National Potato Day

by artfuldiner on August 17, 2017

in Breaking News, Special Celebrations, Special Events

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This coming Saturday, August 19, 2017, is National Potato Day. And a recent survey conducted by NationalToday.com proves that Americans are addicted to a certain fried potato. And, consider this: Only 0.8% of Americans don’t like French fries. To conduct the NationalToday.com Potato Day Survey, the researchers at National Today – America’s favorite online destination to commemorate quirky and fun holidays – asked 1,000 Americans about everyone’s favorite carby food.

Nearly 1 in 5 Americans say fries reign supreme. The full ranking of America’s favorite potato dishes is noted below…

  1. French Fries (16%)
  2. Mashed Potatoes (15%)
  3. Baked Potato (12%)
  4. Hash Browns (11%)
  5. Tater Tots (8%)
  6. Potato Salad (8%)
  7. Potato Wedges (8%)
  8. Twice Baked Potatoes (7%)
  9. Potato Skins (6%)
  10. Potato Soup (5%)

1 in Three Americans say McDonald’s has the ultimate fries. Here’s the complete ranking of America’s favorite French fry eateries…

  1. McDonald’s (34%)
  2. Arby’s (13%)
  3. Five Guys (10%)
  4. Chick-fil-A (10%)
  5. Wendy’s (9%)
  6. Burger King (9%)
  7. In-N-Out (7%)
  8. Sonic (4%)
  9. Carl’s Jr. (3%)
  10. White Castle (2%)

America’s top 10 favorite types of fries…

  1. Curly Fries (22%)
  2. Chili Cheese Fries (15%)
  3. Cheese Fries (13%)
  4. Standard Cut (10%)
  5. Waffle Fries (10%)
  6. Potato Wedges (7%)
  7. Sweet Potato Fries (6%)
  8. Crinkle Cut (6%)
  9. Shoestring/Matchstick (5%)
  10. Belgian Fries (1%)

To learn more about National Potato Day, please visit https://nationaltoday.com/us/national-potato-day/. And, while you’re there, be sure to check out something that may be of even more interest: National Red Wine Day https://nationaltoday.com/us/national-red-wine-day.

Bon Appétit & Cheers!

TAD

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Mercersburg Inn - Wine & Food Weekends 2On Saturday, September 23, 2017, one of my favorite haunts, the Mercersburg Inn, 405 South Main Street, Mercersburg, Pennsylvania, will host another in its popular series of International Wines and Food Weekends: “Wines and Food of Chile and Argentina.”

At 5:00 p.m. there will be a wine tasting and educational session – featuring 6 wines – with host John Peters. At 8:00 p.m., the Inn’s chef, Dan Nowalk, a charter member of the Pennsylvania Culinary Society, will delight guests with a 5-course dinner with wine pairings specifically chosen by Mr. Peters.

The complete menu is noted below…

Timbale de Quinoa: Nutty Grain Salad with Sweet Corn, Avocado, and Cilantro with Sherry Vinaigrette

Empanadas: Fried Pastry filled with Braised Beef Shin, Green Olives, and Hard Cooked Eggs

Scallop Crudo: in a Lime Vinaigrette with Melon, Radish, and Celery Leaf Salad

Matambre: Spit Roasted Flank Steak with Chimichurri

Alfajores: Soft Cookie Confections filled with Caramel and garnished with Chocolate Sauce

Coffee/Tea

The cost of the wine tasting and dinner is $130.00 per person; $120.00 for repeat Wine and Food guests (plus tax & gratuity). An overnight stay is required. For more information, or to make reservations, please call (717) 328-5231.

Bon Appétit!

TAD

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Nicholas - Lobster RollsRestaurant Nicholas’ Bar N in Red Bank, New Jersey, will be serving a special lobster menu for one week only, Tuesday, August 22 – Sunday, August 27, 2017.

