Foodie Things to Do this Weekend and Beyond

Food Events in New Jersey

This weekend:

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.

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 onlineClinton Inn Hotel and Event Center, 145 Dean Drive, Tenafly.

And beyond:

March 21 through 25: If you’re a burger person, get yourself over to Newark Burger Week, presented by Newark Pulse. BURG, Burger Bound, Burger Walla, and Novelty Burger will each offer $5 high quality burgers between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. each day, while supplies last. One per person.

Gala 2015, Cocktail Hour, Jersey Bites
Cocktail hour at last year’s gala.

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 the The 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.

And beyond:

March 28: New Jersey’s Small Business Development Center at Brookdale Community College is holding a free workshop, Starting a Food Business and counseling sessions for small food service business owners of Monmouth and Ocean Counties. The event is geared to entrepreneurs, farmers, and food producers looking to further their businesses. Seating is limited and reservations can be made here. Brookdale Community College. 765 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft.

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 3The 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 4: The Culinary Adventure presented by CPC Behavioral Healthcare will be an evening of food and fun– all for a great cause. Stop by the event at Trump National Golf Club from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m to eat from a list of restaurants that will be attending in order to raise money for CPC. For prices, click here. 1 Trump National Boulevard, Colts Neck.

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).

promo image2April 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 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.

April 30: The Historic Village at Allaire and Spark Marketing Solutions, LLC, host the first-ever Allaire BBQ and Brew Festival from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.! A general admission ticket ($5) includes a walk through of the historic buildings, craft shops, music and of course, some delicious barbecue. Tickets to the beer garden are also available at the door. 4263 Atlantic Avenue, Farmingdale.