Foodie Things to Do, This Weekend and Beyond

Food Events in New Jersey
May 4th: Hamburg:  Kentucky Derby Party at Crystal Springs Resort

To celebrate the running of the Kentucky Derby, Crystal Springs Resort in Hamburg, NJ will let guests get in on the action with a live “horse” race, derby hat contest, large screen broadcast of the race, a buffet of Derby-inspired treats and signature cocktails.

 The Kentucky Derby Party kicks off at 4pm on Saturday May 4th in the Rotunda in the Grand Cascade Lodge Clubhouse with a buffet and signature drinks – every guest will receive a complimentary Mint Julep with a virgin version for kids. Guests are encouraged to come in their finest Derby Day hats – prizes will be awarded for “most creative” and “most fashionable” hats.

 Before the race starts, attendees can get in on the action. Two adult wooden horse races will take place at 4:30pm and 5:30pm – participants each mount a wooden horse and move it the number of spaces they roll on a dice. The winners of each race receive prizes and Jim Beam will also provide fun giveaways during the event. (The actual Derby race will be broadcast live on a large screen.)

 The food will pay homage to the traditions of Kentucky with Hot Brown Mac and Cheese, Andouille Sausage and Kentucky Derby Fried Chicken, Shrimp Dip, and customized sliders from a build-it-yourself slider station. Desserts include Bourbon Pecan Pie, Mint Julep Cheesecake, and Run for the Roses Cupcakes.

The Kentucky Derby Party is $28 (plus tax and gratuity) for the buffet, and $18 for kids 5 – 12.  Ages 4 and under celebrate for free!  The cash bar includes signature drinks Millionaires Row Mint Julep with Knob Creek Kentucky Bourbon, fresh mint and sugar served over crushed ice; The Run for the Roses Race Day Tini with Makers Mark, lemonade, pomegranate juice; and Winners Circle Sweet Tea with Jim Beam, triple sec, sweet & sour mix with a splash of coke ($12 each)

The event takes place at the Rotunda at Grand Cascades Lodge Clubhouse. Reservations can be made by calling 973-827-5996 ext 3.

May 5th: Hamburg:  Cinco de Mayo at Crystal Springs Resort

Come celebreate Cinco de Mayo with a free tequila tasting, a special Mexican-inspired menu, and signature cocktails at Crystal Tavern (1 Wild Turkey Way, Hamburg, NJ,973-827-5996 ext 3).  All day, Crystal Tavern will serve special cocktails and a menu of Mexican favorites, in addition to the regular a la carte menu.  From 1pm – 4pm, representatives from Patron tequila will be pouring free samples of Patron Silver, Reposado, Anejo, XO Café and Citronge, and giving away free gifts.  No reservations necessary to sample the spirits!

May 5th: Cranford: Cranford Street Festival

The Cranford Spring Festival is this Sunday from 10 AM – 5 PM in downtown Cranford.  The festival will have crafts, artists, a petting zoo, and plenty of great food vendors.  Stop by and bring the family!

Call 908.272.6114 or email for more info.

