I had Chubby Checker right where I wanted him. We’d spent several minutes chatting about his upcoming Saturday night gig at Resorts Casino Hotel, where he’ll kick off a year-long 55th anniversary celebration of the Twist, the hip-swiveling, feet-sliding craze that swept the planet in 1960 — even finding a hole in the Iron Curtain — and changed the way people danced.
According to the Tropicana’s Maria Marques, the event has historically been two distinct theme weeks. Those celebrations were both enjoyable on their own, but you know what they say about two great tastes that taste great together: Each proved to be so popular, the organization has merged them into one big gastrointestinal nightmare of a good time.
If 2014 was any barometer of what to expect in South Jersey’s culinary future, good things lie ahead for local food lovers. Here are the most memorable dishes we ate out in restaurants around the region this year.
The copious camaraderie and significant shrinkage that come from jumping into frigid water may be surpassed only by the good will toward mankind generated by this weird New Year’s Day tradition called the Polar Bear Plunge.