Foodie Things to Do This Weekend and Beyond

The Fantastic Fall Hot Pepper Harvest On Friday Oct 21, the EARTH Center will offer a garden/cooking workshop entitled, The Fantastic Fall Hot Pepper Harvest from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM in Davidson’s Mill Pond Park, 42 Riva Ave. South Brunswick. The workshop aims to introduce attendees to the love of hot peppers and will feature some great recipes.. growing considerations and of course, ways to cool the burn…Registration is required by Wednesday Oct. 19. The program fee is $20. The size of the class will be limited, so register early to insure a space. For more information contact the Ag office at 732-398-5262.

Oktoberfest, Friday, October 21st from 7:30pm-11pm. Sponsored by Amanti Vino, Montclair, will be held at the Wellmont Theater to benefit Intensive Therapeutics, which provides occupational therapy for children. General admission, 7:30 to 11 PM, $80, includes unlimited food and beverages; VIP tickets, $150, allow, in addition to all of the above, entrance at 6:30 PM, access to the balcony area, and a swag bag. For tickets, call Amanti Vino at 973-509-9463.

Break Ground & Break Bread, Saturday, october 22 from 10am-3pm at the School Lunch Farm (Formerly Charters Farm) in Mount Olive. Come volunteer for a crop mob—where volunteers swarm a farm and accomplish a task that normally takes several days, we will be harvesting potatoes–that will be sold as a fundraiser for Slow Food Northern NJ’s school garden grant program. A light lunch will be provided–a $4 donation is suggested to offset the cost of food, please bring water or a beverage.
If you could bring a locally sourced potluck dish that would be appreciated–no food heating or refrigeration available. Please call: 908-654-3242

Clifton Street Fair, Saturday, October 22nd from 10am-5pm. The main thoroughfare of Clifton Ave. will be transformed into an open air pedestrian marketplace with non-stop entertainment, festival foods and a variety of family activities. Non-stop music and entertainment along with family fun attractions. For more information: Clifton Street Fair

Tour CHEESE ROOM AND TASTE SOME RAW CHEESES… Saturday, October 22nd from 10-11:30 am at Cherry Grove Farm in Laurenceville. Take a walk into our cheese room, visit our caves, meet our cheese maker Kelly Harding and sample grass-fed raw milk cheeses while discussing the health benefits of using grass-fed raw milk in cheese making. We will taste each one of the raw cheeses we make here at the farm as well as cheeses from around the world. $20 to register, please email The Class will end just in time for lunch and this is when you can stop by the stand out front and enjoy a farmstead grilled cheese prepared on the spot by Chef Sacchitello. Taste the flavors of our raw milk cheese straight from the cave and see how the depth of flavor changes with the addition of a little heat.

Italian Festival, Saturday & Sunday, October 22nd and 23rd from 11am-5pm. Bellview Winery, Landisville, NJ. $10, children free; includes parking, wine tasting, vineyard and winery tours, and a souvenir wineglass. For more information, go to or call 856-697-7172.

Laurita Winery Harvest Festival, Saturday, Oct. 22nd from 12pm-9pm & Sunday, Oct. 23rd from 12pm-8pm. Free admission. Celebrate the ongoing harvest at one of the Outer Coastal Plain’s most highly regarded wineries. Live music and entertainment, fine wine and good food. Kids will enjoy pony rides, REX the pumpkin eating dinosaur and the playground. Vineyard wagon tours offered from 1-4pm. For more information: Laurita Winery

Waterfront Wine & Food Festival, Mays Landing. Saturday & Sunday, October 22nf & 23rd from 12pm-5pm. 8 South Jersey wineries for tastings, crafters, food vendors, local restaurant samplings, entertainment & much more! For more information: Waterfront Wine & Food Fest

ReRun, Inc. Fall For Horses, Allentown. Sunday, October 23rd. If you like horses and food then this is for you. Enjoy an all-thoroughbred charity horse show, clinic and FOOD festival. For more information: 732-521-1370 and ReRun

And Beyond…

From Pecorino to Parmigiana: The Cheeses Of Italy, Monday, October 24th from 7pm-10pm. Presented by Cranford’s Cheese…Please! An Educated Cheese Shop, attend this class to learn about Italy’s famous and secret cheeses. To register visit

Locals Feeding Locals – a Taste of Autumn Wednesday, October 26, 2011, 5:00 – 10:00PM Giamano’s Restaurant, 301 Main Street in Bradley Beach 07720 Locals Feeding Locals is the third event Giamano’s has sponsored to raise funds for the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties. This taste of autumn will be an evening to experience the finest Italian dining on the Jersey Shore. Ticket cost is $50 per guest and may be reserved by calling 732-918-2600. Seats are limited.

