Foodie Things to do in NJ. This Weekend and Beyond!

Cream Ridge Winery’s 23rd Anniversary Open House April 16 & 17, 2011

In celebration of their 23rd year, Cream Ridge Winery is opening its doors to the public, offering samples of a variety of wines as well as gourmet Italian products such and pasta and dipping oils. Tours will be available throughout the day. Admission is free.

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8th Annual “Home Raising” Auction & Dinner April 16 & 17, 2011

Saturday, April 16, 2011  Warren County Habitat For Humanity (WCHFH) is hosting a live auction and dinner. All proceeds from this event will benefit WCHFH and help them to fulfill their mission of providing affordable housing to families in need.

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Ringwood Winter Farmer’s Market Saturday, April 16, 2011

This Saturday marks the last winter market this year. Stock up on fresh fruits and veggies as well as a variety of baked goods and other prepared foods. The market will be held from 10AM – 12PM at the Ringwood Park & Ride.

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A Moonlight Dinner Dance in Asbury Park Saturday, April 16, 2011

Get ready to kick up your heels to the swinging sounds of classic big-band music with a live performance by The Jazz Lobsters. This cocktail reception concludes a six-week celebration of American roots music in Asbury Park.

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Annie Sez Shop-A-Thon April 21, 2011

Think fashion-forward while helping to support a worthy cause. Annie Sez of Shrewsbury is holding a Shop-a-thon on April 21st during which 15% of total sales generated will be donated to Lunch Break, an organization dedicated to providing the most basic necessities to those in need.  To participate in the shop-a-thon, please RSVP to the store manager, Frannie Hogan: (732) 842-0011

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The Second Annual Long Branch Chef Challenge April 28th, 2011

This event is a fantastic opportunity to experience local fare at its best as the top chefs of Long Branch, NJ compete for the title of Best Dish at the Second Annual Long Branch Chef Challenge. Guests will have the opportunity to sample all of the competing dishes as well as meet the artists behind them.

For more information or to purchase your tickets, please contact Susan Woolley or Nancy Kleiberg at 732-222-0400 or email them at

Fun food fact of the day: Cast iron skillets used to be the leading source of iron in the American diet!

Candida Sadigh, Assistant Editor. Born in Montreal, Canada to an Italian mother and a Persian father, Candida comes from an obscenely large family. Needless to say she grew up surrounded by lots of great food. While she has always been passionate about trying new foods and enjoying favorites, she only began to try her hand at cooking a few short years ago. Her adventures in the culinary arts have drastically enhanced her appreciation for a good meal and, especially, for a creative menu.