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.