Labor Day is a glorious holiday because your child will be going back to school...it would have been called Independence Day, but that name was already taken.
—Bill Dodds, poet and novelist
Special appearance this weekend
Celebrity Chef Salvatore De Cristofaro will be hosting a cooking demo at the Market to show you how to prepare several creative recipes of bruschetta—some classic combinations like tomato and basil, as well as some we're sure you've never tried.
Begins at 10, scroll down for more info...
What's in season:
As we say goodbye to summer, consider enjoying the extra day off eating things that are going to be saying goodbye for the season. Tomatoes, corn, and peaches are on the wane. Enjoy them while you can.
Having guests? Don't labor! Lazy Labor Day Weekend ideas:
1. Corn. Cobs and cobs of corn. Roll the corn on top of the stick of butter this weekend. Who needs utensils?
2. Watermelon. Cut big wedges of it and serve it on a platter.
3. Put out heaps of fresh Market veggies, cut into dip size pieces, with a fresh dip, see recipes below...
4. Get a giant bag of kettle corn and spread it around in several bowls.
5. Thinly slice Market breads. Serve with Market cheeses, spreads, and jams. (Lazier still, set out the breads and cheeses with knives and ask an early guest to do the slicing!)
6. Nitrate-free hot dogs and burgers are on special this week at Hillacres Pride. 8 links for $6, four patties for $5.50. You know what to do...
7. Cut assorted Market bakery sweets into sample-size pieces and let your friends enjoy trying different items. If you get pies, remove the first slice to let people know they shouldn't wait for you to serve it.
8. Duker T's stuffed olives. 'Nuff said.
9. Serve apple cider. It's in season.
10. Are you the guest? Thank the host with fresh cut flowers or a plant.
11. (We're going to 11...) Serve and host-gift Just Peachy (volunteer-jarred) Salsa to benefit the food bank, it's available at the Tortilla Press market café.
More about bruschetta fest, beginning at 10
Timing is right for a bruchetta demo because the ingredients to make it are IN SEASON and can be found right at the market to take home and make yourself. Our farms will be providing the local produce for the demo, too. Treat yourself to to the freshest, local Labor Day Weekend eating!
Special thanks to Mike DiBartolo, he coordinated Chef Salvatore's appearance and will provide the italian bread for abundant samples. The bruschetta will also feature premium organic olive oil Chef Salvatore imports from Italy and markets under his own name.
Chef Salvatore currently lives in South Jersey when he isn't touring as a motivational speaker and food television personality, sharing stories about food and his decades-long career of cooking for the elite.
She Hates Me loves you! Kick off your long weekend with them. Music begins at 9, weather permitting.
A fresh herb dip recipe by Ina Garten: