February 28: Jazz House Kids, based in Montclair, hosts its seventh annual fundraising event, Body & Soul. The event, hosted by Jason and Deborah DeSalvo and the Jazz House Kids Board of Directors, will take place at the Van Vleck House & Gardens, with all proceeds benefitting Jazz House Kids. Participating restaurants include Jockey Hollow Bar & Kitchen, Villalobos, Pig & Prince, and Ariane Kitchen & Bar. Click here for ticket prices and purchase info or call 973-744-2273. Van Vleck House & Gardens, 21 Van Vleck Street, Montclair.
March 1 to 7: Hedge your bets on Atlantic City during Atlantic City Restaurant Week. 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 8: The 7th Annual Belmar Restaurant Tour will feature food from 30 restaurants, and this year’s restaurant tour is dedicated to Traci Orsi, Ragin’ Cajun’s head chef and owner, who passed away last month after a long battle with cancer. Selections from 10th Ave. Burrito Company, Cielito Lindo, Ma’s Italian Specialties, and La Dolce Vita, as well as fresh seafood from Mr. Shrimp and Klein’s Waterside Café, and pork samples from Jersey Shore BBQ will all be on hand. Not to mention dessert, teas, and coffees from Turnstile Coffee Roasters, Chill Bubble Tea, Sweet!, and Sweet Tease. The tour begins 11:30 a.m. and runs until 4:30 p.m., with free shuttles based out of the Belmar Plaza lot. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. Purchase online here or call 732-681-3700 for more information.
March 8: Classic Cake will host a free book reading and signing from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. with bestselling author, Kate Butler. She will read from her book, More Than Mud, which encourages children to believe in themselves, dream big, and identify the beauty they have within. Kids will enjoy a sweet whoopie mud pie. To RSVP, call 856-751-5448 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Space is limited. Classic Cake, Short Hills Towne Center, 480 Evesham Road, Cherry Hill.
March 9: Kicking off Montclair Restaurant Week (March 9 to 15), Taste of Montclair will welcome 30+ area restaurants and food crafters, giving food lovers from near and far the opportunity to get a true taste of the community’s vibrant food scene. The tasting takes place at the Conference Center at Montclair State University from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. All of the tasting’s proceeds will go to charities supported by the Rotary Club of Montclair (including Toni’s Kitchen, the Human Needs Food Pantry, and the feeding programs of the Salvation Army). Tickets can be purchased here. The Conference Center, Montclair State University.
March 10: The Taste of the Gala cooking demonstration and tasting takes place at Careme’s Restaurant, at the Academy of Culinary Arts. The event features hors d’oeuvres prepared by ACA students. Tickets are $35 per person and proceeds benefit student scholarships and Atlantic Cape Foundation operations. For more details, call 609-463-4672 or email email@example.com. Atlantic Cape Community College, 5100 Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing.
March 20 and 21: The Atlantic City Beer & Music Festival will feature over 1,000 beers, from 150 different breweries! The festival will be at the Atlantic City Convention Center. Get your tickets in advance for $55, or at the door for $60. Additional details can be found here. Atlantic City Beer & Music Festival at the AC Convention Center, One Convention Blvd., Atlantic City.
March 20 to 22: Tickets are on sale for the 7th Annual New Jersey Wine & Food Festival, at the Crystal Springs Resort. This year, the guest of honor is David Kinch of Manresa in Los Gatos, CA, which has earned two Michelin stars. Proceeds benefit the James Beard Foundation. Check out the full events agenda here. Complete details and tickets info can be found at www.njwinefoodfest.com or by calling 855-391-7454. Crystal Springs Resort, Hamburg.
March 25: Join Chef Bryan Gregg and Chef Todd Villani at Escape Montclair, a five course dinner to benefit the Carol G. Simon Caner Center. Dinner begins at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $68 person with 50 percent of the proceeds going to the caner center. For more information, click here or call (973) 744-0712. Escape, 345 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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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