Here we are in the second week of August already, and the summer heat has given us a bountiful harvest of corn, berries, peaches, cantaloupes, and other late-summer produce. As always, take time to check out your farmers markets to pick up your favorite fruits, veggies and plants before it’s too late. This week, get your hands on some free corn (see how below) and taste summer dinner menu specials from all over Bucks County.
Whiskey around the world. If you have enjoyed the Washington House’s beer or wine dinners, then try this new addition: a whiskey tasting. This Tuesday, August 9, sample whiskey from around the globe, paired with a four-course dinner for $59 per person. The chosen whiskeys include Maker’s Mark 46, 2 Gingers from Ireland, Canadian Club Rye and Auchentoshan Scotch. Please call 215.257.3000 to make reservations.
Eating on the Wild Side. Eating on the Wild Side: the Missing Link to Optimum Health by Jo Robinson is the next stage in the food revolution. This book discusses a radical way to select fruits and vegetables and reclaim the nutrients and flavors that we have lost. Interested? Come to the Doylestown Bookshop to discuss this interesting and informative book from 6:15 – 8 pm on Tuesday, August 9. There is a 20% discount provided to Food For Thought book club selection at the Doylestown Bookshop. If you didn’t read the book, no worries, come for the discussion and to meet new people. [Note: the Food for Thought Book Club meets the second Tuesday of every month. Click here for more information.]
Free corn! Get some free corn this week just by providing your email address. Shady Brook Farm is updating its files, so come into the market and share your email address and you will receive 1/2 dozen ears of homegrown sweet corn. This offer is good until August 14. Also, the Market at DelVal is doing the same thing, so head to Doylestown so you can get your free corn there. This offer ends on August 14.
Update: No pick-your-own peaches at The Market at DelVal this year, but they do have locally grown peaches in store, as well as PYO blackberries. Find out who else has peaches in store by checking out this post: A circus in your mouth.
Community lunch. Come to the Centenary United Methodist Church, this Wednesday, August 10 from 12 – 2 pm for a delicious free lunch open to all. There will be great food including some from local, organic farms. The church is on North Union Street in Lambertville, NJ. Come meet your neighbors!
August is for ribs. This month is all about ribs at the Karlton Cafe. Head over to try shanks and eggs for breakfast or barbecued short ribs with garlic braised kale and two fried eggs. For lunch you can try out the BBQ short rib sandwich, or primed beef short ribs with house made BBQ gravy for dinner. There’s also seafood specials like blackened red snapper fish tacos. Call 215.538.8353 for reservations or visit their website for more information.
Summer dinner menu. Hamilton’s Grill Room is still offering its summer dinner menu, with plenty of options to help you beat the summer heat. Try iced oysters on the half shell or Jersey tomatoes with blue cheese and anchovies. There are entrées with salmon, sea scallops, and chicken. The grill room is also serving flat-iron steak with blue cheese butter and homemade onion rings. Also, East and West Coast oysters are available daily.
Celebrity Chef Farm to Table Dinner. Reserve your seat for the 2016 Celebrity Chef Farm-to-Table event happening this weekend! The second celebrity chef farm-to-table will feature a celebration of food and the cooking of two great local chefs. Chef Keith Blalock of PA Soup and Seafood and Penn taproom, and Chef Kevin Blalock of Lookaway Golf Club will be the twin chefs on Saturday, August 13, at Bucks County Audubon Society at Honey Hollow.
The event is BYOB with beer, wine, and kombucha sampling. There is also local wine available for purchase. Plus, enjoy live music by Cherry Lane featuring Christa Tinari. Dinner will be served rain or shine since it is held under a tent. Buy your tickets today here.
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- Summer clam bake. Enjoy a clam bake feast at the Sand Castle Winery on Saturday, August 14, from 1 pm – 4 pm. You’ll get one dozen steamed clams in a garlic and white wine sauce, stuffed clams, and fried clam strips. Other dishes will be available for purchase a la carte. Tickets must be purchased in advance. They are available for sale through Thursday, August 11. Call 610.294.8303 or reserve online.
- Jersey Shore Dinner: The Jersey Shore dinner at Hamilton Grill Room returns on August 16, 17, and 18. It’s a shore inspired dinner filled with seafood, served in the dining room and outside in the garden. These spots fill up quickly so reserve your spot in advance here.
- Tomato & Pasta workshop: Blue Moon Acres‘ Pennington farm is hosting a tomatoes and pasta workshop on August 24 from 6 – 8 pm. Learn how to make fresh pasta with the founder of Farm to Jars, Marian Bolum. There’s an early bird discount if you register by Sunday, August 14.
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