Foodie Things To Do This Weekend And Beyond

Cape May Wine Weekend, February 17th-19th. Triple your enjoyment by combining a Wine Tasting Dinner, Winery Cellar Tour & Tasting and Wine School Class for a weekend of total indulgence!

The four-course Wine Tasting Dinner will be held on Friday at the Washington Inn and will feature wines themed to the Sunday Wine School Class. Seating is at your convenience and guests will be treated to individual attention by the wine steward.

On Saturday, Feb. 18 at 3 pm, visit the award winning Cape May Winery located in North Cape May for a Winery Cellar Tour & Tasting that includes vineyard tour, introduction to winemaker’s art, and a barrel tasting with cheese and fruit.

“Great Italian Reds” is the topic of Wine School Class on Sunday, Feb. 19 at 1 pm.  Learn the finer points of wines, meet other wine enthusiasts, and  expand your knowledge.  The complete package is $135 per person (gratuity extra).  The wine school class can be purchase separately for $30 per person. Call 609-884-5404 for more details.

Death By Chocolate: Murder Mystery Dinner Show, Friday, February 17th at 6pm. The Engleside Inn. Death by Chocolate will be the perfect ending to Long Beach Island’s Chocolate Week and a great way to celebrate Valentine’s Day Weekend. Proceeds from the dinner theatre event will benefit Tuckerton Seaport’s educational programs. For more information or tickets: 609-296-8868,, Tuckerton Seaport.

Soul Food Celebration, Saturday, February 18th from 2pm-4pm. Lawrenceville, NJ. In honor of Black History Month, Mrs. G’s TV & Appliance is launching a new free community cultural cooking series with a soul food celebration. Executive Chef Mary Beth Madill and her special guests, sisters Beverly Queen, Adrian King, and Cindy Fulmore of ABC Dadlites in Trenton, will dish up a tasting menu of southern home cooking. The menu will feature: fried chicken wings, macaroni ‘n’ cheese, collard greens, and pork BBQ. Seating is limited so registration in advance is requested. Call 609-882-1444 or email

Wine & Chocolate Weekend, Saturday & Sunday, February 18th & 19th from 12pm-5pm. Celebrate Valentine’s Day and the love of fine wines and chocolates at Alba Vineyard. Learn all about wine, as well as wine pairings from the vineyard staff and local vendors. For more information: Alba Vineyard

Eat Slow Winter Farmers Market, Sunday, February 19th from 11am-3pm. Music – Prepared Foods – Full Bar. Tre Piani is the original site where the Markets started seven years ago with Slow Food Central New Jersey. For directions to Tre Piani, visit

D’Angelo Italian Market One-Year Anniversary, Sunday, February 19th from 4pm-8pm. Celebrating with a Carnevale-inspired event on Sunday, February 19th, from 4pm-8pm. Mayor Moore will begin the event with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, to be followed by Entertainment, Food and Prizes. Some children-friendly activities will include face-painting and balloon animals. Please click here for more information.

And Beyond…

Individual Chocolate Desserts, Wednesday, February 22nd from 6pm-9pm. The Academy of Culinary Arts at Atlantic Cape offers amateur chefs and food enthusiasts alike the opportunity to learn how to prepare a variety of confectionery creations with Chef Mary Lou D’Angleo. Learn how to prepare Truffles, Lava Cakes, Chocolate Obsessions and more. To register, call 609-343-4829 or visit

South Jersey’s Men R’ Cookin’ Thursday, February 23rd from 6pm-8pm. The Pool at Harrah’s. Joe and Scott from 100.7 WZXL, in collaboration with Chef Davies, will prepare Salmon Portabello Ravioli with Smoked Tomato Crema and Arugala Orange Fennel Salad, at the Men R Cookin’ event, which benefits the Boys & Girls Club of Atlantic City. For tickets and more information: ACBGC

3rd Annual Chili Cook-Off & Homebrewing Contest, Saturday, February 25th from 2pm-6pm. To support HOPES CAP, Inc. and their adult services that provide clients assistance with employment, self-sufficiency and education, Hoboken Volunteers holds this event. For more information: Hoboken Volunteers

