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WEDNESDAY, August 7, 2013

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Cape May Food Tours offers walking tours with taste

By CAIN CHAMBERLIN Cape May Star and Wave CAPE MAY With so many acclaimed and recommended restaurants and cafes on the island, its difficult to try them all during the course of a short vacation or day trip. Cape May Food Tours can help solve the conundrum of choosing from such an array of options by offering the opportunity to experience the atmosphere and cuisine of six different eateries in a single afternoon. Almost a year to the day, Mary Ockrymiek, launched her new endeavor hoping to give a multifarious culinary tour of Cape May. She had the idea for the tours after coming across a similar business model a few years ago in Athens, Ga., while visiting her daughter. I knew from just looking at the brochure, that this was what I was looking for in a job. Ive had my house in Cape May for 18 years I know we have great restaurants, great food, great chefs, wonderful Victorian architecture and a wonderful history, she said. So, when I saw that was the combination for this business model, I knew it was perfect for me. As a former school teacher and tutor, Ockrymiek said she was inclined to add the educational aspect to the tour by informing her guests about the historical Victorian homes on the way to each stop, the background of the restaurants visited and chronicles of Cape May. We give them the multisensory tour, so youre not just getting a cultural walking tour, but youre also going into restaurants and tasting whats there, Ockrymiek said. Between the tastings and learning about the restaurants and chefs, what Ill do is talk about the architecture of Cape May and historical facts Ive gathered. When she decided to start the business, she took a class in Chicago, Ill., with Shane Kost, the founder of Food Tour Pros and Chicago Food Planet Food Tasting and Cultural Walking Tours. He offers a course on how to run this kind of business and how to structure it, Ockrymiek said. A lot of the Cape May Olive Oil Company on Carpenters Lane as a specialty food store for guests to tour and sample. The final stop is normally at the Madd Potters Studio, which is not a restaurant but a pottery and crafts store where the wine tasting takes place. The Cape May Food Tours guide given to guests include not only the venues incorporated on the tour but a list of over 50 restaurants in Cape May and coupons to a select few. Tours will run through the rest of the summer and will be held on weekends in the fall and winter. The full calendar can be found on the website at Each tour costs $55 and begins near the Washington Street Mall with the exact location being provided at the time of the ticket purchase. Ockrymiek said each tour lasts for about three hours, starting around 1:30 p.m. She said the tours are a walk of about 1.5 miles and are held, rain or shine. Tickets for Cape May Food Tours can be purchased through Zerve by visiting or by calling (800) 979-3370 or (212) 2093370. Tour information can also be found on the website or on the Facebook page. She said Cape May Food Tours is the ideal way to find out why The New York Times called Cape May, the restaurant capital of New Jersey.

Cain Chamberlin/Cape May Star and Wave Above, a group from Cape May Food Tours enjoys crab focaccia at Fredas Cafe.
restaurants arent aware of what these food tours are, so the class gives you a good idea of how to explain it to them and convince them to get involved. She said Cape May Food Tours typically consist of a maximum of 10 people touring five eateries and a specialty food store. The tour is topped off with a small wine tasting featuring Auburn Road Vineyard wines from Pilesgrove, N.J. Each stop along the tour offers a sample of its signature dish or top selling items to guests. Ockrymiek said she wanted to include venues that exemplify the regional flavors of Cape May and highlight veteran chefs and businesses. I did a lot of research on local restaurants doing my own personal tastings at places, reading online reviews, looking at local favorites it was a lot of fun, she said. Everyone Ive worked with has been just wonderful. Cape May is such a great community and there was no better place to do something like this. Cape May Food Tours include local favorites like Fredas Caf, Tishas Fine Dining, Mad Batter Restaurant and Bar, Geckos, the Fudge Kitchen, Bliss (organic ice cream and desserts) and Coffee Tyme, where they highlight their homemade baked goods. Ockrymiek also included the

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Christopher South/Cape May Star and Wave Above, Ralph Gallaher (center in photo) holds a plaque given to him on the occasion of the dedication of the VFWs meeting room in his honor.

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VFW meeting room named for Gallaher

By CHRISTOPHER SOUTH Cape May Star and Wave

CAPE MAY Often, an organization will honor a member posthumously by naming a room, or a facility or wing after the individual. VFW Peterson-Little Post 386 decided Ralph T. Gallaher, 88, had waited long enough. The post named its newly created meeting room for Gallaher, 88, a World War II Navy veteran. Gallaher is perhaps the longest serving member of Post 386. Gallaher was born on York Avenue in West Cape May. He attended Cape May Elementary School and Cape May High School. He would have graduated in 1945, but he lied about his age in order to join the Navy in his junior year. He was 17. Gallaher was assigned to the Landing Craft Infantry (LCI-958) and was trained as a cook. He was overseas from 1944 to 1945, on the vessel that carried 200 troops. He said they were told they would make one invasion and they ended up doing five. The last one was dropping Australian troops in Borneo. It was quite a trip at 17, Gallaher said. In 1947 he joined the VFW in Cape May. He said meet-

ings were held at Convention Hall; not this one, or the one before it, but the one before that. He said he joined with 11 other veterans, and he is the only one still living. Please see VFW, page A4

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