Foodie Things to Do this Weekend and Beyond

Food Events in New Jersey


March 9th: Jersey City: Third  Annual Jersey City Pi-e Day at the Liberty Science Center.

Come to the Nerd Side: We have Pi-e! Do you like to eat pie, bake pie or have fun with math (pi)?  Then you don’t want to miss this event on Saturday, March 9th, from 12-4pm.

Pi-e lovers Gabby Creery and Lissa Welles created the event because “there is a shortage of good pie in Jersey City!” Local bakeries and restaurants as well as amateur bakers are stepping up to the plate to enter the  Blue Ribbon Pie Bake Off.

Festivities will include pie eating/pi solving contest, pie for sale at the Pie Café, Piku (think Haiku with a twist), a Pie Walk with Pie music spun by Dancing Tony of The Rock-It Docket,  songs from the Stages Pi-e Carolers, math-inspired arts and crafts, pie-in-the face painting, and the Blue Ribbon Pie Baking Contest! Proceeds to benefit the Learning Community Charter School.   Event included with Liberty Science Center admission. More info on the Bake-Off and event  at


March 10th:  Ramsey Indoor Winter Farmer’s Market
Peruse the offerings of over 25 food vendors, local musicians, artisans and rotating featured vendors each week!  This event repeats weekly on Sundays until March 25, 2013.
Visit the Ramsey Farmer’s Market website for more info.
WHERE:   Eric. S. Smith Middle School (73 Monroe St., Ramsey, NJ 07446)
WHEN:  March 10th, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM


2013 Award-Winning Gala LogoMarch 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


March 15-175th Annual New Jersey Wine & Food Festival at Crystal Springs, Celebrate the best chefs of the region. This year, the Festival welcomes acclaimed Chef Jose Andres of Minibar, The Bazaar, China Poblano, Jaleo, Oyamel and Zaytinya in Washington DC, Los Angeles and Las Vegas among others, as the Guest of Honor. Attendees will have a rare chance to try their hand at blending wine, crown the winner of the New Jersey Mac & Cheese Cook-off – with JerseyBites! – and taste very special wines for Crystal Spring’s late founder Gene Mulvihill’s legendary cellar in a tribute to his vision and passion for wine. (Mr. Mulvihill passed in late 2012.) For tickets and a full schedule:


March 21st: Newark:  Manischewitz Cook-Off Contest.  The Cook-Off will be held at the Manischewitz Headquarters and Manufacturing Plant in Newark, NJ on March 21, 2013 where Matzo and other Manischewitz goodies are produced! Click here for information on entering.


shef chili cookoffMarch 23rd: Somerset Hills Education Foundations (SHEF) 10th Annual Chili Cook-Off.  Come celebrate the 10th anniversary of delicious chili tasting, great music and dancing, western entertainment and a unique silent auction! This year’s event takes place at beautiful Tranquillity Farms in Chester, NJ. Attractions include a mechanical bull, Tito’s Handmade Vodka Bar, Wild Bill’s Olde Fashioned Soda Stand, Epicure Foods cheese displays, and over twenty chefs competing for awards. The VIP Chili Pepper Lounge is hosted in the Farm’s “Champion Circle” oak bar room and has additional catering and specialty drinks.

For more information, contact Event Planner Bridget Kevorkian at or 978-882-2879.

Tickets and event details are available at SHEF’s website.


April 2nd: Mays Landing: Gourmet dinners at Careme’s hosted by the American Vegan Society, at the Academy of Culinary Arts. Experience a meal of exceptional quality prepared and served by the culinary students under a chef educator. Call            856-694-2887 or visit

April 5th: Jersey Shore Restaurant Week April 5-14 Spring Breaks at The Jersey Shore 10 Days | Great Deals | Fabulous Meals

It’s a wonderful opportunity to shake off the winter blues and re-visit your favorite restaurants or try some new ones. Enjoy 3 course dinner menus for $20.13 or $30.13 and special lunch menus at participating restaurants. See their Special Events Page for all the fun details.

tasteofmontclairApril 8th: 2nd Annual Taste of Montclair, at The Conference Center, University Hall at Montclair State University. Enjoy the culinary delights of more than 30 chefs who will serve up tastes in an eclectic array of food to the approximately 500 people who will once again enjoy The Taste of Montclair. Freshly shucked oysters, Italian, Spanish, American, Fusion, barbecued chicken and ribs, French, Southern, and even good old fashioned American ice cream are some of the expected treats.

Tickets are $50, and can be purchased online or from any of the ticket locations listed on the Taste of Montclair website.



oyster point hotelApril 11th:  Oyster Point Hotel’s “All Hands On Deck” Re-Opening in Red Bank, New Jersey from 6:00-9:00 PM.  The opening will support The Boondock’s Fishery in Red Bank.  The Navesink Business Group and Red Bank Flavour Restaurants have joined forces with The Oyster Point to help Boondocks’ owner Kelly Ryan rebuild her business.

 The popular lobster shack was washed away on October 29, 2012, when Sandy slammed the area.  The Boondock’s Fishery, Molly Pitcher Inn, and The Oyster Point Hotel are all located on the banks on the Navesink River, which was heavily affected.  The Oyster Point has been closed since Sandy hit and only recently reopened operations on February 15, 2013.
Many of the Red Bank Flavour Restaurants will be offering a palatable array of menu samplings, complemented by entertainment from Gary Philips and his Steele Drum Band.
Tickets for the event are$50.00 in advance or $60.00 at the door. Tickets are available by visiting  For more information, go to or call The Oyster Point Hotel at 732-530-8200, extension 155.
Sponsorship opportunities are available by calling or emailing Ken Scaggs at 732-610-4587 or  Parties interested in supporting Kelly Ryan of The Boondock’s should visit