March: Jersey Shore In Motion 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. Participating restaurants can be found here.
Through March 17: Zeppelin Hall Restaurant & Biergarten’s St. Patrick’s Week is in full effect. This Celtic cuisine hot spot offers a menu with all of your favorite classic Irish dishes, which can be paired with any of Zeppelin’s many, many brews. 88 Liberty View Drive, Jersey City.
March 14: Taste of Montclair will be presented by the Montclair Rotary Club from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Manor in West Orange. The event will have more than 30 participating restaurants and food crafters with100% of ticket sales going to charities supported by the club, including Toni’s Kitchen, the Human Needs Food Pantry, and the feeding programs of the Salvation Army. Ticket purchases and donations can be made here. The Manor, 111 Prospect Avenue, West Orange.
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.
March 28: The 19th Annual Taste of Middlesex, presented by the Edison Chamber of Commerce and the Pines Manor begins at 5 p.m., features restaurants from the greater Edison area. To purchase tickets or register to participate, click here. Event is for guests 21 and over.
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.