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Jersey Gets Some Love This Week From Cowgirl Creamery, Andrew Zimmern, & Me

California’s Premier Cheesemakers Coming to Stockton Market

Sue Conley and Peggy Smith, founders of Cowgirl Creamery in Point Reyes, will be at the Stockton Market this Friday (11/8) and Saturday (11/9) to celebrate the publication of their first cookbook, Cowgirl Creamery Cooks.

On Friday from 6:30 to 8 pm, you can chat with them while tasting their award-winning cheeses (hopefully including my personal fave, Mt. Tam) with wine. $35 gets you into the tasting plus a signed copy of their book.

On Saturday from 10 am to noon, the cowgirls will be back in the saddle selling and signing their book, which they describe as featuring “cheese-centric recipes and wisdom on tasting, buying, serving, and appreciating all kinds of cheese.”

Bizarre Foods America Takes a Bite Out of Jersey

Be sure to catch tomorrow night’s (11/4) episode of Bizarre Foods America. For this season’s premiere, host Andrew Zimmern focuses on the tasty underbelly of Garden State grub. He visits 7 locations, including Jersey City’s Little Manila (where he eats balut, bless his soul), the cultish Sun Noodle ramen factory in Teterboro, and Rutgers’ Acquaculture Center in Cape May, where he creates an entirely new type of oyster. The Jersey episode airs at 9 pm on the Travel Channel, but you can get the full scoop on it today. How? Read on!

Tune in to “Dining Today with Pat Tanner” Today at 2 PM

920TheVoice logoThis is a not-so-subtle reminder that my new radio show premieres today (11/3) at 2 pm on AM 920 The Voice. The hour includes a complete rundown of the Bizarre Foods USA episode, interviews with Rosie Saferstein of “Table Hopping with Rosie” and Chris Walsh of River Horse Brewing, a recap of my NJ Monthly restaurant review of Brian’s in Lambertville, and – as we say in radio land – much, much more! 920 The Voice is broadcast throughout central NJ and Bucks County, but you can also listen live at www.920TheVoice.com.

Restaurants Galore: Brian’s Review, Bernards Inn, Nicholas, Ryland Inn; Plus Win a Trip to Portugal

My 3-star review of Brian’s – chef/owner Brian Held‘s French/Italian bistro in Lambertville that opened earlier this year in the space on Kline’s Court that had been No. 9 – is in the August issue of New Jersey Monthly. Check out the online version here.

NJ Seafood is Having Its Moment

seafood

seafood (Photo credit: kiszka king)

I don’t know if it’s just coincidence or what, but this summer the state’s top-tier chefs are showcasing fish and seafood from local waters like never before. Just a few of the most exciting examples:

The Bernards Inn: For the Garden State Bounty dinner he’ll be cooking at the Beard House on August 9, executive chef Corey Heyer will combine NJ seafood with ingredients from the Inn’s own garden. In a nutshell (or perhaps sea shell):

Hors d’oeuvre of smoked blue fish, Cape May salt oysters, clams (in the form of a shooter), blue crab, and lobster (in the form of a summer roll).

Four courses featuring fluke, Barnegat Inlet scallops, skate, and striped bass.

Dessert is fish-less, and rightly so: Jersey peach tart Tatin with local honey and lavender ice cream.

Bernards Inn wine director Terri Baldwin has selected wines for each course. For the full menu and to make reservations for the Beard House ($130 -$170) click here.

Nicholas: On August 23, Nicholas Harary will feature a one-night-only Tastes of the Sea menu at his top-rated Red Bank restaurant. Cape May salts, NJ Canyon bluefin tuna, Jersey blue crab (joined by sea urchin – not a NJ creature, but oh my!), Barnegat Light scallops, and lobster. $125, or $175 with wine pairings. For the full menu, details, and reservations, click here.

Ryland Inn: No, Ryland 2.0 in Whitehouse is not open yet, but I hear tell it will be soon. Meanwhile, I had a chance to preview the kinds of things executive chef Anthony Bucco has up his chef-jacket sleeve when he guest cheffed at the Stone House in Warren one evening in June. NJ seafood starred in several courses of a memorable meal, among them a perfectly nuanced crudo of yellowfin and yellowtail with baby herbs and Jersey strawberries, and steamed black bass with hen-of-the-woods mushrooms and a puree of English peas and mint that was the embodiment of spring in a bowl.

btw: If you haven’t read Tammy La Gorce’s excellent story in the August issue of  NJ Monthly about the Ryland’s new owners, Jeanne & Frank Cretella of Landmark Hospitality, read it here.

Win a Trip to Portugal!

Portuguese wine center of Oporto along the Dou...

Portuguese wine center of Oporto along the Douro river. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The trade association ViniPortugal has launched a U.S. Facebook contest with a grand prize of a five-day trip to Portugal.  The contest runs between now and September 25th, with the winner announced on September 28. I have to admit I haven’t read the rules, but you might want to. Just click here.