Apr 12

New Jersey Food Events

Taste of Madison/Valley Shepherd Creamery/New Jersey Spring Wine Festival/Chef Central/Kings Cooking Studio

Taste of Madison – Monday, April 15th, 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Held at the lovely Park Ave Club in Madison. A must attend event for food and wine lovers. Sponsored by Gary’s Wine & Marketplace with over 30 wine, beer, and spirits tables.

Valley Shepherd Creamery – April 20th and April 27th 10:00, 12:00, and 2:00 for $10.00 per person. Located in Morris county this old fashioned creamery has an annual sheep shearing. Tour the cheese production room, guided tour, baby lambs and sheep shearing. Truly specialty and artisan cheeses.

New Jersey Spring Wine Festival – Short Hills Hilton April 19th 7:00 to 10:00. Enjoy The Hilton’s AAA Four Diamond award winning culinary experts will provide a first class selection of hors d’oeuvres, antipasto, cheese, breads and pasta. View past Food and Wine selections. The Wine Library will select over 150 wines and enjoy the music of Four80East.

Chef Central Cooking Free Demo – Saturday, April 13th beginning at 12:00 Free Demo & Tasting: Chef Tre Goshal of Adara Restaurant. Chef Tre Ghoshal will share some of the techniques that are utilized in the adara restaurant’s kitchen.

Kings Cooking Studio – ongoing at Kings Cooking Studio in Short Hills. Teens cooking, bake sale cooking, pizza making. There is a cooking class for everyone at Kings Cooking Studio in Short Hills Kings.

Apr 05

Upcoming Foodie Events

Kings Studios/Heights Beer & Wine Emporium/Taste of Madison

Kings Cooking Studio – April 6th 6:30 to 9:30. Kings Markets have partnered with the Economic Promotion Agency of Tuscany to bring the freshest, gourmet, and specialty foods to Kings. They will be celebrating all month with The Taste of Tuscany. Diane Albanese will be cooking at the Short Hills Kings from 6:30 to 9:30. Please see their website for additional information and classes. www.kingsfoodmarkets.com

Heights Beer & Wine Emporium – April 7th 1:00 to 4:00 pm will be having cooking demo with
Joseph Cuccia Catering. Sample White Gazpacho with Red Snapper paired with Champ Divin Chardonnay & Pan seared Chicken with Candy Cane Beats paired with Gumphof Schiava. The Wine Barbarian will be on hand to answer your questions.

Taste of Madison – April 15th 7:00 to 9:30 at the beautiful Park Ave Club. Sample over 30 wines, beers, and spirits.All proceeds go to local charities.

Mar 29

Upcoming Events

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Saturday March 30th – Heights Beer and Wine Emporium. From 1:00-5:00PM CupCakeApallozza an in store cooking demo, meet & greet, cupcakes & Cupcake wine pairing with Food Networks Cupcake Wars Season 4 Episode 8 winner Michelle Spell, owner of Ava’s Cupcakes of Rockaway NJ. Michelle will be in store to work her Cupcake magic. Of course her delicious creations will be paired with Cupcake wines & the Heights Wine Barbarian will be happy to tell us why they go so well together. Come treat yourself to an afternoon learning from & speaking with Michelle & tasting wine!

Mar 21



KINGS FOOD MARKET – Gillette, NJ. March 22nd and throughout the weekend. Kings debuts a premiere store in Gillette, NJ. The pasta ribbon cutting will be held at 10:00 on March 22nd. Throughout the weekend there will be over 20 signature tastings. A cooking demo by Chef Franco Lania will be at 11:00 and 2:00. Guided tours by nutritionist Shari Bild Boockvar will be held from 12:30 to 3:30. She will be available all weekend from 12:00pm to 3:00pm. The first 500 customers will receive complimentary whisks and be entered into drawings. There are many more events and features to explore. Please click here for more information: Kings Food Market in Gillette, NJ.Invitation_gillette_generic

THE WINEMAKERS CELLAR – South American Wine Open House. Hawthorne, NJ. Sunday March 24th 12:00 to 5:00pm. Come meet family here. That is how you feel when you enter into the Winemakers Cellar. Have you every been curious how wine is really made? Winemakers cellar is having an open house on Sunday to show you the process and do a little tasting of the great Chili wines you could make. All are welcome and light hors d’oeuvres and cheese will be served. Click here for more details: Winemakers Cellar. img_2135

Mar 15

North Jersey Foodie Weekend Events


NEW JERSEY FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL at Crystal Springs Resort, March 15 – March 17, 2013. This is one of the premier Food & Wine Festivals in the all of New Jersey. Food and wine lovers congregate to meet and sample foods from some of the best chefs in the country. This years featured James Beard chef is Jose Andres. There are seminars, classes, and tours of the world renowned Wine Cellar. You can purchase tickets for single events or full days. This all with the beautiful back drop of Sussex County and a four star resort. Click here for more details and ticket information:

CELEBRATE THE WINES OF PIEDMONT at The Pleasantdale Chateau March 15, 2013. This is a five course dinner with wine matching. The guest speaker will discuss the uniqueness of the Piedmont region along with the wines. The setting of the music room at the Pleasantdale Chateau is nothing short of spectacular. Click here for more details: Pleasantdale Chateau.c_foto1

bmmc_logoLEPRECHAUNS GO LOCO! Blue Moon Mexican Cafes, March 17, 2013. If you are looking for some non-traditional St. Patrick’s Day fun check out Blue Moon Mexican Cafe. They have four New Jersey locations, Woodcliff Lake, Englewood, Wycoff, and Jersey City. They are celebrating with give aways, live music and of course green burritos and green beer. Click here for more information:
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Mar 08

Upcoming Events Weekend of March 8, 2013

PIEROGI DINNER: Ukrainian American Youth Association, Whippany Branch, will host a Pierogi Dinner on Friday, March 8, 2013 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Ukrainian American Cultural Center of NJ, 60 N. Jefferson Road, Whippany, NJ. Only $11 for a complete delicious dinner, which includes borscht, pierogi, bread, dessert and soda or coffee. Pierogis will be available to take home. Entertainment, pysanka decorating demonstration and door prizes. Bring your family – meet with friends. Click here for more information: Pierogi Dinner.

