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Foodie Things to Do This Weekend and Beyond


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THIS WEEKEND:

March 1: Samba Montclair brings Carnival to Park Street. The Brazilian restaurant/café’s Carnival Celebration dinner seating begins at 5 p.m. The evening will include costumed dancers, Carnival-style décor and fare, and guests will receive a gift certificate for a free sample lesson at Arthur Murray (new students only). Please call for reservations: 973-744-6764. Samba Montclair, 7 Park Street, Montclair.

March 1: Learn how to make mozzarella at home during this Hands-On Mozzarella-Making Class. From an explanation of coagulation to methods of stretching, setting and forming different styles of fresh mozzarella, guests will roll up their sleeves and participate in the fromage fun, and bring home a mozzarella masterpiece. Attendees will also get an up-close look at the art of making burrata during a demonstration. The cost of the class is $45 per person (adults 18+). Reservations are required. 201-493-2000. A Mano Pizza, 24 Franklin Avenue (at Chestnut Street) Ridgewood.

March 1: Caesars Atlantic City Hotel and Casino hosts the Supreme Asian Chef Culinary Battles 2014 from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Gathering together the country’s all-star lineup of chefs specializing in Asian cuisine, Culinary Battles will pit East and West Coast chefs against one another in a quest to find America’s #1 Supreme Asian Chef. Caesars Atlantic City, 2100 Pacific Avenue, Atlantic City. Email info@culinarybattles.com or call 646-486-0000 x101 with questions.

March 1: LepreCon, Hoboken’s St. Patrick’s Day-themed bar crawl, marks its third year as it kicks off the St. Patrick’s Day season. So put on your lepachaun suit and click here for a full list of bars participating in the event. Email lepreconluck@ymail.com with any questions.

March 2 through 8: Avid food fans are gearing up for Atlantic City Restaurant Week, a seven-day celebration of dining in the greater Atlantic City area. This popular event will take place at restaurants throughout the city’s signature casino resorts, neighborhoods and surrounding suburbs. The 2014 culinary event features prix-fixe dinner menus at $33.14 per person (excluding beverages, tax and gratuity). Select restaurants also offer a prix-fixe lunch for $15.14 per person. Click here for more information and a list of participating restaurants.

AND BEYOND:

March 3: Attend International Chef’s Night Out from 6 to 9 p.m. to sample a variety of foods as well as some of the area’s fine wines and beverages while helping raise money for The Ocean County Foundation for Vocational Technical Education. Tickets are $50 in advance and $60 at the door. Over 70 area restaurants, caterers, bakeries, specialty stores and beverage distributors are expected to participate. 732-240-6414 x3339. Pine Belt Arena, 1144 Hooper Ave, Toms River.

March 4: The Frog & The Peach will host a Wine vs. Beer Dinner at 7 p.m. The dinner will include five courses, each with an Asian theme. One beer and one wine will accompany each course. $110 per person including tax and tip. Reservations are required. 732-846-3216. 29 Dennis St. at Hiram Square, New Brunswick.

March 8: Grapes and Grain South Jersey, a fundraiser for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, promises to be a relaxed evening of fine wine, specialty beers, good food, music and a silent auction. The VIP Tasting begins at 6 p.m. and the general tasting goes from 7 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $75 per person. 610-325-6001. The Mansion On Main Street, 3000 Main St., Voorhees.

March 8 and 9: Bergen County-based Giants of Generosity sponsors its Celebrity Food and Wine Show 2014. Funds raised will help needy families and individuals throughout Bergen County. Featured guests are celebrity chef Maneet Chauhan, author, restaurateur and 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.

Millie's Old World Meatballs & Pizza

Millie’s Old World Meatballs & Pizza

March 9: In honor of National Meatball Day, Millie’s Old World Meatballs & Pizza in Morristown is hosting a meatball eating contest: Man (or Woman!) v. Meatball! Two contests will occur, one beginning at 12:30 p.m. and the other at 4:30 p.m. Winners will receive a $25 Millie’s Gift Card, have their photos hung on the wall and be commemorated with a weekly Special Pie named after them! To register or for more info: events@milliesoldworld.comMillie’s Old World Meatballs and Pizza, 60 South St. Morristown.

