November 4: An Indoor Midnight Market is coming to Jersey City! The event is from 6:30 p.m. to midnight on the waterfront. Sixteen food vendors ranging from award-winning Korean BBQ to decadent vegan/gluten-free desserts, will be in attendance. All menu items are price capped at $5 so guests can have the chance to try food from multiple vendors without breaking the bank. There will be a DJ present who will create an old school dance party with hits from the 90s and 00s. The bar will offer $5 drink specials. (This is a 21+ event.) Event is located one block from the Exchange Place Path stop, and a 10-minute train ride from the Fulton St/WTC station. There is $5 parking available and the Harborside Light Rail in front. 147 Harborside Financial Center Platform, Jersey City.
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.
Through November 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 7: The March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction at The Terrace at Biagio’s Restaurant, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., brings guests a combination of gourmet dining, fine wine, spirits and micro-brews, exciting entertainment, and auction packages. Funds raised create opportunities for local research and community grants, education programs and advocacy. Tickets are $175 and can be purchased here. The Terrace at Biagio’s Restaurant, 293 Paramus Road, Paramus.
November 8: The St. James Men of Charity will host the 8th Annual Harvest Fest & Microbrew Night from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at St. James School Gym. This year’s event features 15 New Jersey breweries, which will serve 30+ specialty craft beers. Wine and Oktoberfest dinner will be served, along with a basket raffle and live music. Proceeds benefit local families in need in and around the Parish community. NJ breweries include 902, Alementary, Beach Haus, Cricket Hill, Czig Meister, Demented, Flounder, High Point, Hunterdon, Jersey Girl, Man Skirt, Stirling Hotel, Trap Rock Restaurant, and Twin Elephant. Advance tickets are $45 per person, $50 at the door. Tickets include craft beer, Oktoberfest dinner and snacks, wine, soda, tasting glass, and live music. For tickets, contact Paul Mattiola at 908-419-0850. 184 S Finley Ave, Basking Ridge.
November 11: Laurita Winery partners with Branches Catering to present a Farm to Table Harvest Dinner! All produce sourced locally from Dewolfs U Pick Farm in New Egypt. Enjoy a 4-course menu paired with Laurita wines. Reservations are required and seating is limited, the dinner will sell out. Tickets are $75; call Branches Catering at 732-542-5050 to reserve your spot. 85 Archer Town Rd., New Egypt.
November 11: All veterans and active duty servicemen and servicewomen who dine in at Chevys Fresh Mex in Clifton or Linden locations will receive a free entrée with proof of service. Guests can choose from a select menu including sizzling fajitas, grilled tacos, a quesadilla burger, chicken caesar salad, salsa chicken or fajita quesadillas and a variety of create-your-own combos. Veterans and active duty military can also receive a free entrée with proof of service when they dine in at their local Quaker Steak & Lube. Guests can choose from a select menu including signature wings, 12-pack of breaded boneless wings, the full lineup of beefed-up steak burgers, all chicken sandwiches and wraps and the QS&L Boneless Wing Salad.
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.).Guests can taste top-notch martinis and savory bites together with live music. Professional voting panel (including Jersey Bites founder Deborah Smith) and a People’s Choice award. 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, & Hops: a wine and cheese pairing event. Steve Schirripa, aka Bobby Bacala on The Sopranos, is scheduled to host a Meet & Eat session. Tickets are $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.
November 20: The Summit Winter Farmers Market will begin January 2017. Until then head over to the Summit House Pop-Up sampling booth at the Summit Downtown Farmers Market, to get a taste of Summit House. 22 DeForest Avenue, Summit.
December 4: Start off your holiday season by decorating cookies at the Grain House during the Sharing Brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and while you’re there, donate to the Community Soup Kitchen and Outreach Center in Morristown. A list of items needed can be found here. Tickets are $27.95 for adults and $12 for children 4 to 10 years old. To make a reservation call908-221-1150. 225 Route 202, Basking Ridge.
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 December 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.