December 10: Join Mary Ann Esposito, creator and host of the PBS series, Ciao Italia, along with Jersey Shore Chef Joe Leone, for an event featuring live cooking demonstrations, food samples, cooking tips, and a question/answer session. The event is at The Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. A portion of all proceeds will benefit the People’s Pantry of Ocean County. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased here. 1 College Drive, Toms River.
December 10: Spiagetta Italian Seafood Trattoria is holding a Seven Fish dinner at 6:30 p.m. The BYOB event is $76 per person (plus tax and gratuity). Click here to reserve. 9800 3rd Avenue, Stone Harbor.
December 14: If you’ve got a love for dumplings, then look no further! Chef One invites guests to a launch party at The Well celebrating the retail launch of Chef One 13oz dumplings. Guests can enjoy free dumplings and happy hour specials from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. 272 Meserole St, Brooklyn. Sponsored.
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.