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Zinburger's Mile-High Burger

Zinburger’s Mile-High Burger

Now through February 2: To celebrate this year’s Super Bowl teams, Zinburger Wine & Burger Bar has come up with two special-edition burgers: the Mile-High Burger and the Hawk’s Nest Bird-ger, which they will serve through game day in honor of  Denver and Seattle, respectively. Zinburger has three locations in NJ: Cherry Hill, Clifton and Paramus. The flagship restaurant—in Clifton—is located just a few miles from MetLife stadium. 850 New Jersey 3 #105, Clifton. 973-272-1492.

Zinburger's Hawk's Nest Bird-ger

Zinburger’s Hawk’s Nest Bird-ger

January 30: Botto’s Italian Line Restaurant in Swedesboro is throwing a Pre-Super Bowl Beer Dinner featuring the beers of Goose Island. Expect an assortment of Botto’s famous sausages to be served as well. The dinner starts at 7 p.m. and costs $30 per person. Botto’s Italian Line Restaurant,1141 Kings Highway, Swedesboro, 856-467-1570.

January 30: Celebrate Super Bowl Week while making a difference in the fight against cancer at Females, Football & Philanthropy 2014. The event, which includes VIP arrivals at 6 p.m. followed by the main event from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., will feature a cocktail dinner and tailgate, wellness lounge, boutique shopping, silent auction, martini bar, and more. Click here for ticket informationUpper Montclair Country Club, 177 Hepburn Road, Clifton.

January 30 and February 1: Come to Buchmuller Park in Secaucus for the Winter Blast, a.k.a. “The Pre-Game Before the Big Game,” which will feature award-winning food trucks, open ice skating and ice hockey games, great shopping at Vendor Village, and live music, with giveaways and prizes. Dozens of specialty food trucks will be at the event, including Empanada Guy, Thai Elephant, and Polkadot Cupcake Shop. One-day adult passes are $15 and family four-packs are $35 at the entrance. Click here to purchase tickets in advance and save $5. 1203 Paterson Plank Road, Secaucus.

January 30 to February 2: Come take a bite out of Montclair’s Super Bowl Restaurant Week. All participating restaurants contributed to the Rotary Club of Montclair to support local food pantries and feeding programs. Click here for a full list of participating restaurants and details.

February 2: Now called the Meadowlands Tailgate Party 2014, East Rutherford is hosting a  Super Bowl bash that has drawn sponsors including Anheuser-Busch, the Devils, Coca-Cola, Hackensack University Medical Center and Dunkin’ Donuts. Partygoers can rock out with The Nerds and BStreetBand, a Bruce Springsteen tribute band. Admission is $10, and children under 12 are free. Park Avenue, East Rutherford.

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February 4: For the 3rd year in a row, Chef Bennett lets us into his world of chocolate mastery at the Classic Cake Academy. Come at 7 p.m. to watch, learn and taste handcrafted artisan sweetness. Sign up in store, or by calling 856-751 5448 or by emailing [email protected] 480 Evesham Road, Cherry Hill.

February 5: Flying Fish Beer Dinner at Atlantic City Bottle Company from 6 to 8 p.m. Four courses will be paired with four fantastic Flying Fish beers for only $50 per person! For more information on Atlantic City Bottle Company or to make reservations, call 609-348-6400 or visit them online.

February 7: Old Homestead Steakhouse at the Borgata in Atlantic City will host a Jack Daniel’s Whiskey Dinner as part of the Savor Borgata Culinary Series. The meet-and-greet portion of the evening starts at 7:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 8 p.m. $199 per person. Old Homestead Steakhouse, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, 1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City, 609-317-1000.

February 7: Participate in Bordentown’s Chocolate Walk from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Score a piece of chocolate or a… wait for it… chocolate-tini. Print your passport and visit the shops and galleries. When you’re all done, you can enter your signed passport into a drawing for $50 in Bordentown Bucks. Farnsworth Avenue, Bordentown.

February 8 to 15: It’s bacon! Actually, it’s Bacon Week at Tropicana Casino & Resort in Atlantic City. All of the restaurants and bars located at Tropicana will be in on the act, providing a multitude of ways to enjoy bacon, from cocktails to entrees to dessert. Tropicana Casino & Resort, 2831 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, 800-345-8767.

February 12: Pilsener Haus & Biergarten is hosting a four-course weisse bier dinner featuring Austro-Hungarian cuisine and the weisse (wheat beers) biers of the Schneider-Weisse Brewery. This event is at 7 p.m. and the cost is  $60 per person for four courses/four beers. Tickets are available online only at http://phbbeerdinner.bpt.mePilsener Haus & Biergarten, 1422 Grand Street (corner Grand & 15th Streets), Hoboken.