“Feast in February” Wine Festival, Saturday, February 25th from 12pm-5pm. Natali Vineyards, Cape May Court House, NJ. Featuring six local Cape May County food vendors offering some light samples of their newest dishes, as well as foods for sale. 12 Natali Wines in stock (enjoy five wine samples for $5 all day), purchase wines by the bottle or try sipping on some heated mulled spice sangria for $5 a glass. The Ravioli Shanker Band will be returning to the stage and guests will be able to shop the wares of local vendors. Free admission and free educational vineyard & barrel room tour at 2:30 pm.

An Evening in Spain, Tuesday, February 28th from 6pm-9pm. Culinary Workshops Offer Taste of Global Cuisine at Atlantic Cape. Experience the classic tastes of the Iberian Peninsula. Start with assorted Tapas, Almond Soup and Paella Valencia. The night wouldn’t be complete without a classic Flan. To register, call 609-343-4829 or visit

Dine Out For CASA, Wednesday, February 29th. Arthur’s St. Moritz will make a generous donation to CASA of Morris and Sussex Counties based on your lunch or dinner check on February 29th. Enjoy Arthur’s famous hand-cut Delmonico steaks, burgers, seafood, pasta, and salad dishes while taking in the scenery of beautiful Lake Mohawk. For more information please call: 973-729-5677

5th Annual New York Wine Expo

Friday, March 2, 2012
6:00 – 10:00 PM

Saturday, March 3, 2012
2:00 – 6:00 PM

Don’t miss this opportunity to sample over 760 wines from over 190 winemakers from around the globe in the Grand Tasting. The Expo is open on Friday evening and Saturday afternoon allowing consumers to take a tasting tour around the world. Several seminars will be available as well.

This event will be held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in NY. For more information: NY Wine Expo

Food For Thought, Sunday, March 4th from 12:30pm-4:30pm. Celebrate all the roles food plays in our lives! The New Jersey Center for the Book and the Monmouth County Library will play host to a food festival featuring speakers American Chef David Burke of David Burke Fromagerie in Rumson and Lynne Bugai of Jon Bon Jovi Soul Kitchen in Red Bank, whose topic will be: Hope is Delicious: Food as Community Service. Also featured will be a demonstration by Kiwi Magazine’s Next Great Young Chef Chloe Rosen. For more information: Monmouth County Library Free and open to the public!

Atlantic City Restaurant Week, March 4th – March 10th. During the week, fine restaurants throughout Atlantic County will offer value priced three-course lunches and three-course dinners. A full list of participating restaurants, menu items, chef biographies and other details are available online. Restaurant Week hotel packages will also be available through the site, as well as the ability to book reservations online through Open Table at restaurants that use the Open Table reservation service.

A Taste of the Two Rivers, Monday, March 5th from 6pm-9pm. The Molly Pitcher Inn hosts area restaurants serving up a night of delicious food, decadent desserts and wine and spirits to benefit The Community YMCA. Participating restaurants and purveyors will be vying for the “Best Display” and “Best Dish,” as selected by votes from the evening’s guests. There will be live music and a chance to win prizes. For more information call 732-671-5505 ext. 20 or visit

Revel Begins Reservations for Preview, Monday, March 5th. Revel Entertainment, the newest resort to open in Atlantic City, will open it’s doors for an 8-week preview. Opening will be 12 restaurants!

19th Annual Sugarloaf Crafts Festival, Friday-Sunday, March 9th-10th. Fri & Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 10am-5pm. Held at the Garden State Exhibit Center in Somerset, NJ. There will be crafts representing “a sensory celebration,” gourmet food and favorites, live demonstrations and family entertainment. For more information and tickets: Sugarloaf Festival

Belmar Restaurant Tour, Sunday, March 11th from 11am-4pm. Sample chefs creations at many of Belmar’s fine restaurants. Buy tickets early and save. For tickets and more information: Visit Belmar

New Hope/Lambertville Restaurant Week, Sunday-Friday, March 18th-23rd. This year, 28 restaurants will participate in the week, long promotion of either a fine dining $29.95 pre-fixe dinner or $19.95 pre-fixe dinner. The following sponsors make new Hope/Lambertville Restaurant Week possible:  E&J Gallo Winery, River Horse Brewery, Stoli Vodka, Local Living Magazine and Packet Publications. Please visit and to view the pre-fixe menus and detailed information on all of the restaurants.

