Throughout January: Blue Morel Restaurant and Wine Bar is giving back to the community in a big way. For every soup sold in January, Blue Morel will donate $1 to the Community Soup Kitchen & Outreach Center, which provides nutritious meals in a warm, safe, and caring environment, free of charge, no questions asked, to anyone who comes seeking nourishment. Blue Morel, 2 Whippany Road, Morristown, 973-451-2619. Community Soup Kitchen and Outreach Center, 36 South Street, Morristown, 973-267-0709.
Sundays, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: The Morris County Winter Farmers Market is in a new location, and can now be found at Alexander Hamilton School, 24 Mills Street, Morristown.
January 21: Come on down to the River Vale Winter Market, in the Town Hall parking lot. Additional dates include February 4 and 18, and March 3 and 17. 406 Rivervale Road, River Vale.
January 23 and 24: Bellview Winery holds its Annual Winter Wine Weekend, from noon to 5 p.m. Enjoy some wine, good food, music and a bonfire. The 2013 vintages of Cabernet Franc and merlot will be available for tasting and purchase. Admission is free, and wine tasting is optional for $5 for eight tastes (includes souvenir glass). 150 Atlantic St., Landisville.
January 25 to February 5: Hudson Restaurant Week is back, including newcomers Bin 14, Jack Austin’s, Jack’s Cabin, Leo’s Grandevous, and Raval Tapas Bar! Click here for a complete list of participating restaurants and, sign up here to receive the e-newsletter.
January 28: The Montclair Food & Wine Festival’s Frost Bites delivers many small bites and plenty of bubbly! Warm up for the big late spring event with this celebration of food and drink, featuring 20 top local chefs, live modern rock, and a VIP meet-and-greet with NJ native and Food Network star Chef Amanda Freitag. Tickets are now on sale at various package prices. 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Womans Club of Upper Montclair, 200 Cooper Avenue, Montclair.
January 30: Come on down to the inaugural Meadowlands Homestyle Chili Cookoff, at the Meadowlands Racetrack. The tasting panel will judge at 7:30 p.m. and the People’s Choice will take place at 8 p.m. in the food court. Contestants must register by January 28, and must be at least 18 years of age. The grand prize winner will walk away with $1,000 and a spot at the International Chili Society’s World Championship Homestyle Chili Cookoff in Reno, NV! Learn more about the event here! (Sponsored listing)
February 6: The 6th Annual Great Beer Festival opens its doors at the Meadowlands Expo Center, with 80+ brewers and 150+ beers. Sessions include 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. (General admission is $45 per person, $10 for designated drivers. Entrants must be 21+.)