October 21: Spirits in the Night is a walk-around tasting of New Jersey distilled spirits and craft beers at The Center’s fine art galleries and professional art studios accompanied by delicious food and live music by vibraphonist Bill Ware and bassist Brad Jones. This year’s tasting will include wine, hard cider, and mead. Last year’s event sold out a week in advance; early access is from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. with tickets at $175, the main event is from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. tickets at the door are $65 and $55 online. 2020 Burnt Mills Road, Bedminster.
Through October 22: Another year another Oktoberfest in Hoboken! Pilsener Haus & Biergarten hosts its 5th Annual Oktoberfest. Come on out to enjoy opening ceremonies, keg-tapping, beer tastings, liederhosen and mug-holding contests and old-school as well as new breed polka bands. 1422 Grand Street, Hoboken.
October 22: Celebrate American Cheese Month with A Cheese 103 Guided Tasting: Born In The U.S.A., a lesson on the ins and outs of made-in-America cheeses, from Mary Connolly, aka Marie Fromage, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. The one-hour, BYOB event includes samples of several artisanal cheeses, bread, nuts, dried fruit, dark chocolate, reference information, notebook and pencil. The event will be held at Basemeant Wrx in Montclair. Please click here for additional details or to order tickets, which are $40. Basemeant Wrx, 101 Walnut Street, Montclair. 973-842-7473.
October 22: Kearny PBA Local #21 pulls in for Trucktoberfest! This food truck festival includes more than 20 food trucks, live music, a beer garden, and fun for the whole family. The festival is from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased here. 300 Belgrove Ave., Kearny.
October 22: Following the Continental Driven Hunt at Crystal Springs, Chef Anthony Bucco and Resort Mixologist Carlos Ruiz will host a reception and dinner with wild boar, venison, pheasant, red-leg partridge, and open-pit roasted vegetables in the amphitheater at the Chef’s Garden. Guests will enjoy unique cocktails, homemade tinctures, and syrups. The Continental Driven Hunt Experience is $1,000 per person; $1,450 per couple, staying in the same room with only one shooter; $1,700 per couple/pair, staying in the same room and both shooting; $700 per person, without lodging. More details can be found here.
October 22 and 23: The Harvest Food Truck & Wine Festival is the last festival of the year at Alba Vineyard, with food trucks, Alba’s estate wines, and live music from the VooDUDES. Admission is $10 for adults 21 and older, $5 for ages 13 to 20, and includes entrance to the event, parking, and music. (Children 12 and under are free.) Wine tastings are available for an additional $10 per person, 21 and older. This includes eight samplings of the vineyard’s nationally award-winning wines in an etched Alba Vineyard wine glass. Event is 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. 269 Route 627, Village of Finesville, Milford.
October 22 to 23: Get ready for a weekend of wine—the 5th Annual Stafford Fall Harvest Wine Festival is back! Sample nearly 100 wines from some of New Jersey’s leading wineries. Enjoy the beautiful lake scenery while sampling an assortment of wines, browsing crafters, vendors and food. Guests are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets to sit and enjoy the music. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the gate. Guests under 21 years of age and designated drivers are free. Festival is rain or shine. Manahawkin Lake Park, Manahawkin.
October 22 to 23: Seaside Oktoberfest is here this weekend from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days. Guests can sample over 25 craft beers, fall favorites on tap, food, crafts, and live entertainment. Festival admission is free for kids under 12 years old and $5 for those 12 and older. Craft Beer Tasting Admission is $20 in advance and $25 at the door (cash only at the gate). Individuals are limited to one tasting session per day. Tasting sessions options are 12:00 to 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 to 6:00 p. m. each day. Tickets can be purchased here. Boulevard & Dupont Ave, Seaside Heights.
October 23: The second annual Tony & Vicky Martell Evening of Jazz is here. Guests will enjoy a night of dinner, drinks, and live jazz to benefit leukemia, cancer, and AIDS research. The event is at Ariane Kitchen & Bar featuring cuisine by owner and celebrity chef Ariane Duarte herself from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. 706 Bloomfield Ave, Verona.
October 23: The food trucks are coming! Policemen’s Benevolent Association Local No. 332 hosts the Food Truck Takeover at Monmouth Beach on October 23. This family-friendly event takes place from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. and will include local food trucks, a beer garden, live music, and games. Admission is free for children under 12 and $5 for individuals 12 years and older. Wristbands for the beer garden are $20 online and $25 at the door. Monmouth Beach Bathing Pavilion 29 Ocean Ave., Monmouth.
Through October 23: The first authentic Oktoberfest has hit Asbury Park, by way of the Asbury Festhalle & Biergarten. Guests can enjoy top polka bands, pig roasts, Masskrugstemmen, and a top selection of imported beer.
October 28: The Shannon Rose Irish Pub will raise funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital with its third annual Punkin’ Chunkin’competition at 6 p.m., at both its Clifton and Ramsey restaurants. Participants are challenged to launch their pumpkin as far as possible within a designated area known as the Chunkin Patch for a chance to win great prizes while raising funds for a worthy cause. Pumpkins can be reserved in advance (while supplies last) or purchased onsite for a cost of $10, with proceeds benefiting St. Jude’s. For younger guests, pumpkins can also be purchased for use at the pumpkin painting station. Also, through November 2, each restaurant will feature a pumpkin-themed menu, with $1 from every item sold donated directly to St. Jude’s. Featured items include spiced pumpkin soup, pumpkin and mascarpone ravioli, spiced pumpkin latte, and pumpkin pie martini.
