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November 27: Join the Rodriguez family for the Rodriguez Family’s Annual Free Dinner, held at Marley’s Gotham Grill from 12 to 4 p.m. No reservations are necessary. Marley’s Gotham Grill, 169 Main Street, Hackettstown, 908-852-2446.
November 28 to 30: Vineyards across the state invite participants on the Holiday Wine Trail to collect ornaments for a grapevine wreath. More than 20 wineries are participating in this event, and many offer complimentary samples and wine tastings. On Sunday, the Chernoff duo will bring live music to the event. Cost of participation is free. Unionville Vineyards, 9 Rocktown Road, Ringoes, 908-788-0400.
November 29: The Thanksgiving Hay Rides and Greens sale combines your love for holiday-themed events with a chance to give back to the community. Not only can you buy wreaths, bells, and local flour and honey, the event is free with your non-perishable food donation. Hay rides and sleigh rides are another great option for the kids, so check it out! Howell Farm, 70 Wooden’s Lane, Lambertville, 609-737-3299.
All Month: Pick up Zinburger Bar and Grill‘s Pumpkin ‘Stache Shake for No-Shave November, a cause that asks men to grow out their hair to raise awareness for men’s health issues. Each shake will benefit ZERO, a nonprofit organization working to end prostate cancer. Zinburger has locations in Cherry Hill, Clifton, and Paramus.
Every Sunday: iPlay America’s GameTime Bar & Grill hosts a wing-eating contest open to anyone who’s up to the challenge during halftime of both the 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. games. Contestants must eat as many wings as possible in two minutes. The winner gets a $25 gift card to the restaurant as well as a $25 game card. GameTime Bar & Grill, iPlay America, 110 Schanck Road, Freehold, 732-577-8200.
December 4: Molly Pitcher Inn and the Red Bank Culinary Alliance presents Holiday Flavors of 2014, held at 6:30 p.m. The event features the best of more than 20 local food vendors and live music. Tickets are $45 and benefit The Parker Family Health Center. Molly Pitcher Inn, 88 Riverside Avenue, Red Bank, 732-747-2500.
December 5 to 7: Enjoy holiday wine with your holiday shopping at Tuckerton Seaport’s Christkindlmarkt. The festival features horse drawn cart rides, crafts, live music and holiday desserts accompanied by drinks from local wineries. Admission is $3. Tuckerton Seaport, 120 Main Street, Tuckerton, 609-296-8868.
December 5: Raw food coach and chef Karen Ranzi visits the Teaneck Public Library at 10:30 a.m. to talk about using the best of fresh and local produce. Ranzi is an author and founder of Super Healthy Children. Admission is free. Teaneck Public Library, 840 Teaneck Rd, Teaneck, 201-837-4171.
December 6: Chef Jesse Jones and the Ethical Culture Society of Essex County invite residents to join them for a personal demonstration and question-and-answer session with James. The acclaimed chef will make some of his Southern-style holiday fare. At the end, participants can dine on his creations. The event is $20, with the proceeds going to the Ethical Culture Society. The Ethical Culture Society of Essex County, 516 Prospect St., Maplewood., 973-763-1905.
December 6, 13, 20: Munch your way through the Asbury Park Winter Bazaar, featuring craft vendors, artisanal food products, and a seasonal food and drink menu from the Anchors Bend. Live music and photos with Santa are great for the kids, while parents can give back at the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties‘ donation drop-off. Admission is free. Grand Arcade inside Convention Hall, 1300 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park, 732-897-6500.
December 7: In celebration of obtaining 4,000 Facebook likes, Montclair Bread Co. hosts a 4K Doughnut Fun Run starting at 8 a.m. Each runner receives a doughnut and hot chocolate upon completion. Participation is a suggested donation of $20 and the funds go to the Human Needs Food Pantry of Montclair. Montclair Bread Co., 113 Walnut Street, Montclair, 973-509-2525.
December 11: Escape Montclair‘s Chef Bryan Gregg holds a charity dining experience with the help of Chef Ian Kapitan. The five-course dinner will allow diners to bring their own wines to pair up with the courses. The cost of the dinner will be $68 per person, with 50% of the proceeds being donated to the Carol G. Simon Cancer Center of NJ. Escape Montclair, 345 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair, 973-744-0712.
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