maifestMay 3rd-May 21st: Hoboken: Pilsener Haus: Maifest at the Biergarten

Maifest is an annual celebration throughout Germany to welcome the arrival of Spring!  Pilsener Haus, NJ’s most traditional biergarten, observes Maifest with and Opening Ceremony and Barrel Tapping on Friday, May 3, at 8:00pm.  There will also be a selection of seasonal NJ craft and import Maibock beers (beer list here).  They are also offering an authentic Maifest Menu; you can enjoty an Austro-Hungarian feast all month, prepared bu acclaimed Chef Thomas Ferlesch.  (View the menu here.)  On top of that, there will be a lively roster of traditional music, jazz, and rock for your enjoyment.
For more information, visit the Pilsener Haus’s website or call 201-683-5465.
doac wineMay 4th & 5th: Atlantic City: The Do AC Boardwalk Wine Promenade
Atlantic City’s outdoor wine festival featuring 150 wines presented at seven destinations along the city’s famous Boardwalk, takes place Saturday May 4 and Sunday, May 5.  Guests will sample a broad spectrum of wines from fabulous quality value wines to highly-prized specialty wines. Signature tastes from AC restaurants, including gourmet bites and Boardwalk fare, will be paired with the wines.
 Tickets can be purchased at the Boardwalk Hall Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations, at, or by calling (800) 736-1420. One-day tickets are $75 in advance and $85 on the day of the event. Great overnight hotel packages are available.
May 8th: Atlantic City: The 16th Annual Atlantic City Host Awards will take place on May 8th in the Adrian Phillips Ballroom of Boardwalk Hall. Presented by the Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority (ACCVA) and the ACCVA Foundation, the program salutes and encourages excellent customer service industry-wide.
In addition to honoring award winners in 26 categories ranging from various food service, bar and hotel personnel to retail, visitor information, spa and casino positions, the prestigious Spirit of Hospitality Award will be presented to the Dougherty family, which has owned and operated some of the city’s most famous restaurants for generations. The Doughertys currently own and operate Dock’s Oyster House, Knife and Fork Inn, and Harry’s Oyster Bar. Dock’s has been in the family’s control since it opened in 1897.
Scholarships for students attending hospitality programs at area colleges will also be presented during the banquet. The scholarships are awarded by the Greater Atlantic City Concierge Association and the ACCVA Foundation.
Tickets for the Host Awards banquet are $65.00 each and are available by calling Jacqui Carole at 609-449-7174.  More information on sponsorship, nominations, and the ACCVA Foundation can be found by visiting their website.
May 15th: Wildwood: Wildwoods Restaurant Showcase
Enjoy a sampling of mouth-watering dishes and decadent desserts from dozens of the Wildwoods’ finest restaurants and specialty shops, held at the Bolero Resort & Conference Center, 3320 Atlantic Avenue, Wildwood from 5:30-8:30 PM.  All proceeds benefit the Greater Wildwood Chamber of Commerce Foundation and scholarships for area high school students.  An auction of fantastic prizes will be held.
Tickets are $25 per person and are available at the Greater Wildwood Chamber of Commerce Office in advance, or at the door the night of the event. For more information call 609.729.4000 or visit
May 12th-18thAtlantic City:  Tropicana Bacon Week

Tropicana is changing the way you look at bacon with its first ever Bacon Week Sunday, May 12th through Saturday, May 18th. These dining and retail specials are guaranteed to make your mouth water. They are mixing bacon in your martini, wrapping your steak in it, dipping it in chocolate and even making a bouquet of roses with it! It’s all about the “B” word at Tropicana… BACON!

Receive a bacon tour card at any of our participating outlets and collect stamps with qualifying bacon purchases. Fill your card and submit it for a chance to win an overnight stay at Tropicana Atlantic City and a gift basket by Bacon Bites Inc.! For more information, contact Tropicana at 1-800-THE- TROP.

gnsvhosesMay 18thAtlantic City: 3rd Annual Big Teplitzky Challenge

 The Chelsea, Atlantic City’s chic non-gaming hotel on the Boardwalk, will host the 3rd Annual Big Teplitzky Challenge on Saturday, May 18, 2013. The Atlantic City Fire Department will face off with the Atlantic City Police Department and compete to be the first to clear their plates of the mega 4-pound Big Teplitzky breakfast of pancakes, stuffed French toast, eggs, bacon, turkey sausage, pork roll, hash browns, grilled tomato, toast, a bagel, along with orange juice and coffee to wash it all down! While competing for fun, both departments are partnering for a serious cause-to raise community support and awareness of suicide prevention particularly among first responders.

All proceeds from ticket sales and sponsorships will benefit The Andrew Fisher Memorial Scholarship Fund and Cop2Cop. Andrew’s Scholarship Fund is a tribute to Captain James’ son who was a brilliant chemical engineering student at Northeastern University in Boston at the time of his tragic death. Cop2Cop is a New Jersey based phone counseling service for law enforcement. Law enforcement officers, some of who have faced their own struggles with depression or seen colleagues suffer, volunteer their time to staff the service.

