Foodie Things to Do This Weekend and Beyond

Toad Hall Wine Tasting: The Hallmark Wine Series, Friday, December 16th at 5:30pm. Join Alan Hallmark, Rat’s Restaurant’s resident wine expert on the third Friday of every month as he makes fine wine both approachable and fun. Topic of Discussion: Tuscany: From Straw Basket to Super Tuscans. $10 per person, which will be applied toward your meal should you choose to dine at Rat’s following the tasting. Space is limited. Please call Rat’s Restaurant at (609) 584-7800 to reserve your place.

Annual Hanakkah Dinner, Friday, December 16th at 6pm, followed by service at 7:30pm. Join Temple Micah in the Village of Lawrenceville for a pot-luck dinner, spirited signing, great company, and chocolate gelt. For more information: Temple Micah

Beer Tasting, Saturday, December 17th from 12pm-3pm. Stibinger Bros. Beer wants you to choose: Red Ale or White Ale? This tasting will determine our production launch anticipated 2012! Its only $15 to get in *MUST BRING ID, (includes Stibinger Bros. pint glass) The Beer is Free, drink Red & White Ale’s until kegs are empty, pick your favorite on feedback forms provided. Held at Nj Bar and Grill West, Stanhope. For more information: Beer Tasting

Holiday Cooking Class, Saturday, December 17th at 12pm & 3pm. Park Ave. Bar and Grill. Chef Todd Villani will demonstrate unique recipes, teaching you how to create an entire holiday feast. Each class includes a 1-hour demonstration, in depth Q&A session, printed materials and recipes, a full meal and drink pairing. Advanced registration is required. For more information: Park Ave 201-617-7275

Sparkling Holidays at Four Sisters Winery, Saturday & Sunday, December 17th & 18th from 11am-6pm. Sparkling wine punch will be served with holiday cookies. Many holiday gift baskets and other items will be available for purchase. Enjoy a complimentary wine tasting and wine cellar tour.

Holiday Treats, Saturday & Sunday, December 17th & 18th. Sharrott Winery will be providing free holiday treats to pair with their wines. There will also be specials on holiday gifts. Tastings are $5 and include a souvenir glass and optional tour. For more information: Sharrott

Holiday Family Fun Day, Sunday, December 18th from 12:30pm-4:30pm. Pilsener Haus is following in the European tradition and making the Biergarten a place for all ages. Bring the kids to jam out to Big Jeff and the Bouncy People. For more information: Pilsener Haus

And Beyond…

Beer & Wine Tasting, Monday, December 19th from 6pm-9pm. The Melting Pot in Red Bank will be hosting this tasting event to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The tasting will be at both Melting Pot & Taste Restaurant, featuring wines from over two dozen wineries and over a dozen breweries as well as food from the restaurants and other local Red Bank businesses. Live entertainment will also be present. Tickets can be purchased in advance and at the door. For more information: 732-219-0090

Craft Beer Bar Mitvah, Book Reading & Beer Tasting, Tuesday, December 20th from 7pm-9pm. Celebrate the first night of Chanukah 2011 with Shmaltz Brewing Co. founder Jeremy Cowan as he reads select passages from his new book, Craft Beer Bar Mitzvah. Afterwards, stick around for a tasting of several Shmaltz Brewing Co. beers! Held at Barcade, Jersey City. For more information: 201-332-4555

‘Land To Sea’ Cooking Demonstration, Wednesday, January 11th at 6:30pm. Join Marilyn for “Land to Sea: Cooking with Marilyn,” a demonstration and dinner at Langosta Lounge, Asbury Park. Take a culinary journey inspired by the vacation cuisine featured at her restaurants. Following the demonstration and Q&A session, enjoy the exquisite meal side by side with the restaurateur. “Land to Sea” will benefit the Boys and Girls Club in Asbury Park. Tickets are $50. For more info or to make reservations, please call 732-455-3275.