Foodie Things to Do This Weekend and Beyond

Jersey Shore Restaurant Week has begun! November 4th – 13th. Various locations. For more details, participating restaurants and tickets for the events below, please visit:

Great Jersey Shore Burger Contest, Saturday, November 5th at Bar A, Belmar. Taste and Vote for the Shore’s Best Burger. Jersey Bites will be participating on the Judges Panel.

“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.

2011 Somers Point Restaurant Week is Nov. 4 – 13:  The dinners are Price fix 3- course meals for $25.07, some restaurants are offering a Price Fix menu for $11.07. Somers Point is not just for the summer months. Check out this year round destination for dining. Also participating with an art exhibit, “Flavors of Fall” is the Great Bay Gallery. You can check out the menus and get more information on

SicklesMarket.jpgWine 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. Friday, November 4th: Enjoy a special 4-course $35 menu created with the help of Cork’s chef Anthony Marini. 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.For details please visit:

Wine Tasting & Food Event, Friday, November 4th from 6:30pm-9:30pm. Wedgwood Country Club, 200 Hurffville Rd, Turnersville. This event will benefit the Washington Township Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Foundation. The tasting will include more than 200 wines, hot and cold hors d’oeuvres, a sauté station, desserts, and live music. Tickets from $40 to $75. For more information and tickets please call: 856-227-1776

Bound Brook RiverFest, Saturday, November 5th from 10am-4pm. The day will feature merchants and artisans selling wares, amusement rides, petting zoo, live entertainment and dance on two stages, lots of delicious food, fun, prizes and surprises! For more information: Bound Brook RiverFest

Spirits & Spirits 2011, Saturday, November 5th from 6pm-10pm. The Historic Smithville Mansion and South Jersey Ghost Research will host a wine tasting complete with light refreshments, and SJGR will release the results of investigations at the haunted mansion. Tickets are $30. For more information: Smithville Mansion

l102221-03072002-1190.jpgAll-Grain Brewing Seminar & Beer Tasting, Saturday, November 5th from 4pm-7pm. The Brewers Apprentice will be conducting an all grain seminar in celebration of Teach A Friend To Brew Day! They’ll be going through the basics of all-grain brewing… Including the equipment needed, ingredients, as well as the basic principles. We’ll take the mystery out of the process by showing you every single step from building your own equipment (or what to buy), how to set it up, how to prepare your grains, how to mash and sparge, etc. At designated points during the event, attendees will also be able to sample some great beer from The Brewers Apprentice! Tickets MUST be purchased in advance…they will not honor walk-ins. Tickets are $25 each. To purchase your ticket, visit the store or call: 732-863-9411

grape adventure.jpgSix Flags Grape Adventure: Wine and Food Experience, Saturday and Sunday, November 5th & 6th, Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson, NJ. The second annual post-season wine and food event is sponsored by & TD Bank, Cabot Creamery & and Kitchen Magic. The event will feature NJ wineries offering nearly 150 locally produced wines for sampling and music. Schedule a time for the Safari Tasting Tour which includes a private tour and stop in the Wild Safari. (Theme park is not open during this event.) For more information and to buy tickets: Six Flags

And Beyond…

March of Dimes: Signature Chefs Event, Monday, November 7th at 6pm. Eagle Oaks Country Club in Farmingdale, NJ. Tickets are just $100 each and entitle you to one of New Jersey’s premier food and wine tasting events. The event also features a live and silent auction and the opportunity to network with several of New Jersey’s business and community leaders. Your ticket price is tax deductible and supports the mission for stronger, healthier babies. Please call 732-859-5595 for tickets or additional information.

Soups & Sauces, Monday, November 7th at 6:30pm. A cooking class that includes a three-course meal, wine, a lecture, and a demonstration, will be held at Andre’s Restaurant & Wine Boutique, 188 Spring St, Newton. Tickets are $65. For reservations please call: 973-300-4192

From Land to Sea: Cooking With Marilyn, Wednesday, November 9th at 6:30pm. A cooking class taught by chef/restaurateur Marilyn Schlossbach, will be held at Langosta Lounge, Third Ave Pavilion, 1000 Ocean Ave, Asbury Park, to benefit the Jersey Shore Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation. Tickets are $50, including dinner. For more information and reservations, call 732-455-3275 or e-mail

Autumn Cocktails, Thursday, November 10th at 7pm. A class including Bourbon Apple Pie Martini, Rosemary Apple Martini, and Autumn Sidecar will be held at Stone House at Stirling Ridge, 50 Stirling Ave, Warren. The event will include appetizers and take-home recipe cards. Tickets are $30 with reservation, $35 at the door. To reserve please call: 866-683-3586

Wine Tasting with Food, Friday, November 11th from 7pm-10pm. Held at the Mercer Oaks Country Club & Golf Course, 725 Village Rd W, Princeton Junction, to benefit the Res-Q-Pets Foundation. Tickets are $50 in advance, $55 at the door. To order tickets, go to

First Annual Harvest Celebration, Saturday, November 12th from 1pm-3pm. Joe Canal’s Discount Liquor Outlet in Iselin, NJ. The Liquid Learning Center will  hold this event that will feature wine tastings with Deborah Brenner, author/founder, Women of the Vine, and will have a menu of seasonal, locally grown appetizers prepared by Jim and Andrea Carbine, owner/chefs of A Toute Heure.  The event is free, but reservations must be made by calling:  732-726-0077

An All-American Thanksgiving, Saturday, November 19th at 11:30am. This cooking class will be held at Phillips Seafood, Pier Shops at Caesars, 1 Atlantic Ocean, Atlantic City. Tickets are $65, including a chef demo, wine, and lunch. Call 609-348-2273 for reservations or go to