John Howard-Fusco will join us to talk about his book, A Culinary History of Cape May: Salt Oysters, Beach Plums & Cabernet Franc.
"Cape May is America’s first seaside resort, and with that comes a mouthwatering food history. The New York Times even proclaimed the city “Restaurant Capital of New Jersey.” The first settlers, the Kechemeche of the Lenape tribe, feasted on the fish and wild game in the area. The whaling industry briefly brought attention to the island, but Ellis Hughes’s 1801 advertisement offering seashore entertainment with “fish, oysters, crabs, and good liquors” gave birth to a beachside haven. From the mint juleps to the Sunny Hall Café and the Chalfonte, culinary creativity thrives on the shore. Modern chefs like Lucas Manteca at the Red Store and Brooke Dodds’s Empanada Mamas help keep the unique flair alive. Author John Howard-Fusco traces the roots of the delectable dishes and recipes from long ago to the modern day."
About the author:
John Howard-Fusco started eating at an early age and has not stopped since. From his first meal at the Mad Batter on Jackson Street many years ago, John has always had a soft spot for Cape May. In 2008, he and his wife, Lisa, started the food-centric website Eating in South Jersey. Their site developed a following and received mentions from the New York Times, New Jersey Monthly magazine and nj.com.
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