Psychic Wine Predictions, Rosie’s Wine Bar, Garwood, NJ. Wednesday, October 26th from 8pm-10pm.  Feeling SPIRITED? Want your fortune read? Join us as we kick off HalloWINE Week with a visit from local psychic Gale Summers, and see how with her help, Rosie can predict the perfect wine for you. Enjoy a glass of punch while Gale enlightens us about the world of psychic readings. Let Gale read just a little bit into who you are individually (LIMITED TO THE FIRST 20 RSVP’S!!). Then, equipped with this little insight, Rosie will expertly match your personality to a type of wine that you receive a glass of. In addition, Gale will be around for additional types of readings if you so desire. $25/pp, First RSVP, First Read. RSVP: (908) 518-WINE (9463)

Sugarloaf Crafts Festival, Somerset. Friday & Saturday, October 28 & 29 from 10am to 6pm, & Sunday, October 30, 10am to 5pm. The festival will feature crafts including functional and decorative pottery, sculpture, glass, jewelry, fashion, wood, metal, furniture, home accessories, photography and fine art. Gourmet foods and seasonal favorites—including candies and chocolates, hearty soups, artisan breads, jams and dips, syrups, and olive oils—will be available to sample and purchase from dozens of specialty food purveyors. For more information:

Crab Cake Dinner, Tuesday, November 1st. Mud City Crab House will be hosting the 1st annual crab cake dinner to benefit David’s Dream and Believe Foundation.  They will be hosting 2 seating’s, 5: 30 and 8, in the dining room, each seating accommodating approximately 75 people.  The night will consist of dinner, wine & beer cash bar, and an auction.  Tickets can be purchased at Mud City Crab House for $35.00/ticket.  The meal will consist of family style appetizers, soup or salad course, a crab cake dinner, (there will be a non-seafood option), and dessert. Mud City Crab House 609-978-3660

Wine and Cheese Tasting Fundraiser to Benefit Holiday Express, Sickles Market greenhouse, Little Silver, NJ. Friday, November 4 from 7-10 p.m. Sickles Market will dress up its greenhouse in magical holiday style, serve spectacular gourmet foods, artisanal cheeses and pour premium wines. The event – which is denim casual – will offer live entertainment by some of the best talent from the Holiday Express band; a silent auction brimming with rare, collectible wines; and a live auction that includes the hugely popular Wine Crawls – progressive tours of some of the Jersey Shore’s best private wine cellars. Plus so much more! Last year’s event was sold out so attendees are urged to reserve tickets as soon as possible. Tickets are $125 and sponsorships are available. To reserve tickets or make a sponsorship please call Tori Sickles at 732.741.9563. Or, purchase online at

Restaurant Week at Cork Genuine Food & Drink, Westmont, NJ. On November 2nd, 3rd, and 4th they will have celebrity chefs cooking a special 4-course $35 menu created with the help of Cork’s chef Anthony Marini. For details please visit:

Wednesday, November 2nd: Master chef Olivier de St Martin, born and raised in Champagne, France, is the owner of Caribou Café & Zinc Restaurants in Philadelphia and winner of the Food Network’s “Chopped.” He will be creating a bistro menu featuring French comfort foods and cultural dishes.

Thursday, November 3rd: Chef Jim Coleman, cookbook author and host of PBS’ long running “Flavors of America” will be providing a menu inspired by flavors of America. Coleman was a longtime chef of the 4 star Rittenhouse Hotel and then the Normandy Farms Hotel in Blue Bell, Pa.

Friday, November 4th: Chef Philippe Chin from Paris, France, a celebrity and master chef, will be providing a menu.  Philippe is well known for is cross culture cooking inspired by his Chinese Father and his French mother. Philippe had a restaurant in Philadelphia and most recently in Augusta, Georgia.  He was featured numerous times on the Food Network.

Jersey Shore Restaurant Week: Various locations. For more details and tickets for the events below, please visit:

“The Kick-off Party” The Breakers Hotel, Spring Lake. Thursday, November 3rd. Great Jersey Shore chefs prepare their favorite “Comfort Foods” including: Wine Bar, Cheese Station, Pate Bar, Desset Bar.

Great Jersey Shore Burger Contest, Saturday, November 5th at Bar A, Belmar. Taste and Vote for the Shore’s Best Burger.

“Great Chefs Cook Italian” Spring Lake Manor, Spring Lake Heights, Monday, November 7th. “Chopped” champ Matthew Zappoli of Tre Amici, Top 25 Zagat rated Piccola italia chef/owner Brian Gualtieri and legendary Joe Leone prepare a 5 course meal paired with Italian Wines.

Sushi and Sake Night at 709, Point Pleasant Tuesday, November 8th. A sushi, sake and white wine tasting.

“Souper Happy Hour” The Mill, Spring Lake Heights. Wednesday, November 9th. “Soup and Sammy”….delicious harvest soups paired with savory mini sandwiches.

The After Party “Cocktails and Cupcakes” Watermark, Asbury Park. Thursday, November 10th. Killer after dinner cocktails, make your own cupcakes and dance the night away.

Charley’s Craft Beer & Comedy Night Charley’s Ocean Grill, Long Branch. Friday, November 11th. Sample craft beers and delicious appetizers and enjoy some of the Shore’s top comedians.

“Burgers, Bloodies and Brews” at Harpoon Willy’s, Manasquan. Saturday, November 12th. Enjoy your choice of burger with a Bloody Mary or Shinerboch Beer.

A Taste of Italy at Undici. Sunday, November 13th. This popular event features tastings of over 50 Italian wines paired with delicious cheeses, meats and pastas from the regions of Italy. Spirits table.