Even if you don’t believe in ghosts, witches and other spirits, you have to admit late nights in October can be a little spooky. Maybe it’s the crunching of the leaves under my feet or the chilly air, but sometimes I turn around thinking there’s something behind me.
This week, there are lots of interesting foodie events, especially if you like spooky spirits (the alcoholic and haunted kind). There’s something if you like learning how to be a healthier, well-rounded foodie, and there’s even a dinner for those that want to keep up their Oktoberfest celebrations. Check out all that is in store this week, Monday through Friday, in Bucks County.
Pumpkinfest. Ready for more pumpkins? Shady Brook Farm is now open daily for Pumpkinfest until October 31. Pumpkinfest includes wagon rides to the pumpkin patch, giant pumpkin pillows, Peanuts-themed corn maze, hay maze, and other fall activities. If you get hungry while picking pumpkins, order some pumpkin ice cream from Uncle Dave’s Homemade Ice Cream. Pumpkins in the patch are sold by the pound, and tickets to Pumpkinfest are $10 on weekdays and $15 on weekends. Children under 23 months are free.
Cooking with fresh fall foods. Most adults know that we should incorporate more fruits and veggies into our meals, but it’s hard to get started. With fall bringing in great seasonal produce, it should be easy to create recipes that use fresh, fall food for appetizers, side dishes, and main courses.
Learn how to make these dishes with Denis Chiappa at Carlow Cookery in Doylestown, as he instructs a fresh fall food class with the Doylestown Food Market this Monday, October 17 (today). The menu includes items like seasonal salad with shaved vegetables, mixed squash gratin, and Caribbean stewed chicken with potatoes and vegetables. Register by calling the store at 215.489.2677. Those interested in the class can save their spot here.
Putting “art” into artisan pizza. Artist Tony La Salle is making his second appearance as guest pizzaiolo at Liberty Hall Pizza on Tuesday, October 18. This year, he will craft two original pizzas, but he’s spicing things up by making sure part of the sales benefits a local non-profit called the Lambertville Area Education Foundation (LAEF). La Salle’s pizza masterpieces will include: Mexican chicken mole pizza with queso fresco and fresh cilantro, and a three cheese pizza with spinach pesto and herb.
The party will continue down the hall at La Salle’s Lambertville studio next to Liberty Hall. Guests will be treated to complimentary wine and cheese while viewing new artwork on display at his gallery.
LAEF supports programs in math, science, technology, literature, and the arts in Lambertville Public School, Stockton Borough School, West Amwell Township Elementary School, and South Hunterdon Regional High School.
What is port wine? Learn about the history and geography of port wine at the Crossing Vineyards & Winery this Tuesday, October 18 at 7 pm. Sample different styles of port and decide which you like best. This event includes instruction, wine sampling and learning materials. Class cost $35 per person. Reserve your spot here.
Wednesdays for Women. It’s time for Hamilton’s Grill Room’s occasional series called Wednesdays for Women, where local women get together to network and enjoy a delicious meal. This Wednesday, October 19, is “What is the Suppers Program?” with Dorothy Mullen, author, counselor and TV host. Mullen created the Suppers Program and she will discuss the role nutrition plays in maintaining health of the body and mind into the kitchen. She will focus on brain health, and how to use food to avoid unnecessary cognitive losses as people age.
For reservations, email your dinner selections to email@example.com. The meal includes: An appetizer of endive, apple, watercress salad, with Dijon vinaigrette; main course rotisserie roasted chicken, fines herbs or grilled Norwegian salmon, mustard glazed or grilled fall vegetables. Entrees will be served with roasted beets with pesto & grilled asparagus. Dessert is baked apple, walnuts and raisins. Cost of the dinner and event is $40, including tax and gratuity.
Farm-to-table dinner. Delaware Valley University is hosting a farm-to-table dinner on its campus this Thursday, October 20 starting at 5:30 pm. The event will feature products grown and raised by the students and faculty, and the dinner itself will be prepared by the students and faculty and held in one of the greenhouses.
The event organizer is chef Michael Kanter, who has 25 years in the restaurant and food service business, including six years at Le Bec Fin, and a few other top restaurants in New York and Philadelphia. The main beneficiary of the event will be the Hope Of The Harvest. Tickets are $70 per person and can be purchased here. In addition to the farm fresh food, local beer and wine will be served.
Oktoberfeast. Head to DeAnna’s Restaurant & Bar at 6:30 pm for a special craft beer and food pairing three course/six beer dinner to celebrate October. The meal is Thursday, October 20, and uses locally sourced food ingredients, represented by the Hunterdon Brewing Company. Stay tuned for the full menu by checking DeAnna’s Facebook page. Meal is $50 per person. RSVP by calling 609.397.8957. Space is limited.
Specters and spirits. Get into the Halloween spirit early with a haunted ghost tour and whiskey tasting with the Dram Devotees of Bucks County in New Hope. The group will stop at six different supernatural sites, the first five which include their own terrifying tales and complimentary whiskey pairings. The sixth stop will be at the old paper mill which now is home to Triumph Brewery. Here you can enjoy a tasty Halloween inspired cocktail.
If you didn’t know, New Hope is notoriously haunted. Each whiskey of the tour is paired with each of the six haunted sites on the tour, and each pairing will involve what may have been historically accurate or what may have been available at the time. Who knows, maybe you will see a spirit sipping whiskey alongside of you! The night begins at 6:30 pm on Thursday, October 20 at 7 West Bridge Street in New Hope.
FEd Talk. At the Doylestown Mennonite Church this Thursday, you’ll learn the basics of behavioral change with Coach Kira. You’ll also learn how to apply the basics to help improve your health, by looking at cravings, comfort eating, and other factors that keep us from making changes to our food lifestyle. This event will teach you how to come away with a solid plan for changing on small behavior.
On the radar…
- Harvest Winemaker’s Dinner: This evening features a five-course menu of American seasonal favorites paired with Crossing Vineyards’ wines. The price is $89 plus tax & gratuity, reservations are required so call 215.493.6500 ext. 19. Event held at the Crossing Vineyards & Winery.
- Non Solo Pasta Wine Dinner: Non Solo Pasta Ristorante e Forno in Morrisville is hosting a pasta wine dinner on Wednesday, October 26 at 6 pm. $70 per guest plus tax and gratuity. Reservations required so call 215.736.0750.
- Apple Festival: The Apple Festival at Peddler’s Village will return on Saturday, November 5 until Sunday, November 6 from 10 am – 6 pm. Reserve your 2016 festival package here and pre-order your apple pie here. New This year: Bechdolt’s Orchard of Bucks County and the Peddler’s Village General Store are expanding the variety of local apples and apple baked goods, and festivities this year.
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