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The Durand Foundation 2nd Annual Gourmet on the Runway at Flying W Airport!!

The Durand Foundation_Gourmet on the Runway_Invitation

From Durand Foundation:



Medford, NJ – , 2015–On Friday, June 5, from 7-11 pm, the Flying W Airport

hangar at 60 Fostertown Road, will be filled with vehicles, of the non-flying

variety, when a number of gourmet food trucks serve succulent samplings at The

Durand Foundation’s Second Annual Gourmet on the Runway Food Truck

Fete. The Foundation fundraiser will benefit children and adults with autism and

other developmental disabilities and learning disorders throughout southern NJ

that are served by Durand, Inc.’s multi-service organization.

The Durand Foundation will be honoring Assemblyman Troy Singleton with the

Durand Outstanding Community Service Award.

Join us as we raise awareness by celebrating the nation’s fastest growing dining

trend, which will feature all gourmet food trucks, entertainment, cocktails and an

outdoor cigar lounge.

Tickets are $125 per person for general seating. All tickets can be purchased

online at

or by calling Jennifer Hill, Development Associate at 856-235-3540 ext. 101.

This is a rain or shine event. No Tickets will be mailed. Attire is business

Durand, Inc exists so that individuals with special needs can lead fuller, more

independent lives. Founded in 1972, the multi-service agency comprises a K-12

School in Woodbury, an Adult Services Training Center at Durand’s Mt. Laurel

headquarters, an Adult Training Thrift Shop and Center in Woodbury where

Scentsations bath products are made and sold, Group Homes for adults in

Marlton, Cherry Hill, Willingboro and Delran, as well as Workshops and Respite

for more than 250 families in Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, Cumberland and

Salem counties. The Durand Foundation was established in 1999 to raise

needed funds to support the good works of Durand. For more information, visit or


Be sure to join me as this was indeed one of the best event in South Jersey last year. Buy your tickets ASAP before they sell out by CLICKING HERE

Café V – Philadelphia, PA

Café V – Philadelphia, PA

When you are looking for lunch, sometimes you end up in the most unexpected places. Café V fits that bill. One would assume they are just a coffee and tea destination, but they have quite the extensive breakfast and lunch menu as well. The interior is very nice, calm, and modern. I was warmly welcomed upon entering and ordered their version of a cheesesteak.

cafe v

Café V’s cheesesteak consisted of filet mignon, sautéed onions, and mild provolone. The roll had a nice texture and suited the sandwich perfectly. The steak was a little overdone, but the onions were cooked beautifully and plentiful with just the right amount of cheese.

As much as the sandwich stood out and was a decent price for the quality, there were a few bumps. First I was charged more than what the menu stated. I was informed I was accidently charged a delivery fee. Then even though I was the only person in Café V at the time, I waited thirty minutes for the sandwich to be brought out from the kitchen. With time frames like that it almost felt like I was waiting for a delivery. Café V is a nice café and if you have time to relax, sip a coffee or tea, and order food they may just the place you have been looking for.


Three out of Five Stars

The Mac and Beer is HERE!!!! Collingswood, New Jersey benefit for Crossroads Programs Inc.


Press Release:

NJ…When you combine America’s favorite comfort food (Macaroni & Cheese)

with America’s favorite adult beverage (beer), the results are bound to be tasty. That’s what Crossroads

Programs, along with the Collingswood Foundation for the Arts, is counting on in their upcoming Mac &

Beer event on Thursday, April 23 at the Grand Ballroom in Collingswood. The event runs from 5pm –

9pm. This “over 21” event will feature a dozen independent restaurants and breweries from all over

New Jersey for all-you-can-eat tastings of every conceivable kind of Mac & Cheese. Tickets are

$35/person and are available by calling 856 858 1000, ext 210. Only a limited number of tickets will be

available at the door.

“We have Italian mac and cheese, Mexican, Indian, Greek, Middle Eastern and traditional

American,” explains Crossroads CEO Michael Snyder. “You may come to the event hungry and thirsty

but I guarantee you won’t leave that way.” Snyder runs Crossroads Programs, a charity that works with

young people who are abused, abandoned, homeless or at-risk. The Collingswood Foundation for the

Arts is responsible for the operation of the Scottish Rite Auditorium and Grand Ballroom in Collingswood

which holds a variety of social events, concerts and theatrical performances.

