Colonial Beer Tasting at Indian King Tavern Museum in Haddonfield

Plus: Other food and dining events in Seaside Heights, Montclair, Fort Lee, South Orange and beyond.

Colonial Beer Tasting at the Indian King Tavern Museum
Saturday, September 22, 4–6:30 PM or 7–9:30 PM

Yes, you can drink good beer and eat good food at the place where New Jersey General Assembly formally ratified the Declaration of Independence in 1777. Tickets are $60, but it’s money well spent. The Indian King Tavern Museum in Haddonfield is a historical gem even if you’re not thirsty or hungry, but Saturday’s annual “Tankard at the Tavern” fall beer festival will feature beer provided by Double Nickel Brewery and Kings Road paired alongside roast pork and chicken. All proceeds going to keeping New Jersey’s first historical site up and running. Indian King Tavern Museum, 233 Kings Highway East, Haddonfield; 856-429-6792

10th Annual “Que-by-the-Sea”
Saturday September 22, 11 AM – 9 PM and Sunday, September 23, 11 AM – 6 PM

Sure, the Autumnal Equinox happens at 9:54 pm on Saturday, but that just means the first leg of the 10th annual “Que-by-the-Sea” is still technically a summer barbecue. Whether you come by on Saturday or Sunday you’re going to get your meaty fix at this event, hosted by the Kansas City Barbecue Society and featuring some of top meat masters of the tri-state area. Sunday features the actual competition—where our friends at Bearded One BBQ will vie for a prize—but come, go, and eat at your leisure. Grant Avenue, Seaside Heights

Taste of Montclair 2018
Monday, September 24, 5:30–9 PM

Over 30 restaurants, cafes, food purveyors, and-or local beverage sellers are expected to provide the goodies at the Rotary Club’s annual Taste of Montclair at the Richfield Regency on Monday evening. That includes places like Brick Lane, Pig & Prince, Sayola, and specialty baker The Baked Bouquet. Tickets go for $60 for the bundle, and all the proceeds from the night go to support The Rotary Club’s charitable initiatives, which center around hunger and food security. Your evening will be set to music courtesy of Trumpets Restaurant and Jazz Club. Richfield Regency, 420 Bloomfield Avenue, Verona; 973-768-2425

Fort Lee Restaurant Week
Monday, September 24 – Sunday, September 30

No fewer than 47 restaurants are participating in this year’s Restaurant Week in Fort Lee. But don’t worry, you have a week to check out a few spots, which include In Napoli, Splash Poke, City Perch. A few big chefs are expected to make appearances throughout the week. Details aren’t clear as to when and where for each, though we know the list includes David Burke of forthcoming Ventanas and recent Jersey transplant Dale Talde. Prixe fix menus vary, so check up on each outlet here. Locations vary.

Vegan Pop-Up Dinner at Cross and Orange
Monday, September 24, 6–9 PM

Cross and Orange in Asbury Park is hosting a vegan pop-up dinner on Monday night for $65 per person. The menu is set (they recommend letting them know if you have food allergies in advance), and includes five entirely vegan courses from chef Sal Capobianco. Gratuity and non-alcoholic beverages are included in the ticket price, but seating is limited. Cross and Orange, 508 Cookman Avenue, Asbury Park; 732-361-5502

Savor the Arts at SOPAC
Tuesday, September 25, 6–9 PM

The South Orange Performing Arts Center is a non-profit space dedicated to supporting, and showcasing, cultural expressions that span the artistic gamut. If you’re a food-lover looking for depth of gratification for your dining buck, head there on Tuesday, where two serious Jersey talents will cook—and face off—in the SOPAC “Loft for Savor the Arts” space. Leia Gaccione of South + Pine American Eatery in Morristown and Central + Main American Eatery in Madison, and Kwame Williams of Vital Dining in Montclair both have serious cooking pedigrees (Gaccione worked as executive chef for Bobby Flay, Williams got his career start at The Ryland Inn), and on Tuesday they’ll face off in a culinary competition with a “Chopped”-style basket of mystery ingredients. Delicious food will be served with no timers going, with wine, beer, and cider pairings to round out the night. It’s likely to be a one-of-a-kind eating night; you’re encouraged to buy your tickets early. South Orange Performing Arts Center, 1 Sopac Way, South Orange; 973-313-2787

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