Now through November 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.)
Now through November 21: New Jersey Wine Week is a time to celebrate and support our local wineries and vendors alike. There will be many events hosted throughout the state to include wine trails, specialty tastings and pairing and much more. For a full list of events, click here.
Now through November 23: The Shannon Rose Irish Pub in Clifton and Ramsey hosts a Dine to Donate program to raise funds in support of the Community FoodBank of New Jersey. Guests have the opportunity to add $1 or $5 to their checks to help feed a family during the holiday season. The Shannon Rose Irish Pub will also match guests’ donations, up to $1,000.
November 19: Better World Market & Cafe is having a grand opening celebration, with free food and drink tastings from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and live music and entertainment from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. 1743 Route 27, Franklin Township.
November 20: Jersey Bites contributor Tisha Agarwal demonstrate (with samples!) her all-natural Healthy Meals in a Bar at 3 p.m. 3 Spruce Street, West Windsor, 585-719-7413.
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.
November 20: It’s a pasta lover’s dream come true! From 4:30 p.m to 9:30 p.m., Chef Robbie Felice of Viaggio Ristorante in Wayne offers five courses of house-made pastas, welcoming in flavors of the season. The prix-fixe menu will be available during dinner. Tickets are $55 per person (plus tax and gratuity). To book your reservation, please call 973-706-7277. 1055 Hamburg Turnpike, Wayne.
November 21: The Rum & Cigars Pairing Event is a special evening hosted by The Bonney Read in conjunction with Asbury Park Cigar & Tobacco Co. Tickets are $100 and will include three Mount Gay Rum tastings, one cocktail and three premium My Father Cigars. Contact The Bonney Read for tickets at 732-455-3352. Event starts at 6:30 p.m. 525 Cookman Ave, Asbury Park.
November 25 to 27: The Holiday Wine Trail Weekend is a great way to get in the spirit and support local businesses. Enjoy wine tastings, sales, entertainment and more. Contact your local winery to see what they’re planning or check out a list of events here.
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.
December 10: Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar locations in New Jersey holds its Annual Breakfast with Santa Fundraiser from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The fundraiser will support the efforts of the U.S. Marines Corps Toys for Tots program. Guests can enjoy breakfast, compliments of Applebee’s, along with raffle tickets for door prizes, and the opportunity to take a photo with Santa Claus. Tickets are $10 each (free to children 2 and under) and can be purchased by calling or visiting your local Applebee’s. Advanced reservations are required as seating is limited.
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.