November 21: Allow yourself to de-stress while donating to a great cause! Coba Yoga donates a yoga class on November 21 to support the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties. Taught by Jersey Bites writer Melissa Beveridge, the Grateful Donation Yoga Class is free when attendees make a $10 donation to local food banks. Nonperishable food items are also welcome! 5 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. Coba Yoga, 115 Oceanport Avenue, Oceanport.
November 21: Head to Cedar Grove for the local Fire Department’s Chili Cook-Off from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. All of the proceeds from the cook-off will benefit Cedar Grove resident and NJ State Trooper Bill “No Fear” Fearon (click here for his story). Special guests include Chopped judge and Iron Chef contestant Amanda Freitag, and WPLJ’s Todd and Jayde. Tickets are $35 and include beer and wine. Event will take place at the Macedonian Church, 1050 Pompton Ave., Cedar Grove.
November 21: The Holiday Appetizer Party is upon us! Villa Milagro Vineyards hosts an appetizer tasting, offering quick and festive ideas for holiday samplers anyone can make throughout the holiday season. These appetizers are paired with Villa Milagro’s holiday wines such as Gracias, Feliz Navidad, and Mi Carino. Wine and appetizer tasting costs $5 per person. 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Villa Milagro Vineyards, 33 CR-627, Phillipsburg.
November 21: Coffee. Music. Perfect! The Coffee with Conscience Concert Series presents Eric Anderson this weekend. All proceeds from the show will benefit the Community FoodBank of New Jersey. 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. First United Methodist Church, 1 E. Broad Street, Westfield.
November 22: The Chocolate Expo does chocolate right in the Garden State! The expo features tastings and sales, while also including non-chocolate treats such as gelato, cheeses, wines, and more from regional to international vendors. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Meadowlands Expo Center, Secaucus.
November 27, 28, 29: Throughout Holiday Wine Trail Weekend participating New Jersey wineries will be providing holiday tastings along with complimentary grape vine wreath and holiday ornaments. For a full list of participating wineries check out the Garden State Wine Growers Association’s website. 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
November 29: Frog and Peach will be hosting one final Sunday after Rutgers Big Ten Home Games brunch to wrap up their Big Ten Brunch Series. Priced at $30 per person for two courses, the brunch is not just available to football fans, but also to anyone in the area looking to enjoy a delicious brunch. 11:30 am.m to 2:30 p.m. The Frog and the Peach. 29 Dennis Street, New Brunswick.
December 4: Participating businesses open their their doors in Downtown Bordentown for a Holiday Chocolate Walk full of fun treats and chocolates galore. Various restaurants, bars and other food shops are opening their doors to passport holders for a chance to showcase their chocolatey treats, whether it’s just a piece of delicious chocolate, a baked dessert, or chocolate-tini! Passports can be printed here. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Downtown Bordentown.
December 6: The Hoppy Holiday Beer Bazaar comes in for a landing at the Flying Fish Brewery in Somerdale. Kick off the holiday season with some of the best hops in New Jersey from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Flying Fish Brewery, 900 Kennedy Blvd, Somerdale.
December 13 and February 7: The Indoor Winter Farmers’ Market benefits Slow Food Northern NJ. The festival features sustainably raised foods from local farms and food artisans. Admission of $3 will be donated to Slow Food NNJ’s community and school garden fund. For more information or to purchase tickets please click here. 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. The Woodland, 60 Woodland Road, Maplewood.