February 27 and 28: Check out Tropicana Atlantic City’s first annual Winter Wine Festival at the Grand Exhibition Center on Saturday, from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Over 150 wines and 12 winemakers will be at the event showcasing their bottles. Tickets, which are being sold for $25 here, include live entertainment, tasting glass, cheese and fruit plate, and wine seminars.
February 28: The Jersey Shore Chefs Association sponsors the 25th anniversary Winterfest at the Crystal Point Yacht Club. Some of the best chefs in the state will gather to offer a tasting menu featuring international cuisine. The event will also include a silent auction and a 50/50 raffle to benefit the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties, and the Victor J. Houston Scholarship Fund. For ticket options, click here. Crystal Point Yacht Club, 3900 River Road, Point Pleasant.
March: Jersey Shore inMotion presents Local Restaurant Month, held in Ocean and Monmouth Counties for the entire month of March! Restaurants and diners are encouraged to create signature menu options, a prix fixe format, or possibly a weekly rotating selection to create a unique diner experience for locals and local businesses. A list of participating restaurants can be found here.
March 4, 5, 6: Join Jersey Bites at the New Jersey Home Show in Edison, with cooking demonstrations from some of the state’s top chefs at the Jersey Bites Cooking Pavilion. Stay tuned for details and updates as the event approaches—we can’t wait to see you there! Check out our pre-event coverage here!
March 5: One VIP session! Two general admission sessions! $10 for designated drivers! 21 and over (photo ID required)! 200+ brewers! These are the numbers behind the Big Brew Beer Festival, at the Morristown Armory. Prices change as the event approaches, so be sure to check the specifics at BigBrewNJ.com. Morristown Armory, 430 Western Avenue, Morristown.
March 11: Say,”Abracadabra” with the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties. The 2016 Humanitarian Gala, “A Magical Night Under the Stars,” at the Navesink Country Club, includes cocktails, a silent auction, dinner, and entertainment by Motor City Revue. 2016 honorees include Stop & Shop, The Jersey Strong Foundation, and The Schreiber Family and WBI Investments Inc. Junior Humanitarian is Andrew Beer and the Agency Partner is the Reformation Community Food Pantry. Ticket packages can be viewed and purchased here. Navesink Country Club, 50 Luffburrow Lane, Middletown.
March 20: Get ready for the third annual Celebrity Food & Wine Showcase & Expo from Giants of Generosity, at 1:30 p.m. This fundraiser, created to assist locals in need offers guests samples from food and wine vendors, a silent auction, and live entertainment. Students from Bergen Community College’s culinary arts program will compete for a $500 scholarship offered by Mariner’s Bank, and this year’s celebrity competitors will be Carissa Lawson, anchor from News12 New Jersey, and Sheryl A. Fody, executive producer of Consumer 411. The winner of the virtual 50/50 raffle will also be announced at the event. Showcase and raffle tickets can be purchased online. Clinton Inn Hotel and Event Center, 145 Dean Drive, Tenafly.
March 24: Tickets are now on sale for the 33rd annual Restaurant Gala. The long-standing event, currently themed Mission: Possible, will be held at the new Harrah’s Waterfront Conference Center, from 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Proceeds go to the Academy of Culinary Arts at Atlantic Cape Community College and help support Foundation operations.
March 24: Stop by the Princeton Farmers Market at theThe Nassau Inn for winter produce, meats and eggs, honey, baked goods, candles, linens, French confections, and more from local farmers and artisans. The next market will take place April 21 at the Princeton Public Library, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
April 1 to 3: The eighth annual New Jersey Wine & Food Festival will bring top chefs from around the U.S, the world’s best winemakers and craft spirits producers to Crystal Springs Resort. This year’s featured chefs include two Top Chef winners from the hit Bravo TV series, Michelin-starred chefs from New York and of course, the best of the Garden State. The 2016 festival will benefit both the James Beard Foundation and Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign. For additional details or to purchase tickets, click here.
April 7: Tonight’s the night for the third annual Chef’s Extraordinaire event in Manasquan, from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Spring Lake Manor. The culinary and wine tasting event will feature chefs from across Monmouth and Ocean County to benefit the Common Ground Grief Center, which offers ongoing bereavement support groups. Purchase tickets here for $125 (or $135 at the door).
April 7, 12, and 14: It’s time for some Jersey Shore Cookbook launch parties and signings! Meet and greet author and Jersey Bites founder, Deborah Smith, at these upcoming events (listed below), and stay tuned for more!
- April 7, from 6 to 8 p.m.: Join fellow Jersey Shore foodies at Ama’s private dining room with ocean views and a wood-burning fireplace. Tickets are $50 per guest, plus tax. Price includes cookbook and gratuity. ($75 per couple includes one book.) At Ama, guests will enjoy one glass od wine—boutique red or white, or one draft or bottled artisan beer, as well as charcuterie appetizers. The chef’s demonstration will take place at 7 p.m. Guests also receive a $15 coupon for dining at Ama Ristorante at a later date (one per ticket). Sponsored by Ama Ristorante.Cookbook signing sponsored by River Road Books, Fair Haven. Reservations required: 732-530-9760. Ama Ristorante, 1485 Ocean Avenue, Sea Bright.
- April 12, at 6:30 p.m.: at Fratello’s Restaurant in Sea Girt Meet Tickets are $45 per guest, which includes admission to a private party and author discussion, a tasting menu (hand selected by Fratello’s including the restaurant’s signature dish, oyster gratinee), a drink ticket and copy of the cookbook! Tickets are on sale now, click here.
- April 14, from 7:30 to 9 p.m.: Book signing at Words Bookstore in Maplewood.
April 28 and 30: Northwestern New Jersey’s premier food and wine event, Taste of the Town Skylands Region, comes to Donaldson Farms. Must be age 21 or over to attend the April 28 dinner in the Orchard, and the Grand Tasting on April 30. Infants, children, strollers permitted from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.