5 Foodie Things To Do in Ocean County This December

What do you mean ‘things to do’?!?!? Have you seen this list of things I have to do already for the holidays?!?!? And those gifts won’t buy themselves!!!
Hey – this is supposed to be the fun time of the year, right? So don’t forget to take a little time for yourself – maybe even for one of these following events:

You have two, count ’em, two chances to meet a celebrity chef at the Toms River branch of the Ocean County Library this month. On December 6, Chef Nick Malgieri will be talking about his new book called BAKE! (short and to the point) starting at 7PM. And then on December 14, it will be Daisy Martinez stopping by with her new book entitled Daisy’s Holiday Cooking: Delicious Latin Recipes for Effortless Entertaining. Daisy’s appearance will also start at 7PM. Since these are library events, make sure you call in advance to reserve a spot. The number to call for the Toms River branch is 732.349.6200.

Nothing says the holidays like roasted chestnuts, some mulled cider, a gingerbread house, and…carved wooden decoy ducks? Well, OK, maybe that last one doesn’t pull all of us in the Christmas spirit, but all of these elements (decoys included) will be part of Tuckerton Seaport’s Christkindlmarkt on December 11 and 12 from 10AM to 4PM. In addition to the items already mentioned, Valenzano Winery will be having wine tastings as well. Admission will be $3 a person.

So you decided to take the plunge and are having the family over for the Feast of the Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve, and maybe you could use a little seafood expertise. No problem – the Waretown branch of the Ocean County Library is having a Become a Holiday Seafood Expert class on December 13 starting at 7PM. The class will be run by Angela Cooper of Ahearn’s Seafood Market (a place we like very much), and she will even give you a special holiday recipe to wow your guests.

December 13 is also the day that Georgian Court University will have its next installment of their You Be The Chef series called The Appetizer Show. Watch the demonstration from Georgian Court’s executive chef, receive recipes, and…you get to eat what was made. Tickets cost $37 a person, and to reserve your tickets call 732.987.2263.

John and Lisa Howard-Fusco Regional Editors, Ocean County.  Although they and their two kids call Ocean County home, their John and Lisa Are Eating in South Jersey food blog has them traveling all over the southern region of New Jersey.  They and their blog have been mentioned in articles by the New York Times, Courier-Post, nj.com and njmonthly.com.  Lisa has written articles and reviews for South Jersey magazine as well as for Ed Hitzel’s Restaurant Newsletter and Hitzel’s Restaurant Magazine.  And John could use a Gaetano’s cheesesteak right about now.