In partnership with Cape May’s world-famous restaurant community, MAC offers some unique dining experiences. Indulge in the decadent Chocolate Lovers Feast or spice your dinner with a Murder Mystery. Learn to appreciate fine wines from grape to glass, or enjoy a classic Tea Luncheon… it’s all here to make your visit memorable…and tasty!

Food Lovers Calendar

ART OF DINING

Victorian Table setting

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For the Victorians, dining was more than just the food they ate; its presentation was just as important — if not more — than its taste. Join Cape May MAC’s curator Gail Capehart and see a Powerpoint presentation at the Physick House on how Victorians would get their table ready for a meal. Participants will then move the discussion to the formal dining room where Gail will demonstrate the setting of the Victorian table. After the demonstration, guests will enjoy an afternoon tea at Vintage at the Estate.

Tickets $40 – Limited to 22 people

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BACH’S LUNCH

3 violinist standing outside of the carriage house on the emlen physick estate getting read to play a bach's lunch

Wednesdays,
Sept. 10, Sept 24, & Oct. 1
Vintage restaurant at the Physick Estate,
1048 Washington St.

Enjoy a leisurely luncheon in the Carriage House tent followed by an intimate concert featuring members of the Bay Atlantic Symphony.

Tickets $35

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BEER DINNER

Friday, Oct. 16

The Mad Batter Restaurant, located in the historic Carroll Villa Hotel on Cape May’s Jackson Street, is the recipient of many critically acclaimed awards and is considered the granddaddy of Cape May’s many fine restaurants. These events are hosted by the Mad Batter Restaurant and sponsored by Cape May MAC.

Beer Dinner Description

Corks & Kegs Dinner – Keeping it local! Five course comfort food menu utilizing the best of New Jersey, some courses will be paired with a local beer, some will be paired with a local wine

Tickets $75
Limited to 60;
ticket price includes tax & gratuity.

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BRUNCH & BINGO AT THE BEACH

Scrambled eggs, sausage and toast plated on a table next to a bingo card for cape may macs Brunch & Bingo at the beach event.

Sundays,
Oct. 11 & Nov. 21: 9:30am
More dates to be added.

C’mon, girls…this is all about you! Leave the kids and your significant other behind and join us for a morning of brunch, bingo and a fashion show just for you from the lovely ladies at Cape May’s Lace Silhouettes and the Cotton Company.  You can win some great prizes and get free gift cards for these wonderful shops, too!

Tickets  $25

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CAPE MAY WINE SCHOOL

Oct. 11 & Dec. 12: 3pm

Just in time for the holidays, enjoy a Champagne & Sparkling Tasting and help us celebrate the 25th anniversary of our annual Wine School event!

$40 per person

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CAPE MAY WINE TRAIL

wine grapes

Sept. 11 & 18, Oct. 3 & 26

Spend the afternoon visiting Cape May County’s wineries and sampling the unique flavors of each.  First, enjoy a brief tour and tasting at Willow Creek Winery and then lunch at either Willow Creek or Vintage at the Physick Estate. Then board the Cape May MAC trolley, which will shuttle you to two or  three local wineries — Willow Creek Winery, Hawk Haven Vineyard and Natali Vineyard — and learn about viniculture and visit the tasting rooms. Includes wine-tasting glass.

$85 per person

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CHEF’S DINE AROUND

several plates of two grilled jumbo shrimp on top of salad elegantly plated

Sept. 13, 14, & 17,
Oct. 8 & Dec. 27: 6pm

Enjoy a five-course gourmet feast, with each course served in one of Cape May’s premier restaurants. Wine will be provided with each course, with a representative from the sponsoring winery on hand to explain the pairings. A trolley shuttle between restaurants is provided.

$125 per person

Reserve early; limited to 34 people

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CHOCOLATE LOVERS FEAST

chocolate bars stacked up

Saturdays,
Sept. 19, Oct. 10, Dec. 5: 1pm

Enjoy a buffet of chocolate desserts at The Washington Inn, 801 Washington St.Limited event; reserve early. Optional $15 wine pairings will also be offered by the Washington Inn (not included in ticket price).

