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.
October 28 to 30: Jersey Spirits Distilling Co presents HOP-toberfest, bringing to the public a special tasting event with five brand-new, hop-based spirits: Equinox hops, Nelson hops, Mozaic hops, Citra hops, and special experimental hops. Guests will also have the chance to vote for their favorite spirit which may result in the production or one or more New Jersey Spirits Distilling products. Friday’s event is from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 1 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday 1p.m. to 5 p.m. 1275 Bloomfield Ave, Unit 40, Building 7, Fairfield.
October 29: Unionville Vineyards presents the 2nd Tires on the Terroir from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Enjoy live music, food trucks, wine tastings and tours. Attendance is free, and tastings are $10. Public winery tours take place at 2:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., and 4:30pm. Confirmed food trucks include Oink and Moo BBQ, Off The Hook, Romano’s Disco Fries, Cinnamini Donuts, Factory Fuel Coffee, and Wolgast Farms Apiary & Honey. 9 Rocktown Rd., Ringoes.
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 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 11 to 20: Jersey Shore Restaurant Week returns to the Jersey Shore, along with some can’t-miss events. On November 12, check out Saturday at the Shore, at the Irish Rail, from 12 p.m.to 2 p.m. On November 13, mixologists compete to make the Best Martini at the Shore, at Doolan’s Shore Club, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. (21 and over. Click here to buy tickets.). On November 19, stop by Harpoon Willy’s for Burgers, Bloodies, and Brews, from 12 to 4 p.m. (No tickets required!) On November 20, from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., close out the week by sampling the food and wine from each region of Italy, at the Asbury Hotel. (Click here to buy tickets.) To see participating restaurants and for more details click here. (Please note that the November 10 Dream Dinner is sold out.)
November 12 to 13: It’s time for Laurita Winery’s Food Trucks, Fireworks & Fire Pits Weekend: a weekend of wine, food trucks, live music and more. On Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. guests will enjoy fireworks as they sit by the fire. Sunday’s event will run from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. with Pennington Station Band playing from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tickets are $8 for general admission, $25 for a discount four-pack, $50 for a discount 10-pack, and $12 for a weekend pass. To purchase tickets click here. The 85 Archertown Road, New Egypt.
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.