Individuals or businesses interested in becoming sponsors of The Big Teplitzky Challenge should contact the Atlantic City Firemen’s Federal Credit Union at (609) 272-1000. Tickets may be purchased in advance for $10 each through ACPD (Jane Tayoun: 609-271-2500) or ACFD (Christine Parker: or purchased at the door.                                                                                                                                                                       

For more information on the Chelsea hotel, please call 1-800-548-5030 or visit

2013-wine-logoMay 18th-19th:
 Glassboro: Glassboro Vintage South Jersey Wine Festival

 Come to the 2nd Annual Wine Festival where fifteen southern New Jersey wineries will be on hand for tastings and purchases.  Live musical entertainment and gourmet food selections will also be featured in this two-day event, expected to draw more than 5,000 guests.  Tickets are now available for the event which runs 12:00-5:00 p.m. each day on Rowan Boulevard as part of the Glassboro Marketplace series of large-scale community activities.

Participating wineries include Amalthea Winery, Auburn Road Vineyard and Winery, Bellview Winery, Cedarvale Winery, Chestnut Run Farm, Coda Rossa Winery, DiBella Winery, DiMatteo Vineyards, Heritage Vineyards, Monroeville Winery, Natali Vineyards, Plagido’s Winery, Sharrott Winery, Valenzano Winery and Wagonhouse Winery.

Local restaurants including Landmark Americana, Bomb Bomb BBQ and Sandwich Grille, Think Greek Grill and Yogurt Bar, Little Beef’s, Carolina Blue, Liscio’s and Green Zebra will offer gourmet and pre-packaged food selections.  Glassboro artisans including Second Look Mosaic and the Glassboro Honey Company will join more than two dozen vendors offering specialty items for wine lovers.

The festival will be alive with musical entertainment.  Appearing from 12:00-2:00 p.m. Saturday is Cold Blue Electric, featuring their brand of Jazz fusion.  Enjoy classic rock from Love Alive on Saturday from 2:30-5:00 p.m.  Singer/songwriter Dan Bell kicks off Sunday’s entertainment from 12:00-2:00 p.m., followed by Mike Dugan and the Blues Mission from 2:30-5:00 p.m.

Advance tickets are available at  Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door.  Admission includes a souvenir glass and parking is free.

The Wine Festival will take place rain or shine.  Additional tents will be used in case of inclement weather.

manestreamJune 1st:  Oldwick: The Food Truck Festival: A Moving Culinary Event

Equine meets epicurean when a Hunterdon County non-profit hosts an evening of charitable giving this June called The Food Truck Festival: A Moving Culinary Event. Mane Stream is an organization that provides equine therapy to over 200 riders with physical, developmental, emotional, and medical challenges. In keeping with the hottest trends in food and drink, The Food Truck Festival: A Moving Culinary Event will feature six gourmet food trucks from the tri-state area plus beer pairings from the tri-state’s finest microbreweries, full open bar, dancing, and two raffles. This will all take place in a fantastic lounge atmosphere on Saturday June 1, 2013 at 6:30 P.M. at 14 Holland Brook Road, Whitehouse Station, NJ.

The featured food trucks are sure to satisfy adventurous eaters and picky eaters alike. The evening will begin with The Cow and the Curd’s battered and fried cheese curds, plus Rickshaw Dumplings will feature all of their most sought after dumplings and dipping sauces.  Next to roll up are the main course trucks. Amped up comfort food from Lil Dan’s, Foo Truck’s Asian-fusion flavors and Indian cuisine from Mausam Curry & Bites will not disappoint. End the evening on a sweet note with Belgian waffles piled high with Wafels & Dinges’ gourmet ice cream, fresh fruit, and toppings galore —everything homemade and everything delicious. These food trucks may call NYC and Philadelphia home, but they are coming to the country to satisfy hungry Mane Stream supporters.