March 10: The Rotary Club of Montclair hosts the third annual Taste of Montclair, from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Montclair State University. The all-volunteer, nonprofit Rotary Club will donate 100% of the money raised to local charities. Most of the money will benefit 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 12: A Mano Pizza will host a five-course Neopolitan, wine tasting dinner with Alba Vineyard beginning at 6:30 p.m. Patrons will learn about the dining and tasting selections from AMano’s owner Fred Mortati and Alba Vineyard’s owner and winemaker. The dinner is $50 per person (tax & gratuity additional). Must be 21 years old to attend. 201-493-2000. AMano Pizza, 24 Franklin Avenue (at Chestnut Street) Ridgewood.

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 proceeds form the gala 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 or tbennett@atlantic.edu. Or visit www.atlantic.edu/gala. Bally’s Atlantic City Hotel and Casino, 1901 Boardwalk, Atlantic City.

March 16 through 21: SJ Hot Chefs Spring Restaurant Week includes more than 30 South Jersey restaurants. The Restaurant Week features four-course menus for $35. Click here for a list of participating restaurants and to make reservations online.

1920484_10203174994006892_1293223433_nMarch 22: The third annual Beers on the Boards is a craft beer festival featuring a cider tasting car and beer from brand-name New Jersey breweries. Included in the $55 entrance fee is a gourmet buffet. Designated drivers can purchase $20 tickets, which include access to the buffet and alternate beverages. Click here to purchase tickets. 732-892-0131. Martell’s Tiki Bar, 308 Boardwalk, Point Pleasant Beach.

March 26: Di Paolo’s Italian Restaurant is hosting a “Wine of the World” Wine Dinner. For $65, guests will enjoy a six-course meal with six wine pairings. Courses include lobster bisque, sweet chicken marsala, four-cheese spinach lasagna with braised short rib ragu and more. Di Paolo’s Italian Restaurant. 856-299-4645. 28 South Broad Street, Penns Grove.

March 28: Hudson County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) hosts its 8th Annual Wine Tasting, with more than 90 world-class wines to taste and delicious foods and desserts. Bottles of wine ranging in value from $25 to $300 can be won with purchase of a “cork” for the cork pull. Live and silent auctions will offer attendees the opportunity to bid on getaways, local experiences and services, sports memorabilia, luxury gift baskets and much more. The event will be held at the Atrium at Harborside Financial Center in Jersey City from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Free parking is available. To purchase tickets and for more information about this event, please visit  www.hudsoncountycasa.org.

1901604_10203174990126795_608643142_nMarch 30: The High Street Grill will host a Beer and Cheese Tasting from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. For $30, guests can attend this educational and delicious event with local, farm-fresh cheese. The High Street Grill609-265-9199. 64 High St, Mt Holly.

Through April 1: Enjoy a match of up to $5 dollars in Uber or cab fare at the Funbars Hoboken spot, Little Town, New Jersey. Also, first-time Uber users can get $20 off their first Uber ride with promo code “FUNBARS.” Whether it’s an Uber ride, or you just hopped in a taxi or yellow cab, remember your receipt and show it to your server or bartender. Once inside, present your receipt to your server or bartender, who will start your tab with a credit for the same amount as your fare, or more details, venue locations, hours and events, please visit the Funbars websiteBlackout days, such as March 17, apply.

April 4 and 5: Attend “The Celebration of the Suds” at the Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival. Over 100 different breweries from around the corner and across the country will showcase their unique libations. The focus of the Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival is the promotion of craft beers and the brewers who create them. This event is the perfect opportunity for beer aficionados, beer lovers and the casual beer drinker to speak to company representatives and brewers responsible for some of their favorite brews. Click here to buy tickets for $55. Atlantic City Convention Center, 1 Miss America Way, Atlantic City.

May 10: Pay a visit to America’s Grow-a-Row’s Farm-to-Fork Fundraiser 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 americasgrowarow.orgLifeCamp, 67 McCann Mill Road, Pottersville.

 

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