Nicholas’ love of East Coast lobster shacks inspired the classic Cape Cod favorites, featuring succulent lobster – and highlighting lobster rolls – with a Bar N twist…

First Course: Mug of “Kennebunk” Lobster Bisque; Suggested Wine Pairing: Sancerre, Etienne Daulny, 2015

Second Course: Classic Lobster Rolls; Suggested Wine Pairing: Domaine Thibault Liger-Belair Bourgogne Blanc, 2014

Third Course: Buttermilk Blueberry Crumb Cake, Blue Berry ja, Lemon Ice Cream; Suggested Wine Pairing: Moscato d’Asti, Elio Perrone, 2016

The cost of the special Bar N lobster menu is $45.00 per person; $65.00 with wine tasting flight (plus tax & gratuity). The menu is being offered in Bar N. only. Bar N is first come, first served; no reservations are accepted.

Bon Appétit!

TAD

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Agricola Community Eatery, Eleven Witherspoon Street, Princeton, New Jersey, will be celebrating the arrival the Jersey tomato season with a special Tomato Tasting Menu, featuring tomatoes grown at the restaurant’s own Great Road Farm in Skillman, NJ.

Great Road Farm Tomato Consommé: Crab, Cucumber, Basil Oil

Smoked Mussel Toast: Cherry Tomatoes, Corn Purée, Red Peppers

Grilled Hanger Steak: Corn, Shishito Peppers, Green Tomatoes

Washington Crossing Cheese: Heirloom Tomato Jam, Pickled Figs

Olive Oil Cake: Candied Tomato, Lemon-Basil Ice Cream

The cost of the Tomato Tasting Menu is $70.00 per person (plus beverages, tax & gratuity). The menu will be available daily at dinner throughout the season. The restaurant requests that the entire table participate on Friday and Saturday evenings.

For more information, or to make reservations, please call (609) 921-2798.

Bon Appétit!

TAD

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Harvest Seasonal Grill & Wine Bar - Moorestown 2On Tuesday, August 22, 2017, 6:30 p.m., the various Pennsylvania & New Jersey locations of Harvest Seasonal Grill & Wine Bar will host a special five course Rosé wine dinner.

First Course – Heirloom tomato Salad: Oven-Dried Kalamata Olive, Cucumber, Pickled Shallot, Lemon Herb Ricotta, Basil Oil, Micro Basil; Wine Pairing: Segura Viudas Rosé

Second Course – Rhode Island Black Bass: Purple Cauliflower Couscous, Beech Mushroom, Watercress Purée; Wine Pairing: Acrobat Rosé

Third Course – Oven-Roasted Hen-of-the-Woods Mushrooms: Buttered Sweet Corn, Charred Scallion Vinaigrette, Blistered Shishito Pepper, French Breakfast Radish; Wine Pairing: Escudo Real Rosé

Fourth Course – Lamb Loin Chop: Ancient Grain Tabbouleh, Oven-Roasted Cherry Tomato, Tomato Jus; Wine Pairing: Fleur De Mer Rosé

Fifth Course – Peach & Blackberry Cobbler: Organic Granola Crumble, Vanilla Whipped Farmer’s Cheese; Wine Pairing: Mionetto Prosecco Rosé

The cost of the Rosé wine dinner is $59.00 per person (plus tax & gratuity). For more information, or to make reservations, please call individual Harvest restaurants or go to http://harvestseasonalgrill.com/reservations/?utm_source=Weekly%20Email&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=rosewinedinner.

Bon Appétit!

TAD

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Nicholas - Tomato Harvest DinnerOn Thursday, August 31, 2017, 7:00 p.m., Restaurant Nicholas in Red Bank, New Jersey, will host a “Tomato Harvest Dinner,” with all six courses incorporating incomparably delicious Jersey tomatoes.