Chef Jim Malaby of blueplate in Mullica Hill, and Connie Correia, who runs the Pop Shop in

Collingswood, both past winners, are eager to polish their laurels and show the public how great

homemade Mac & Cheese can be. “This is not your ‘made from a box’ macaroni and cheese,” says

Malaby. “When you make this dish from scratch, with great noodles and aromatic, delicious cheeses,

you have an excellent source of calcium that just happens to taste great. Macaroni and cheese is not

just for kids anymore.”

Chef Mark Smith of The Tortilla Press & Tortilla Press Cantina restaurants agrees. “Each

independent restaurant is adding their own style and flavor to the dish. For instance, we add black

beans and salsa to give it a Mexican flavor. Every style change only makes traditional mac and cheese

that much better and tastier.”

Beer tastings are being given by Flying Fish Brewery of Somerdale as well as other New Jersey

based breweries. “This is a unique South Jersey event,” explains Snyder, “so it’s fitting that two very

worthy South Jersey charities are being honored with the proceeds. It’s a good event where everything

tastes good too…and it will be a lot of fun!”



Recently I was lucky enough to visit Machu Picchu and Cuzco, a small slice of beautiful Peru. It was (literally) breathtaking, mystical, and surprisingly tasty. Below is a short synopsis of my dining experiences and a few spectacular views. Hope you enjoy.

After arriving at Inkallpa Valle Sagrado Lodge & Spa I enjoyed a few light bites in their restaurant. They were divine.

inka stay


inka food

Of course when in Peru, one must visit Machu Picchu.

machu picu


me on machu

After a long day in the mountains, I enjoyed a delicious French-Peruvian fusion lunch in Aguas Calientes at Indio Feliz.

base of mach

indi feliz


Stopped by Deva Restaurant Tipico and kept the kitchen staff up late.



Which one of these was my dinner?

g pig

The chef invited us to the kitchen to watch the preparation of a traditional guinea pig meal.


cook g pig

The guinea pig in all its glory.

pig on plate

Sights around Cusco.

cus cathedral

cus parade

food truck peru

Enjoyed an amazing meal at Mutu Food & Drink in Cusco.


mutu (2)

Experienced sensory overload of the most incredible kind while dining at Falling Angel

falling angel


falling an food

Urpi Pizzeria Restaurant where you will witness the wood for the traditional terracotta oven chopped by your tableside if you order their homemade pizza. I enjoyed delicious fresh cut french fries and one of the better breaded chicken dishes I have had in some time.


urpi food

This is just a taste of what Peru has to offer. Go there and see for yourself. If you go to any of the restaurants I’ve recommended, tell them Bluejeanfoodcritic sent you!

Breezy Café – Philadelphia, PA

Breezy Café – Philadelphia, PA

The Point Breeze section of Philadelphia has seen resurgence, but is still a very rough around the edges part of town. One of the brighter spots of the neighborhood would be Breezy Café (BC) where I stopped in for a quick lunch. The interior is pretty small, but holds everything one could need. From wifi, books to read, and board games to play there is a little bit of something for everyone regardless of age or entertainment you seek. The service was friendly, but seemed a little rushed for such a setting that asks for relaxation.

breezy cafe

I would order the fresh roasted turkey with swiss cheese on a pretzel roll and an order of hand cut fries. The fries were very good and cooked perfectly. The turkey was a little on the dry side, but a better grade and quality then most places that serve turkey. The pretzel roll even though not as much as the fad as it was a year or two ago did complement the overall sandwich well. I enjoyed my time at BC and will happily go back to try a few more things from their menu and play a few more games.


