Recently, Chef Joe Brown who owned the popular Melange Café on Chapel Avenue in Cherry Hill released a new book “Melange: The Story, The Recipes, The Faith” - filled with about 75 recipes - which dishes on both of his former restaurants, including the highs and lows of business ownership. Over the years, his cafe restaurant was known for its crab cakes, jambalaya, bread pudding, crab cheesecake and his unforgettable pan-smoked tomato bisque and sweet crab soup. He served up Creole-style cuisine with an Italian flare. His recipes have been featured in "Cooking Light" "Culinary Trends," "Ebony," "Black Enterprise" and his appearances include the Food Network, National Geographic Channel and the Discovery Network.
The small, suburban Camden County borough of Collingswood, that once produced a Republican governor, is now a bright blue municipality and has changed over the last decade, resembling a town more akin to Montclair or Lambertville than to other Camden County suburbs. One certainty is that it’s a Democratic stronghold that no longer resembles the small town that launched William T. Cahill’s political career 60 years ago. The Philadelphia-born son of Irish immigrants, Cahill moved to Collingswood around 1939, won a State Assembly seat in 1951 and in 1958, when 78-year-old Rep. Charles Wolverton (R-Merchantville) retired after 31 years in Congress, ran for the Camden-Gloucester-Salem seat and won by 1,859 votes. He was re-elected in 1968 with 66% of the vote then, decided to run for governor in 1969. Collingswood gave favorite-son Cahill a massive 79% of the vote in his successful election as 38th governor of NJ.