First Course – Smoked Tomato Soup: Crispy Mozzarella Curd

Second Course – Tomato Focaccia: Whipped Ricotta, Jersey Tomato

Third Course – Heirloom Tomato Salad: House-Made Burrata, Basil Oil, Grilled Bread, Pickled Garlic Scapes

Fourth Course – Basil & Goat Cheese Tortellini: Stewed Tomato, Garlic Oil

Fifth Course – Seared Atlantic Halibut: Castelvetrano Olives, Sun Gold Tomato, Tomato Water

Dessert Course – Tomato “Cobbler”: Cornmeal Biscuit, Basil Ice Cream

The cost of the “Tomato Harvest Dinner” is $95.00 per person (plus beverages, tax & gratuity). For more information, or to make reservations, please call (732) 345-9977.

Bon Appétit!

TAD

 

 

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Gladstone Dine with DogOn Sunday, August 27, 2017, the Gladstone Tavern, 273 Main Street, Gladstone, New Jersey, will host its 11th annual “Dine with Your Dog” event to benefit St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center. The event will be held on the restaurant’s outdoor terrace.

DOGGY MENU – (The cost is $10.00 donation per dog): Turkey Stew: Ground Turkey, Rice Carrot; Small, $5.00; Large $7.50… Dog Biscuits: Made In-House, $3.00. 100% of the proceeds go to St. Hubert’s.

HUMAN MENU…

“DOG-TAILS” – Weyerbacher’s Last Chance IPA: Easton, PA, 5.9%, $7.00… Salty Bulldog: Bulldog Gin, Giffard Grapefruit Liqueur, Fresh Grape Fruit Juice, $11.00… Shelter Mutt: Don Papa Rum, Cointreau, Blackberry, Mint, Lime Crushed Ice, $11.00

STARTERS – Local Tomato Gazpacho: Goat Cheese-Tapenade Crostini, $8.00…Watermelon Salad: Red & Yellow Watermelon, Feta, Pickled pepper, Watermelon Radish, Watercress, Mint Vinaigrette, $10.00… Fried Hog Island Oysters: Horseradish aioli, $14.00

MAIN COURSE – Hot “Dog”: (Artisanal Hot Dog from Union Pork Store, Union, NJ), Cheese Sauve, Peppers, Onions, Fried Potato, $14.00… Maine Lobster Roll: Whole Shucked 1 ¼ lb. Lobster, Lemon Mayonnaise, Butter Leaf, Toasted Bun Old Bay Fried Potato, $24.00… Vegan Salad Niçoise: Grilled Miso Eggplant, Haricots Verts, Black Olive, Caper, Baby Tomato, Mesclun, Dijon Vinaigrette, $20.00… Grilled Prime Pork Chop: Local Peach-Chipotle Salsa, Bacon Grits, Zucchini Straw, $25.00

DESSERT – Chocolate LAVAdor Cake: Butterscotch Semi-FIDO, Peanut Crunch, $8.00

For more information, or to make reservations, please call (908) 234-9055.

Bon Appétit!

TAD

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Byrsa Bistro

128 Glen Mills Road

Glen Mills, Pennsylvania

(610) 444-3277

Byrsa Bistro - Exterior 1Over the meadow and through the woods to… Well, you know the rest. Located in a quaint Victorian dwelling in a bucolically picturesque setting between a babbling trout stream and the historic Glen Mills Train Station, Byrsa Bistro isn’t all that easy to find. In fact, during my initial foray, despite the services of an overly chatting GPS, I still managed to drive by it twice.

Oh, that quaint Victorian dwelling is there all right… Problem is, Byrsa’s presence is nowhere to be seen; as the sign out front clearly announces “The Sporting Gentleman.” But, trust me, just follow the arrow, head down the drive and park your car. Once you disembark, you’ll realize you’re in the right place. For while the Sporting Gentleman occupies the front of the building, Byrsa Bistro has taken up residence in the rear. And following dinner, if you’re so inclined, you can browse through the Gentleman’s fly fishing equipment to your heart’s content.

Byrsa Bistro - Interior 3The interior, reminiscent of a European bistro, is small, intimate, and tastefully appointed. And you will find your host (and, on a slow night, probably your server as well) the soul of hospitality and good cheer. This is a warm and comfortable space; and you’re certain to sense this the moment you cross the threshold.

