Foodie Things to do in NJ This Weekend and Beyond!

Toms River Food Festival:Saturday, May 14th Sample specialty food items, demonstrations, beer and wine garden, free games and face painting for kids. Entertainment by area bands. Also, 95.9 the WRAT Radio personality Rockin’ Robyn Lane and MAGIC 100.1 radio personality Tripp Rogers will be co-Emcees on the stage with prizes and giveaways. Parade will begin at 11 a.m., event runs from noon-8 p.m.; rain date May 15 Washington Street, Toms River, NJ 08753 Downtown Toms River, on Washington Street, between Main Street and Hooper Avenue

Murder Mystery Dinner: Saturday, May 14 Get ready for some thrills, chills… and fine wine?! The Four Sisters Winery is hosting a Murder Mystery Dinner featuring a formal wine tasting, hot buffet, and, of course, a grisly murder for all the guests to solve!  Please call the winery to reserve your seats ! (908) 475-3671 For more information about The Four Sisters winery as well as a listing of their upcoming events, please visit:

Buy-Rite & Super Buy-Rite Super Sampling: May 14, 2011 (Sat) from 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM. Jersey City, NJ  Over 500 wines, craft beers and specialty spirits. Gourmet food will be served as well. Tickets are $99 and the proceeds will benefit the Sarala Bathena Cancer Fund and the Jersey City Police. Have the time of your life while raising money for two amazing causes. To purchase tickets, click here.

Somerville Restaurant Week: May 14 – May 19 Enjoy three-course prix fixe menus at a variety of excellent restaurants in downtown Somerville. Some participating restaurants include: Gabriella’s Authentic Portuguese Restaurant, Il Pomodoro Restaurant, Mannion’s Pub and Restaurant, The Melting Pot, and many more! For more info including a full list of participating restaurants and menus, please visit:

Looking ahead:

Slow Food Northern NJ Spring American Wine & Farmstead Cheese Tasting
Friday, May 20, 2011

Van Vleck House and Gardens will be hosting a wine and cheese tasting on May 20 to benefit their school garden program. The event will also feature two special guests: Steve Lieder, a wine educator from the Chelsea Wine Vault in NYC, and Daniel Epstein, a cheese monger from Eden Gourmet in South Orange. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit:

Fight Cancer with Your Fork – Featuring Susan Silberstein, Ph.D.: May 20, 2011 – 6pm-9pm, Jersey Shore Arts Center. 66 Main Avenue, Ocean Grove, NJ. . Light Refreshements by Dean’s Health Foods. Violin Concert by Ocean Grove Violin Academy.  Tickets $20 advance register online.

Susan Silberstein, Ph.D. is the Founder/Director, Center for Advancement in Cancer Education Author of the Books Hungry for Health and Hungrier for Heath Nationally-Recognized Lecturer on Nutrition and Cancer Creator of the video, Breast Cancer: The Diet Connection Editor of Immune Perspectives and Global Woman Magazines Phi Beta Kappa and Fulbright Scholor.  Learn what science says about diet and cancer prevention! Learn over a dozen advantages of using nutrition in a cancer treatment program! Learn the best foods and beverages for fighting cancer! Learn how to create an inner environment unfriendly to cancer! For more information, you can use these contacts: Phone: 732-775-1919. Email:

Dessert Wars: Tuesday, May 24th, 2011 from 6-8pm at Branches Catering in West Long Branch. Area bakeries, caterers, pastry shops and restaurants will compete in the Jersey Shore’s first ever “battle of the batter”… Click for more information.

Great New Jersey Hot Dog Showdown: Monmouth Park, Oceanport May 28 & 29. Do you relish great hot dogs and burgers? Kick off the summer by munching on the best hot dogs and burgers from across the Garden State at the Great New Jersey Hot Dog Showdown. Decide which ones cut the mustard and cast your vote. Sample them all, vote for your favorites and enter to win great prizes. Live entertainment, crafters and plenty of fun for the kids plus the ultimate in thoroughbred racing.  Admission included in Monmouth Park entry fee. Food prices vary. or 732-222-5100 for details.
Fun food fact of the day: Lettuce is a member of the sunflower family.

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.