Admission $40

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DINNER & FIREWORKS

Friday & Saturday,
July 3 & 4: 6:15pm

Celebrate Independence Day in style with a rare opportunity to view fireworks from atop the Cape May Lighthouse! A trolley will transport you from the Physick Estate for a seasonal, five-course dinner by Chef Lucas Manteca at Cape May Point’s Red Store. Then climb to the top of the lighthouse with fellow diners and experience the most spectacular view of Independence Day fireworks on the island. Don’t miss this exclusive event!

Tickets $110
Reservations necessary; limited to 22 people

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DINNER & FULL MOON CLIMB

Cape May Lighthouse at night during a full moon

Wednesday , Aug. 5
Thursday, Sept. 3
Fridays, Oct. 2 & 30
6:15pm

First board MAC’s trolley at the Emlen Physick Estate for a ride to the Red Store in Cape May Point, where you’ll savor the Tasting Menu presented by Chef Lucas Manteca. Then hop aboard the trolley for a short ride to the Cape May Lighthouse, where you’ll enjoy an exclusive night climb to see the shoreline and waters of the ocean and bay beneath the light of the full moon. At the conclusion of your climb, the trolley will return you to the Physick Estate.

Tickets $85
Reservations necessary; limited to 22 people

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FESTIVALS AT THE PHYSICK ESTATE

TWO HANDS HOLDING BEERS AND CLANKING THEM TOGETHER FOR A CHEERS AT A FESTIVAL IN CAPE MAY

Don’t miss these fun family festivals on the beautiful grounds of the Estate!

Cape May Hops Festival
Craft Beer, Music & Crab Festival
Harvest Brew Fest
Sip Into Spring Festival

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FISHERMAN’S WHARF TOUR

a grounp of people taking a tour on a dock with fisherman boats

Enjoy lunch at one of the eastern seaboard’s most iconic seafood restaurants, The Lobster House, with a fascinating tour of Fisherman’s Wharf included. Cape May is the largest commercial fishing port in New Jersey and one of the largest in the nation. You’ll learn how seafood gets from the Atlantic Ocean to your dining table. After your guided tour, enjoy a Lobster House lunch of clam chowder, with a lobster salad or chicken sandwich, French fries and coleslaw.

Tickets $30

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FOOD & WINE CELEBRATION

Indulge in good food, fine wine, and all types of culinary delights and events during the 23rd Cape May Food & Wine Celebration, presented by Cape May MAC. Tickle your taste buds while sampling the best of the best and find out why the New York Times has dubbed Cape May “the restaurant capital of New Jersey.” Visitors can enjoy fine wines and delicious dining experiences.

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MURDER MYSTERY DINNERS

“All Bets Are Off”
Friday & Saturday,
August 7 & 8, August 28 & 29: 7pm

The scene and the table are both set for a new mystery in 2020, “All Bets Are Off,” by Jacky Fazio. After a long weekend in Atlantic City, a group of close friends return to their small town home, eager to show off their big winnings. But one of them has a secret to hide. Loyalty and friendship will be pushed to the limits as they realize they don’t know each other as well as they thought, and maybe they don’t want to. Enjoy a four-course dinner at Aleathea’s Restaurant at the Inn of Cape May, 7 Ocean Street, as you interact with the cast of likely suspects and the mystery unfolds around you.

Adult $60; Children $30 (ages 3-12).
Limited event; reservations are necessary.

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WINE DINNERS

Fridays, Nov. 20 & Dec. 11

The Mad Batter Restaurant, located in the historic Carroll Villa Hotel on Cape May’s Jackson Street, is the recipient of many critically acclaimed awards and is considered the granddaddy of Cape May’s many fine restaurants. These events are hosted by the Mad Batter Restaurant and sponsored by Cape May MAC.  Dinner is limited to 60 and ticket price includes tax and gratuity.

Wine Dinner Descriptions

Friday, Nov 20:  A five course seasonal menu inspired by autumn’s flavors, paired with wines $75
Friday, Dec 11: Small Plates and Big Flavor, Holiday Edition- 8 small plates, tapas style, each paired with wine. $75

Tickets $75
Limited to 60;
ticket price includes tax & gratuity

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TASTE OF CAPE MAY KITCHEN TOUR

close up of a beautiful farm sink in front of a window with a wooden frame, and succulent plants on the ledge.

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See some of Cape May’s most fabulous private home kitchens while sampling food from a selection of the finest restaurants in town.