Atlantic Bakery Expo 2012, Industry Expo. Sunday & Monday, March 19th & 20th. A complete educational program with demonstrations, seminars and hands-on classes to go along with a trade show floor packed with all the exhibitors you need for your business. This years expansion will help meet your need for new products to help increase profits. For more information: Expo 2012

Taste of Montclair, Monday, March 19th.  AND Montclair Restaurant Week, March 20th – April 1st (no Joke). For more information: Montclair

15th Annual Taste of Middlesex on March 19, 2012, at the Pines Manor, 2085 Lincoln Highway/Route 27, and Edison, NJ presented by the Edison Chamber of Commerce.

29th Annual Atlantic Cape Restaurant Gala, Thursday, March 22nd at 6:30pm. Bally’s Atlantic City Hotel & Casino. The event celebrates food by highlighting thousands of hors d’oeuvres prepared by students at the Academy of Culinary Arts and showcasing the specialties of 40 of the area’s best restaurants at a progressive dining experience. The Gala raises money for student scholarships. There will be 3 lucky winners will share up to $15,000 in the 50/50 raffle. For tickets and raffle tickets, please contact Lauren Canzanese at (609) 463-4672,, or online at

Beers on the Boards, Saturday, March 24th. Two sessions: 12:30pm-4pm & 6pm-9:30pm. A craft beer tasting festival on the boardwalk! With over 20 breweries and an all day gourmet buffet. Taste a tremendous variety of beer flavors. Buffet to include some cool beer inspired fare and different beer/food pairings to sample. Held Indoors at Martell’s Tiki Bar.For more information and tickets:

Husdon County CASA’s 6th Annual Wine Tasting, Sweets & Eats, Friday, March 30th from 6pm-9pm. Atrium in the Harborside Financial Center on the Jersey City waterfront. Enjoy sampling over 90 wines with sweets and treats gathered from the metropolitan area’s best purveyors. The night will also include hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction featuring one-of-a kind prizes, free parking, and much more!

Atlantic City Beer & Music Festival 2012

The focus of The Atlantic City Beer Festival is the promotion of craft beers and the brewers that create them. Now in its 7th year the festival has taken a truly organic turn with the addition of original music from artists across the Tri-State area.

Session 1: Friday, March 30th from 7pm-11pm. Session 2: Saturday, March 31st from 12pm-4pm. Session 3: Saturday, March 31st from 6pm-10pm.

The 2012 Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival will not only highlight great beer and music but will also feature culinary demonstrations from local area chefs, beer seminars hosted by author and television personality Gary Monterosso as well as others and we can’t forget the amazing festival vendors… lots and lots of food and beer related vendors. This year’s festival will appeal to absolutely everyone.

For more information and tickets: AC Beer & Music Fest

Make Your Own Mozzarella Cheese, April 21st. ***This event sells out FAST.  The cost is $85.00 per person or $160.00 per couple and includes the following: Hands-on instructions on how to make your own mozzarella, Notes and recipe provided, and much more! To reserve tickets and more information: The Grape Escape 609-409-9463

***SAVE THE DATE:  Farm-to-Fork Fundraiser, June 9th at 6pm. Brady Life Camp in Pottersville, NJ. There will be a farm fresh meal catered, live entertainment, 50/50 and live and silent auctions. Proceeds go towards America’s Grow-a-Row’s mission to positively impact as many lives as possible through a volunteer effort of planting, picking, rescuing, and delivering free fresh produce. For more information and to be a sponsor, please visit: America’s Grow a Row