Foodie Things to Do This Weekend and Beyond

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

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 Now – November 13th:  The dinners are Fix price 3- course meals for $25.07, some restaurants are offering a lunch Fix Price menu for $11.07. Somers Point is not just for the summer months. Check out this year round destination for dining.  You can check out the menus and get more information at: SP Restaurant Week

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

Rock & Wine Seafood Festival, Saturday, November 12th from 12pm-5pm. FREE Admission. Great live music from The Groove Band, award winning wines and some awesome local chefs prepare their finest Seafood and Non-Seafood dishes like lobster gumbo, conch fritters and “Old World Sausage Breads”. Enjoy a wine tasting of 5 samples for $5 or grab a bottle, relax in the vineyard or shop amongst the many local vendors selling some great hand crafted items. Free vineyard & barrel room tour at 2:30pm. For more information: NATALIWINES.COM or Call 609-465-0075

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

How To Bartend, Saturday, November 12th from 4pm-6pm. Cork Restaurant, Haddon, NJ. Tickets are $40 per person and inlcude light appetizers, cocktails, recipes, and instruction during the 2 hour class. Tickets must be purchased in advance. For more information or tickets: 856-381-8850 or or pay online with PayPal.

Chocolate Show New York, NOW through Sunday, November 13th.  The Chocolate Show will feature more than 50 exciting exhibitors that will be showcasing some brand new products along with tried and true signature pieces, ranging from the always popular Jacques Torres to first time participants including Best Chocolate Cake in the World, Les Cinq Almandes, West End Chocolates and more.  We also have a weekend full of culinary demonstrations by leading pastry chefs including Christina Tosi of Momofuku Milk Bar and Katie Rosenhouse of The Burke Group. For more information: NY Chocolate Show

Let’s Talk Turkey, Sunday, November 13th from 5:30pm-7pm. Savory Spice Shop, 138 E. Broad St., Westfield. Chef Jesse Jones, our new-French cuisine chef extraordinaire, returns to Savory to share with our customers how to take special care of that bird for all of your holiday needs. Chef Jesse will also be sharing some of his favorite recipes for holiday sides, like his smoky mac n’ cheese, maple glazed sweet potatoes and creole creamed spinach.  $15/pp. For more information or to reserve your spot: 908-264-8947 or email:

Italian Tasting, Sunday, November 13th from 12pm-4pm. A tasting of Italian meats and cheeses along with 60 Italian wines, from Sickles Market, will be held at Undici Taverna Rustica, 11 West River Rd, Rumson. For more information and tickets call: 732-842-3880

And Beyond…

Charity Dinner at the CulinAriane, 33 Walnut St, Montclair, Tuesday, November 15th at 7pm.The event will benefit Louie’s Kids, a nonprofit organization that raises funds to help treat childhood obesity. Joining Chef Ariane Duarte will be Amanda Freitag from the Food Network show Chopped and Carla Hall from ABC’s new afternoon show The Chew. Tickets are $125 including food and wine; tax, gratuity, and additional beverages cost extra. For reservations, call CulinAriane, 973-744-0533

Vineland Beer & Wine Tasting, Thursday, November 17th from 7pm-9:30pm. held by the Vineland Rotarty club at Merighi’s Savoy Inn. There will be a silent auction and a tasting of a wide variety of beer and wine, as well as hot and cold hors de’oeuvres. Tickets are $50. For more information: Beer & Wine Tasting

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

Edible New Jersey Food Tasting, Saturday, November 19th from 12pm-4pm. Eileen Fisher, 9 Elm Street, Westfield. Join us for food tastings and pairings featuring local purveyors. Store discounts on day of event with some restrictions. For more information: 908-233-7133

Spirits & Spirits, Sunday, November 20th at 1pm. Calgo Gardens in Freehold has engaged the services of Wine Brokers Unlimited for our first ever wine-tasting in the Farmhouse. Wine ambassador, Donny Sanders will guide us through this taste and learn experience. He has selected a very interesting lineup of seasonally appropriate samplings—all of which will be perfect candidates for your Thanksgiving table. Robin Elizabeth will be at Calgo this same evening, offering individual, spiritual tarot card readings. Tickets are $25. For more information or tickets: Calgo Gardens or 732-919-7770

Holiday Flavour, Thursday, December 1st from 6pm-9pm. Oyster Point Hotel, Red Bank. Holiday Flavour will feature more than twenty of the town’s most-popular restaurants at an exquisite culinary affair.  A portion of the proceeds will benefit Lunch Break and the newly opened Soul Kitchen. In addition to live music and on-site painting exhibition from artist David Banegas, auctions and prize giveaways will be included in the charitable evening. Tickets are $30 in advance and $40 at the door. For more information or tickets: Holiday Flavour