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Foodie Things to Do This Weekend and Beyond


Culinary Classic “Beaujolais” Friday, November 18th at 6:30pm. Renault Winery, Egg Harbor City. Celebrate the arrival of the new Beaujolais with a cocktail hour, tasting, and a five course French cuisine. For more information: Renault Winery

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 www.phillipsseafood.com.

Great Spanish Wines, Saturday, November 19th at 4pm at The Great Escape. Join Winemaker Thomas Nye and noted Sommelier George Staikos for the first in a series of tastings. You will explore great Spanish wines specifically chosen by George Staikos. You will also be served dried gourmet  meats matched with the wines. For more information: The Grape Escape

Cape May Wine Trail, Saturday, November 19th. Spend the afternoon visiting two of Cape May County’s wineries (Hawk Haven Vineyard and Natali Vineyard) and sampling the unique flavors of each.  First, enjoy lunch at the Carriage House Tearoom & Café, and then board the MAC trolley, which will shuttle you to the wineries. Tour the wineries and learn about viniculture and visit the tasting rooms.  Includes wine-tasting glass. For more information: Wine Trail or call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278

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

November Winter Beer Fest, Saturday, November 19th from 1pm-5pm. 381 Main Bar & Grill in Little Falls is holding their second New Jersey Craft Beer Day. Enjoy some of the finest seasonal craft brews from New Jersey breweries and meet their makers. For more information: 381main.com

3rd Annual Mac & Cheese Bake-off, Sunday, November 20th from 1:30pm-6pm, Jersey City. 4th Street Arts will hold its annual Mac & Cheese bake-off as individual chefs and local restaurants enter their best Mac & Cheese recipe to compete for the title of ‘Best Mac & Cheese in JC!!’ Come taste all the Mac & Cheese dishes and vote for your favorite in both the Individual and Restaurant categories. VIP Admission 12:30-1:30 pm $25. General Admission 1:30-6pm $5. For more information or tickets: Mac & Cheese Bake-Off

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

And Beyond…

Vegan Baking, Tuesday, November 22nd from 7pm-8:30pm, FREE. Learn how to make healthy baked treats without using animal products. This event will be held at the North Plainfield Library in the Kitchen (Downstairs). For more information: 908-755-7909

The Wines of Langtry Estate & Vineyards, Friday, November 25th from 6:30pm-10pm. A wine tasting and five-course dinner presented by Uncorked Consultants, will be held at the Park Avenue Club, 184 Park Ave, Florham Park. Tickets are $120 and all-inclusive. For more information and tickets, call: 973-5-WINE-54

Bakin’ With the Boss Tour, Saturday, November 26th at 9pm. Tropicana, 2831 Boardwalk, Atlantic City. Cake Boss Buddy Valastro, Food Network star and owner of Carlo’s Bakery in Hoboken, will stop at the Tropicana Casino and Resort as part of the tour in promotion for his new book. Tickets are $35, $45, and $55. Tickets can be purchased at the Tropicana box office or through Ticketmaster. For more information: Buddy on Tour

Cooking Class for Children, Sunday, November 27th from 10am-1pm. Scott Snyder, chef/owner of Boulevard Five72, 572 Blvd, Kenilworth, will hold a cooking class for children ages five and up where they will learn to make gnocchi, chocolate truffles, and mini apple pies. In addition, class participants and their parents will have brunch. Tickets are $30 for children, including the cooking class and brunch; $28 for adults, including brunch. For more information call: 908-709-1200

Holiday Wine Trail Weekend, November 25, 26, 27. The Holiday Wine Trail Weekend is the perfect opportunity to plan special day trips to New Jersey’s wineries, many of which will be kicking off their holiday seasons with special barrel tastings, live holiday entertainment and specialty holiday foods that pair well with wines. For more information: Holiday Wine Trail Weekend

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

Breakfast With Santa, Saturday, December 3rd from 8am-9:45am. Hamilton Mall Food Court. The chefs and students at The Academy of Culinary Arts at Atlantic Cape Community College will prepare pancakes, bacon, sausage, muffins and Danish. In addition to meeting Santa, Mrs. Claus and other favorite holiday characters, children can enjoy the magic of award-winning magician Chad Juros. Tickets are $5 (available at the customer service desk in the Hamilton Mall). All proceeds benefit the Spread the Magic Foundation.

Discussion and Cooking Demonstration, Saturday, December 3rd from 11am-1pm. Bestselling cookbook author and food columnist for the New York Times Melissa Clark and cooking instructor Rick Rodgers will hold a discussion and cooking demo at Kings Cooking Studio, 778 Morris Tpk, Short Hills. Two recipes from Clark’s latest cookbook, Cook This Now, will be demonstrated. Tickets are $100. Registration includes a copy of the book, and a signing will be held from 2 to 3:30 PM. To register, call: 973-258-4009