Foodie Things to Do This Weekend and Beyond

Food Events in New Jersey

This weekend:

March 13: Today is the last day to enter the first-ever Chili Cook-Off to benefit the Montclair Fund for Educational Excellence, which will be held on April 11 at 7 p.m. at the Woman’s Club of Upper Montclair. Entries will come from both pros and “civilians,” and the event will include a craft Biergarten, live music, and dessert prepared by MACHE (Montclair Academy of Culinary Hospitality Education). Judges include Karen Schloss Diaz, Restaurant & Food Trends columnist for The Montclair Times/; New Jersey Monthly magazine’s Rosalie Saferstein and Andrew Zimmer, Thrillist’s New York Editor. Participants include Montclair High School’s football coaches, Cedar Grove Fire Department’s Company No. 1 (the current reigning champs of CBS Radio New York’s Firehouse Chili Cook-Off), Pig & Prince, and more. Cornbread from Little Daisy Bake Shop and coffee from Java Love Coffee Roasters will also be on hand! Tickets start at $35, with all guests receiving a fun commemorative bandana. Preferred tickets and sponsorships, starting at $250 per couple, come with treats like a basket of locally sourced artisanal products or a private dinner party prepared by a top Montclair chef. Click here for ticket info and sponsorship opportunities. Woman’s Club of Upper Montclair, 200 Cooper Ave., Montclair.

March 14: If you’re looking for cookbooks and other books about food, check out the Library of the Chathams annual Friends of the Library book sale. Free admission starting at 9:30 a.m., and early birds can get in as early as 7:30 a.m. for $25. All proceeds benefit the library. Library of the Chathams, 214 Main Street, Chatham.

And beyond:

Through March 31: Montclair’s Amanti Vino celebrates its tenth anniversary with its very first private label wine, to be released in October: Cuvée Rufus. (Rufus is proprietor Sharon Sevrens’s yellow lab.) Artists (age 5 and up) can even get in on the fun by entering their designs for the wine’s label, and many of the submissions will ultimately be displayed at The Montclair Art Museum. Click here for more details. Amanti Vino, 30 Church Street, Montclair.

March 18: Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County marks the start of gardening season with a new workshop, Discover Power Gardening. This free seminar is scheduled for Wednesday, March 18, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Register by March 16 by calling 732-398-5262. No walk-ins  will be permitted. The EARTH Center located in Davidson’s Mill Pond Park at 42 Riva Ave., South Brunswick. 

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 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 or by calling 855-391-7454. Crystal Springs Resort, Hamburg. 

March 22: 100 Black Men of New Jersey, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, holds its first annual Cooking for Change fundraiser, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Proceeds to go toward scholarship funds, aid mentoring, and youth development programs and initiatives. Tickets are $50 for adults, $20 for college students and children under 12 years of age. The event will be held at The Hyatt Regency, 2 Albany Street, New Brunswick.

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. Escape345 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 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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