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Chocolate Lovers Feast at the Blue Rose Inn

One morning, my wife asked if I would like to attend a chocolate tasting. Well, being a sweets addict and chocolate lover, there was no way i was passing up the opportunity to satisfy my addiction. We arrived at the Blue Rose Inn on Washington Street and, to my surprise, it was a full house. I was happy to see a local business doing so well on a December day. 

After we were seated, a look at the menu told me this wasn’t going to be your typical Whitman’s Sampler chocolate tasting. The menu offered seven courses of delicious hand-crafted desserts. The General Manager, Justin, came into our dining room and explained the menu in detail. Everything is crafted in house. The Blue Rose insists on using all local resources and businesses to create their dishes; they even have their own herb garden on site where they grow spices. The chocolate they use is imported directly from France. Justin explained how the percentages of chocolate determine how light or dark it is, and how chocolates from different regions of the world have significantly different tastes.  

Being a picky eater, I wasn’t sure I would like all of the courses, but I was optimistic and ready to try everything. After the first few courses, I was in heaven. The combination of chocolates and other ingredients the chefs combined were fantastic. I can’t say I didn’t like any of them, and my plate was wiped clean at the end of each course. We finished with probably the best hot chocolate and ginger snap I’ve ever had. All and all, the entire experience was great and I highly recommend it to anyone who loves chocolate—or just wants to try something different!

The Blue Rose offers a full wine list from local Hawk Haven Winery, and coffees, cappuccino, espresso, iced tea and sodas. Beverages and gratuity are not included with the $40 ticket price, so be sure to have some extra cash on hand.  

The Chocolate Lovers Feast will resume on February 17 for Valentine’s weekend and the event will continue monthly throughout the year. For more information, visit capemaymac.org.

To see more Cape May events taking place over the Valentine’s Day/Presidents’ Day weekend, please visit CapeMay.com’s event calendar

Photographs by Michelle Giorla


Recent changes on the Washington Street Mall

There are two big changes on the Washington Street Mall that we want to let you know about.

The first is that Coffee Tyme is opening a second location on the 400 block, in the space formerly occupied by Cafe Buongiorno. They will be opening for Presidents Day Weekend in February.

The second change is on the 300 block. That’s Amore is closing its Cape May location. We’ve heard it won’t be replaced by a restaurant and will share the details with you as soon as we have them confirmed!


2017 Light Up Cape May Winners

Congress Hall holiday decor 2017

Photo credit: Laura Thistle

The Chamber of Commerce of Greater Cape May held their annual Light Up Cape May contest to determine the best-decorated houses and businesses this holiday season. Awards will be given at the Chamber Social Tuesday, Dec 12th at Elaines Restaurant. Here are this year’s winners:

Business Window
1. Spirit Catcher Photography
2. Fralingers
3. Delaneys

Business
1. Nature Center of Cape May
2. Sunset Liquors
3. FINS

Lodging
1. Albert Stevens Inn
2. Mission Inn
3. Henry Sawyer Inn

Residence
1. DeGroff Residence
2. Cottrell Residence
3. Kirk Residence

Best Display
Zeitler Residence

Best Overall
Congress Hall


Photos from the 2017 West Cape May Christmas Parade

Here is just a sampling of the floats and bands that marched in the West Cape May Christmas parade this year. The parade included everything from the U. S. Coast Guard band to local hero and baseball star Matt Czszur of the San Diego Padres. Dozens of fire fighting units were peppered in with floats and string bands. There were dancers who stopped to perform and even dogs and horses in what may have been the longest and most memorable event in the parade’s 52 year history. It ended with Santa crossing Ocean Street high atop his fire engine being preceded by the LCMR marching band. And the weather?It was just cold enough to be wintry but not as uncomfortable as it often has been in the past..


Five local businesses making a difference this holiday season

This is the season of giving, but that doesn’t just mean gifts for friends and family—it can also mean giving back to the community. Here are five local businesses who are making a difference this holiday season.

Tomorrow night, November 18, The Mid Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities will be collecting canned goods at the Christmas Tree Lighting event at the Physick Estate between 6-8pm. Your donation will get you a free tour of the Physick House. MAC is also participating this season in a Toys for Tots drive at the Estate, where you can drop off toys and monetary donations for this perennial Christmas endeavor organized by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve.

Now through the end of December, the Montreal Beach Resort is collecting non-perishable food items to assist local families, with all donations going to the Cape May Community Food Closet. And if you take a selfie with their “I Made A Difference” sign when you drop it off, and thenpost it to Facebook, they will also donate $5 for each post, up to 100 posts.

Carney’s Cookies (carneyscookies.com), the brainchild of Dana Dewedoff, is spreading holiday cheer in a sweet way. From now until December 8, ten percent of the profits for their baked-at-Carney’s cookies will be donated to the Alzheimer Association’s Delaware Valley Chapter. Sold in boxes of 16, 24, and 36, you can choose to spread some made-in-Cape May joy via Chocolate Chip, White Chocolate Chunk, White Chocolate Cranberry Walnut, or White Chocolate Drizzle Cookies. Or just buy them for yourself. You deserve it.    

Willow Creek Sip N’ Shop is an opportunity to support local small businesses AND give back to the community AND cross off everything on your list—win, win, win. This third annual event will be held on Saturday, December 12 from 11am-7pm, and Sunday, December 13 from 11am-5pm. Over 30 local vendors will be on hand, with live music and wine to sample, hourly prize drawings, and even Santa will stop by. Your admission charge? A non-perishable food item for people OR pets, which will be collected and distributed by the West Cape May Fire Department.

The Mad Batter at the Carroll Villa Hotel will be collecting new, unwrapped toys until December 10th at the restaurant. The toys should be for boys and girls, ages 3-17, and will be donated to the Cape May County Special Services School District. And if you don’t know what to buy, they’re accepting monetary donations for the schools as well!