MORRISTOWN ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE: Saturday, March 9, 2013 12:00 pm. Morristown has the largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Morris County. The actual parade starts on James and South Streets at 12:00 pm but at 10:00 am there is a Mass at the Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Maple Avenue. The town is expecting 70,000 between spectators and participants. There are scores of restaurants, bakeries, and pubs along the route and in the heart of Morristown to enjoy after the parade. Click here for more details and parade route.

SUGARLOAF CRAFT FESTIVAL, March 08, 09, 10, 2013 in Somerset. Yes, this is a craft fair with thousands of juried artisans but they also have a wonderful specialty gourmet food section. There are dozens of specialty foods to try and to purchase. These olive oils, roasted nuts, chocolates and gourmet breads to name a few were made with the same intensity and passion as the crafts themselves. Click here for more detailed information including a list of foods and hours. SUGARLOAF CRAFT FESTIVAL.

BELMAR RESTAURANT TOUR: March 10, 2013. What a better way to support our shore. This is the 5th annual restaurant tour in Belmar. Local restaurants share their specialty dishes and samplings. You can ride the jitney to almost 30 local restaurants. Click here for a list of restaurants and more information: Belmar Tour.

Mar 05

New Jersey Restaurant Week 2013

Maplewood March 03-09, 2013 www.maplewoodvillagenj.com
Atlantic City March 03-09, 2013 www.acrestaurantweek.com
Hudson Valley March 11-24, 2013 www.hudsonvalleyrestaurantweek.com
South Jersey March 17-22, 2013 www.sjhotchefs.com
Collingswood March 18-22, 2013 www.collingswood.com
Jersey Shore April 05-14, 2013 www.jerseyshorerestaurantweek.com
Montclair April 09-21, 2013 www.montclairrestaurantweek.com
Morristown April 22-28, 2013 www.morristown-nj.org
Cape May June 02-09, 2013 www.cmrestaurantweek.com
Westfield September 29-October 10, 2013 www.westfieldtoday.com
Highland Park October 23-28, 2013 www.shophighlandpark.com

If you would like to add your event to this list please contact debbie@northjerseyfoodies.com. If you would like to share experiences on your favorite restaurant or restaurant week please post in the comment area. Enjoy!

Mar 04

Upcoming Restaurant Week in New Jersey


“Restaurant Weeks” have been popping up all over the country and not in just major cities like Chicago or NYC. Local towns are also now participating. It is a great way for customers to try a restaurant that they thought may be out of their budget. During restaurant weeks the restaurants offer prix fixe lunch and dinner specials. They are normally under $30.00 for dinner and $20.00 for lunch. Few even offer their full menu with a percentage off the bill. Towns are also getting involved by offering free metered parking during lunch or dinner hours.



Maplewood offers some of the most eclectic and award winning restaurants in North Jersey. This year there are close to 25 participating restaurants. Click here for a full list or restaurants:
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This is one of the best restaurant weeks in New Jersey. There are over 100 participating restaurants to choose from. You have the old charm of the Atlantic City Country club or a fabulous casino restaurant like Wolfgang Pucks, Carmines, or Cuba Libre to name a few. You can choose from many culinary varieties all with a reasonable price of $33.13 for dinner and $15.13 for lunch. Reservations are recommended. Many hotels are also offering discounted rates. Click here to find out more information on Atlantic City Restaurant week.

Please leave a comment if you know of or experienced any great restaurant weeks in New Jersey.

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Mar 01

Foodie Events

MAPLE SUGAR FESTIVAL, Saturday March 02, 2013. Maple syrup snow cones, taste tests, tree tapping demos and more! There will be crafts, games and hikes. This is fun for the whole family. Location is The Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center in Chatham Township. Admission $4.00 per person. Please click here for additional information: Maple Sugar Festival Maple-Sugar-1

RAMSEY INDOOR FARMERS MARKET, Sundays until March 24th, 10:00 to 2:00. Established by the Ramsey Historical Association it supports eating, growing, and buying local and fresh. There is something for everyone: local made honey, breads, nuts, and cheeses. For a full list of vendors please click here: Ramsey Indoor Market.

A TASTE OF MORRISTOWN, Monday March 04, 2013 from 6:00 to 9:00 at the Hanover Marriott. This is the 11th annual charity event for the Morristown Rotary Club. This year there are 30 vendors highlighting the event. It is a great way to sample some of the finest restaurants in and around Morristown. There is also wine and whiskey tasting. This is a great event for a great cause for only $60.00. Please click here for additional information: A Taste of Morristown.taste_jpg-1

SAVOR FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL, Monday March 04, 2013 from 5:00 to 8:30 at the Preakness Country Club, Wayne. This is the 13th Annual event for the North Jersey Regional Chamber of Commerce. It is a great networking event but also a night out to sample some local restaurants and top notch wines. There is also entertainment, a mystic reader, and free chair message all for $50.00. Please click here for more information: Savor Food & Wine Festival.