Descend on Atlantic City for a Ducktown Food Tour

Plus: Wine tastings and dinners in East Rutherford, Kingston and Stockton.

White House Sub Shop, a stop on the Ducktown Food Tour in Atlantic City. Photo courtesy of On the Town Food Tours

Ducktown Food Tour in Atlantic City
Saturday, October 26, 1–4pm

If you call it “AC” or only go there to gamble, the word “Ducktown” might not mean much to you, but if you love food and Jersey history, here’s a chance to correct that. Ducktown is an area of Atlantic City so-named for the waterfront “duck houses” where Italian immigrants began raising ducks and other poultry in the early 20th century. The neighborhood—once squarely the “Little Italy” of Atlantic City—has evolved with time, but the bedrock of its Italian food scene is still intact and the On the Town Food Tour’s Ducktown tour proves it, with stops at places like Formica’s Bakery, the century-old Barbera Seafood Market, Angelo’s Fairmont Tavern, and the iconic White House Sub Shop. Tickets are $75 and include food samples from at least five venues; water is provided, though you’re free to purchase other beverages from stop to stop. The tour takes place a few times each month (if you can’t make this one, try October 30, November 7, 16, or 20); there are even a couple dates in December (BYO hot chocolate?). Get your tickets here. Ducktown area, Atlantic City (starting point provided upon ticket purchase); 1-866-316-5081

Chef Collaboration Dinner with Ariane Duarte at Vesta
Monday, November 4, 7:15pm

For this early November chef-collaboration dinner, chef Todd Villani and Vesta Wood-Fired Pizza & Bar in East Rutherford are welcoming Ariane Duarte, the influential New Jersey chef behind Ariane Kitchen & Bar in Verona. The chefs are working together on the night’s menu, and pulling out all the stops in search of unique, creative fall flavors, with dishes like Fall Squash Beignets with Pumpkin Spice Aioli and the stoutly Germanic Applewood-Smoked and Roasted Pork Belly with Rye Berry and Blue Kraut (and that’s not even the main event dish). The menu will feature TBD wine pairings, and between that and the caliber of chef talent on hand, reservations are $125 per person—and limited. Call the restaurant or email [email protected] to reserve your spot and prepare to forget all about Thanksgiving dinner (for now). Vesta Wood-Fired Pizza & Bar, 64 Hoboken Road, East Rutherford; 201-939-6012

Walk-Around Italian Wine Tasting at Eno Terra
Thursday, November 7, 4:30–8pm

The truth is, mid-range Chianti and pinot grigio circumscribe many New Jerseyans’ sense of what Italian wine can be. Here’s a chance to change that. It doesn’t hurt that Eno Terra’s walk-around tasting is also a relative deal: $30 in advance ($35 at the door) to walk around and sample from a bevvy of Italian wines from over a dozen Italian producers, with winemakers on hand to answer any questions and share the process behind each bottle. If you want to bone up on Italian wine before the tasting, try to snag a ticket to one of the last two “Tuesday Tastings with Tony,” a six-part tasting course on Italian wines with Italian wine expert “Il Professore” Anthony Verdoni. October 29 and November 5 cover Puglia and Southern Italy; and Sardinia and Sicily, respectively. Tickets for each class are $40. Eno Terra, 4484, Route 27, Kingston; 609-497-1777

Fall Pop-Up Dinner at the Woolverton Inn
November 12, 5:30pm

Ironbound Hard Cider, romantic inn, beautiful (non-mucky?) mid-November weather: what more could you ask for? A published menu for the Woolverton Inn’s Fall Pop-Up Dinner, sure, but that’s on the way from resident chef Scott Dwyer. (Check their blog in the coming days for an update.) The night itself, FYI, is two parts: the Ironbound cider tasting goes from 5:30pm to 6:30pm, or the “Apertivo Hour,” with Ironbound cidermakers on hand to take questions high fives, etc. After that, there will be a three-course dinner, included in your ticket, but BYO (the ciders are just the beginning of the night). If you’re looking for more of a getaway—not a bad idea before the holidays—you can try to book a room at the Inn, which also means your ticket for the pop-up is just $29. If you’re just coming for the cider tasting and dinner, it’s $49, still a steal. Call to reserve room or dinner, or both. Woolverton Inn, 6 Woolverton Road, Stockton; 609-397-0802

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