February 14: Come to the “Take The Local” Valentine’s Day Dinner from 8 to 10:30 p.m. to enjoy a three-course gourmet dinner along with a local wine pairing in a rustic atmosphere prepared by Chef Jessica Geanoules. The evening’s proceeds will be donated to Community FoodBank of New Jersey. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets. Tickets are $85 per person. 20 Schooley’s Mountain Road, Washington Township. 

February 14 and 15: BEX Kitchen will host a Valentine’s Day Dinner with two seatings (one at 6, one at 8:15) in the heart of Califon. The dinner is $65 pre-paid and by reservation only. On the menu are specialties like filet mignon w/ truffle mushroom ragout and spiced molten chocolate cake. Call 908-975-3334 or visit their website to reserve your seat. BEX Kitchen, 52 Main Street, Califon.

February 15: The Big Beer Brew Festival is returning to the Morristown Armory and will feature more than 250 craft beer tastings. VIP ticket holders will enjoy another 25 special and rare beers, an extra hour of tasting per session and a gourmet buffet presented by Morris Tap and Grill of Randolph with menu designed by Food Network Chopped Champion (and Morris Tap & Grill Chef and partner) Chef Eric LeVine. The first session begins at 1 p.m. and the second begins at 7 p.m. Click here to purchase tickets. For a list of participating breweries, click here. Go to bigbeerbrewfestival.com or Facebook for updates. Morristown Armory, 430 Western Ave., Morristown.

February 18: Come join the board members of Slow Food Northern NJ for the Sustainable Cocktail Hour to talk about good, clean and fair food interests and issues while enjoying locally sourced cocktails and appetizers for both vegetarians and omnivores. 6 to 8 p.m. Coda, 177 Maplewood Ave., Maplewood.

February 19: Restaurateur and philanthropist Marilyn Schlossbach’s 3rd annual “Cooking with Marilyn” series of cooking demonstrations at Langosta Lounge continues. The theme is “Italian Entertaining” and $10 of every ticket will be donated to the Junior League of Monmouth County. These events sell out quickly, so please call 732-455-3275 to reserve.

February 26: Chef Bryan Gregg Holds His February Charity-Driven Farm-to-Fork Dining Experience with Acclaimed Chef Thomas Ciszak of Chakra at Escape Montclair at 7 p.m. The cost is $95 per person with 50% of the proceeds being donated to benefit cancer research and treatment in New Jersey. Seating for this event is very limited, please call (973) 744-0712 to reserve.  For more details: http://on.fb.me/LkgOiG. Escape Montclair, 345 Bloomfield Ave, Montclair.

Food & Wine Show, Bergen CountyMarch 8 and 9: Bergen County-based Giants of Generosity will sponsor  a Celebrity Food and Wine Show. Funds will be raised by the charitable organization to help needy families and individuals throughout Bergen County. Featured guests are celebrity chef Maneet Chauhan, author, restaurateur, and a judge on the Food Network’s Chopped, and chef Guy Mitchell, producer of the White House Chef Tours. $75 per person. Clinton Inn Hotel, 145 Dean Drive, Tenafly. Purchase your tickets here.

March 10: The Rotary Club of Montclair announces dates for their third annual Taste of Montclair. Hours for the third annual Taste of Montclair are from 5:30 – 9:00 p.m. at Montclair State University, and as every year, the all volunteer non-profit Rotary Club will donate 100 percent of the money raised to local charities – with most of the money going to our local feeding programs and soup kitchens. Tickets are available here and are $55 per person. The Conference Center, University Hall, Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave., Montclair.

March 13: Tickets are now on sale for Atlantic Cape Community College’s 31st Annual Restaurant Gala on March 13 at Bally’s Atlantic City Hotel and Casino. With the theme of “The Greatest Gala on Earth,” the event will celebrate food with hors d’oeuvres prepared by students at the Academy of Culinary Arts and the house specialties of 40 of the area’s best restaurants at a progressive dining experience. An elegant dessert reception, co-organized by Chef Deborah Pellegrino of Caesars Entertainment and Chef Tree McCann of the Academy of Culinary Arts, will complete the evening’s festivities. Live music will include Don’t Call Me Francis, The FM Band and Lenny Mitchell. Performance ice sculptor Peter Slavin, an Academy of Culinary Arts graduate and owner of Fear No Ice Philly, will take the stage during the cocktail 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, contact Torrina Bennett-Michael at (609) 463-4672, [email protected] or visit www.atlantic.edu/gala. Bally’s Atlantic City Hotel and Casino, 1901 Boardwalk, Atlantic City.

May 10: America’s Grow-a-Row’s Farm to Fork Fundraiser will take place on May 10, at the Life Camp in Pottersville. Former Governor Christine Todd Whitman will make an appearance as the guest speaker.  This unique fundraiser features local food artisans, a farm fresh dinner and fine auctions. To participate or attend, visit www.americasgrowarow.orLifeCamp, 67 McCann Mill Road, Pottersville.

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