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 5: Walk through Boonton’s downtown area from 5 to 9 p.m. and enjoy the Chocolate Stroll. Businesses will be open late featuring deals, crafts and free samples of chocolate products. Girl Scouts will be caroling and local jazz trio The Story will also be performing. Main Street, Boonton, 973-257-9107.
December 6: Chef Jesse Jones and the Ethical Culture Society of Essex County invite residents to 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 6 and 7: It’s time to decorate those wine glasses for the holidays! Bring your adorned glass to the Tasting Room of the Sharrott Winery for their annual competition, held from 12 to 5 p.m. Glasses must be a wine glass and decorated for the holidays. All glasses will be photographed, and our loyal fans will be able to vote for the best one on Facebook. All entrants get a free tasting, and the winner will receive a prize worthy of their entry. Sharrott Winery, 370 S. Egg Harbor Rd, Blue Anchor. 609-567-9463.
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 7: Millie’s Old World Pizza is coming to Short Hills Mall from 1 to 4 p.m. The restaurant will be demonstrating their mozzarella and meatball recipes for the public at Bloomingdale’s! Short Hills Mall, 1200 Morris Turnpike, Short Hills, 973-267-9616.
December 8: Be the first to live the excitement at the opening of Corner Bakery Café in North Brunswick. The first 100 customers through the door at 8 a.m. will receive a complimentary travel mug and free refills for a year. They will also be accepting donations for the North Brunswick High School PTSO. Corner Bakery Café, 787 Shoppes Boulevard, North Brunswick, 732-543-2762.
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 going to the Carol G. Simon Cancer Center of NJ. Escape Montclair, 345 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair, 973-744-0712.
December 13: Chef Jesse Jones visits the Cedar Grove Public Library to make some of his favorites, including chicken gumbo with sausage, New Orleans style. Attendees get a free sample! The event is free, but guests must call ahead. Cedar Grove Free Public Library, 1 Municipal Plaza, Cedar Grove, 973-239-1447.
December 13: Slow Food Central New Jersey kicks off the winter produce season with a farmer’s market in Princeton from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Don’t miss the chance to try holiday food gifts, soaps and fiber products – this market won’t return until Jan. 10. A donation of $3 is suggested. D&R Greenway LandTrust, 1 Preservation Place, Princeton, 609-993-4452.
December 13: The Big Brew Sussex Beer Festival offers 250 unique tastings of beer, food trucks, and music. On the side, they will have an ugly sweater contest with individual and group prizes. Tickets that include beer tasting are $60, while tickets without tastings are $15, and all proceeds benefit the Newton Fire Museum. Sussex County Fairgrounds, 37 Plains Road, Augusta, 973-927-2794.
January 26 to February 2: Bring together the excitement of the Superbowl and the entertainment of great food deals at Montclair’s Restaurant Week. Already 14 different restaurants have signed up to offer specials throughout the week and have donated to the local Rotary Club.
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