And the cuisine is just as inviting as the ambiance. Byrsa Bistro features authentic culinary delicacies from such western Mediterranean countries as Morocco, Spain, France, Malta, Italy, and Tunisia – and all are lovingly prepared and attractively presented.

To start things off, the Parsnip-Butternut Squash Soup is simply irresistible. Puréed parsnips and butternut squash are combined with celery root and a touch of light cream consummated with a smattering of toasted almonds. The texture is just right, mouth-filling but not overly heavy on the palate; the flavor is rich but not over-the-top; and the seasonings are delightfully addictive.

Byrsa Bistro - Beet & Almond SaladBut even better, in my opinion, is the spectacular Beet & Almond Salad. Sea salt roasted red and golden beets are combined in an eye-catching pyramid of mixed greens & arugula embellished with toasted almonds and crumbles of creamy goat cheese. The pièce de résistance, however, is the lemon-oil vinaigrette. And the dressing is also judiciously applied. The greenery is coated but not drowned, making each bite an equally rewarding experience.

Byrsa Bistro - Mediterranean SamplerFar and away, however, the appetizer of choice is the delightful, suitable-for-sharing Mediterranean Sampler. The presentation is first-class; and it’s the perfect way to whet your appetite for the exciting presentations to follow. First of all, you have hummus, a zesty conglomeration of mashed chickpeas blended with tahini (sesame seed paste), olive oil, lemon juice, salt and garlic). In a similar vein is the eggplant caponata, a cooked vegetable salad garnished with capers in a sweet & sour sauce. Other tasty items include spicy carrots, mixed olives, two stuffed grape leaves, marinated cucumbers, fresh mozzarella, and plenty of toasted pita bread triangles for spirited slathering. Not to be missed!

Byrsa Bistro - Lobster RavioliAs you move on to the main courses, variations on the pasta theme – teamed with a variety of meats and seafood – play a major role. So let’s begin with the seafood… The Pappardelle & Salmon is a fabulous combo. The homemade large, broad, flat pasta noodles are teamed with moist & meaty salmon cubes, seasoned with a hint of tarragon, and tossed with a light but assertive tomato sauce. Absolutely first-rate. Equally up to the mark is the Lobster Ravioli (pictured). The fresh-made dumplings are stuffed with succulent chunks of lobster, topped with capers, cherry tomatoes & butternut squash, and then finished with a flavorful white wine sauce.

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Among meatier matters, the Cavatelli & Lamb is a standout. Cavatelli, which literally means “little hollows,” are small pasta shells that resemble miniature hot dog buns. Cavatelli have a firmer texture than most pastas, as they do not contain eggs. And that firm texture blends well with the shredded lamb and crumbles of goat cheese. This is a rich dish. But fresh arugula provides a refreshing textural note; and the lamb demi-glace sauce adds its own incomparable flavor dynamic to the mix.

Byrsa Bistro - Tortellini w Chicken in Pestro Cream SauceThe Cheese Tortellini & Chicken is another savory contender. The fresh made tortellini is adorned with moist shredded chicken, sundried tomatoes, olives, and green peas. A great combo of ingredients… but it’s the pesto cream sauce that provides the pizzazz. If you haven’t already guessed, this dish is extremely rich, rich, rich. And unless you have the peristaltic constitution of a ravening hyena, you’ll be packing up a doggie bag. Never fear, however; this is one entrée that tastes even better heated up the next day, as it gives all those wonderful flavors a chance to coalesce. Just add a little greenery and you have a super leftover lunch and/or dinner.

Byrsa Bistro - BranzinoFor something a bit lighter, you can’t go wrong with the excellent Branzino Fish Filet. The Mediterranean seabass is beautifully pan seared to a moist and flaky consistency, set on a pillow of potato gratin, and finished with a lusciously light lemon sauce. The slightly dry gratin notwithstanding, the presentation is as eye-catching as it is delicious. Other main course possibilities include traditional Paella, Organic Chicken Tagine, and Braised Lamb Shank.