Additionally, New Jersey Craft Beer has carefully paired each truck’s cuisine with amazing local brews. It’s the perfect opportunity to taste test the best of New Jersey’s pint-sized selections. These nine different breweries will be serving up cold ones: Weyerbacher, Smuttynose, Troegs, River Horse, Flying Dog, Yards, Boulder, Breckenridge and Sly Fox.

There will be a riding demonstration (weather permitting), so festival participants will be able to see how Mane Stream’s clients benefit from equine assisted therapy and other equestrian activities. Music and dancing will provide additional entertainment well into the night.

All-inclusive tickets are $150 and must be purchased online via, under Special Events.

Vic Rallo's 21 WinesJune 6th:  Holmdel: Italian Essentials: Wine & Entertaining with Victor Rallo

Dearborn Market is thrilled to include an evening with Victor Rallo in their new series of Home & Garden Workshops for the months of May and June. “Italian Essentials: Wine & Entertaining with Victor Rallo” will take place on Thursday, June 6th from 7pm- 9pm in their garden center. To coincide with the launch of a new book, restaurateur, wine connoisseur, and television personality Vic Rallo, along with his co-author, Anthony Verdoni, will discuss their favorite Italian Wines and how best to enjoy and entertain with them. Guests will sample rosé, white, & red wines, an assortment of authentic Dearborn antipasti & cheeses, and purchase their brand new book, 21 Wines. Beautiful Italian Specialty baskets will be raffled throughout the evening.

The cost of the evening is $20 and space is limited, so guests are encouraged to purchase spots by calling 732.264.0256 or online at Copies of Vic and Anthony’s new book, 21 Wines ($45), will be available for purchase at Dearborn prior to and during the event.  To purchase tickets, click here.

June 7th: Morristown: Five Course Tasting Dinner at The Artist Baker

A five course tasting menu of locally sourced foods will be prepared by Chef Andrea Lekberg at her boutique bakery located in downtown Morristown to raise funds for Slow Food Northern New Jersey‘s School Vegetable Garden Program.  Gary Tonucci, the chapter’s wine enthusiast, has selected the New Jersey wines to pair with each course.  Gary will provide information about the wines being served and viniculture in the state.

Please note that both vegetarian and vegan options will be available upon request.   Tickets are $80 for Slow Food Members and $85 for non-members.  Please book soon as space is limited by purchasing tickets online.

LOGOJune 8th: Allendale: Nosher-Rye Deli Fundraiser

Nosher-Rye, the New York-Style deli, will be hosting a series of Borscht Belt comedy and trivia nights to be hosted by stand-up comic Esther Goodhart, a.k.a. Oriental Beauty.  The series will kick off on Saturday, June 8th at the 51 West Allendale Ave. eatery with two shows:  6-8PM and 9-11PM.

Patrons pay $20 as a cover and may choose from a price fixe menu ranging from $15.95-$17.95 for three courses.  Nosher-Rye’s over-stuffed sandwiches have a cult-like following among deli enthusiasts who clamor for their house-prepared pastrami, corned beef and chopped live,r and other traditional kosher-style favorites.  Goodhart promises to have guests laughing “their tuchases off” with her schtick (she’s a Korean who converted to Judaism, and her humor blends Asian and Jewish/Yiddish flavor) to salute Catskill’s greatest comics.

The event will raise funds for Pascack Valley Meals on Wheels.  Reservations are required:  201-784-1818.

June 23rdHolmdel:  Italian Food Festival

Sunday, June 23rd from 11am – 7pm, Dearborn Market’s first-ever Italian Food Festival will take place tented outside in the garden center. Enjoy delicious, Italian-American cuisine like homemade sausage, peppers & onions, porchetta, cured meats, cheeses, gelato, cannoli, zeppoles, and samplings from some of our favorite Italian Specialty vendors. Enjoy good food & family fun with live music, face painting and pony rides.

More information is available by calling 732.264.0256, or online at