Gift Ideas for Foodies; Diabetes Type 2 Fundraiser; Princeton Holiday Events

Holiday Gifts for Food Lovers

Here, for 2012, are my recommendations for gifts for the foodies on your list. Everything from books and gadgets to ingredients and luxe foods like the single-estate olive oils shown here, as well as chocolates from as near as NJ and as far away as India, all in this week’s column in US 1. costa chica etc 004

Is Your Family Dealing with Type 2 Diabetes? Check Out This New Initiative

The Garden State Community Kitchen is a community based, grant and crowd funded non-profit program that combines agriculture, cooking, exercise education and support. It’s the brainchild of Allison O’Brien, 27, of Monmouth Junction, a former server at the Princeton Salt Creek Grille.

English: Salt Creek Grille at Princeton Forres...

English: Salt Creek Grille at Princeton Forrestal Vilage (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It’s set to officially launch in May 2013, but its  first fundraiser will be held Sunday, Dec. 9 from 11am – 2pm at Princeton’s Salt Creek Grille on Route 1.

The fundraiser includes a light luncheon of food that’s representative of the food they will be serving their clients, a silent auction and a presentation on diabetes and on the GSCK program. Tickets, $50, will be sold at the door.

Come to Princeton for the Holidays

I’m not prone to boosterism for the town I live in, but I have to admit that Princeton really is a wonderland this time of year. Just strolling around Palmer Square is delightful, but there are so many holiday-related events, too. Here are just two examples:

McCarter Theatre Center

McCarter Theatre Center (Photo credit: afagen)

Friday, the 14th: Morven Museum & McCarter Theatre team up for one night for a special cocktail reception with the cast of A Christmas Carol followed by a performance. Food will be provided by the area’s best caterers, there will be door prizes, goodie bags and a live choral performance before guests stroll and carol their way over to McCarter. The Morven package is appropriate for ages 12 and up. All inclusive price: $65 per person. For further information, please contact Megan Johnston at 609-258-6526.

A couple of notes:
If you’re thinking, oh, but I’m so tired of the Scrooge story, I’ve seen/heard/read it a million times in a million variations, I can only tell you that when I saw the McCarter production a few years back, I – who suffered the same disillusion – was enraptured. Without giving away too much, I still vividly recall how at one point it startled me right out of my seat! McCarter Christmas Carol

If you have never visited Morven – the beautiful Colonial home of a signer of the Declaration of Independence and until 1982 the NJ governor’s residence (before Drumthwacket) – I urge you to return and visit it after the holidays when its Wednesday afternoon guided tours- and-tea resume. They’re among Princeton’s best kept secrets.

Through Dec. 29: Holiday trolley tours of Princeton by the Princeton Tour Company. These lively one-hour tours in heated trolleys (imported from Cape May) introduce you to the history of Princeton while seeing homes and hangouts of Albert Einstein, Woodrow Wilson, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Michael Graves and others. Sign up for one of the $15 tours, and get more info, heretrolley

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