MELANGE CAFE, CHERRY HILL
Since 1995, chef/owner Joe Brown, a graduate of the Restaurant School of Philadelphia, has been pleasing diners with his Louisiana cuisine at Melange Cafe, 1601 Chapel Avenue, Cherry Hill (BYO). Items not often seen in NJ include: Louisiana barbecued shrimp with cheese biscuits; dirty rice with clams; jambalaya; duck gumbo; shrimp and cheese grits; and smothered chicken over crawfish mashed potatoes. If you like what you eat and want to try making it at home, you can order Joe Brown’s Melange Cafe Cookbook online at www.melangecafe.com. For reservations call 856-663-7339.
On May 28, learn all about the Japanese fermented-rice drink during a sake tasting at Classic Thyme Cooking School, 710 South Avenue West, Westfield. The class will start with bites of sushi followed by an exploration of hot and cold sakes as well as several junmai sakes (high-quality sake that accounts for only 2.5 percent of the world’s production). 7 to 10 PM; $55. To enroll call 908-232-5445.
A COOKING CLASS IN YOUR HOME
Executive chef Ryan DePersio from Fascino, 331 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair, will visit your kitchen and teach you how to cook any two dishes from his menu. He will bring all the ingredients and use your equipment. The price is $150 for one or two people, $35 per person after that. The class lasts roughly two hours, and at the end you can sit down and enjoy your meal. For more information call 973-233-0350.
DEAL OF THE WEEK
Every Friday, Theater Square Grill, NJPAC, 1 Center Street, Newark, is serving an international buffet for $12.95 plus tax, tip, and beverages. For more information and reservations call 973-642-1226.
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