Three and half stars out of Five


10th Annual Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival

(The following is a special series on written by guest contributing writer William Knowles. He highlights his passions of of trying something new whenever the opportunity presents itself, or possibly something old, but new again since it has been a while. I hope you enjoy his very special perspective that I am sure many of you can relate to. Follow him on his exciting journey “Around Town”)

beer cup


For the second straight year, I had the good fortune of being able to attend the Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival.  The 2015 event had three sessions spread out over two days, Friday, March 20th and Saturday the 21st.  Held once again at the massive Atlantic City Convention Center, the 10th annual such gathering lived up to the hype that has lead several beer experts and publications to list this as one of the top 10 beer festivals in the nation.

event sign

All three of the sessions were sold out, with main event promoter Jon Henderson and his team informing us that this year’s event attracted even more than last’s.  I personally was even more impressed by this year’s spread of vendors, as I thought last year’s could not be topped…

Over 100 total breweries were in attendance, some well known like Anchor Brewery, the Cape May Brewing Company, Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales, Harpoon Brewery, Magic Hat, Troegs Craft Brewery, Yards Brewing Co., Shiner Beers, Downingtown, PA’s Victory Brewing Company, and the Somerdale, NJ based Flying Fish Brewing Co. (whom I previously visited and told you about in my travels “around town”). National and world renowned favorites Samuel Adams and Guinness were present once again.  And some lesser known brewers who once again plied their craft were the 3 Beards Beer Co., 21st Amendment Brewery, Big Muddy Brewing, Horny Goat Brewing Co., Finch’s Beer Co., New Jersey Beer Co., and the Prism Brewing Company.  Some local, some national, all enthusiastic to be there and all serving a great product…

ac restaurant

There were again numerous options for food: Phillips’ Seafood House provided crab cake sandwiches; Philadelphia favorite Chickie’s and Pete’s were on hand with their “famous crab fries”.  Local AC favorite Vagabond Kitchen and Tap House was one of the most popular stops, with their homemade chili an obvious hit.  Tony Baloney’s Pizza and Subs was on hand again, with their famous “mustache mobile” driven onto the premises…

food truck

Once again, live music proved a big part of the affairs; such headliners as Taking Back Sunday, Lucero and Everclear participated in the various sessions.  Additionally, the event organizers again did a great job in their attempts to place firm emphasis on fun no matter where you were throughout the day.  A regulation size football goalpost was mounted in one wing of the hall, allowing amateur participants as well as NFL hopefuls to take a shot at a field goal.  A mini go-kart race track was set up for those who aspire to a life in racing, and a section was even cornered off with yoga mats.  The most popular recreations were a beer pong tournament, and the mechanical bull…which many seem that they feel they can conquer, with some very mixed results!

beer table
Most encouraging about this year’s event was how it seemed to rejuvenate the city itself after what has been a very difficult year economically.  Spending the whole weekend in town, I had not seen the city have such a buzz and excitement about it in a very long time, and many of the local workers and residents seem to attribute it to this festival.  Here is to hoping AC can rebound from its recent woes by staging more events such as this that drives traffic into the city.  All will benefit from such fun and interactive happenings…

Needless to say, I am already looking forward to attending next year’s event, and I again urge any beer lover who has not made their way to AC in the past to join me, as it is quite a sight to see.  I will see you at the next beer fest, and elsewhere “around town”…

The Boyler Room – Philadelphia, PA

The Boyler Room – Philadelphia, PA

Sitting in the spot where the former spot to catch a soccer game on TV, Blarney Bar, is now The Boyler Room (BR). It does not seem like a very large renovation was done and I would consider BR still in the dive bar category. BR does have many drink specials like a shot and beer for five dollars or have lunch there and your second beer is free. The food selection is very limited, which is fine, provided it is good. I would go with the burger with mushrooms, onions, bacon, and American cheese to go along with an order of gravy fries.


The burger was a tad over well done and the bacon was WAY over done and mostly burnt. The bun was your standard variety and the fries were a very nice shoestring variety and cooked nicely, but I was very disappointed to only get two tiny weeny baby cups of gravy for my order. I would have rather had them drenched in gravy to begin with or give me a much larger cup. By the looks of things, BR is more of a spot to visit for a beverage as opposed to something to eat as I was the only patron with food. With that being said those drinking seemed to be having a good time with some good deals to go along with their drinks. Now only if they can give as much attention to their food then maybe next time I will not be the only person there for a meal.


Two out of Five Stars



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