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Foodie Things to Do This Weekend and Beyond

This weekend:

January 23: Help foster therapeutic programs while munching on cheese. The Salt Creek Grille hosts a Wine and Cheese Tasting Event from 7 to 10:30 p.m. There will also be live music and a raffle. Tickets are $125 and benefit Special People United to Ride (SPUR), a therapeutic horse riding program for people with disabilities. Salt Creek Grille, 4 Bingham Avenue, Rumson, 732-933-9272.

And beyond:

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.

January 28: Escape’s Chef Bryan Gregg holds a charity dining experience with acclaimed Chef David Viana of The Kitchen at Grove Station. The five-course dinner will allow diners to bring their own wines to pair up with the courses. The cost of the dinner is $68 per person, with 50% of the proceeds being donated to the Carol G. Simon Cancer Center of NJ. Seating for this event is very limited. Call 973-744-0712 to reserve. Complete details here. Escape Montclair, 345 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair.

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Volunteers spruce up the museum, a local treasure made possible by its supporters. Photo courtesy of Meadowlands Museum.

January 30: Enjoy a lovely Friday evening out or get a jump on your Valentine’s Day celebration at the annual Chocolate Tasting at the Meadowlands Museum in Rutherford. Festivities, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., include chocolate delicacies prepared by local bakeries and other food stores and specialty shops, live music by the Eternal Frontier (a Steampunk! musical duo), and access to the museum’s exhibits. Pre-event tickets for the fundraiser are $20 (adults), $15 (members and seniors), and $10 (students). Add $5 for each ticket purchased at the door. To reserve your spot, contact Jesse Gordon at [email protected]om, 201-935-1175 (office), or 720-989-6735 (cell). Meadowlands Museum, 91 Crane Avenue, Rutherford.

February 1: Slow Food Northern NJ‘s 7th Annual Winter Market offers northern NJ residents an opportunity to stock up on sustainable local food from the best famers and food artisans in the area, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Proceeds from the event will help advance Slow Food Northern NJ’s mission of helping schools start vegetable gardens. The organization will be signing up teachers, parents, and school administrators for materials and fundraising support to help start school vegetable gardens. Snow date: February 8. The Woodland, 60 Woodland Rd., Maplewood.

February 4: Classic Cake holds a pajama party from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. to benefit the Pajama Program. Children are encouraged to come dressed in pajamas and bring a new pair of pajamas for a child in need. The event is the culmination of a month-long pajama drive. There will be cupcake decorating and bedtime stories. For more information, call 856-751-5448 or email [email protected]Classic Cake, Short Hills Towne Center, 480 Evesham Road, Cherry Hill.

February 6: Support the Summit Animal Rescue Association (SARA) by coming to the Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person, and there will be a cash bar.Tickets can be purchased at the Columbian Club or with Eileen of SARA at 908-230-9299 or [email protected] Columbian Club, 37 South Avenue, Garwood.

February 7: Head on over to downtown Haddonfield for Haddonfield Uncorked, on Saturday, February 7 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. to celebrate Haddonfield’s newest wine shops! Downtown Haddonfield announces a premier and public event of selling NJ wines by the bottle in select shops and restaurants.

February 8: It’s time for A Meal for Amiel at Perona Farms. Chef Florian Wehrli, several other top chefs, will hold a benefit dinner to raise money to build a greenhouse/interactive classroom for Frankford Township School. The five-course tasting meal will feature regionally grown meats, cheeses, and produce and will be held at beautiful Perona Farms in Andover. Cocktails start at 5:00 p.m., seating is at 6:00 p.m. Tickets can be purchased herePerona Farms, 350 Andover Sparta Road, Andover.

February 21: The Big Brew Beer Festival returns! Held at the Morristown Armory, the event is the perfect opportunity to meet other beer aficionados with a slew of tastings to warm the socializing. Early bird prices are currently in effect: general admission is $60, while VIP admission is $85 VIP admission includes an additional hour of tasting and 20+ more brews. Designated drivers come in for just $10. Read more about the event here. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Morris Rugby, which raises funds and awareness for youth rugby throughout the region. Morristown Armory, 430 Western Avenue, Morristown, 973-927-2794.

March 1 to 7: Hedge your bets on Atlantic City during Atlantic City Restaurant Week, running from March 1 to 7. Eighty participating restaurants will offer three-course lunches for $15.15 per person three-course dinners for $33.15 per person. For further information, visit acrestaurantweek.com.

March 20 and 21: The Atlantic City Beer & Music Festival will run March 20 and 21, and will feature over 1,000 beers, from 150 different breweries! The festival will be at AC Convention Center. Get your tickets in advance for $55 at ticketmaster.com, or $60 at the door. Additional details can be found here. Atlantic City Beer & Music Festival at the AC Convention Center, One Convention Blvd., Atlantic City.

March 26: Atlantic Cape Community College presents its 32nd annual Restaurant Gala at Bally’s in Atlantic City. The event includes 40 local restaurants preparing signature recipes. Tickets are $225, and proceeds go toward ACCC educational endeavors and scholarships. For tickets, click here, and for further information, call 609-463-4672 or email [email protected] Bally’s, 1900 Boardwalk, Atlantic City.

April 25 and 26: Save the date for the Inaugural Waretown Spring Wine Festival in Waretown, not far from Long Beach Island. On both days, the event will run from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Waretown Recreation and Lake Area. The two-day event will feature samplings from a variety of award-winning wineries from throughout the Garden State, accompanied by live entertainment, as well as crafters, retail vendors, food vendors, and a children’s play area. Enjoy the event for $12 in advance (click here to order tickets), or $15 at the gate for those over 21. A two-day ticket will also be available for $25. Designated drivers are admitted for free. Waretown Recreation and Lake Area, 905 Wells Mill Road, Waretown.

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