April Events for the Food Enthusiast

Spring has sprung, and it looks like everyone is really, really hungry.  Jersey Bites will one of the judges for the Great Jersey Shore Martini Contest so please say hello and please support your local restaurants and get out and try something new during the restaurant weeks coming up.

Sunday, April 2nd Metromix presents: “The Great Jersey Shore Martini Contest” Sponsored by Tito’s Handmade Vodka.  Area bartenders compete for the “BEST” Martini at the Jersey Shore. The Mill, 101 Old Mill Road Spring Lake Heights 1-4pm $30 – IN ADVANCE $40 – AT THE DOOR  Sample great martinis from the Shore’s best bartenders along with delicious “martini food”. Live music. Purchase tickets online.

Jersey Shore Restaurant Week: APRIL 1-10, 2011 Jersey Shore Restaurant Week™ is a wonderful opportunity to re-visit your favorite restaurants and try new ones. Participating restaurants will offer a three course menu for $20.11 or $30.11 with three appetizer, three entrée and three dessert choices.

Downtown Morristown Restaurant Week Monday, April 4th through Saturday, April 16th 2011 From Andaman Sea Recipes to Zebu Forno a total of 47 businesses are participating in the 2011 Downtown Morristown Restaurant Week event.  Restaurant Week businesses will offer prix fix menus for lunch and/or dinner, not to exceed $30 per person, or special promotions in their establishments. Look for the 2011 Downtown Morristown Restaurant Week window decal and posters at participating businesses and ask for their Restaurant Week menu or special promotion. For complete event participation list, menus and special promotions, visit www.morristown-nj.org and Downtown Morristown Restaurant Week on Facebook, or call Morristown Partnership at 973-455-1133.

BLUE JEAN BASH 2011 Make your reservations for the Blue Jean Bash on Saturday, April 9th 7:00pm at Peaceful Valley Orchards in Pittstown, NJ. Tickets are just $45 per person with several sponsorship opportunities available. Dress – Blue Jean Casual! This event is held inside and just outside the farm stand in a covered area. Ticket orders can be placed at www.americasgrowarow.org.

Join some of Mercer County’s hottest chefs and restaurants on April 11, 2011 at The Westin Princeton for Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation, our country’s premier culinary benefit dedicated to ending childhood hunger in Princeton and across America.  The event runs from 6pm-9pm and includes food and wine samples, a live and silent auction, wine toss, and appearance by 94.5 WPST morning host, Mike Newman, as MC for the evening. Tickets are $85 and 100% of ticket sales are donated to local beneficiaries.  For information, call 1-877-26-TASTE or visit Strength.org/Princeton/

Guy Fieri Cooking Demonstration at Brookdale Community College: On Saturday, April 16, 2011 The Breeze-Thunder 106-B98.5 Radio Stations presents: Guy Fieri LIVE Cooking Show at the newly renovated Robert J. Collins Arena at Brookdale Community College. Tickets are on sale through www.Ticketweb.com or by calling (866) 468-7619.   Doors open at 5 p.m. The show begins at 7 p.m. with Fieri cooking favorite recipes for his New Jersey fans.

Viking Cooking School in Harrah’s Resorts casino runs cooking classes throughout the month. They sell out fast, so check their calendar here.  Atlantic City, 777 Harrah’s Blvd. Atlantic City, NJ 08401