Through October 31: Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas honors Breast Cancer Awareness Month by raising funds for local charities in support of the fight against breast cancer. The restaurant will donate $1 from sales of select cocktails during the month of October, with proceeds from the Clifton restaurant benefitting Chilton Medical Center Foundation. Cocktails featured in the promotion include cranberry cooler, blood orange martini, Mediterranean mule, autumn thyme, and cherry Manhattan.
October 31: Feeling hungry after trick or treating? Chevys Fresh Mex in Clifton and Linden celebrate Halloween by giving families who dine in with kids in their costumes up to two free kids’ meals with each adult entrée purchase, starting at 11 a.m. Each kids’ meal comes with two sides and choice of drink.
October 31: Quaker Steak & Lube located in Brick, Edison, and Pohatcong are giving families dressed in their Halloween costumes up to two free kids’ meals with an adult entrée purchase when they dine in at their selected location. Children ages 12 and under can choose any entrée on the Quaker Steak & Lube Kids’ Lube Cruiser menu.
November 3 to 6: Cape May Restaurant Weekend is a four-day weekend event, a mini version of the annual eight-day June restaurant week, offering three-course dinner menus for $35 per person. This includes a minimum of three appetizer, four entree, and three dessert selections. Beverages, gratuity, and tax are not included. No tickets are required. To see participating restaurants click here.
November 4: Five-Course Beer Pairings Dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. and is hosted by Garrett Oliver, acclaimed brewmaster of the Brooklyn Brewery and 2014 James Beard Award winner. The event features the culinary expertise of Chef Eric LeVine (a Chopped champion and 2014 James Beard Award nominee). Tickets are $100 per person ($50 per ticket is tax deductible) and reservations are required. For more information or to purchase tickets click here or call 973-540-0311. 2352 Route 10 West, Morris Plains.
November 11 and 12: The 10th Annual Housewares Warehouse Sale in New Castle, DE, will be the largest sale of its kind yet with more products and events planned for the two-day general public sale andfor the Stock Up for Seniors Event, which takes place the evening before the sale opens to the general public. Stock Up for Seniors is scheduled for Thursday, November 10 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Visit Meals on Wheels Delaware to purchase tickets. Ticket sales, as well as 5% of the proceeds from the warehouse sale, will benefit Meals On Wheels Delaware.Doors open at 4 p.m. on Friday and 8 a.m. on Saturday. Cash and credit cards will be accepted. For additional information on the sale, please call 302-326-4800. Centerpoint Business Complex Park in New Castle at 802 Centerpoint Blvd. (Follow signs from Route 273 to the warehouse.)
November 14: The Algonquin teams up with the Garden State Wine Growers Association and Whole Foods Market Wall to present Forks, Corks, and Hops: a wine and cheese pairing event. Steve Schirripa, aka Bobby Bacala on The Sopranos, is scheduled to host a Meet & Eat session. Tickets purchased before November 1 cost $75 per person for tasting and $95 for tasting along with wine and cheese pairing. Tickets bought after November 1 cost $85 per person for tasting alone, and $100 for tasting and wine and cheese pairing. Tickets can be purchased here. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. The Mill, 101 Old Mill Rd, Spring Lake Heights.
November 15: Strip House and Unionville Vineyards join forces for the Taste of Fall Dinner, featuring select pairings of the award-winning Garden State winery’s top-rated wines with th e cuisine of Executive Chef Cenebio Canalizo. Acclaimed winemaker Cameron Stark will join to guide guests through the offerings. Click here for the complete menu. For further information or to make a reservation, call Sharon Kirby at 973-548-0050. $115 pp (tax + gratuity included). Strip House, The Westminster Hotel, 550 West Mount Pleasant Avenue, Livingston.
Tuesdays through Sundays, through December 31: Explore the 100-year history of one of New Jersey’s most iconic traditions at the Morris Museum’s newest exhibit, “Icons of American Culture: The History of New Jersey Diners.” Curated by Jody Marcus, the exhibit retells the story of how the classic, neon-lit, stainless steel diners of the past century captured the hearts of hungry diners everywhere through carefully curated factoid panels, photographs, paintings, and historical artifacts. Much of the information in the exhibit comes from the 2013 book The History of Diners in New Jersey, written by author and Jersey Bites contributor Michael C. Gabriele. (And check out his recent article about the exhibit here!) The exhibit runs through December 31. The museum is closed on Mondays and is open on Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. For more information about hours and admission, click here. The Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown.
March 23: Advanced sale tickets are available now through Dec. 31, for South Jersey’s premier food and beverage event, the 34th Atlantic Cape Community College Restaurant Gala. Individual tickets are available for $200 each. The 34th annual Atlantic Cape Community College Restaurant Gala takes place in the Avalon Ballroom of Harrah’s Waterfront Conference Center. The event showcases thousands of hors d’oeuvres prepared by students from the Academy of Culinary Arts. To purchase advance tickets, send checks payable to the Atlantic Cape Foundation to: Atlantic Cape Community College Foundation, 5100 Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing, NJ 08330. For more information, contact Alicia McMackin at 609-463-4672 or [email protected]. 5100 Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing.