In celebration of their 25th anniversary, Morris Habitat for Humanity is hosting a Chocolate Tasting on November 4 at ReStore in Mine Hill. Enjou Chocolate, J. Emanuel, Enchanted Chocolate, Chocolate Fountain Fantasies, The Candy Shop of Harding, Mara’s Country Desserts, Sugar Mommy Cupcakes, Dove Chocolate Discoveries, and Sugar and Spice will be on hand with delectable samples while the Sweet Adelines serenade. Event runs 6-8pm. Tickets are only $10; visit the Morris Habitat website to purchase: http://www.morrishabitat.org/upcoming/chocolate_tasting/
If your humanitarian sympathies tend more toward the four-legged variety, check out the Wine Tasting at the Morris Museum to benefit homeless pets on November 10 (6-9pm). Madison’s Main Street Wine Cellar, in partnership with St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center, will offer a “walk around” tasting event that includes wines from all over the world and hors d’oeuvres donated by local area restaurants. Tickets must be purchased in advance: http://www.sthuberts.org or at The Main Street Wine Cellar, 300 Main Street, Madison. Despite the pet-friendly theme, pets are not actually allowed to attend. Cost is $50 per person, including entrance to the museum.
For the Anglophiles out there (you know who you are), the Park Avenue Club in Florham Park offers its annual fall fête on November 14 with a decidedly British theme: “Tea and Tonic.” Champagne cocktails, Pimm’s, tonics and gin; a specialty tea-tasting station; a cigar-rolling station; cucumber sandwiches, scones, strawberries and cream, and other “delectable high tea classics.” They also promise “lilting music to take a turn ’round the dance floor, and you can even have your tea leaves read!” Event runs from 4-7pm. Stiff upper lip optional. Ticket information is available from the club’s Development Department: 973-236-2998.
Want a break from getting up before dawn to stuff your turkey? Morristown’s Copeland Restaurant will do the work for you. A sumptuous three-course menu will be offered from 1-9pm on November 25. Selections include white acorn squash soup, seared Hudson Valley foie gras, chili-cinnamon glazed sea bass, prime NY sirloin, warm Valrhona chocolate brioche pudding, Copeland apple pie with cardamom ice cream–oh, and of course roasted turkey … though theirs is cognac- and maple-glazed. Cost is $59 adults, $29 children (11 years and under; the standard children’s menu will also be available). For more info visit www.copelandrestaurant.com.
Deanna Quinones is the Jersey Bites Regional Editor for Morris County. A freelance writer, blogger, and unrepentant chocolate addict, Deanna spent 20 years in the San Francisco Bay Area where life was good and the burritos even better. She recently returned to the Garden State and now resides in Morristown, where she and her Texas-born/Jersey-raised/California-found husband are raising two wild and wonderful kids. An experienced book marketer, award-winning greeting card writer, and entertainment writing dabbler, Deanna can be reached at [email protected] (photo credit Pete Genovese/The Star-Ledger)