. For more information and a list of participating restaurants, visit dineoutnj.com.

Last but not least, dine out for a good cause on September 20 at Hunterdon Hospice’s Culinary Affair. Enjoy delicious food as well as wine and beer samplings from local eateries, vineyards, and breweries. All proceeds benefit the Hunterdon Hospice and Visiting Health and Supportive Services. Tickets are $75 per person. For more information, visit aculinaryaffair.kintera.org or call 908.788.6141.

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