Bites From the Editor: December

Busy, busy, busy. For many us, these three words describe December. The party invitations have started to arrive (thank you friends) and the shopping list is growing (thank you kids) and I am just trying to figure out how the hell I am going to get it all done and still enjoy “The Holidays?”

I’ve never been good at getting it all done in advance. Usually, the tree, decorations, cards, present buying and wrapping are a rushed, stressful mess. And I’m bound and determined to make this year different. (Oh, who am I kidding?)

Thankfully, some of my to-do list is finally, finally done.  I am so thrilled to be able to say that our Food & Drink Directory is live. It’s bare bones, but you’ll get the picture. My vision for this new directory is to create a place where food lovers, whether you are the person who adores dining out or the home cook looking to source the best that New Jersey has to offer, a place to come for all the latest information.  To celebrate the launch, we are giving away 5 yearlong Diamond Level listings to 5 lucky winners, so if you own a restaurant, specialty store, wine bar, online specialty food product, etc. register to win by clicking here.  After you register, be sure to add your establishment right now to our directory. Silver listings are free. For everyone else, we encourage you to create an account on JB’s directory. Every month we will be choosing one lucky member to receive a $100 Gift Certificate to a restaurant of their choosing. Now that’s awesome.

If that’s not enough, we still have our Emile Henry Giveaway going on until December 9th, so if you haven’t already entered, click here and get‘er done.

We have a ton of great reading coming up on Jersey Bites this month. Anne and Wayne Galya will be filling us in on their recent trip to Harry’s Oyster Bar in Atlantic City. Michele Errichetti will be giving us a great gift idea and taste of some homemade, Jersey Girl Wine Jelly that she uncovered at a local festival. Michelle Stavrou will be plating some delicious cheese, at Cheese…Please! in Cranford. We’ll be hearing about the Cake Boss’ recent appearance to support the Cape May Community College of Culinary arts, and of course recipe suggestions and party planning tips from all of our fabulous writers.

Our favorite Beer dude, Pete Culos will be back to give us his “Beer in Review” and we will also be introducing our new Wine Editor, Veronique Deblois, who will be providing wine reviews, Jersey wine information and all things tipsy in months to come.

And, last but not least, we will be filming our very first Jersey Bites video next week. We will be discussing spirits and entertaining ideas with two local experts. This will be the first of our monthly JerseyBites video series, so stay tuned. After four years, I think we’re finally ready for our close up.

Happy Holidays

Deborah Smith, Founder and Executive Editor of Launched in 2007 as a home for her growing collection of recipes, Jersey Bites soon grew into a hub for all things edible in the Garden State. Deborah is also the owner of Parents With Nannies, Inc. which operates a network of nanny employment websites established in 1999. In her spare time, (Ha) she works as a Social Media consultant and speaker. You can learn more about her services and marketing through social media on her blog