December Foodie Happenings Around NJ

Its the most wonderful time of the year! And our great state seems to think so as well with tons of holiday inspired events. It’s all about family this month  and it shows with so many of the featured food events being kid-friendly. Get everyone together and make some special memories. Happy Holidays!

December 3rd- Balvenie Dinner at Chakra; Paramus, NJ: Chakra’s upcoming dinner dinner event is highlighting a Balvenie single malt scotch pairing. The Balvenie dinner will feature Balvenie 12, 14, 17 and 21 year old scotches, paired with a 4-course ($95) menu by Chef Thomas Ciszak. You can expect these dishes to appear: Peated Cask-Molasses Lacquered Pork Tenderloin with sweet potato and Goat’s Milk Cheesecake with raisins, figs and honey-rosemary ice cream.  Reservations can be made by calling 201-556-1530.  www.chakrarestaurant.com

December 4th– Festival of Lights: Newark Museum; Newark, NJ: This night is about a cultural celebration of the holidays. Everything from candlelight tours, planetarium shows, and holiday story telling workshops will be included. Did I mention free hot chocolate and cider will be served? It’s a great night for the family. http://www.newarkmuseum.org/festival-lights

December 5th– 12th– Morristown’s 23rd Annual Gingerbread Wonderland & Craft Show; Morristown, NJ: For two weekends only there will be a festival of hundreds of gingerbread houses set up on display in the Frelinghuysen Arboretum. Take in the view and then get your Christmas shopping done at the craft show with a huge selection of homemade gifts. There will also be a café set up to eat some goodies while enjoying your afternoon. http://arboretumfriends.org/images/2014-04Fall/2014_GBW_flyer.pdf

December 5th – Hot pot Competition and Tree Lighting Celebration; New Brunswick, NJ: A night of taste testing original recipes from some of New Brunswick’s local eateries. For just $2 you’ll get to help be a judge for the “People’s Choice Award” for best local recipe.  The night will be filled with live music, special visits from santa, exhibitors and even scavenger hunts. http://www.newbrunswick.com/content.php?content=event&id=3698

December 5th – Cigar Night at Grape Beginnings; Eatontown, NJ: Cortez Cigars and Grape Beginnings are pairing up for a special night of cigar rolling, food, olive oil tasting, live music, and even a corn hole tournament. All for just $20! Register Online on their website:http://grapebeginningswine.com/newsletter/?tribe_events=cigar-night-2

December 6th –Christmas on the Farm: Howell Living History Farm; Lambertville, NJ: The day starts with children hopping aboard a horse drawn wagon and heading into the woods to cut down a Christmas tree. While sharing your Christmas cookies you’ll join in on arts and craft project and meet Santa himself. http://www.howellfarm.com/ShowProgram.aspx?Program=87

 December 6th –Annual Running of the Santas; Atlantic City, NJ: Head down to AC for a spirited pub crawl to celebrate the holidays. Get your best Santa suit and prepare for food and drink specials, a discounted hotel rate, and even prizes! Tickets are only $20 to join in the fun. Reserve here: http://www.atlanticcitynj.com/events/details.aspx?id=3881

 December 6th-7th- Lake Mohawk German Christmas Market; Sparta, NJ: The annual Weihnachtsmarkt is ranked one of the Top Ten Things to Do in December in the State. The beautiful backdrop sets the scene for bustling holiday shoppers with big local charm! This event raises funds for local charities and attracts more than 18,000 people each year for the carefully crafted, gourmet and artisan gifts will all be available for purchase. Don’t miss this magical weekend event. http://lakemohawkgermanchristmasmarket.com/

 December 12th-13th – Cream Ridge Winemakers Holiday Faire; Allentown, NJ: Want to see what wonderful wines Cream Ridge Winery has in store for you next year? Come this weekend for their no-cover charge wine release celebration.  http://www.creamridgewinery.com/category/events/

December 12-13th – Winter Winery Trolley Tour; Various South Jersey Wineries: This 5 hour tour includes tasting and tours of 4 different wineries (Though there are 8 to choose from). Pick your wine trail and embark on your afternoon. You’ll also have your choice of lunch from 2 different restaurants. For more details and the different trial options you’ll want to go to host’s (vintage SouthJersey) website:http://www.vintagesouthjersey.com/page.php?page=trips-and-trails/two-bridges-wine-trail#trolley

 December 13th – Big Brew Sussex Beer Festival; Augusta, NJ: Enjoy unlimited beer from over 200 craft selections. Get exclusive beer tastings, special food pairings, and even a souvenir glass. There will be food trucks and entertainment on premise as well. Get tickets now: http://bigbrewnj.com/sussex/tickets-info/

 December 13th & 20th : Breakfast with Santa in Historic Smithville; Smithville, NJ: Enjoy a buffet breakfast and snap that kiddie shot with Santa in the fun little historic town. Make a morning of it and visit the nearly 60 shoppes! You must call to make a reservation. http://www.colonialinnsmithville.com/towneevents/index.htm

 December 14th- How the Grinch Stole Lunch Feast; Union, NJ: Kean University and Liberty Hall Museum are hosting a Grinch themed luncheon with roastbeast and all! For $23 a child ($28 for adults) you’ll have a meal to remember with some very Suessipired menu items. http://www.kean.edu/libertyhall/calendar/december.html

 December 20th – Christmas Cookie Walk and Shop Til You Drop; Penns Grove, NJ: Come hungry because there will be thousands, yes thousands of Christmas cookies at this event! If that isn’t enough to entice you there will be plenty of onsite crafters and vendors to purchase last minute Christmas gifts! http://njvendors.com/events/counties-m-w/salem/penns-grove-nj-december-christmas-cookie-walk-and-shop-til-you-drop/

December 24th -Grissini’s Annual Fest of the Seven Fishes; Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Join in on this Italian American tradition (its great for any seafood lover!) for this special 9 course holiday meal. Everything from fresh marinated anchovies to whole St. Peter’s Fish will be on the menu. For Reservations and Details on Seatings, call Maitre d’ Enzo Lentini at 201.568.3535

December 25th- Christmas at Crystal Springs Resort; Hamburg, NJ: Crystal Springs provides a festive backdrop for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day celebrations with three options for dinner at the restaurants of the Grand Cascades Lodge. For more information and online menus: http://www.crystalgolfresort.com/dine/holidays/christmas-holiday-weekends/

December 25th- Christmas at Blue Morel; Morristown, NJ: Blue Morel restaurant is offering their big holiday meal menu with seasonal favorites from 12:30-9PM on Christmas Day. You don’t want to miss out on dishes like their eggnog cheescake! Make reservations on OpenTable and get more information on the website: www.bluemorel.com 

 

…all for the love of the dish

Missy

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