Looking Ahead: Montclair Food and Wine Festival BBQ, Bourbon & Biergarten

Don't miss this themed tasting event at the Montclair Art Museum.

Mark your calendar for Saturday, July 9, from 6 to 10 PM, the Montclair Food & Wine Festival will present an outdoor BBQ, Bourbon & Biergarten themed tasting event at the Montclair Art Museum, 3 South Avenue, Montclair. Attendees can sample dishes from the area chefs including a wide array of bourbon and craft beer from local artisanal and national brands. This fun-filled evening will also include live music provided by The Wellmont Theater, as well as a raffle and silent auction. General admission $85 and a premium bourbon and beer tasting experience is also available for an additional $35.

A spirited BBQ competition will be judged by some notable personalities including: author John Holl, an acclaimed beer and food writer, and Veronique Deblois, KCBS certified judge and food blogger. Guests will also get in on the judging action via a people’s choice vote. John Holl will be signing his new book Dishing Up New Jersey (with purchase).

Visit the event website or this website for more information and full list of participating vendors.

CHEF JAMIE OLIVER’S FOOD REVOLUTION COMES TO FOSTERFIELDS, MORRIS TOWNSHIP
On Saturday, May 21, Jamie Oliver’s worldwide Food Revolution Day comes to Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, Kahdena Road, Morris Township, to celebrate all-natural, fresh foods, and encourage food awareness, healthy decision making and the benefits of cooking from scratch. Discover traditions and farm responsibilities from 100 years ago, and learn about the current trends of health and wellness today. Participate in interactive activities, identify seeds, play games and make a healthy-themed craft. $6 for adults, $5 for seniors (65+), $4 for children ages 4 to 16, and $2 for children ages 2 and 3, free for children under age 2 and members with a current membership card. This event is sponsored by the Morris County Park Commission and will be held from 11 AM to 4 PM. For more information, visit this website or call 973-326-7645.

THE GREAT GRILL & PIG OUT VIVA LATINO!
On Tuesday, May 24, the Great Grill & Pig Out honoring chef Douglas Rodriguez will be held at the  at the Montammy Golf Club, Rt 9W and Montammy Drive, Alpine, to benefit Table to Table. Special guests are Lori Stokes & Ken Rosato of ABC Eyewitness News Team. Participating restaurants include: Axia Taverna, Austin’s, Alma de Cuba, Biddy O’Malley’s, Big Papa Smokem, Blue Moon Mexican Cafe, Café Amici, Capital Grille, Casual Habana Café, Chevys Fresh Mex, Costanera, D’Artagnan, HoHoKus Inn & Tavern, Restaurant Latour, Montammy Golf Club, Off the Hook Seafood, Paramount Country Club, Picnic on the Square, Pier 701, River Palm Terrace, Shannon Rose, Son Cubano, Spuntino, Stony Hill Inn, Terre à Terre, Twisted Elm, Varka Estiatorio, Village Green and White Manna. 6:30; $195. Tickets at this website. Table to Table is a community-based food rescue program that collects prepared and perishable food that would otherwise be wasted and delivers it to organizations serving the hungry in the Bergen, Essex, Hudson, and Passaic counties of New Jersey.

OTHER NJ FOOD EVENTS
WEDNESDAY, MAY 11
WINE & DINE WITH THE FOUNDING FATHERS
A five-course, five wines, Wine & Dine With the Founding Fathers dinner featuring Federalist wines will be held at Morris Tap and Grill, 500 Rt. 10 West, Randolph; $65. For information and reservations, call 973-891-1776.

THURSDAY, MAY 12
J HOFFSTATTER DINNER
A J Hoffstatter dinner with Vic Rallo and Martin Hoffstatter will be held at Undici Taverna Rustica, 11 West River Road, Rumson. 6:45 PM; $79 plus tax and gratuity. Reservations: 732-842-3880.

COLLABORATION DINNER AT ESCAPE, MONTCLAIR
Bryan Gregg, chef/owner of Escape, 345 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair, will be joined by Toronto chef and author Peter Minaki for a collaboration dinner at 7PM; optional wine package available which must be paid to prior the event. Call Wine Legend at 973-435-7260 and reference the Escape’s May 12 dinner. Cost: $59 plus taxes and gratuity for the food. Optional wines are $35. Reservations and information: 973-744-0712.

FRIDAY, MAY 13
PHYLLO DOUGH COOKING CLASS
A phyllo-dough cooking class will be held at Le Gourmet Factory, 176 S Van Brunt Street, Englewood, with chef/author Peter Minaki. 7 PM; $75. Reservations: 201-408-5471.

SATURDAY, MAY 14 AND SUNDAY, MAY 15
NEW JERSEY SEAFOOD FESTIVAL
The New Jersey Seafood Festival will be held at Silver Lake Park, 5th and Ocean Avenue, Belmar, featuring wine, beer, seafood, live music and vendors. 11 AM to 6 PM; free admission.

SUNDAY, MAY 15
LILAC PARTY AND WINE TASTING
A Lilac Party and Wine Tasting with hors d’oeuvres will be held at Willowwood Arboretum, 300 Longview Road, Far Hills, to benefit the Willowwood Foundation. 4:30 to 7 PM; $90. For information or tickets, call 908-234-1815.

TUESDAY, MAY 17
COOKING CLASS PICNIC ON THE SQUARE, RIDGEWOOD
Chef/owner Christine Nunn of Picnic on the Square, 26 Wilsey Square, Ridgewood, will be offering a “New England coastal favorites cooking class, featuring Ipswich clams (with a variety of dipping sauces), a traditional lobster bake and a blueberry crumble. This cooking demonstration will also include a discussion and dinner with a complimentary glass (or two) of wine. 6:30 PM; $70. Reservations: 201-444-4001.

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