Foodie Things to Do This Weekend and Beyond

This weekend:

April 13 to 19: It’s Restaurant Week 2015 at South Orange Village Center. Twenty participating restaurants will at least 15% off, and a few non-restaurant merchants are even getting in on the action, offering discounts throughout the week. Click here for restaurants and other details.

April 17 to 26:  Jersey Shore Restaurant Week is under way. Enjoy a 3-course meal with your choice of an appetizer, entree and dessert for either $20.15 or $30.15. Click here for participating Restaurants.

JSRW_BURGER_COLR_craftbeerApril 18: The Great Jersey Shore Burger Contest and Craft Beer Fest. A special event of Jersey Shore Restaurant Week 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Lake Como, NJ. For tickets.

April 20: Perona Farms will host the 19th annual A Taste of Talent on behalf of Project Self-Sufficiency, beginning at 6:00 p.m. Help support this non-profit organization that provides services for low-income families in Sussex, Warren and Hunterdon counties.  Executive Chef Kirk Avondoglio of Perona Farms and chefs from more than 30 of the finest restaurants in NJ will offer samplings of their signature dishes; musical entertainment, silent auction, and more. The donation categories will range from $500 to $25,000 and tickets for individual donations start at $200. For more information about Project Self-Sufficiency, click here or call 973-940-3500Perona Farms, 127 Mill Street, Newton.


And beyond:

April 22EAT, DRINK, INDULGE: Beef, hosted by JVrola Meats. Learn about which cuts of beef are best for grilling, braising and stewing. Taste dry aged choice and prime beef paired with delicious steakhouse sides and top rated Cabernet Sauvignon.7:00 PM to 9:00 PM. For tickets.

April 24: Boots and Bling, presented by the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties is a humanitarian fundraising gala. To support the cause, country music star and Celebrity Apprentice winner John Rich will perform. The event will include an auction, dancing, and giveaways, and will be held at the MAC at Monmouth University. Click here for additional details and tickets.

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 samples 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.

April 28: The Education Foundation of the Paramus Regional Chamber of Commerce presents the 10th Annual Taste of Paramus and Beyond, at 6 p.m., at The Terrace. Admission is $35 per person, which includes valet parking and one complimentary wine. Tickets may be purchased online at, over the phone at 201-261-3344, or by mailing a check to PRCofC Education Foundation, PO Box 1703, Paramus, NJ, 07653-1703. The Terrace, 299 Paramus Road, Paramus.

May 9: The Big Brew Sussex Beer Festival arrives at the Sussex County Fairgrounds with over 200 beers. Food trucks including The Cow & The Curd, Empanada Guy, The Outslider, Pizza Vita, Waffle De Lys, and Oink & The Moo BBQ will be at the ready. Special guest Sick Star Nation will perform and, if that’s not enough, guests can ride a mechanical bull! Click here for tickets and additional details. Sussex County Fairgrounds, 37 Plains Rd, Augusta.