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Careme’s Fine Dining by Local Culinary Students PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jennifer Palermo   
Apr 14, 2008 at 11:33 AM
Careme’s Fine Dining by Local Culinary Students


We had a fabulous luncheon meal at Careme’s at Atlantic Cape Community College Academy of Culinary Arts. The culinary students prepare and serve the buffet in a professional and friendly manner. The meal started with creamy corn bacon bisque. Next we enjoyed the cold buffet including many wonderful different salads: tossed green salad, fantastic carrot salad, fruit salad, creamy cole slaw and pasta salad. We also enjoyed cheese, crackers, chicken pate, prosciutto and pepperoni.

For the hot buffet we enjoyed veal Marsala, creamed shrimp and salmon, an interesting layered portabella mushroom, fabulous mashed potatoes, creamy risotto, tender filet mignon and green beans. For dessert we enjoyed warm bread pudding with crème fraiche, oatmeal cookies and sponge cake with berries.

This fabulous lunch was $15 per person and is served Monday – Friday when school is in session. Dinner is also served. BYOB. Be sure to call ahead to get more information. 609 343-4940. Spring classes will be done in the middle of May so make a reservation soon! You’ll be glad you did.  It was enjoyable to see the future chefs of our area learning and practicing their trade.

Last Updated ( Apr 14, 2008 at 06:49 PM )
Tucker’s Soon to be the New ‘Fanucci’s on the Bay’ Hosts Epicurean Society PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jennifer Palermo   
Apr 10, 2008 at 06:37 PM

Tucker’s Soon to be the New ‘Fanucci’s on the Bay’ Hosts Epicurean Society

The Epicurean Society met at Tucker’s in Somers Point. The new owners announced Friday, April 18 will be the Grand Opening of their new restaurant “Fanucci’s on the Bay” at 800 Bay Ave. Great hors d’oeuvres were served including tasty meatballs in sauce, mini pita wraps and wonderful sausage. Then a buffet of salad, outstanding salmon with cream sauce, blackened chicken & pasta, and tangy sausage in tomato sauce. A beautiful cake from Ward’s Pastry helped celebrate Chef Jeffrey Schwartz’s Fiftieth Birthday and as well as delcious carrot cake. Vanilla and Chocolate Brownie ice cream was served by Tubby's! Everyone enjoyed the beautiful views of the bay.

Seth Grossman from ‘Liberty and Prosperity’ spoke to the group about their goal to educate the citizens on how to save New Jersey by cutting spending, not selling of the highways and not raising the tolls to name a few of their goals. Grossman was illegally arrested when he attended Gov Corzine’s Budget Toll Increase Plan for not standing in the designated area for protestors which was far from the area. Seth is on the radio M – F 3 – 5 pm on 1020 am.

Seth Grossman with Dr. Nina Basavanand

Last Updated ( Apr 10, 2008 at 07:06 PM )
Fun at the Jersey Shore PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jennifer Palermo   
Mar 27, 2008 at 07:24 PM

Fun at the Jersey Shore

The Beach and Boardwalk in Atlantic City

The Cape May County Zoo Rt 9 Cape May Court House

The beach in Ocean City

The Restaurant Gala in Atlantic City, April 3, 2008

Spring tulips in Cape May

Last Updated ( Mar 27, 2008 at 08:50 PM )
Giada Cooks Up Fun on Stage PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jennifer Palermo   
Nov 20, 2007 at 02:46 PM

Giada Cooks Up Fun on Stage

Giada De Laurentiis was a breath of fresh air when she stepped on stage at Caesar’s in Atlantic City this past weekend. Giada is the host of Everyday Italian, Behind the Bash and Weekend Getaways on the Food Network, has authored many cookbooks and is a contributor on the Today Show. Giada is a professional chef and attended Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, but her success behind the camera has made her a popular national figure. She combines sex appeal and a bubbly persona as she cooks her favorite Italian dishes.


Giada brought audience members on stage to cook 2 dishes with her, answered many questions from the audience and took time to sign books. Giada talked about being pregnant, she is due is April, and said the best advice she has gotten is not to tell anyone the name they pick because then she will hear people’s opinions of the name. Jade is what Giada means in Italian, which I told her is a beautiful name.

When I said hi to her afterwards, she thanked me for asking the first question when she was on stage. She said her husband Todd is a fashion designer for Anthropologie. He didn’t join her on stage, but waved to everyone from the back of the room. She also said she is bicoastal right now, since she is doing the Today Show. When she started her show she stayed on the West Coast near her family and friends who occasionally join her on the set. She wanted her real friends, not ones brought in, to appear on the show.

Butternut squash lasagna and ciabatta chestnut stuffing are her Italian dishes for Thanksgiving and for Christmas they will be joining 30 – 40 family members for a covered dish dinner at her grandfather’s house. Giada likes pinot grigio with turkey and said she grew up calling spaghetti “sauce” not gravy which “you eat at Thanksgiving,” though some Italians call it “spaghetti gravy.” She said to her sauce is cooked fast and gravy is cooked a long time like a ragu.

She asked the audience what were some of their favorite recipes she makes and talked about her meatballs with dark turkey meat and prepared her fettuccine with heavy cream and 4 egg yolks. She prefers to enjoy quality ingredients and just eat less that to scrimp on ingredients and then not be satisfied and over eat.

Her on stage participants browned pancetta, helped boil the pasta and chopped chives while she cooked. She recalled how Oprah asked her recently how she stays so thin while being a chef. Her advice was 1. To maintain portion control, (she eats small portions of her food).  2. To stay active and 3. She contributes some to genetics, (how you were born) but that portion control is the most important.

Some of her favorite dishes are raspberry tira mi su and pizetti, which are small pizzas that she serves at parties and sets out all the toppings for her guests to make their own. She also recommends making her small meatballs, placing toothpicks in them and serving them as hors d’oeuvres.  

She has been lucky not to have morning sickness and looked great in her short smock dress and boots. When I got up close to get an autograph, she was even more beautiful up close. From a shy chef behind the camera to a star who graciously greeted her fans and took pictures with some of the younger kids in the audience, her film-producer grandfather and family must be so proud of their reluctant superstar! She must be on top of the world with all her success, a great husband and baby on the way. All the best Giada! Keep on cookin’!

Last Updated ( Nov 20, 2007 at 06:00 PM )
Perfect Weather for Sailing PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jennifer Palermo   
Sep 13, 2007 at 05:41 AM

Perfect Weather for Sailing

Last Updated ( Sep 13, 2007 at 06:02 AM )
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