Byrsa Bistro - Tiramisu w CappuccinoAll the entrées are quite satisfying; and it’s a certainly that you won’t leave hungry… But do stick around for dessert. There are only four items offered – a benchmark Baklava, Crème Brûlée, Tiramisu and, occasionally, Chocolate Mousse – and all are worth saving room for (pictured is the tiramisu with cappuccino). The restaurant also serves up potent espresso, as well as coffee/decaf, Moroccan fresh mint tea, and special Turkish coffee.

As noted at the outset, even with a GPS, Byrsa Bistro may be a tad difficult to track down. Once discovered, however, you’ll find that it’s more than worth the spirited game of hide-and-seek. Just don’t forget to BYOB (and a superior vintage is certainly called for).

Bon Appétit!

TAD

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Gladstone Tavern - Jersey Peach WeekFrom Thursday, August 3 – Tuesday, August 8, 2017, the Gladstone Tavern, 273 Main Street, Gladstone, New Jersey, will be celebrating “Peach Week” with a specially prepared Jersey peach menu with delicious peaches grown at Mellick’s Town Farm.

Jersey Peach Menu 2017

LIBATIONS – Peaches & Herb: Clyde Mays Bourbon, White Peach Shrub, Garden Thyme, Peach Bitters… Peach Sangria: Pinot Grigio, Giffard Peach Liqueur, Basil, Lemon… Kentucky Peach Barrel Wheat Ale: KY 8.0%

FIRST COURSE – Chilled Peach Bisque: Yogurt, Chili, Lime, Thai Basil, Brioche Croutons… GT’s Award Winning Peach Chili: House Smoked Pork, Fresh & Dried Chili, Pinto Bean, Queso Fresco… Roasted Peach & Burrata Salad: Baby Green Leaf, Pin Nut, Roasted Bell Pepper, Lemon Aioli, Muscat Vinaigrette

MAIN COURSE – Grilled Red Snapper with Charred Peach Salsa: Poblano-Cilantro Emulsion, Grilled Vegetable, Tostones… Seared Pork ‘Filet Mignon”: Grilled Peach, Cinnamon Gastric, Jersey Corn, Fingerling Potato

DESSERT – Lil’ Peach Pie: Stone Fruit Compote, Almond Cream, Bourbon Ice Cream… Scoops: White Peach-Opal Basil Sorbet… Peaches & Cream Ice Cream

For more information about the Jersey peach menu, or to make reservations, please call (908) 234-9055.

Bon Appétit!

TAD

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Frog and the Peach - Peach CarpaccioThrough mid-September (2017), the Frog and the Peach in New Brunswick, New Jersey, will be hosting their annual “Festival of Peaches.” This five-course tasting menu, with local peaches featured in each dish, has become a much anticipated highlight of the restaurant’s calendar (pictured is the Peach Carpaccio, the signature dish of this signature menu)…

Peach Carpaccio: Crispy Duck Confit, Spiced Almonds, Arugula, Prosecco Vinaigrette ; Wine Pairing: Salem Wine Co. Pinot Noir Rosé, Eola-Amity Hills, Oregon, 2014

Grilled Yellowfin Tuna: Mezcal Compressed Peaches, Grilled Onion, Jicama, Fermented Serrano Chili Salsa; Wine Pairing: Movia Sauvignon Blanc, Primorska, Slovenia, 2014

Soy Braised Short Ribs: Peach BBQ, Shredded Apple and Cabbage Slaw, Soba Noodles; Wine Pairing: Basconcillos Ribera del Duero, Viña Magna 6 Meses, Spain, 2015

Rosé-Peach Sorbet: Mint; Wine Pairing: Alice Prosecco Rosato “Ose,” NV, Italy

Peach Tart: Pecans, Bourbon, Sweet Tea Gelée; Wine Pairing: Valdespino “Contrabandista” Amontillado Medium

The price of the “Festival of Peaches” dinner menu is $64.00 per person (plus tax & gratuity); plus $45.00 per person with wine pairings.

For more information, or to make reservations, please call (732) 864-3216.

Bon Appétit!

TAD

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