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Foodie Things to Do This Weekend and Beyond


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THIS WEEKEND:

June 6: Every Friday until the end of September, the Forrestal Village of Princeton holds its annual Farm-Fresh Friday Market. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the market will offer fresh vegetables, cheeses, wines, meats and more from vendors in the Princeton area. Be on the lookout for cooking classes, local recipes, and a new food blog. Farm-Fresh Friday Market, 155 Village Blvd Princeton, NJ 08540.

June 6: Do you love Argentine wine? On Friday, The Grapeful Palate in Morristown hosts a luxurious dinner event at The Grand Cafe, featuring Pulenta Estate wines of Argentina, at 7 p.m. An hors d’oeuvres reception will be followed by entrees featuring scallop ceviche, pan-seared Arctic char, fusilli with sage-basil pesto, and grilled Argentine steaks, each paired with a select Pulenta Estate wine. The meal concludes with coffee and a banana-mango crepe with dulce de leche. $88 per person plus tax and gratuity. Call 973-540-9444 or email [email protected] for reservations. The Grand Cafe, 42 Washington Street, Morristown, 973-540-9444.

June 7: The Montclair Farmers Market‘s Walnut Street location reopens for the summer (or just keeps on keepin’ on, for those of you who went over the winter!) on Saturday, June 7, at 8 a.m. The market runs every week until October and vendors carry only Jersey-grown items. South Park Street, Montclair, on Tuesdays, and 25 Depot Square, Montclair, on Saturdays.

June 9The Jersey Shore Partnership hosts its Summer Celebration, the Foundation’s annual friend raising/fundraising activity in a huge open tent at Fort Hancock, Sandy Hook (overlooking Sandy Hook Bay). More than 450 guests are expected to attend the event representing elected officials, the educational community, corporations, not-for-profits and individuals from Cape May to Monmouth County to enjoy fantastic food prepared by New Jersey chefs with seafood contributed by Jersey coast fisheries. Local restaurateur Tim McLoone will be honored with the Tom Gagliano Leadership Award for his commitment to the Jersey Shore. Tickets are $100 and may be purchased in advance at jerseyshorepartnership.com.

AND BEYOND:

June 12: The semi-annual Lambertville NiteFare is back, with a wide variety of exciting activities. The event will feature cuisine from Lambertville’s top restaurants, Philadelphia-area food trucks, a Yards Brewing Company Beer Garden, and live entertainment all night long. The NiteFare is a free, public event that will take place on four blocks of North Union Street in Lambertville. Parking is available for $10 per vehicle at the New Hope Solesbury School at West Bridge Street. More info is available online.

June 12: Surf Liquors and Pj’s Place in Seaside Heights kick off their wine and dine series. Starting at 6:30 p.m. enjoy a complementary tasting of Portuguese wines, followed by a seafood dinner. Email for more information at [email protected] or 732-793-6000 x105. 13 Boulevard Seaside Heights.

Thomas Ciszak, Chakra

Thomas Ciszak, Chakra

June 12: It’s a Chakra Pre-Father’s Day Scotch & Rum Dinner: Chef Thomas Ciszak of Chakra will host a four-course dinner paired with single malt scotches and rum all aged in sherry casks on 6/12 at 7 p.m. Menu and pairings: Cured duck (arugula salad, “granola bar,” the Macallan 12 Years Old). Smoked pork tenderloin (coffee-cocoa nib crusted, fennel and grapes, The Macallan 15 Years Old). 40-hour short rib (pastrami spices, duck fat potatoes, Highland Park 18 Years Old). Milk chocolate and raisin bread Pudding (caramelized bananas, hazelnut ice cream, Brugal 1888). Dinner is $79 including food and spirits (tax & gratuity additional). Reservations can be made by calling 201-556-1530. Chakra, 144 Route 4 West, Paramus.

June 13 and 14: Crystal Springs Resort is the home for the 2014 NJ Beer & Food Festival. The event starts Friday night with a reception that features the area’s top chefs, a menu that is paired with local craft brews and the welcoming of the guest of honor, Steve Weatherford of the NY Giants. Saturday kicks off with a golf tournament and beer tasting, followed by a ‘Kick the Keg’ footgolf tournament.  The night concludes with a Beer & BBQ Festival held on the 9th hole of Cascades Golf Course. Reservations for all events can be made on the resort’s website or by calling 855-977-6473 x 3. Crystal Springs Resort, 1 Wild Turkey Way, Hamburg. 

June 15: The Fourth Annual Fairway’s Firefighter Food Face-Off is ready to begin at the Fairway Market parking lot at Fashion Center Mall in Paramus. A barbecue competition between the Park Ridge, Paramus, Ridgewood and Hackensack fire departments starts at noon in front of a panel of judges including Jersey Bites’ own Terry Krongold. Music, food samples, and plenty of giveaways are also available at the event. Fairway Market30 East Ridgewood Ave, Paramus. 

June 16: Escape Montclair is ready to undergo a kitchen takeover as it welcomes acclaimed Greek chef and cookbook author Peter Minakis for the evening. Chef Bryan Gregg welcomes Minaki into his kitchen for a five-course Escape to Greece dinner. Cost is $68 per person and seating is limited. Reservations can be made at 973-744-0712. Escape Montclair345 Bloomfield Ave, Montclair.

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June 21: Hot Rods and Food Trucks! Hundreds of cars, music, prizes, vendors, and fun for the whole family. Free admission for spectators! Plus an extreme Food Truck Showdown—come hungry and leave satisfied! Bay Boulevard and Grant Avenue, Seaside Heights.

July 20 to 25: Collingswood’s Farm Fresh Restaurant Week starts on July 20 and will feature several of area restaurants including: Tortilla PressNunzio’s Ristorante, and more. Restaurants will include discounted specials on their most popular dishes. Check online for more information.

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