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Through March 8: Avid food fans are enjoying Atlantic City Restaurant Week, a seven-day celebration of dining in the greater Atlantic City area. This popular event is happening 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 are also offering a prix-fixe lunch for $15.14 per person. Click here for more information and a list of participating restaurants.

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: Pizza Time at the Red Knot Restaurant at Galloping Hill Clubhouse. Hands-on pizza making class from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. with Executive Chef Ralph Romano and his staff. Make your own pizza, learn some tips, enjoy complimentary wine and take home a goody bag, too! $25 per person. Red Knot Restaurant at Galloping Hill Golf Course, 3 Golf Drive, Kenilworth. 908-241-2211.

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

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: [email protected]Millie’s Old World Meatballs and Pizza, 60 South St. Morristown.

Belmar restaurant tour

March 9: Thirty restaurants are participating in the 6th Annual Belmar Restaurant Tour. This event will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and for $30 in advance or $35 on the day of, guests can sample chef’s creations at an array of Belmar’s fine restaurants. Click here to purchase tickets in advance. For more information, call 732-681-3700 ext. 214 or email [email protected].


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 A Mano’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. A Mano Pizza, 24 Franklin Avenue (at Chestnut Street), Ridgewood.

March 13: Blue Morel welcomes winery O. Fournier’s founder, Jose Manuel Ortega Fournier, for a wine dinner at 7 p.m. O. Fournier produces wines in Mendoza (Argentina), Maule (Chile) and Ribera del Duero (Spain). Chef Kevin Takafuji will present a four-course menu including slow roasted Berkshire pork belly, tea-smoked duck breast and Korean-style beef sirloin, to be paired with the wines. Fournier will introduce his wines, including including the 2006 Alpha Spiga Tempranillo and 2009 Alpha Crux Malbec. $79/person (plus tax and gratuity). Call 973-451-2619 for reservations. Click here for full menu. Blue Morel, 2 Whippany Road, Morristown.

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 [email protected] 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 24: A Taste of Morristown is the 12th annual fundraising event showcasing the fine and diverse dining available in the Morristown area, with samples from more than 30 area restaurants plus wine and spirit tasting courtesy of Gary’s Wines and Marketplace. Presented by the Morristown Rotary Club and benefiting local and international service projects. Live music and silent auction. Hanover Marriott Hotel Ballroom, 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets $60 per person.

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 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 Grill. 609-265-9199. 64 High Street, 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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