Foodie Things to Do This Weekend and Beyond

Food Events in New Jersey

December 6th: Spring Lake Heights: Jersey Shore Restaurant Week’s  “Restore the Shore”  Benefit 6:30-9:00pm, at The Mill. Attendees will enjoy hors d’ouevres, wine and beer tastings and live music by the Billy Lawlor Band. Instead of the traditional Jersey Shore Restaurant Week Kick-Off Party, this year’s party will raise funds for RestoreTheShoreBenefit.Org, a 501c3 partnership with WANDAA, created by Jersey Shore natives to assist in relief and generate donations for families and businesses affected by Superstorm Sandy. Working directly with relief centers, RTS’ primary focus is to help pay for temporary housing for the more than 2,000 displaced families on the Jersey Shore. For more information on the charity, visit: Donations of cleaning supplies, toiletries, baby products, gift cards and canned goods would be most appreciated.

December 8th: Atlantic City: An Evening With Paula Deen, Saturday,  at 6pm. Tropicana Casino & Resort in Atlantic City welcomes Paula Deen. This is your chance to witness first hand, some delicious southern home cooking demonstrations. For tickets and more information, click here.

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December 12: Asbury Park: Asbury Park Chamber of Commerce Holiday Party, The Springwood Center, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Holiday Pricing – All Inclusive $30 Buffet dinner featuring dishes from over 25 local restaurants. Dinner, Wine & Beer Included* For Fun & Bragging Rights: Vote for your favorite dish at the event. One restaurant will win 3 months of FREE web advertising and the prestigious ‘Golden Whisk’ Award. (are you a restaurant that wants to participate in the holiday party?) Click for details

December 13th: Randolph: Holiday Toy Drive & Cheer and Beer Night at Morris Tap and Grill. A night of fun while collecting toys for the St. Peter’s orphanage and families who have been displaced by Hurricane Sandy. What more could you ask for? Make sure you RSVP today!

– SOLD OUT – December 15th: Long Branch:   Beach Bash fundraiser event at the Ocean Place Resort and Spa in Long Branch, NJ.  14 of Red Bank’s restaurants and eateries will provide culinary samplings during what is expected to be an incredible evening in support of the Sea Bright community.  All proceeds from this event will benefit the residents and business owners of Sea Bright in their recovery and rebuilding efforts.

December 16th: Atlantic City: Chris Scarduzio’s Table 31 Restaurant, in a partnership with Caesars Entertainment Atlantic City Chefs and The Star Group, will host Savor for Sandy, a special event to raise money for Caesars Entertainment Atlantic City employees affected by Hurricane Sandy, on Sunday, December 16 from 6 p.m. – 11 p.m. All of the event’s proceeds go directly to the Wish Upon a Hero Foundation. Tickets for Savor for Sandy can be purchased by visiting, and prices begin at $100 for general admission. Additional sponsorship packages are available that include access to Table 31’s Patron VIP Lounge, hotel packages at Caesars Atlantic City and dining to Mia, also in Atlantic City.  Guests who attend Savor for Sandy will be treated to the flavorful styles of award-winning chef Chris Scarduzio while eating to support an urgent cause.

March 14: Atlantic City: The 30th anniversary Atlantic Cape Community College Restaurant Gala will take place on Thursday, March 14, at Bally’s Atlantic City Hotel and Casino. With the theme, “Celebrate the 30 kNights,” the Gala will feature Camelot-inspired décor and an opulent feast.

The Restaurant Gala’s 30th anniversary honorees include the Donio and Crescenzo families of Hammonton and Chef Kevin Scull of Egg Harbor Township.

The annual fundraiser celebrates food by highlighting hors d’oeuvres prepared by students in the Academy of Culinary Arts and showcasing the specialties of 50 of the region’s best restaurants at a progressive dining experience. Each year hundreds of guests attend the Gala, which also includes live music and an elegant dessert reception.

The event has raised nearly $3 million for scholarships since 1984. All Gala proceeds benefit student scholarships at the Academy of Culinary Arts at Atlantic Cape Community College and Atlantic Cape Foundation operations.

For more information on the 2013 Gala, contact Carrie Leahy at (609), or